Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monthly Goals: October

I liked doing the September Goals so much (even though I failed at some of them) that I'm going to do it every month.

Setting goals is a great way to challenge and improve myself.  I also find that writing them down (and posting them) makes me much more accountable.

Goal 1: Volunteer

This was a big fail in September but I'm going to make it happen in October.  It can be an ongoing opportunity or something as easy as volunteering for a few hours.  I think this might possibly end up being volunteering at a race.  We shall see.

Goal 2: Improve sleep schedule

I have this really bad habit of watching TV till way too late in the night and then having trouble falling asleep.  Or reading blogs till midnight.  Then I wake up super tired in the morning and press snooze way too many times and then have to run around in a panic to get ready for work. Not a great way to start the day.  So this must stop.  

My goal is to set up and nightly routine in getting ready for bed and to have a set time to get to sleep.  This way I can wake up more refreshed and rejuvenated instead of exhausted and sleepy.  And maybe I will even start getting up and including some morning workouts!   

An old roomie snapped this picture of me napping in college.
Goal 3: Budget

I've been meaning to do this for a while, but haven't.  I will set up a budget on a spreadsheet and then promptly forget about it.  Well, no more my friends.  This month I will keep track of my spending and stay within my limits.  I must start saving money instead of blowing it on things like a new computer, a new bike, a new TV.  Bad Alyssa, bad.

I am planning on paying for more things with cash instead of whipping out my debit/credit card at the cash register.  I am more conscious of what I am spending when I actually have to part with my cash.

Goal 4: Hike at Starved Rock State Park

Laura and I have talked about hiking here for over a year.  October would be a great month to go as the leaves will be changing colors and the weather is cool.  The nature-lover inside of me is jumping for joy at this prospect.

Goal 5: Carve a pumpkin

Okay, so this isn't a goal that is going to greatly improve my life, but it will be a lot of fun.  It is Halloween month, after all.  That way I can roast the pumpkin.

I'll follow up on these at the end of the month!

*sources of images can be found by clicking on the image
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