November Goals.

Let’s just jump right in.

Setting up and figuring out my planner.
Last week I ordered a gorgeous, kick butt planner. It’s leather, big, has tons of space to list things out, plan my day through, and get my life on track. I have a quite a few reasons why I finally cracked and got a nice paper planner.

1. When (IF! eek.) I get into grad school next year, I will need to be savvy with my time. Between home making, healthiness, work, relationships, hobbies, and school? I’ll need something to get my head on straight. I need to start practicing now if I want to be proficient when it comes to using my planner this approaching semester.

2. My planner has 30 minute slots from 6am to 11pm. Lately I’ve been snoozing from midnight to 7am anyway, so those incriminates are perfect for me. A part of me was concerned and baffled at how to best use this planner. Would it be better to be broad and only put big things like due dates and days off down? Or should I really utilize the space and almost confine myself to a set schedule? That’s what I really need to figure out before this skill is truly needed and practice what will help me the most.

3. I’m leaning towards starting my planner off by micromanaging my own life. If used correctly, I think that having each half an hour planned out will get me to where I want to be on a lot of small goals. I want to break a lot of bad habits and add a lot of new helpful ones in. And I think having those good habits scheduled in and in writing will help motivate me to accomplish them. So even if it’s just a reminder to definitely put my retainers in every night at 10:30, or it’s written down that I have to do laundry every Monday night, having them set in stone will push me to get around to them.

4. Tying it all together, I think that making my life more scheduled, while sounding so darn boring, will help me flourish in thousands of ways. Having that set time for the grocery store, gym, meal planning, blogging, etc. will help me get them done. They all have to get done anyway, so why not figure out the easiest and most advantageous way? And then in the end, will lead to more time to relax, less stress, and room to experiment with things I want to try out.

Overall physical health.
Ok guys. This month was pretty bad. I continued my no sugary treats and soda until about October 9th or so and then everything went down the drain. Almost everyday since, I have gotten a soda, slurpee, cookie, candy, or some gross pack of sugar. I say gross because every single time I finished eating or drinking one, I felt bloated, guilty, and just tired. It wasn’t worth it but I completely let myself go. On top of all that, I only worked out three times this week, only once was actually in the gym.

Now that I got all the Halloween candy and soda craze out of my system, I want to get back on track. With Drew and Grace’s help, I plan on going to the gym 2-3x a week, cut out soda again, and really reel all those sugary, empty calories back in.

Keep taking time to experiment.
This past month I was struggling with a lot of things. I got a few ups and some really deep lows. During the ups though, I was really able to push past my laziness and comfort zone. I experimented a little bit with makeup, hair, cooking, cleaning, adventuring, speaking my mind, and personal goals like applying to that writing job! It was exciting to see my results or at the very least, see myself trying things I always have been meaning to. That being said, I still have only scratched the surface. This month I want to keep things rolling. I want to try out ideas and fun challenges in areas like beauty, health, decor, personal, and pretty much every aspect of my life. Paired with my planning goal, I hope that this will be more efficiently and easily accomplished!

Apply to grad school.
I got the dates wrong (thankfully, in a good way!) and instead of November 1st, all grad school apps are due December 1st! So I have a whole extra chunk of time to get my application in. I definitely do not want to wait until next month to submit it, but it’s good to know that if anything happened, I have extra wiggle room to get things together. If I finish this week, or in the next four, I have  to get this beast completed!


Have a great month y’all!

Cheers,
— Brey


12 thoughts on “November Goals.

  1. Good luck with all your goals and aspirations for November! I totally agree, planning in smaller, more realistic chunks is always so much better! I hope it works for you. P.S You should post a photo of your lovely new planner 🙂 I am such a lover of notebooks/journals/planners. I have a moleskin in Pink! xxx

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  2. What do you plan to study in grad school? I totally have a coca cola addiction, but it you sub the soda out with carbonated flavored water, it may make things easier! 🙂

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  3. I’m have a planner too, but I don’t plan out small increments of time. It more “my life at a glance” because I still keep running to do lists of what I need to get done (besides the big stuff).

    Of course sugary snacks are not going to make you feel great (and trust me, I feel you there), but have you considered trying to get to sleep earlier? If you’re already feeling overwhelmed before your new schedule starts, more sleep definitely won’t hurt. I always feel better when I get my sleep in.

    We actually don’t have cable or spend time on any “time wasters” like Facebook. I find that we get to spend more of our free time doing both what we want to do and what actually needs to get done. Planning meals and workouts also helps me immensely. When I’m organized, I’m happy.

    I hope November is productive and healthy for you!

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  4. Awesome!! Good luck! I know I’m kinda bad with planning, I use the google calendar to set my stuff up, but I’m still not great at keeping everything in order LOL Hopefully the planner will help you out with everything you want to do! 😀

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  5. “So even if it’s just a reminder to definitely put my retainers in every night at 10:30, or it’s written down that I have to do laundry every Monday night, having them set in stone will push me to get around to them.” You describe my nemesis here. I use my phone apps to remind me to integrate common tasks into my work routine; move arms and legs, drink water, use the bathroom, etc while I obsess over work (I write from my home office). But aside from that a pretty, leather-bound organizer healed me from acute nomophobia. Thanks for popping by What’s Next!

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