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?