Happy December!! We made it to the end of 2021, well… almost. It’s the last month of the year and I intend to spend it working to ensure that I finish this year strong and consider what I want to happen next year. Of course I’m also making plenty of time for friends, family, and all things Christmas. In today’s post I’m sharing my December goals, but first let’s see how I did for the month of November.
My Goals For November Were: (Results)
Spend At Least 3 Hours A Week Researching Grad Programs & Additional Career Paths: I’ll admit this one was a struggle for me and most weeks of November I did zero research whatsoever, I know, I might as well have tossed that goat out the window, but I also the type of person that can get as lost in research as I can writing a blog post, once I get in front of my laptop and get started, I get so much done. As a result for the last two weeks of the month I looked at some options and I learned about so many different programs, crossed some of my list and added others. I’ve also looked how I can learn more about disability aside from my experiences which has been interesting since I’m trying to decide how I would like it to apply to future career opportunities.
Spend 30 Mins a day working on a new skill I want To Learn: I did not do this at all sadly, so I want to figure out a way to work it into my day without setting a goal for it. Once I get into a rhythm of what works for my daily life instead of trying to fit it in.
Finetune Healthy Food Options Meal Plan: I’m happy to say that I’ve been eating healthier this past few weeks and I feel a difference too. Although I still eat junk food as a time saver sometimes, I’ve found some healthier options at places like Panera and Chipotle. I’m also more determined to learn how to make healthier meals on my own because eating healthy can get expensive quickly. In order to create better eating habits, I have:
- Switched to drinking water when I eat snack foods
- I’m not great at taking breaks when I get focused on my work so I snack on various fruits so I don’t have to worry about messing up my keyboard too much while eating.
- I’m having fun trying various smoothies as well.
I’ve made a few more changes, but I love these because they are simple and help me feel like I’m doing my body some good. Now don’t get me wrong, I still love a hamburger and fries or pizza, and I don’t plan on cutting them out of my self-made meal plan anytime soon, but that just means I’m careful about frequency and I’m more focused on being active during the day in addition to working out.
Find 2 New Exercises For Each Part Of The Body I Want To Work Out and Incorporate Them Into My Routine: I worked out and had some sore muscles this month so I decided to curb the traditional workouts I was doing and just decided to get moving and stretching more, which I hardly ever did before working out. I know so bad for you, but I’m considering adding a few different stretches to my routine because even when I didn’t work out, stretching and feeling the difference in my muscles was making a difference in my day.
Create & Complete A Weekly Blog Tasks List & See How Much You Accomplish By The End Of The Month: This particular goal was a bit of roller coaster for me, it started out well and I was ahead of my content and having fun planning everything, but then I didn’t feel creative, procrastinated and fell behind again. I had a list of things I wanted to get done and though I crossed off a few items each week things were left undone. I loved the days when I crossed things off of my daily and monthly list, so this is a goal I’m carrying into the next month.
My December Goals Are:
Create & Complete A Weekly Blog Tasks List & See How Much You Accomplish By The End Of The Month: As I said previously, I want to focus on this goal again because when I create my weekly list and actually get it done, it’s surprising to me how much I’ve actually done. While I don’t know if this is something that I’ll keep up, I want to do it for this month and see what I get done in the last month of 2021
Work On My Mindset Routine: I’ve been focused on my mindset lately and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see how important mindset work is to me now. At times it’s taking a moment to sit with my thoughts, others it’s doing that plus affirmations which I find really helpful and recommend, though it can feel a little silly at first depending on how you approach them.
Try One New Thing: It’s the last month of the year and at the time of writing this there are 29 days left in the month. I want to end this year on a high note and feel extremely accomplish, hence repeating a goal from last month, but I also want to take the time to enjoy the holiday season with my family and friends, especially with all that’s been happening lately. This goal reminds me that I’ve been trying to finish the year with some momentum for the next, to take some time to enjoy the season as well.
Read A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens: I’ve wanted to read this book for years after seeing so many adaptations of it through the years. I just never made the time so why not finally read it at Christmas? Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?
Overall I’m happy with how November went for me, how did you do with your November goals, ready to start tackling December and end the year with some momentum for 2022. How did November turn out for you? Have you started on your December goals yet or are you using this time for some fun and reflection before the new year begins? Let me know in the comments