As we enter the last quarter of 2019 I decided to set myself some goals. Being back in a routine as I am now back studying for my degree has definitely helped me and my daily life has become more structured once again.
I think goal setting is really important and I always find writing things down makes me more accountable – both to myself but now to all you readers!
I don’t want to out too much pressure on myself as I really want to focus hard on my learning and university assignments but also need to have other things going on as down time is important. So here is my list of goals for this last bit of 2019:
Numbers aren’t important but it is really exciting to see I have more and more followers on the blog and across it’s social media pages. Knowing people are enjoying my posts, relating to them, learning from them etc, is so great. My Instagram account is so close to 2,500 followers which is phenomenal and that is my goal with that.
I have obviously made a good start with Blogtober and hope to keep this going for the whole month – it will give me a real sense of achievement to get 31 blog posts out this month and I am just hoping I don’t run out of things to say!
I am doing two modules this year and have an assignment for each due in November. An obvious goal for the end of the year will be to have those completed and have done well with them, as well as being well on the way with my second two.
I have made a really positive start and hope to still be enjoying my studies and keeping well on track.
For both my mental and physical health, exercise is really important. I love Pilates but at the moment it can be quite difficult to do with my poorly knee. I am hoping to get the arthroscopy date through soon which will all being well give us at least some idea of what is going on, even if they can’t find something to fix there and then.
Having dogs means getting out and about is made a regular thing. I think from now until the end of the year I would like to try and make a weekly target of 35,000 steps. I have chosen to do this weekly rather than daily as with arthritis, your days can be up and down and also with the extra rainy weather, I don’t want to be getting drowned and cold on a regular basis! This roughly works out at 5,000 steps a day but gives me the flexibility of having a more restful day if needed and being able to pick up the pace on better days.
Joining the local Young IA group has helped me so much already and I am excited to get things moving with them. I am arranging my first event and am really hoping that goes well. I plan to learn as much as I can from Brigitte so I can start helping make a difference.
Sticking to a good bedtime routine – meditation, switching off from social media, reading etc. has really been helping although this past week in particular it has slipped so I am ready to get back on track with that. I am also setting a regular alarm so I don’t oversleep as sometimes, although my body obviously needs it, it doesn’t make me feel better and generally only serves to then mean I can’t sleep properly that night!
I also plan to start using my charts again to help with doing all the house cleaning. I generally just do jobs as and when I feel like it or they need doing but now with me having more time allocated to things like uni work, I want to make sure other jobs don;t get missed. I have always found charts for this rally useful. I may have a spare ten minutes or a whole hour and with a chart I can quickly see what jobs I could do in that time – and putting a big tick by them always helps me feel better!
So that’s just a few of my intentions for the next three months. Do you set yourself goals? Do you make them regularly or just do it once a year? Let me know one of the goals you hope to achieve by the end of 2019 in the comments below,