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June 2017 Goals

June 1, 2017
AUTHOR: Emilie
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Welcome to June’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!

LAST MONTH’s Goals

Read // Read 3 Books. FAIL. I only read two books this month! I first read Broke Millennial by Erin Lowry and you can read my review here. I just finished The Healing of America by T. R. Reid last night! It was totally different from my usual read, but I really enjoyed it. I’m not convinced by the book’s premise, but it’s a great conversation starter.

Crossfit // Twenty times this month. FAIL. This was the first month in a looooong time that I didn’t track my workouts. Really, I didn’t use my daily counter, so I’m not sure how many days I got in, but I feel really comfortable saying that I did not get twenty.

Fitness // Do accessory work 2x/week at home. FAIL. I mentioned the gym contraption that we got at home last month. Casey is still very excited for it. We did not get the weights for it, though, because we were waiting for our security deposit to be returned to us. Finally, the weights get here on Monday! We ended up ordering this set and this bar from Walmart. They’re not bumper plates, but I’m not looking to replace my workouts, just supplement them.

Money // Build the new budget. My budget took a serious hit this month. And it will be tight for June too. My tight budget is reflected in my low debt payoff numbers for the month of May, but it’s okay. I feel much better about my spending and that I’ve successfully reduced my frivolous spending.

Career // Polish up resume. Yes! I finally have a resume I’m happy with! Thanks to Bailey and Heather for reviewing it for me!

Career // Rewrite resume page. I’m pretty happy with how this came out! I think I might one to add something in the education section, where I reference D1 Athlete because I saw them on someone’s website and I liked it, but I’m still deciding. What matters is that I’m happy with where it is now.

Career // Rewrite about page. I’m think this needs just a little bit more personal information, but it’s in a good place now and I’m good with it.

Career // Rewrite “Now” page. I recently did a goal “refresh” and I’m glad that I got to update this page to reflect my new, more-focused, more-aligned-with-where-I-am-now goals.

Career // Rewrite writing page. FAIL. This page is just so hard because I know what I want and I just don’t know the best way to show it. I don’t like it now and the people who helped me with it did, in my opinion, a pretty terrible job. Still mauling this one over in my head.

Continued Progress // Stay on track with my weekly projects (EBA, LPTHW, my data project, and building the bookshelf). Yes and no. More details on my weekly checkins.

June’s Goals

Read // Read 3 Books. I’ve finished 11 books so far this year! We’ve finished 5/12 of the year meaning that “on track” to hit my goal of 30 books this year would mean I’d be 12.5 books into the year. At the end of the month, half way through the year, I’d need to be done with 15 books. Focusing on getting three books in this month will still have me behind where I “should” be but it will help me close the gap by half a book! I think I’m going to be reading Set for Life by Scott Trench (I started it this morning), The One Thing by Gary Keller, and The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton. At least, that’s the plan.

Fitness // Do accessory work 3x/week at home. Our weights come on Monday and I’m very excited!! Like I said, this is not meant to replace my existing workouts, but instead supplement them. I know that even an extra half hour of work will have to mean that I eat a little more, but I’m cool with that. I’ve been in maintenance for the last six months, so maybe I could even enter a small/short cut.

Money // Build the new budget system. We recently redid our budget given some changes to a our circumstances (move, changing numbers, etc), but this month will be the first full month where I use this system and the money-nerd in me is kinda geeking out about it!

Coding // Finish LPTHW. I’ve mentioned repeatedly that I’ve been working through LPTHW. I feel really good about the progress I’ve made and have some pretty cool code samples. This will be the month I finish, though!

Career // Rewrite writing page. The one page that I didn’t get to last month that I really wanted to. Lots to think about here.

BD // Launch Bookshelf. I’m SO excited for this and that’s all there is I have to say about that!

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

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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.