Monthly To-Do List: January

Monthly To-Do List: January

Every weekend I go on and on about how I have so much to get done before Monday arrives and my alarm is blaring loudly at 5:30 a.m., forcing me out of bed to silence it. Then, Sunday evening rolls around and I have to contend with the fact that I’ve spent the entire weekend doing absolutely nothing except scrolling through my social media feeds cackling at funny videos, judging strangers’ lives, and liking friends’ posts.

So, in the spirit of the new year and for the sake of actually getting sh*t done this year, this is one bad habit that I’d like to break in 2017. And the way I’ve decided to go about breaking said habit is by publishing a monthly to-do list here on the blog at the top of every month for accountability purposes accompanied by a weekly to-do list and a daily task list that will be for my eyes only.

Now, if you’re a faithful follower who’s been around for the many different iterations of my blog over the years, then you may recall that I had a Monthly Goals feature on my other, now-defunct lifestyle blog. Back then, the Monthly Goals feature proved to be quite successful, so the assumption is that if I bring the feature back under a new name (because monthly to-do list sounds considerably less daunting than monthly goals), the outcome should be the same. These posts will prompt me to set priorities for the next four weeks and force me to make wise use of the time I have when I’m not at work.

My to-do list for January is as follows:

Sort out my healthcare situation

This week marks the fourth week at my new job and I’ve yet to decide on my benefits package. This month, I want to meet with someone in the HR department to sort out which health insurance plan would be most ideal for my budget and current health status. I also have to contact Healthcare.gov to cancel my healthcare plan since I’ll have one through my employer now.

Read a book

I’m about 20 pages into “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates and I want to finish this book before cracking open another one. Ever since I graduated college, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to read books for leisure. I’ll buy a book out of excitement, barely get through a chapter, and then shelf it after a few days, never to open it again. “Between the World and Me” is a relatively short read (less than 200 pages) and even though I prefer fiction to nonfiction, I’m very fond of Ta-Nehisi’s writing. I figure if I spend my hour lunch breaks and 40-minute commute to and from work reading, I can finish the book in two weeks or so.

Take supplements every day

Last year, I did some online research about daily supplements and their benefits once I realized I wasn’t getting the vital nutrients I needed from my daily food intake. After conducting some very serious research via YouTube and settling on which supplements would be best for me, I made a trip to Target and purchased Nature Made’s calcium magnesium zinc supplement and the Women’s One a Day multivitamin supplement. A generous guess is that I probably took both supplements consistently for all of two days before eventually forgetting about them. This month, I plan to take the daily supplements every day as instructed in hopes that they can improve my energy levels and help to ensure that I’m getting the proper amount of nutrition.

What about you – got any goals for this month? Tell me about ’em in the comments.

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6 Comments

  1. January 6, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    This is a great series, Andrea! I just purchased myself a smaller planner to do the same thing. I need to see things at a glance, so the smaller planner has been working for me. The one thing I want to do this month is finish Luvvie’s book. I started it and put it down. Not because it wasn’t good (because she is hilarious) but because of life itself. These are some great goals for the month. Especially picking the health coverage best for you. Can see what goals you have for February.

    • January 8, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Thank you, Bobbie! I’m glad to bring it back because I found it helpful in holding me accountable to myself + my readers. You know, I have a ton of books on my “need to read list” that I’ve yet to get around to purchasing or reading for the same reason. I say I want to read more but I’m not planning out *how* I want to read more books. That’s the struggle for me: actually finding and making the time to read. I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews on Luvvie’s book. I gotta get that one! Make sure you do a book review or something once you’re finished with it. Good luck!

  2. January 23, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    I LOVED that book!! It was one of my faves of 2016 I prefer fiction as well but one of my goals this year is to read more nonfiction. I got a wee bit carried away last year. My total books read according to Goodreads was 93 and majority were fiction loll. I always review every book I read on Amazon and Goodreads I have thought about incorporating it on my blog but not sure how well it would go over. My goals are to stay away from Soda, exercise three times a week, meet my savings goal for the month (I’m doing the 52 week money challenge in addition to my regular savings), and try to overall spend smarter this month.

    • February 23, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      I still don’t get how you’re able to read so much. You really need to give up your tips on how to read more. LOL. After work, all I want to do is climb into bed and scroll on my phone until I fall asleep. How do you do it?!!! I sincerely believe incorporating book reviews would go well over on your blog because it’s different and you never know how many other people read as much as you and read the same books as you. You’d be surprised. People get bored with outfits and clothes and stuff. Try it. Also, thanks for sharing your goals. Admittedly, I do backslide a few times a year but for the most part, I’ve kicked my soda/pop habit for good. (YAY ME!) Exercising three times a week is gonna be…tough but three times a week isn’t too bad. That seems more feasible than every day because you can have rest days in between. I should probably look into that 52 week money challenge. Every time I attempt to save money, I end up transferring the money from my savings account back to my checking. SMH. UGH. I’d love to know how your goals go for you so keep me posted!

  3. February 7, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    I love monthly to do list! I started doing this a few months ago on my blog and so far, so good; they’ve proven to be wildly successful in terms of helping me get shit done.

    I loved that book, definitely worth the read. And sometimes my attention span is short like that too, where I’ll pick up a book and be so excited about reading it, but never dedicating enough time to read it. so I get it, but that was is so worth the read, if you haven’t finished it already.

    I’m new year, so please excuse the influx of comments coming. = )

    • February 23, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Yes, monthly to-do lists are the shit! It provides a much larger picture for you than weekly or daily to-do’s. On the topic of “Between the World and Me”: I haven’t heard from a single person who’s read the book say anything against it. Everyone says it’s such a great read. I have a quite a bit more to read, but so far it’s proven to be really good. I’ve got sticky notes and highlights throughout the book. Ta-Nehisi makes some profound points (no surprise there if you read his writing at The Atlantic) and makes me think about race/racism in ways that I haven’t thought about before.

      P.S. I do not mind the influx of comments; keep ’em coming! I love to read and reply to them when I get time to sit down and formulate my response.

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