2019: Goals Update for Q1

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April.

As slow as the winter was, it’s difficult to comprehend that we’re already in April. Q1 is over! A blessing and a curse.

At the beginning of this week, I was in sunny Florida (pictured above). Back home it’s cold and rainy. At least summer is coming!

Now that we’re officially in Q2, I want to reflect on how Q1 went in terms of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2019. I shared my goals and declared 2019 the year to focus, learn, and love. You can read all about my goals and the reason why I chose those words for 2019 here. 

It’s important to frequently remind yourself of your goals and aspirations. It keeps you motivated so your new year’s resolutions don’t become distant memories with no future of moving forward.

Here is how 2019 is going so far.

FOCUS

At the beginning of the year, I wanted to spend less time on social media and more time writing, focusing on my relationships, and developing personal habits. Although I can’t completely quit social media (it is my job, as you know), I definitely can say I’ve made active progress limiting my scrolling. I didn’t do anything drastic like deleting apps or turning off notifications, but I have started consciously recognizing when I’m tempted to scroll so I can spend my time doing something else.

I have begun to write more in my bullet journal and also made it a goal to blog at least one time a week (on Fridays) so I can hone my writing skills. I have, admittedly, been struggling with implementing daily habits in the morning, though. Although I do have a morning routine, it definitely could be more productive so that’ll be a focus for Q2.

LEARN

I resolved to listen to more podcasts and read more books. I started tracking my podcast consumption in my bullet journal (such a Type A thing, I know). I try to listen to at least one podcast a day, usually in the car on the way to work. At the end of March, I also had finished 12 out of the 35 books I’m aiming for this year, so I feel good about that! You can check out my bookshelf here for updates. 

Bullet journaling is also something I’ve grown to love this year. Admittedly, I struggle with doing it daily but I have found a lot of use out of it and can’t wait to keep practicing in Q2 and beyond. Check out this post for a sneak peek of how bullet journaling is going.

LOVE

This year I’m doing the 1-second challenge again and I still love it. It’s a great way to capture everyday moments and I love going back and watching how the year is turning out so far.

I admit I haven’t sent as many handwritten cards as I’d like, but I hope to continue that this year! It’s such an easy yet thoughtful way to show someone you’re thinking about them. I sent a few of my friends cards for Galentine’s Day and used it as an excuse to show my appreciation for their influence in my life. I encourage you to do the same!

 

So far, April is off to a good start. I can’t wait to see what the rest of Q2 has in store!

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How I’m Becoming a Morning Person

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I hate to admit this because I never thought I’d say it.

I’m *slowly* becoming a morning person.

Not one of those “I wake up at 3am every day for fun” people. I’ll never be like that. I’m talking about the “I wake up at 6am” person, which may sound unimpressive but that is really early for me.

Apparently you are either a Night Owl or an Early Bird, and for years I thought I was the former. I stay awake until at least 12-1am almost every night and I thought that made me a Night Owl.

However when I started thinking about it, I’m not productive at night. I’m not inspired by or find that my prime hours of creativity are when the sun is asleep. I would rather watch a movie or read a book at night, not create something or clean my house. I realized I’m way more productive and motivated in the morning.

Now that I’ve started to embrace this realization, I love learning about others’ morning routines. YouTube is a jackpot for this. Learning what people do during their morning routines has helped me pinpoint what I can implement into my own.

If you’re like me and want a morning routine, or maybe you’re curious what I do before work, just keep reading.

{ONE} Create a to-do list the night before.

I’ve mentioned this in other blog posts but it is so important I’m telling you again. Creating a to-do list the night before helps me wake up focused and ready to conquer the day. I even add obvious to-dos like making my bed because who doesn’t like checking things off and feeling productive? 😉

{TWO} Don’t check social media.

This is a BIG one and something that is extremely difficult for me to do. I could write an entire blog post dedicated to this, but I’ll refrain (for now). I recently listened to an episode of The Date Night Diaries with Steve & Stacy Hart that was all about how the screen affects us. I was instantly motivated to change my habit of checking social media first thing in the morning. I find myself absentmindedly scrolling through Instagram and Twitter all the time. It’s insane how much time you can waste aimlessly scrolling. No one needs that kind of distraction in the morning and believe me, social media can wait a few hours! Put it aside, get things done, and enjoy being unplugged for a bit.

{THREE} Make your bed.

If you read about successful people and their habits, one theme is they all make their beds in the morning. It instantly makes your bedroom cleaner and helps start your day productive and ready to take on anything. A simple habit like making your bed can be the stepping stone to a good day ahead. As soon as I wake up, I make my bed because it also forces me to stay awake instead of crawling back between the sheets.

{FOUR} Drink water…

I have a difficult time drinking enough water most days. As soon as I wake up, I try to drink at least 16 ounces of water. Some people drink more, others less. As long as water is the first thing you consume, you’re off to a good start.

{FIVE} Then get coffee, ASAP. 

Honestly though, water’s great and all but it doesn’t have caffeine. As a “reward” to myself after drinking my morning water, I get coffee ASAP. It honestly is so nice to drink coffee while going through my morning routine instead of chugging it in the car on the way to work. There’s something about a cute mug filled with coffee that just gets to me every time.

{SIX} Straighten up.

Whether it’s putting clothes away or tossing junk mail, I also try to straighten up a bit. When my surroundings are clear, my mind is clear. It’s a pleasing sight to see that my space is already clean when I come home at the end of the work day.

{SEVEN} Read.

As mentioned before, one of my 2018 goals is to read more. One of the ways I’m fitting this into my daily routine is to read for at least 15-30 minutes in the morning. Whether it’s a few pages or a few chapters, it doesn’t matter. As long as I’m inching my way closer to completing the goal, I’m good!

{EIGHT} Start your get ready routine.

Eventually the “fun stuff” comes to an end and I have to begin by get ready routine. This isn’t as exciting as the other things, but one of the major pros to waking up earlier is doing all the other stuff BEFORE the get ready routine. By waking up earlier, I no longer scramble to fit everything I need to do within a crunched timeframe. Establishing a morning routine is helpful and ensures your day is off to a great (and productive) start.