October: Goals. Seriously.

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September was a month of adjustment. Adjustment to home life once again; to routine, school, work and multi-tasking all these things at the same time.

But now it’s October and it’s time to stop procrastinating things. It’s time to feel productive & get things done. Here’s what I have in mind for myself:

1- Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. I picked up this weird habit where I go to bed really late and wake up really early. I’m getting anywhere between 5 and 7 hours a night, usually no more. I am not the kind of person who functions on such a little amount of sleep, especially every day. I know there will be exceptions to this rule if I go out and have to work the next day, but I don’t want to stay online until midnight procrastinating homework.

2- Shut the computer off by 9 or 10pm at the latest. Related to the one above, I’ve been spending way too much time online in the last few weeks for absolutely no reason. I’m wasting so much time it’s unreal. I want to get back into the habit of splitting up my time between the online world and my own world. I don’t want to have my computer on all day and have it take attention away from things that need to get done.

3- Prepare for NaNoWriMo. Okay that was a scary sentence, but NaNoWriMo is NEXT MONTH and from the little research I’ve done into it, I need to have an outline and an idea of what all my characters are going to be like. I haven’t written fiction in so long that I’m kind of terrified about this, but if I complete it, I cross off an item from each of my goals’ lists. I really want to make time to sit down and brainstorm on this one.

4- Read more than 5 books. This one should be easy considering I read two books in the last 2 days… That leaves me with another 4 books (at least) for the month. I just hit 40 books this year and I’ve got 3 months to read 20 more. I don’t know if that will happen, but I’m going to get as close to my goal of 60 as physically possible. On an unrelated note, I’ve *cheated* a little bit by reading some really small novels as well as some manga, but they are *technically* books so I’m still counting them. It’s still more books than I’ve ever made time to read in a year.

As a side-note on this one, my original goal that I created in January was to read 40 books this year but then I thought about it and went up to 60. I’m so glad I challenged myself a little further! Who knows, maybe next year I’ll try for 70 or 80… Ok ok, I need to hit 60 first. 

5- Meet my nephew! This is going to be an easy goal, assuming he’s on time. My sister-in-law’s due date is October 24th. Before I write my wrap-up post on October, there should be a new member to my family and I want to make sure I’m there to say hello (AHH!)

6- Complete at least two random goals on my 101 or my 23 Before 23, and blog about them. I’ve got a few in mind that I want to do, so we’ll see how that goes. I should probably be completing more than 2 a month at this point so I should probably keep that in mind as well… But I’ll just leave it at that for now.

7- Start eating better again, figure out a fitness routine. Okay well this was a goal last month I didn’t complete, so let’s see what I can do to get back on track in October. I feel like if I can start doing fitness-like things again, then eating well will come with it. I also think completing this goal will make me feel a million times better about myself for the upcoming winter.

8- Be passionate. I feel like my life has been a little bit lack-luster these last few weeks, and I want to re-discover the things I am passionate about and be happy about the things I do each and every single day. I think that if I can just keep this in mind I’ll complete goals and go through my days feeling so much better about myself.

I’m excited for October. It’s only the second day of the month, but I have really exciting things planned every week & I can’t wait to see how I do with all of these goals.

What do you have planned for this month? 

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20 responses »

  1. Last month I think your fitness routine was thrown off because of time constraints (do I have the right?) but you read 4 books. This month you want to read 5. How about you put exercise before reading, and the time you have left, then you read? Just a suggestion. We need to prioritize which is most important. (But I guess that’s up to you!)

    • The reason my fitness routine was thrown off was because I didn’t have the money to renew my gym membership. I’m also a huge procrastinator so even if I wanted to do something at home, I wasted too much time. I definitely need to open up my schedule and make it a priority though, I feel like once I start doing something fitness-like again my energy levels will boost & I’ll just feel more energetic towards everything else I do.

      As for the reading, the only times I read are on my hour and a half bus ride to and from school, and for about 15 minutes before bed. I definitely don’t read instead of doing something else, that’s me procrastinating in front of my computer. Must stop doing that haha!

  2. For your fitness goals, I remember a friend telling me when I wanted to get into a better routine is that saying you’re going to start exercising 5 days a week for an hour a day is setting yourself up for failure, because you’re losing out on 5 hours that you were using for other things before. So start small. Two or three days a week for 30 minutes. Decide which days work best with your schedule (which I would guess change weekly with your job?) and just set aside time, maybe early in the morning, maybe later in the afternoon. Put it in your planner, make it something you have to complete.

    I am SO excited for you to meet your nephew. I still remember the day my nephew was born. It’s such a fun, surreal, exciting experience. And I know you’ll be a fantastic aunt!

    • Yeah you’re totally right, I can’t tell myself I’m going to start doing it every single day. I think 2-3 days is definitely more doable, I just need to decide what I want to spend those 2-3 hours doing. If I can find something that I actually somewhat enjoy & feel motivated about (that’s how I felt when I was going to a gym in July all fitness classes) then I’ll be looking forward to exercising! I wish I had the money to join a similar gym to that one, I really miss it.

  3. I am totally with you on the getting more sleep, and healthy eating/fitness!

    In the boarding house where I work we take the kids laptops etc away at 10pm every night – I think I need to start locking mine away then too!

    • I know right? I think everyone needs to give their computer a lock-up time, otherwise it’s so easy to just stay online until all hours of the morning.

      This month, we’re both getting more fit, it’s a plan! 🙂

  4. You young people are so refreshing and helps me….way older person, stay inspired and passionate as you stated in your #8. I also really like your #2! For me visiting with the computer can get to…. “Oh no, did I forget to feed you children???” ***gasp!*** Thanks again for a great post you young’n!

    • Hahaha my pleasure! The computer is such an easy distraction, I need to figure out how to just let it be for a few hours and actually get my work done! And thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂

  5. I like your blog i see a little of myself in them however your more motivated than me. We both clearly want to do some much and make the most of our day, but then find ourselves at the computer till 2 in the morning. Well maybe that is just me. But you have inspired me to write a to-do list and set out some goals i want to achieve. Good luck.
    Jessie.

    • If I inspired you to do that (actually do it!) then I’m so SO happy. I love that me trying to find motivation in every day life might help other people do the same thing. Sometimes it’s kinda hard to do when you get caught up in everything, but knowing that I’m making other people do the same thing makes me want to be even more successful. Thanks for the comment that totally made my day! 🙂

  6. those are some excellent goals for october, you can totally do it!

    as for me, i hope to try new recipes and go beyond my reading goal. also, to work out often, i’ve got a bridesmaid dress to fit into, haha.

    • Yeah I definitely find myself getting more tired earlier because of the early sunset… Maybe I should look at it that way, I’d never considered it! I should take advantage of the longer nights for more sleep instead of be sad that summer is over, lol 🙂

  7. Love the ‘be passionate’ thing to do. Amazing!

    This month my goals are to learn MJ’s Thriller Dance, Buy Origami Paper, Do Yoga 15 times, and read 5 books. Fingers crossed!

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