Soon we’ll be half way through the second month of this Year of Motivation.This past week I had a bit of a realisation. A guess a bit of a “well, duh!” moment. I realised that some of the trouble I’m having with my goals and habits is that they are a bit too vague. I know about the concept of SMART goals – time to do a better job of implementing them! With that in mind, as I go over how each of the habits has gone this week I will also add a note of how I am making them SMART, or at least smarter.
The habits I’ve been trying to build so far are:
- Go to bed on time (make it smarter – be in bed by 21:15 every day)
- A slight improvement. The weekend nights continue to be an issue, but weekday nights continually to gradually improve. I’m still not having any consistent success. Wednesday night was a complete success – in bed at 21:10. Most of the other nights were around 22:00, though Saturday and Sunday were closer to midnight… Getting there. Will keep trying.
- Work before play (make it smarter – complete task list before doing ‘for fun’ things)
- Again I had difficulty tracking this. I think I did reasonably well at it. The smarter version of the goal should help me to track it better too. By task list I mean the daily list in my planner. I’m not sure if I want to include my Todoist list in that because it’s normally very, very long… But then if I don’t include it then I won’t get things done! I suppose I’ll count it, but completing it can also mean making informed choices with it. By which I mean, I have to have cleared the list, whether by completing the tasks or postponing them to a better day. After that, I am allowed to do fun things, which I will define as gaming, watching shows or YouTube, and making cards beyond the ones that count as work.
- Brush Lola’s teeth (make it smarter – brush Lola’s teeth every morning)
- Last week I said I was going to try to add this to my morning routine. What a difference that made! I haven’t missed a single day since doing that. It helps because I have more energy in the mornings (once I’ve managed to drag myself out of bed), and Lola is always awake and active first thing, so I don’t have to wake her up to do it. I’m very happy with this habit and will be moving it to the habit shelf!
- Communicate more (make it smarter – communicate via text, email, Skype or letter with at least one person every day)
- I’m not yet up to every day, but I’m doing a better job. I got two letters written this week. I Skyped my dad. I’ve communicated with my brothers. I arranged to become pen pals with an old friend. Progress is being made. There’s still more to do, but it’s getting there.
- Get up on time (make it smarter – get up with the first alarm, no snoozing)
- This one seemed to go almost opposite the going to bed one. I did better at getting up on time at the weekend than I did during the week. I think this habit is going to be a very difficult one to get on, because I’ve struggled with this pretty much my whole life. I am bad at getting up in the morning. I enjoy sleep, I like to snuggle up in bed, and I especially like being able to cuddle up with husband. It’s definitely a challenge. I will keep working on it.
Habits to add:
- Get ahead, stay ahead (make it smarter – be consistently two days ahead on card making and blogging)
- This is one that I think will benefit me a lot, and I’d like to be able to gradually increase the time period until I am up to a week ahead at a time. That’ll allow me some leeway in case of particularly busy times, or if I’m ill. There have been times that I manage to get a few days ahead with my photo-a-day series, or have a couple of cards made in advance, but I inevitably end up using it as a reason not to do anything towards them until I’m no longer ahead at all. At the moment I am a day ahead on card making, and I do already have a photo for tomorrow’s photo-a-day. My aim is to get up to two days ahead by the end of the week, and then hopefully increase to seven days by the end of the month.
- Colour daily (make it smarter – work on my colouring planner during my work break in order to complete one colouring page a week)
- I did indeed colour during all of my breaks at work. As I didn’t work full days on Thursday or Friday I didn’t work on the colouring page on those days. I had almost completed it at the start of the week, and then finished it up today. I did of course also do some colouring here and there for card projects throughout the week.
- Read on weekdays (make it smarter – read whilst commuting to and from work in order to complete one book every 14 days)
- I don’t think I read both to and from every day, but I did do at least one of them. I also read some days during my break at work. I completed the book on Friday, keeping me on track for my reading challenge. I also started my next book on Friday which, whilst I didn’t get very far through it, does mean I’m actually slightly ahead of schedule now!
- Adding now – Brush Lola’s teeth