(Author’s Note: I started this blog on Friday, June 21; however, I was interrupted by the biggest thunderstorm I have seen in the Midwest. Flash floods and winds up to 70 mph. Needless to say, I sought safe cover immediately. When I was able to resume, we lost power for 8 hrs. The dates therefore, are a few days off)
If you follow me on Twitter you are aware that starting the day I turned 25 I have tweeted about various activities with the hashtags #TwentyFive #GonnaThrive. These tweets are related to a larger objective to live intentionally this year and pursue life goals, establish desirable habits, an increase overall wellbeing. This started 2 months ago today, and I thought it would be great to provide an update about this and share with you the 5 movements of my #TwentyFive #GonnaThrive campaign.
The First Movement: Digital
My first goal was to digitize my life. I’ve written about my unsuccessful attempt to read the Bible digitally here, but that is just one area. I have moved to taking all notes (sermon, Sunday school, small group, and meeting) on my phone or tablet, I journal completely in Evernote (writing on that soon), and am trying to read books electronically (when I catch up on my queue, they will be electronic). The primary motivation factor in the digital trend was to archive in a meaningful and accessible way all of my journaling, notes, thoughts, meetings, and ideas. It’s going really well, and I wouldn’t go back…unless the power goes out indefinitely…
The Second Movement: Sleep & Morning Routine
My second goal was to increase the quality of my sleep while still being able to start my day 30–45 minutes before I had to. This goal is most definitely the hardest to balance with life, work, and grad school; I seem to either wake up early enough or sleep well enough. Never both in the same 10-hour window. (Ideally, I’d like to sleep 7 hours, from 10:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.). As an analyst I love data, and consequently purchased the Sleep Cycle App to help me measure the length, quality, and progress of my sleep. It works quite well! But still a lot of improvement to be enjoyed on this goal.
The Third Movement: Reading
My third goal is to read more books outside of grad school. I can speed read (about 600+ words per minute) so I can fly through content pretty fast; I need only to make the time for reading. My goal is 30 minutes a day (which is 18,000 words/day, or 72 pages(average)/day, or two, 200-page books/week). This is achievable, however I find that I am not able to carve out 30 minutes a day consistently. (On average I read 150–200 pgs/week).
The Fourth Movement: Health
My fourth goal is to “workout” more. Very SMART I know. The hope is to do pushups/crunches every morning, lift weights twice a week, and run at least twice a week. Again, achievable, but I simply have not cut out enough time to do this. I may need to alternate this goal with my reading goal and find a good balance here.
The Fifth Movement: Writing
The renewed interested in maintaing this blog is evidence of my fifth goal, to write. Of course I am not able to write as often as I would prefer, but I find my writing creativity coming more consistently than in months past. And I have enjoyed writing, which is the most significant difference this time.
That’s a quick look at my 2-month #TwentyFive #GonnaThrive goals. I’ll be sure to mark my progress and update you in another 2-months. But now I ask you, Do you regularly set goals for your self-improvement? What goals are you most inclined to set? What goals are you most likely to fail in achieving?
Would love to hear from you!