July Goals

The fact that I’m turning 30 this year has put a lot of self-imposed pressure on me to, you know...do ALL THE THINGS.

And goal-setting has always been a particular passion (/obsession) of mine.

I just love them (goals, that is).

I constantly want to set goals and figure out ways to meet them. And when I’ve met them, I want to set some more.

It’s less about the “meeting” of the goals, and more about the journey it took to get there, ya know? I love that part.

So, as inspired by Em Is For Marvelous, I jotted down some goals for July and August. For the rest of this month, I want to:

  • Send a “thinking about you” card once a week

    • Plan out who will get a card each week

  • Go for a walk (at least) once a week

  • Re-read & implement HNP Program

  • Try new morning routine:

    • Morning Pages

    • Meditation

    • Flossing

    • Take vitamins

    • Water before coffee

  • Set up ed cal for SolidAsArak.com

  • Create weekly schedule, including:

    • Blog post writing/editing/finalizing

    • Social media content creation

    • Client work

    • Meetings/calls

  • Complete Content Brew or Become a Better Blogger (Skillshare) courses

  • Set up savings account for self-employment tax savings

  • Trademark “Jenna Arak” and “Solid as Arak”

  • Create Instagram editorial calendar

  • Finish reading:

    • The Eventual Millionaire by Jaime Tardy

    • Expecting Better by Emily Oster

    • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Every night, when I’m making my to-do list for the next day, I check a couple of things. I check my calendar. I check my weekly work schedule. I check my Potential Client Tracker. And then I check my goals.

I always want to make sure I’m leaving room for them.

As you can see above, I’ve already started making progress!

I created a weekly schedule, following Jenny Shih’s method to ensure that I was actually taking advantage of the fact that I work for myself - by setting my “working hours” and deciding what work will get done on each day of the week (while also leaving space for the miscellaneous stuff that pops up, of course!).

I’ve also decided that I’m not allowed to buy any more books (well, not many) until I read the ones that I have. So I’ve listed those I really want to read (as well as the books decided by my book club) and split them up into months, so I can focus on only 3-4 - or maybe 5! - books at a time. And I’ve already crossed one off!

I have a lot yet to do, of course. For whatever reason, my July goals list (which was drafted in mid-July, mind you) is a lot longer than my August list. We shall see how well that pans out. Trial and error (or success!), right?

Do you have any monthly (or yearly) goals? How do you track them and make sure you’re doing what you were so resolute about doing back in January?

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