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August 2017 Goals

August 8, 2017
AUTHOR: Emilie

Welcome to August’s goal setting report where I show you progress on last month’s goals, how I set goals, and set new goals for the month.

If you’re new to Burke Does, you may be wondering why I would want to publish my month goals and share my failures and vulnerabilites right with my successes. You can simply skip to the next section if you’re not new here.

This all started out as I learned to set goals. After many months of setting goals where I was never successful, I have learned to set goals that are meaningful and help me towards my bigger aim. I use my Powersheets from the Cultivate What Matters shop to help me stay focused on my big picture goals.

I set weekly goals over on Emilie’s To Do Lists. This is part of my goal-setting system. I set my big-picture (6-month or 12-month) goals at the beginning of each year. Every month, I spend time deciphering what I will take on to get me towards my bigger goals by setting the monthly goals you will see below. Every week I actively work towards my goals by making a plan to do so.

I use the system that I learned in Asana for Bloggers to manage the different aspects of my life. As not-a-fulltime-blogger, I have to use productivity systems to help me manage my life. I spent most of my 2016 focusing on establishing productivity systems that helped me get to where I am today.

If you’re interested in starting to change your productivity now, you can download my Weekly Kickstart to help you get things going!

July’s Goals

As I shared in Shiny Squirrel Syndrome, I believe there are two kinds of goals in my life for the stage that I’m in right now. The first are maintenance goals. These are the goals that help me move from where I am to where I want to be in a slow way. They’re the goals that require you to make a little progress every day in order to get better. These are the goals that fit into my goals for the year. The other kind of goal is project-oriented. It’s about making progress on a specific task that fits into a larger project I am working on for some personal benefit.

Maintenance

Read // Read 3 Books. I read SEVEN books on July! From September 2015 to December 2016, I read 7. I read the same amount in one month that I read in four months not that long ago. Reading is a habit that you can definitely get better at. Add to the mix that I loved the a few of the great books I read, that I was on vacation for a week this month, and that I bought a couple of new books (when I shouldn’t have), I was madly into reading this month! I am now way ahead of my reading goal for the year!

In case you’re curious, I finished the following books in July: End Financial Stress Now by Emily Birken, The Broke & Beautiful Life by Stefanie O’Connell, The One Thing by Gary Keller, It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam, Design Your Day by Claire Diaz-Ortiz, and Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. I would recommend all of them.


Fitness // Crossfit 20 days (out of 21 week days). Fail. I really knew that I had been struggling to go to the gym in June, and I set this goal in response to that. I was much better this month- hitting my Crossfit box 16 times, doing yoga once, and lifting at home twice- but I did not hit my goal of Crossfitting 20 days.

Exercism // D0 8 exercism tasks. Fail. I ended up finishing 4 tasks: RNA Transcription, Hamming, Word Count, and Gigasecond. These were also good and since the goal is diligent practice, I felt good about it.

Blog // Post 8 times. Yaaaas! July Goals, Q3 Spending Ban, My Very First 101 in 1001, Living on Last Month’s Income, Whole 30, Netflix Shows to Binge, Whole 30: Week 1, July Debt Repayment, Summer Loving

MyToDoLists.Me // Post 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31. Eyes on the prize. Always.

Project-Oriented

1. Make a 101 in 1001 List. You can see it here.

2. Portfolio Site (What I Like Page + Writing Page). All done! Finally!

3. Finish LPTHW. Fail. I decided to make my way down this list and unfortunately I never made it to this final task.


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August’s Goals

As I shared in Shiny Squirrel Syndrome, I believe there are two kinds of goals in my life for the stage that I’m in right now. The first are maintenance goals. These are the goals that help me move from where I am to where I want to be in a slow way. They’re the goals that require you to make a little progress every day in order to get better. These are the goals that fit into my goals for the year. The other kind of goal is project-oriented. It’s about making progress on a specific task that fits into a larger project I am working on for some personal benefit.

Maintenance

Read // Read 2 Books.

Fitness // Crossfit 14 times (this accounts for the many days I’ll be traveling).

Exercism // D0 5 exercism tasks. Same intent, more realistic goal.

Blog // Post 7 times.

MyToDoLists.Me // Post 32, 33, 34, and 35.

Project-Oriented

1. Finish LPTHW.

2. Wrap up Unit 3 of EBA.

3. Work through Unit 4 of EBA.

Let’s do it!

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Emilie is a data engineer by day and lifestyle blogger by night. A Jersey girl at heart, she is currently living in her fifth home in three years, Savannah, GA with her college sweetheart. She’s learned the hard way that home is wherever the Army sends them. She enjoys eating food, cuddling with her dog, and binge watching HGTV.