I’ve always wished I could be a runner. Lacing up those Nike Frees, playing a perfectly set up playlist, and hitting the pavement for 30+ minutes. So I decided to become a runner.
I constantly tell myself that I’m going to get my 10,000 steps in every day, and somedays I do, and somedays I don’t. Today, I didn’t. I even made an effort and went out for a half an hour walk this morning! Admittedly I spent most of the day inside studying for my health sciences exam, but still! Disappointing, much?
But this week is going to be a good one. I can feel it. I’m going to be able to get out of bed for my morning run, and walk across campus and make sure I get the steps in! Especially since it’s going to be a stressful week, I’m going to need to make sure I stay active and healthy and regulate my eating. I’ll make sure I walk to the subway station instead of catching the bus, I’ll get up and move around during breaks in between classes, and make sure I spend time at the gym, or running, even if I’m busy! Because no one is too busy for their own health.
And to really motivate myself to reach this goal, I’m going to add $1 to my ‘Preston Small Flap’ savings fund for each day I hit my 10,000 step mark!
I have goals. My goals are very concrete, and I know what I need to do to achieve them. I’m lucky that I’ve found something that I’m so passionate about, Law, and that I have the opportunity to pursue my interests.
In my psychology class we just briefly learned about the idea of having a well defined versus an ill defined goal, and that it’s more likely to achieve a well defined goal. And I completely agree with that. I think it’s extremely important to not only know what you want, but how you’re going to get there. For example, I want to go into law. With that, I know I need to get into law school, which means I need pretty good grades to be accepted. And that’s my motivation for working hard in school. I know that I need to have a 3.8CGPA to even be considered, and so I bust my ass trying to get my GPA up.
Knowing that this is what I want, and knowing how to get there, it’s easy for me to think ahead. It’s easy for me to think of how much my actions will influence my future, and to plan out the things I need to do in order to get where I want. And with all of that, I laid out my 3-year plan. I know exactly what I need to do, and when to do it, to get into law school.
It’s an exiting feeling, and I totally encourage you making steps for your goals!
One step at a time:
About a month ago I made this post. To recap, I wanted to focus on waking up earlier an becoming more of a morning person. It took time, but I’ve finally done it. I’m not going to lie and say I do it every day, but when my alarm goes off and I have to get up and go to class, I do it. And miraculously I’m not even grumpy and groggy for 2 hours after now, too! It’s like I’m a new person! Never did I ever think that I could ever be a… morning person! Gasp!
Seriously though. Now when I wake up, I hit the floor running. (Not literally though, I’m still not disciplined enough to get up and work out first thing. I still prefer to work out later in the day). But now, from the moment I wake up, I seem to be productive. I don’t lie in bed for hours, or binge watch netflix while eating breakfast. I put my coffee on, and get going. Hell this morning I even finished my psych notes early in the AM! (Although I did make a big mistake and miss a class… I didn’t even skip on purpose! I just forgot what time it started. Ooops!)
Well now that I have this new found skill within me, it’s time to add another big ‘to do’ to my life habit repertoire, and this month I’m going to focus on not procrastinating. Yup. Tackling another big one.
I’m a big procrastinator. A huge procrastinator. I put off learning to drive for years, and I’ve been meaning to make a dentist appointment for months. Not to mention I leave assignments for the night before. I’m a huge procrastinating mess, and it always comes to bite me in the butt, so I thought I would focus a little bit on putting a stop to that. From now on, I’m going to try to do things right away. Using the 60 second rule for the little things, and actually completing my to do lists on the daily.
Here we go!
I don’t have any idea how september is going to go for me, but I have faith in my ability to kick it in the butt. I’ve got early classes, long hours, but I also have a stash of free coffee at my place, a new found motivation, and faith in myself. I think It’s going to be a good month.
With that all being said, I’m the kind of person who likes to set goals for myself. So here are my september goals!
- Start going to my school gym at least twice a week.
Even though I only have two classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I also have a huge 5 hour break in between them. It sounds like a perfect opportunity to get all of my readings done, and to stay on top of my blog, but 5 hours? Who are you kidding?? No one can work for 5 hours straight without going insane! That’s why I’ve activated my gym account, found a friend with a similar break and an interest in going to the gym with me, and I’m committing to it!
- Run outside more regularly.
On top of working out at the school gym, I also want to keep my cardio up. Specifically, I still want to run outside. I love getting the fresh air. There’s nothing like it. I hope to run outside at least once a week, but once the weather really starts to take a turn for the worse, who knows!
- Keep the starbucks intake down.
I know I should practice what I preach, and very often preach that it’s dangerous to even walk into a starbucks if you don’t want to say goodbye to your car fund$$, but I’m being realistic here, and I’ve decided that I’m allowing myself starbucks, but only in moderation. My rule is I’m allowed one tall pumpkin spice latte (or any other drink of my choice) on the days that I wake up before 7. Yup. I’m not a morning person, so this is great motivation!
- Go to all my classes.
I’m not proud to admit that last year, I wasn’t the best at attending classes. I would sleep in and skip, and it was awful. But I’ve learned my lesson and from now on I’m definitely going to class. I swear. I will do it!
- Eat healthy
This was another big thing for me last year. It’s so easy to pick up 5$ Tim Hortons sandwhich after class, it became a habit. But this year I need to make a change for not just my health, but also for my wallet. I’m making it a habit to pack a lunch and a plethora of snacks with my every day. The only thing I’ll be buying up here is coffee!
Those are my 5 goals for september. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick to them, and to make them habits for the rest of my semester (who knows, maybe even the rest of my life!). I think they’re all fairly attainable, and if I put any effort into them at all, I’m sure I’ll be able to do it.
Hope you start making your goals habits too!
These last two semesters of university have been the best few months of my life. I’ve never been in such a good place in my life, and I am so beyond grateful for all the people and the events that have been in my life and helped me with that. I would wake up in the morning and I would be ready to face the day. I would have a smile on my face all day, and it was amazing!
So naturally the other week when I had a few days of hitting a huge low, it took me by surprise. I had received some bad grades that pulled my gpa down, had a bit of a rough patch with friends, and then I had a bad experience with a few extra shots of tequila, and an extra long shower the next morning to rinse of the regret.
Honestly, I almost had a little breakdown, something I haven’t experienced in about a year. I felt alone, I was ready to say goodbye to my Law School dreams, and I felt like I had worked hard for nothing.
Then one day I was scrolling down tumblr and read this quote that basically picked me up out of this slump.
“Your failure does not define you, your determination does.”
All of a sudden things seemed to turn on a dime. I felt this intense rush of positivity run through me. I somehow new again that I didn’t need to depend on my past to succeed in my future. Everything I want to do is still possible, and I have this new found dedication and drive within me and I am so ready to absolutely kill the rest of my life.
I am totally ready to be who I want to be, and to work my little butt of to get it.
Everyone wants to change their lives. To wake up in the morning to a clean apartment, with their planners organized and their lives together. And I am going to give that to myself, but I’m not going to try to get it all at once.
Instead of setting 8 goals for myself for the next six months of my life, and failing miserably at all of them, I am going to set one. Just one goal. That way, whenever I reach this goal, I’ll add another. There won’t be a time limit, because in reality life is always a work in progress.
So what’s my goal? To learn how to wake up.
Yup. Something that simple. To learn how to get my butt out of bed. To not hit snooze. To start. My days earlier.
I chose this because getting a late start is always one of those things that really brings me down. I feel like I’ve wasted the entire day, and like I have to stay up late just to make up for wasted time.
I’ll check back with how I’ve done with this goal next month!