Happy New Month,
The first quarter of the year is over and when I saw people reviewing their goals, I was like I am screwed. I felt like I haven’t accomplished what I wanted but I am also trying to tell myself that it’s just been three months. I picked up one of the notebooks where I wrote down my goals and realized I am crushing my personal goals. Honestly, things are not going as planned but things are working out. I don’t know if you write down your goals or look back and see your progress but if you do, just know that there is still time.
I have been incorporating a few things into my routine and so far so good. Here goes…
Working Out. It is always a push and pull kind of situation when it comes to this and I feel it is because I have never had a goal. Contrary to popular belief working out is not just so that you can lose weight but there are other reasons. I started working out again and my goal is to become fit and maintain or gain weight. I didn’t want to have intense workouts that would make me dread workouts so I decided to look for short 15 minute workouts which are specific so on Monday I work on glutes and Tuesday work on arms etc. I am currently on week 4. I did miss a few days here and there but I added swimming during the weekend which covers for those mishaps.
Content Consumption. If you are on social media I am pretty sure you know how you can feel like nothing is going well for you. Some people say it’s just pictures but it can really get to you. There is also that part where people are hiding behind those pictures. Let’s just say it’s a complicated space. Sometimes I compare myself to how far my age mates are or what they have and once I go down that hole I never give myself credit for anything. I take breaks from social media and I minimize the time spent there. I have also filtered the kind of content that I consume and this has made me change the people I watch on YouTube, the people I follow and the blogs I read. I am trying to align myself with content that I feel is beneficial for me. Of course, sometimes I listen to gossip here and there (who doesn’t) but I am more aware.
Being Intentional. I have mentioned it severally and it is still work in progress. I am working on being present be it in my work or in a conversation. I went swimming last weekend and at the end of the day I was telling my friend how I hadn’t touched my phone from 12 pm and it was around 5:30 pm. Whatever activity you are doing give it your full attention. This made me realize that sometimes we miss out on noticing that the people around us are hurting yet it was right there. I can sit down have a conversation with someone while still looking at my phone, but if I looked at the person while they are speaking I could have picked up on emotions or facial expressions.
Confidence. This is the one thing I feel like I am doing really well in. I have built my confidence by going out more often and interacting with new people. I still have that initial panic of Oh my God what will I do but afterwards, it is a walk in the park. I am still exploring weekend activities. Lately, it has been swimming and it looks like rugby is a once a month kind of event for me.
That is a glimpse of the first quarter of the year and I hope you will also be taking stock.