Today I’m sharing my goals for May.
How is it already May? It’s hard to believe that I’m already writing about my goals for May. Before I get into what I want to achieve in May, I wanted to recap how April’s goals went. Spoiler: pretty good for two of them and not so great for the last one.
Work on Ebook.
This goal was a huge success! I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo and wrote 20,000 words. I figure I have just under 10,000 more words to go before I’m done. Although I’m not finished writing, I’m pretty proud of myself that I got two thirds of the eBook written. Working on this eBook was a big goal that I wasn’t sure I would be able to achieve. It would have been really easy to give up when the words just weren’t coming. To be completely honest it felt like this big, overwhelming project before I started. It seemed like so much work, and I wasn’t sure that I’d have the motivation to reach 20,000 words. I think the key to getting so much done was having an outline so whenever I sat down to write I knew exactly what I wanted to write about.
Get outside each day.
While I didn’t spend time outside every single day in April, I did most days. It’s so easy for days to go by before I realize that I haven’t been out for a walk or spent time in the outdoors outside of work. I generally get to work outside when it’s nice out, but I wasn’t counting time at work, well, because I’m working. I didn’t put any limits on what counted, so everything from a walk to sitting outside on the deck soaking in the sunshine counted. After this years long winter that wouldn’t end, the sun felt so good!
I definitely spent more time outside than I would have during April because I knew that this was one of my goals for the month. I’m hoping that this habit will stick throughout the rest of the spring and into the summer. Winters are so cold and snowy here, I want to make sure that I take advantage of the warmer weather while it’s here.
3 morning workouts each week.
This goal was a big of a bomb for me during April. While I definitely did get in some morning workouts, the last two weeks of April I didn’t get in any workouts because of first plantar fasciitis, and then another foot injury. My intent with this goal is that I’m much more likely to workout if I do it first thing in the morning, so I was wanting to get more consistent. If I leave my workouts for later on in the day, life inevitably gets in the way, I have other things come up, and before I know it, it’s 8 or 9 pm and I still haven’t made it to the gym. I can’t be the only one who that happens to.
Finish writing ebook.
Like I mentioned above, I think I have about 10,000 more words to write before I’m done. I want to finish writing the rest of it this month. After writing 20,000 words in April, I’m hoping that 10,000 will feel like a lot less work and I’ll be able to get it done relatively quickly. I’ll most likely need some time away from it before I begin to edit it, but I definitely want to get that done this month too. It’s crazy to think that I’ll have a first draft of my ebook done by the end of the month!
Spend 4 hours blogging each day.
During April I read The One Thing (affiliate link). One of the things that the authors advocate doing is spending 4 days working towards your goals – writing blog posts, scheduling social media, and working on projects that bring me closer to my blogging goals. Those 4 hours each day doesn’t include email or scrolling through Instagram. It’s dedicated time to work specifically on the things that bring me closer to my goals.
How do I figure out those tasks? In the book they suggest setting your big annual goals, and then working backwards from there. What monthly goals do you have to achieve to get to your annual ones? What weekly goals do you have to set to achieve your monthly ones? What do you have to do each day to achieve your weekly goals? You keep breaking down your goals into tasks until you have tasks that you can work on. It’s these tasks that I’ll be doing during the 4 hours each day.
Get back to pain free workouts.
I’m going to be completely honest, it’s been tough the last few weeks to be dealing with injuries. Dealing first with the plantar fasciitis and then the tendinitis, it’s been a hard few weeks. I think that I appreciate my (most of the time) healthy body the most when I’m dealing with an injury or not feeling 100%. My plan is to slowly get back to workouts while still being pain free. I’m thinking I’ll start with the bike or elliptical, and then go on from there. I’m aiming for 3 or 4 workouts each week.
While I definitely want to get back at it, I also don’t want to make anything worse. Having feet that hurt isn’t at all fun, so I want to make sure that I become more active in a smart way and avoid anymore pain. It’s a fine line. I’m very grateful that the meds I’m on have helped with the pain a ton. I don’t want to have to make another doctor’s appointment because I overdid it.
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What’s a goal of yours that you want to achieve in May? Share it in the comments below. I love hearing what other people are working towards.