Can’t believe the summer is winding down already…
…it flew by!
For a while now, I’ve been trying to do posts at the beginning of the month where I list out my goals I have planned for the month ahead. I’ve decided that instead of trying to accomplish several different goals, I will put all of my focus into achieving one goal/changing one habit each month.
So, instead of monthly goals posts I’ll be doing 30 day challenges where I’ll break down my larger goal into smaller to-do’s, so the goal is more attainable.
There are lots of articles out there (like this one from Forbes and this one from Entrepreneur) that stress the importance of breaking your larger goals down into smaller tasks to make them easier to accomplish.
I’ll start each month stating what my goal is and an actionable plan and then recap my progress each week so you can take part in the journey with me.
What’s the goal?
This month I want to focus on waking up earlier. I’m not a morning person AT ALL. I’m definitely a night owl and I dread getting out of bed in the morning. I wait until the last possible moment to roll out of bed and get ready in the morning. However, I’ve started to notice a few things about my habit of starting my day late. 1) I just end up having a very rushed and stressed morning because I’m trying to get everything done in a crunch and 2) I feel like I’m not able to take full advantage of my day when I start so late. So, I’ve decided that this month I really want to focus on starting my days earlier.
What’s the plan?
I usually get out of bed to get ready for work around 8:30 or 8:45 a.m. Now, I’m not going to get crazy and say starting tomorrow I will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning. I want to slowly ease into things. So, the first week I’ll work on getting up 30 minutes earlier, even if that just means sitting up in my bed but making sure I’m awake. By week two I’d like to be waking up an hour earlier, so around 7:30 a.m., and actually making moves out of the bed by 8 a.m (I’m assuming that in the beginning stages of this challenge I’ll be pressing snooze quite a few times so this 30 minute buffer accounts for that). By week three I’d like to be waking up 90 minutes earlier. And by the end of the month I want to get up two hours earlier, so 6:30 a.m., and making moves for the day by 7 a.m.
How will it be measured?
I’ll be using my Coach.me app to help track my progress over the next 30 days. Coach.me is a mobile app (that I love!!) that helps you with setting, tracking, and reaching your goals. The app allows you to set goals, schedule reminders, and track your progress. It also has a built in community of other people trying to achieve similar goals that can serve as encouragement and a support group. There are also coaches available 24/7 to help answer any questions you might have. My favorite part of the app is that they have goals with pre-set plans. These plans include small tasks you can complete every day to help you get closer to achieving your goals. I’ve signed up for the “Wake Up Early For 30 Days” challenge posted by Jeff Finley (for those interested in joining the challenge with me).
What’s the outcome?
The first outcome of this challenge is that I’ll actually start my days earlier and by the end of this challenge I’m hoping I won’t dread early mornings as much. Also, a great advantage of getting my day started earlier is that I’ll be able to take more advantage of my day and get more accomplished. Finally, I’m hoping that as a result of waking up earlier, I’ll be able to add some more structure to my life by creating a morning and night routine to accommodate this new schedule.
I’m hoping you all enjoy this new format and join my 30 day challenge with me!
What is one goal you’d like to focus on this month? Are you a night owl like me that doesn’t look forward to early morning activities? Are you also planning to focus on waking up earlier this month? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!