2017 Themes and goals: March

2017 goals March Penny Golightly

Let’s have a quick run down of what happened in February, then move on to some goal and intention setting for this month (March). The theme I picked for last month was ‘vitality‘.

The goals were:

  • Take 3 & 1/2 hours of moderate exercise + do 300 sit-ups weekly
  • Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
  • Read A mindfulness guide for the frazzled by Ruby Wax, and try the first set of exercises
  • Not checking my email, social media or the news in the morning until I’ve completed an hour of writing

I managed to hit my exercise and food goals each week, apart from the first week when I had a virus. In the final week I did a bit of extra fitness as well.

The Ruby Wax book was interesting, and I’ll do a separate review of that if anyone’s interested in finding out more about it. It’s a guide that I’d say is best suited to beginners, although I’ve had interests in that area for a few years. The exercises were interesting, and it made me realise that I’d really like to join an organised / official course, so I started looking around for one. I did eventually find something suitable, but it doesn’t start until after the Easter break and it’s a little on the pricey side.

Stepping away from the email and social media in the mornings required some willpower, but my freelance business didn’t collapse when I started doing it. I’ve found that I’m more relaxed now at the start of the day, and I’m being more efficient during the times when I am answering emails etc, so it’s definitely been beneficial all round.


March 2017 Goals

It’s time for a new theme, so I’ve picked ‘focus‘ this time around.

The goals are:

  • To stretch and warm down properly after exercising (something I need to do properly, and focus on)
  • At least six portions of fruit and veg every day (five is easy enough, six means being more organised)
  • Do 20 minutes of meditation on weekday mornings
  • One hour of completely uninterrupted project work every morning between 10am and 11am, fitting in with the rest of my current morning routine

I’m also considering having a no-spend month, starting in mid-March. That’s going to involve quite a large amount of focus too, but it would be a great way to kick start a new savings fund to do some interesting things later in the year.

Have you ever done a no-spend month, and if so, what was it like? What are your goals for March?


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  1. Dear Penny,

    I am interested in the book review of Ruby Wax. I am going to challenge myself in April with 2 challenges : a 30-days capsule wardrobe challenge and a “clear those bookshelves” 30 days challenge. I will be busy enough, I suppose. Let us know how you manage the no-spend month. For meditation sessions, which support do you use (book, audio)?
    Love, Pat,

  2. Hiya Pat, I love the sound of your April challenges! You’re definitely going to be busy. I’ve been using the free version of the Calm app to set different 20-minute meditations, it’s really good for a freebie. I promise to review the Ruby Wax Frazzled book in the next couple of weeks, when I have a spare moment.

    Penny x

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