This is going to be just a short post about a new thing I decided to do. I was always fascinated with lists/plans/goals and it gives me joy to create them. For example, one of the most interesting things when preparing for triathlon is creating a training plan and trying to stick to it (although it didn’t work out that well this year). I also enjoy filling in budget of our family and thinking about how much we are going to spend in each category each month (I am doing this for almost a year religiously now).
Naturally, setting annual goals started to seem too little for me. So I decided to create a list of 10 goals for September:
- Read a book at least 30 minutes every day. Will get me closer to my goal to ready 15 books this year;
- Write at least 4 blog posts. I am aiming to write at least one blog post a week;
- Do some exercises at least 4 days a week before lunch at work. I have a goal to be able to do 20 pull-ups and can only do 8 at the moment. Will include other exercises as well. Hopefully, I will convince a colleague to join me (he is already doing pull-ups with me);
- Go for a run at least 3 times a week. Good for health and releases endorphins;
- Cook at least 15 meals for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Will make my wife’s life easier. Lately, she was doing most of the cooking at home.
- Don’t spend more than €30 on sweets/chocolates etc. It’s getting out of control lately. Will help saving some money as well.
- Spend less than 30min/day on social media (Facebook/Instagram). I set a time limit on my phone for social media apps (excluding Messenger), so it should be easy.
- Spend at least 20 hours learning C# programming. Good for advancing my career and I love learning new things.
- Don’t go to bed later than 11pm. Sleep is an important aspect of health and I should pay more attention to it.
- Floss my teeth every evening. Just a simple thing I am sometimes too lazy to do and only brush my teeth without flossing.
There you have it – some really simple goals that should improve many different areas of my life. Whereas my annual goals are mainly result-oriented, the monthly goals are more habit-creating.
It will be interesting to see how many of them I will be able to achieve. Perhaps it will turn out that they are too easy or too hard. I will need to adjust it based on results. I am not yet sure if this is something I will do every month going forward but it seems like a fun exercise.
Do you like setting some goals/targets for yourself? Do you think creating monthly goals is an overkill? Let me know what you think and thanks for visiting!