Hey, everyone! Wow, I took a much longer-than-anticipated break from blogging. Craziness at work and the demands of being in a science course with a lab drained a lot of my free time, and the little time I did have, I used it to unwind and have a *gasp* social life. The good news though?
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I got an A in the class! I made Gen Chem 1 my bitch, and it feels good to finally have forward movement on my path to becoming a Physical Therapist. It’s going to be even tougher this upcoming semester because I’ll still be working full-time, but this time I’ll be taking 2 classes (with lab) for 10 credit hours: gen chem 2 and bio 1. Wish me luck!
With 2013 under way, I have some overall goals that I want to accomplish. First off, I have a lot of random things to share and want to post more regularly this time around, so I’ll write up about stuff I did while gone for those days when I’m swamped with school work and grown-up work (boo). I’m hoping to stick to 2-3 times a week. Second, I hope to get straight A’s in these prereq classes because while my undergrad GPA was just okay, I’ll need a lot more than just okay to get into some of the programs I’m looking into. On that note, thirdly, I want to get my finances in order before I quit my job this fall to go to school full-time for a year and knock out the last of my courses. This is scary, and I’ll talk about it a lot more in a future post sometime.
You’ll notice I didn’t put any goals related to fitness, health, or overall well-being. That’s because these are things I try to make important all the time and not just when I’m feeling particularly motivated at the beginning of a year (I’m not). My workouts/overall fitness have been all over the board, but I’ll talk about that in another post as well.
Instead, I want to focus on monthly goals or objectives that I can really dive in to and can revisit in later months. The focus for this month?
This seems like a fitting goal for a new year and one that is desperately needed. You see, I don’t have much stuff, but I have a lot of useless crap. We’re talking buttons to shirts I probably donated years ago, random cosmetic samples I will never use, and old clothes from when I was a tiny size 0 back in high school (seriously). I also want to mentally and emotionally declutter. 2012 was my best year thus far, but I need to keep negativity, doubt, and baggage at bay if I want this year to be ever better. I’ve been writing more thoughts down in a journal and have been trying to keep a more positive outlook when I can.
For physical clutter, I loved the tips found in this article from Apartment Therapy. Instead of focusing on things you should do, it tells you what you should not do. I get overwhelmed seeing my clutter, especially after looking at pictures of immaculate homes. By following the tips on that site, I can focus on my own task at hand and get it to where I want it to be, not what I see in the magazine spread. Here are the basic tips (click on link for full explanations):
- Organize first; buy second. Don’t buy stuff to organize with until you know what you need to organize.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Don’t try to spend all day decluttering your entire home. Instead, focus on a room of specific area.
- Complete each task—completely. Finish what you started, especially with donation/trash piles. Make sure everything gets to it’s final destination (I’m so bad at this).
- Rome wasn’t built in a day. Know that your organization will fall to the wayside if you don’t periodically maintain and make it a habit. You have to continue to work on what you’ve already completed.
- Good enough is enough. Most of us will never have a photo-ready home. Deal with it and move on.
Questions: What are your goals for the year? Have you ever tried monthly goals? If so, how did it work out for you?