As I mentioned at the start of the year, I plan to reflect and set goals regularly. Today I thought I would sit down and reflect on the month of January and document my plans for February.
Without further ado lets jump right in:
– January Reflection –
What went well?
- I found a weekly spread that worked for me. Before I never saw their significance but now that I’ve found a spread that works I totally understand.
- at the end of 2016, I had different notebooks for different topics and, although it was great to have everything written down, I ended up doing twice the work I needed to because I couldn’t find the information I needed. Now (nearly) everything is in my Bullet Journal, it is quick and easy to find.
- I took out a swim membership midway through January and it has proven to be the motivation that I needed to really get my act together and start exercising regularly.
- Following on from my swim membership, I have managed to hit personal bests every time that I have been swimming and that in itself is the motivation I need.
What do I need to work on?
- Daily Pages – at the moment I am using my daily pages as more of a brain dump than a daily page – I am loading them down with far too much information that is just impossible to achieve. In order to make my daily pages work I need to use my weekly spread and a brain dump to really help me to achieve as much as possible from each day.
- Diet – at the moment my diet is poor. I am well aware of this but I am too lazy to do anything about it. Throughout February I intend to meal plan and keep a food log and really hold myself accountable to what I am putting into my body.
- Brainstorming – I need to start sitting down and brainstorming projects rather than just diving in and then floundering when I have run out of ideas and start to doubt myself.
- I need to reflect more. I am planning to reflect at least monthly but I would like to reflect as often as weekly to ensure that I am getting the most out of every day and every challenge that I undertake.
What was time well spent?
- blogging. this month I set myself a goal to publish at least one blog post a week. for me, this felt achievable but was providing no reward – I had the post prepped and scheduled ahead of time and then felt like I was losing connection with my blog so for the month of February I am aiming to publish a blog every day.
- planning – planning was time really well spent for me this month. I have my editorial calendar for my blog and a 2017 diary and my bullet journal for personal planning and it is really starting to pay off so here’s to more planning throughout February.
- De-cluttering -it could be that it is the start of a new year and I want to de-clutter *all* the things or it could be that I have finally reached lost my patience with the amount of *stuff* that I own but I am slowly and surely de-cluttering my room (and my life) and the feeling of contentment that it leaves me just cannot be beaten.
What would I change?
- Burnout – I rush headlong into things and then run out of confidence and ideas because I haven’t planned enough and have no idea what I was aiming to accomplish and then having no way to measure whether I achieved what I set out to do.
- Procrastination – I am the worst for this, especially because I never hold myself accountable. I have set up a timelog for the month of February and I intend to fill it out honestly so that I can really see where I am letting myself down and fix it.
- Lack of Organisation – throughout most of January I was working out of 4 notebooks and I really didn’t know whether I was coming or going. Now that I am primarily back in my bullet journal (with another notebook for my blog planning) I feel much more organised and I intend to keep it this way.
What was money well spent?
- this month I treated myself to a new laptop – it is so much lighter and smaller than the other one I had so it has made life so much easier because I can carry it around with me and blog while I am on the go.
- I also bought a new mouse and USB keyboard to go with my laptop this month and it has just been so helpful when I am working at my desk because I have what I need in front of me and still be able to type and use my laptop.
- Another thing that was money well spent this month was webhosting. As you can see I now have a personalised web address and it is just the best!
What was money wasted?
- unhealthy food and drinks – this was such a waste of money and something I definitely need to sort out.
- books – this is such a hard one to write. I need to get rid of so many of my books because I’ve read them and didn’t love them but I until I’ve done this I really don’t have anywhere to store any new ones.
- clothing – I need to stop buying clothes that just don’t suit me and I don’t feel comfortable in. I am tempted to try Caroline Joy’s capsule closet method to work out what I really want to add to my wardrobe.
How can I make February better?
- Set achievable and accountable goals
- Create a weekly brain dump
- Use the pomodoro method to help stay on task
- Create a meal plan + food log
- Reflect and plan every evening
- Set an admin day once a month/week to stay on top of things
- Set a budget and stick to it!!
Goals for February:
now that I have analysed January, I know what I want to get out of February so here are the goals I have set:
- Add 3 more lengths every time I go swimming
- Set a schedule and plan accordingly
- Introduce and use the pomodoro method daily
- Introduce a weekly brain dump
What are your goals for February?