Thursday, 5 January 2017

LIFE: The Month Ahead - January

Haaaappy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic break and are not finding the first working week of the year a total struggle like I am.

Question: when do we actually stop having to say Happy New Year to people? What if I've not seen somebody throughout January...can I still say it in February?

So, a while back now I did my 'Monthly Goals' and I found it really motivating. I can't really remember why I stopped. Maybe it got a bit stale? But I've decided to bring it back, well, a version of it.

Inspired by the lovely Laura of Superlatively Rude, I want to look back at the previous month and think about the month ahead. Kinda contradicting my view of disliking reflecting on the previous year once a new year hits but this is more about improving my day to day motivation throughout the month - looking forward, rather than looking back, but the reflection is in a positive way. Does that make sense? 

I don't know about you, but I've been finding it SO tough since the beginning of December to feel active, awake and motivated. I'm totally blaming winter as I'm 99% I'm a SAD sufferer but I think we can often make all of the excuses under the sun and it only makes us worse.

With this in mind, my new monthly 'series' is being born. I'm going to loosely stick to Laura's Monthly Reflections (and her newer 'version' for the new year) and add 3 goals for the month. By doing this, I feel it'll help me stay on track and feel more motivated.

I turn 26 this year (which means I'm 27 next year and that terrifies me) and think last year I lost a bit of focus on the smaller goals. Recently I've been in a bit of a period of thinking 'am I having a quarter life crisis?'...rather than remembering that everybody moves at a different pace and where they are doesn't have to be where I am. Also, last year taught me that it's okay not to have a plan because even if you have one, it might not all happen how you thought.

This month won't be the typical format for 'The Month Ahead' as I'm going to reflect on my previous month starting from February so that I'm leaving 2016 behind.

From February, I'll be looking back over the month just gone by and some of Laura's headers: proud of, grateful for, letting go of, obsessed with, committing to, excited about.
These made change over time depending how I find reflecting on these things each month but I think this is a good way for me to get into the swing of things.

The second part will go as follows...

Looking forward to January (starting today)...

Action steps and thought provoking questions:
1. Are my 2017 goals realistic? Last year's were slightly optimistic but are this year's achievable
2. I am having a quiet month to get back the balance with my finances. Can I manage to make minimal plans until payday?
3. I want to do a minimum of 3 work outs each week - will I do this? Looking back to my efforts last year, will I find the motivation to do this?

Aims for the month:
1. Stay hydrated - I've definitely not been drinking enough water these past few months. So for January I want to up my water intake to at least 2 litres per day.
2. Read a book - I want to start reading a book a month. After uni, I stopped reading so much. I was reading 4-6 books each week (on average) during the 3 years of my course and it was TIRING! I want to get back to enjoying reading.
3. Have at least one meat free day each week - I hardly used to eat meat, apart from when I went out or when H came around but now, most of my evening meals have some form of meat. It leaves me feeling really lethargic so I want to make it a goal for the month to see if the non-meat days make a difference. 

Also. A goal I want to try and have every month is to save £20 per week. If I can do this, I'll have saved nearly £1000 by the end of the year. WOAH. As I'm nearing 26, I need to start building my savings. Whether it's towards my house deposit, towards a new car, or towards something special.

JANUARY MOTTO: Work hard, relax just as hard. One day at a time.

Let's see how I get on with the month. Hopefully this content isn't too dull for you.
Are you doing anything similar for the new year like setting monthly goals or even quarterly goals?

Let me know in the comments below or on twitter.


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