Progress Report #2: 50 Goals Project

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I’m two weeks into my 50 Goals Project.  I’ve had successes and struggles, and I’ve learned a lot.  Here’s what happened with each of my goals:

#6:  Learn the basics of a foreign language.

Weekly goal: Practice Italian at least 4 days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) for 10 minutes each time with my Duolingo app.

Result:  Accomplished!  I paid attention to the Duolingo reminders and successfully practiced 4 times.  Molto bene!

Notes and takeaways: Having a reminder pop up during the day is really helpful.  Without it, I get caught up in other things and a day or two may go by without doing any lessons.

#9:  Meditate more frequently.

Weekly goal:  Meditate after I work out at least three times (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) for 10 minutes.

Result:  I successfully meditated three times.

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This morning I was cold, so I decided to meditate with a blanket on my lap.  My dog definitely liked the idea!

 

Notes and takeaways:  I’m not new to meditation, but up until now I have been doing it somewhat sporadically.  Tying my goal to my exercise routine, which is well-established, has helped to increase my consistency.  I am learning that meditation is most definitely a “practice”, and I will continue to strive to improve both the quality and frequency with which I do it.

#15:  Try a new form of exercise.

Weekly goal: Begin my training for Cycle Oregon by doing at least one of my cardio workouts on the exercise bike instead of the treadmill.

Result:  Another success for the week!  I have done three workouts on the bike so far.  I’m enjoying it and adjusting to the “special soreness” that bike seats can cause.

Notes and takeaways:  It can be so easy to lose motivation when it comes to exercise if you don’t mix things up now and then.  It’s also very motivating for me to have an event like Cycle Oregon to train for.

#30:  Make a successful sourdough starter.

Weekly goal: Begin my sourdough starter on Sunday using the kit I got for Christmas.

Result:  I started the starter!  There’s no way to know how it will turn out, but I followed the instructions in the kit and I’m hoping for the best.

 

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Day 3 for my starter:  the bubbles are starting to form, so I think I’m off to a good start.

 

Notes and takeaways:  This goal almost slipped my mind.  Thankfully I decided to reflect on my list of weekly goals on Sunday and saw it at the perfect time.  This experience was a good reminder to look at my goal list often throughout the week.

#34:  Publish something new.

Weekly goal: Devote 30 minutes of each day to working on an outline for a new guided journal.

Result: I worked on my outline one day this week, so I’m giving myself a 10% success rate.

Notes and takeaways:  Simply establishing this as a goal wasn’t enough for me.  I need to schedule time into each day so that I am more likely to get it done.  This is why SMART goals are more successful!  It can be easy to think “Oh, I’ll get that done”, but without a specific plan, that is less likely to happen.  (If you want to know more about goal setting, check out my article here).

#50:  Tell someone “I love you” every day.

Weekly goal: Say “I love you” to at least one person each day, including one family member I haven’t said it to recently.

Result:  I was successful again with telling those closest to me, but not with telling someone I haven’t told recently.

Notes and takeaways:  This was more difficult than I thought it would be.  When those words aren’t commonly said, it can feel awkward.

All in all, it was a good week with lots of progress and increased awareness.  I had additional successes this week that happened spontaneously, including donating to a cause I believe in (#41), expressing gratitude (#16), and practicing mindfulness (#29).  I also sang more (#52), which I thoroughly enjoyed but I’m not sure I can say the same about those who had to listen to it!

Now that I have reflected on this week’s experience, it’s time to set new goals so that I can continue to move forward.  Here are my goals for the upcoming week:

I will keep these three the same:

  1. Practice Italian at least 4 days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) for 10 minutes each time with my Duolingo app. (#6)
  2. Meditate after I work out at least three times (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) for 10 minutes.
  3. Say “I love you” to at least one person each day, including one family member I haven’t told recently.  (#50)  *Even though I wasn’t 100% successful with this goal, I’d like to try it again.

Check this one off because it’s complete:

  1. Begin my sourdough starter on Sunday using the kit I got for Christmas.  (#30)

Adjust these two:

  1. Begin Continue my training for Cycle Oregon by doing at least one two of my cardio workouts on the exercise bike instead of the treadmill.  (#15)
  2. Devote 30 minutes of each day to working on an outline for a new guided journal. Work on an outline for a new guided journal on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00-10:30 am.  (#34)

And add these:

  1. Choose a classic movie I’ve always wanted to see and watch it Sunday night. (#21)
  2. On Thursday, research growing vegetables from seed. (#8)
  3. Put a reminder in my phone to give myself a compliment once each day. (#18)
  4. On Sunday, research cooking classes. (#1)
  5. Tell one person what I appreciate about him or her. (#42).

 

What do you want to achieve this year?  I would love to support you on a path to a happier, healthier life.  Please contact me for a free 30-minute intro session!

 

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