Now that winter break is over I can look back on the post I made once I got home and say with confidence that I, for the most part, failed. I did some things. I wrote a little bit, painted one picture, went on two walks. But the break overall was not anything like I expected it to be, because I had gone in with lofty expectations instead of concrete goals. I will not be fooled again. For second semester I am going to make goals so concrete, so solid, so meticulously detailed they couldn't possibly be uncompleted, no matter how lazy I get.
Goal 1: Write
This one is tricky because I am the type of person who can only write when I feel inspired, BUT I am going to attempt to change that. I vow to write at least 185 words per day. I have a tracker on NaNoWriMo (which is an awesome source for any writers out there that I recommend) to make sure I complete those goals and complete my newest novel by March 19th.
I need to make a habit of carving out time to sit in the library and write every day. In-between classes is probably the smartest route, because once I get back to the dorm I'll get sucked into talking to or hanging out with my friends and will likely not want to leave the party and go sit by myself in the library and write. On the days when I lack inspiration I'll pull up the playlist I made for my book, or read a couple pages from a book that inspires me to write my own, or if its really bad then I won't write that day and write extra the next day (but lets hope it never comes to that because that could become a vicious cycle pretty quick).
Goal 2: Stay on top of homework
At the very, very end of second semester I finally found a group of people who wanted to do things together. This was great, because friends are great, and because it was the end of the year and none of us really had a lot of homework to do because classes were winding down and we had mostly given up. So I need to be extra prepared to balance a social life and school life. First semester I vowed to say yes to every opportunity that came my way in an effort to force myself to leave the dorm. Now in second semester I'm changing that and am going to strive to make plans ahead of time, or only say yes to opportunities that are sensible and that come up when I have free time.
If I'm in the middle of crafting a master essay that is due in two days and am invited out to do something, maybe I'll say yes. But if I'm writing an essay the night before its due, I'm going to stay in until its done. Reading textbooks is also very, very tedious, but is the only way I'll pass my classes, so I'll really need to motivate myself to buckle down and read and not get distracted.
I think the easiest way to achieve this goal is just to manage my time really well. My schedule for second semester is very mild, so there's no excuse to get behind on things as long as I'm managing my homework time effectively.
Goal 3: Have a more active role in my spirituality
I've recently become more passive in my faith, and while I'm not ready to take the dive and go to church every day and pray for five hours, I do want to have a more conscious and active relationship with God. This means paying more attention during church, watching videos and reading articles to learn more about my faith, partaking in religious activities, and just all around being more conscious of my daily thoughts and actions. These are small changes that can feel big whenever I'm tired or don't really want to put in any effort. I need to remember how important my faith is to me, and that putting in a little extra effort can really go a long way. I have a really awesome group of friends that share my faith on campus, so I'm definitely going to lean on them for support whenever I need it.
To combat me inevitably not wanting to do these things, I'm going to put it into my schedule on a weekly basis so I can anticipate it and make it part of my routine. Like every Friday at 4 I watch a video, or every Saturday at 3 I go to confession. I'll make my faith an integral part of my daily schedule so I can't talk myself out of doing something.
And those are my goals! I'm really pumped to finally get back to school, my classes all sound very exciting, except for my biology class because I'm not a big fan of science. I'm also ready to make some positive changes, and I want to keep coming back to these goals so I can stay on track with them. A really important part of goal setting is being realistic with your goals and acknowledging what can set you back and how you can overcome it. If you want to work out but make plans to go to the gym at 5am when you're a night owl who is also poor and is 20 minutes away from a gym, you probably won't achieve your goals. Try setting something more realistic with less obstacles, like working out after you get home from work or school at your house using a video from YouTube.
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