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Goals: Updated and New Ones!

It’s been a week, and it’s time to bring my first set of goals!

Here’s a recap of what I wanted to do for the first week:

  • Become up-to-date with all classes come Saturday evening
  • Complete up to ten hours of work (or complete all work, whichever is first)
  • Make sure to work out at least two hours (free form)
  • Keep up with three meals a day
  • Sleep a total of seven hours a night
  • Write nearly 5,000 words on current fiction story
  • Complete 10 new blog posts by Saturday evening

How have I done? The first of these goals had something that I did naturally. Keeping up with the first week of classes is never difficult. I met this one with ease, and kept it all under control. Ready for the second week of classes, and all the due dates that come with that!

Now, for work I wasn’t given ten hours last week (this week though,  I have a handful!). I got the work that I needed to have done, presented to my boss who needed it in a timely matter, and did what I do best for the company – research and write! Things were excellent on that front.

Working out is a different tale, however. I squeezed in enough time last week to get a total of an hour and a half in free form working out. The worst difficulty that I had was keeping myself occuppied for those twenty minutes a night that I had slotted away to work out. Also, after a long day of going to class and keeping myself organized in that sense I never had the mood for it. This is a goal that I’m going to repeat for this week. I’ll hopefully meet the requirements and continue to better myself.

Thanks to my new schedule, this term is making it easier for me to get all of my three meals each day. Thankfully I’m finding more time for this and not growing too hungry throughout walking around campus.

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’ll know that I’ve given up coffee. To add on to giving up coffee, this has removed me sleeping and forcing my body to want to sleep much earlier in the night. This allows me to wake up much more in the AM than what I’m use to and thus gaining those seven hours is excellent!

This is a goal I’m most ashamed of. I haven’t written too much regarding my current fiction project (only topping off at 1,000 words) and did not get even close to the 5,000 I had predicted. This is unfortunate because this week I’m going to find myself reading quite a bit more and not too much time to write down any ideas / thoughts I’ll have regarding my story. I’m going to try this one again.

The blog posts were done without flaw! I took a bit of a break over the weekend to see to other tasks, and had radio silence on my blog. Thankfully, I had finished the 10 post cap by Friday. Awesome for me, but I can definitely add more material to this space.

Here are my goals for this week:

  • Write 5,000 words on my latest fiction project
  • Work out for two hours this week
  • Keep up with work and add more reading material to my nightly list
  • Find time to relax after each hour of work / school activity (I’m horrible about taking breaks that are reasonable)
  • Fix up the damn bike (my mode of transportation has become a minor danger to myself and others)
  • Write three reviews to games

Hoping that this week is better than the last. Wish everyone the best!

Day One without Coffee

While this was not a weekly goal, this is more of an experiment. I contribute quite a bit of last term’s “napping” and need for rests due to my attachment to coffee. Taking a stab in the dark, I’m attempting to remove it from my daily regiment.

Instead of coffee, tea has been the selected substitute. Nearly the same process, besides the filter being inside of the cup.

Things haven’t been a too difficult change. The tea has been welcoming in the morning so far. Same warm feeling, the cups are the same. Only thing different is heating the water and not adding any delicious caffeine.

Do I miss it? Without a doubt. Not only for the quick-burst I feel shooting down my arms followed by my heart pumping at a faster pace. The rush you’ll get with the oak aroma slinking into your mildly groggy nostrils with the bitter taste lasting around your tongue.

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Coffee could easily default to becoming a treat rather than an everyday vice. The attempt at change should be fine. I’m looking for to wandering around the store and discovering other flavors of tea. Tazo appears to my chosen brand as of yet.

Have any personal choices of your own? I’d love to read about them and give it a try! Not just that, but have others taken a charge in choosing to do away with something similar to coffee. Let me know in the comments.

Goals For the Week

I’ve decided that instead of creating stuff for the “year”, I’d focus more on the week. Weeks are manageable, easier to maintain, and I’m able to see results at a faster rate. This would allow me to adjust accordingly, if for say I’d like to re-roll (tabletop term / DnD term) the same goal for the next week if maybe I wasn’t too happy with the outcome.

This is going to be an important moment for me. I’ve yet to accomplish major goals of mine that I’ve always liked to. There’s quite a bit I’m going to have to work on.

For this week, here’s what my checklist looks like –

  • Become up-to-date with all classes come Saturday evening
  • Complete up to ten hours of work (or complete all work, whichever is first)
  • Make sure to work out at least two hours (free form)
  • Keep up with three meals a day
  • Sleep a total of seven hours a night
  • Write nearly 5,000 words on current fiction story
  • Complete 10 new blog posts by Saturday evening

So far, I’ve done fairly well with my classes. It’s only the first day. Can’t expect too much. Regarding work, there’s a growing stack of required tasks for me that I’ve waited until tonight to do, while not what I initially wanted it is Monday – baby steps.

Now, seeing that I ride my bike to school every day that takes roughly fifteen minutes there and then another fifteen back. I’m not going to be counting those into the two hours (don’t want to make it too easy!) I’m hoping to begin with at least twenty minutes a day by doing basic workouts and gradually placing more on each week.

Why three meals a day? Because I’m a college student and I constantly find myself not eating enough. As I write this now, I sit in the buzzed-filled library on campus and still hear my stomach rumbling alongside the roar of the ever growing crowd. I’m doing it to at least push for a healthier diet to ensure my body doesn’t fluctuate too much during the school days. Same goes for seven hours of sleep. I do not plan on being sleep deprived during classes and would prefer to not nap during the day. It’s always been a favorite of mine but I have too much to do! Have to keep up with everything and I want to avoid going into the wee-hours to make up work.

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Writing is a given. I have multiple projects I’m working on and I need to get those rolling. Rather than focus on writing “pieces”, I figured a weekly word count would get my fingers moving. Gather those ancient ideas.

The blog posts count is another project I’d like to keep alive. I gave up on my previous one because I became too lazy and decided to never find the time. I’m going to ensure that this time around, I do find the time. I am going to make it the best experience I can make it.

There you have it folks! There’s my goal list for this week.

I’d love to hear other people’s goals as well. If it’s for this year, go for it! Maybe a daily goal? Weekly? Monthly? Whatever it is – I want to hear about it. Share it with me, to help keep us both honest!

Three Hours Before Hurt Time

In three hours, I’ll return to my college schedule. Am I excited? Partially. It’s always a fun to begin classes again, start learning something new and begin forward. Other times, I remember how the rest of the term typically turns out.

That’s the sour memory. Running around to finish assignments right at the deadline. Pushing them back as much as possible if only to find myself a few hours of desperate sleep. Not the best moments of my life, but I’m certainly still here. Still standing strong!

This term shouldn’t be too daunting. I’m participating in two writing classes, one math class, and taking a basic chemistry class. Physics has me most interested (writing classes are a full given) because I haven’t taken it since I was in high school. While that may have only been five years it feels as if I had it in another life time.

What’s the best way I can optimize my time? Scheduling. While I type this up, I’m beginning to reset my Google Calender from my previous term. Updating where I need to be, what I should be doing at any given time and what’s going to be happening at least a few days ahead of schedule.

This term, I’m going to try something different. Here’s my plan for this term that I’m hoping sticks with me:

  • Work hours that are cement
  • Hours I give to “play”
  • Writing hours
  • If in trouble, write in times to better adjust myself.

The two that are likely going to give myself the most trouble are going to be “Works hours” and “Hours to play”. I’m horrible at keeping the same work hours when I’m on my laptop (I work online as a content curator). Sometimes I’m in the mood to do the work, other times I’ll push it back to a later date. While it’s not the best choice I always get the deadlines met!

What I’m hoping may motivate me to work harder this term is the fact that some nights I could “roll over” my hours to play to another date. Perhaps for a good two nights I read Physics notes or stick my head into the math book. I could then spend a Friday evening with a bit more free time in my lap and do some well-needed gaming (or catch up on sleep <which is unlikely>!).

It’s another year, a new start for me. This blog speaks of my resolve to be someone different. I’m already on an excellent footing by even writing this blog entry.

Excitement for more than school? Definitely. The first day back always gives me goosebumps.

I hope others are enjoying the brand new year. Remember: start thinking about giving yourself goals. I may, later this evening, create a list of goals that I should begin following and update every so often with readers.

I could use some excellent people to help keep me honest!

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Happy Monday, everyone!