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.