I decided to break my goals into three different categories this year: running, healthy eating, and personal. Then, to focus on three goals for each area, or 9 total goals this year.
My personal goals this year focus on my own personal three Rs: rest, relax, and relationships.
Goal Number 1 – Rest – I will follow a strict sleep schedule.
My alarm is currently the bane of my existence. I am up every morning at 6:00 and at work by 7:00. Problem is that since I started blogging I am always finding more I can do and staying up later, and later, and later. Which basically just leaves me more exhausted in the long run. Come on Abby, your blog is about finding a healthy lifestyle and sleeping enough is part of that.
I am now giving myself a curfew -
Computer off by 9:30.
In bed, lights out, by 10:30.
Seriously, even if I have to shut it down mid-post, mid-comment, mid-tweet. I need to rest.
Goal Number 2 – Relax – I will find time to read (for fun).
This summer I purchased an entire nightstand full of books. I was sure I would have tons of time to read since I had finished all my grad school night classes.
Flash forward 6 months-
There they are – all still sitting on my nightstand. I started one, but got too wrapped up in trying to do too much. I’ve been so busy trying to grow my blog that every free second has been filled with something else I could be doing, improving, researching. The only book I read in the past 6 months- one on SEO (Search Engine Optimization). It’s time to slow down, to realize everything doesn’t have to always be go-go-go, to remember that I love reading and that it calms me down, relaxes me, and helps me fall asleep.
I will use the hour between when I shut down my computer and turn my lights out to shower, throw on pjs, do my PT stretches, and then actually read a book (for fun) for about 30 minutes.
Goal Number 3 – Relationships – I will be present when I am with friends and family.
Part of being a blogger is the constant connection to social media. Let me be real – I am now a member of so many social media sites/programs that it is ridiculous. Heck, I did not even know half of them existed until 8 months ago when I started blogging.
You can now find me on:
Twitter and Instagram: @BackAtSquare0
What does all this mean? It means I am constantly connected. My phone is off from 7-3 at work, but other than that it is constantly by my side so I can stay up to date. I am glued to that phone worse than a 15 year old girl. Somehow I have convinced myself that part of growing my blog is being in constant contact, constant interaction, always available. Yikes!
My new goal is to realize that while I love blogging, and while both blogging and the health/fitness community have become an important part of my life, they do not take priority over my other relationships.
I need to focus on building, nurturing, and respecting the relationships I have with family and friends by being more in the moment. My goal is to focus on my quality time with family and friends and leave my phone in my purse (and silenced) while I am with them.
This goal will probably make my parents very happy on our weekly family dinner nights.
My 2013 Personal Goals:
- Rest – Curfew – Computer off by 9:30 and in bed, lights out, by 10:30.
- Relax – Find time to read (for fun) before bed.
- Relationships – I will be more present in the moment with family & friends (and less glued to my phone).
What personal goals do you have for 2013?