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May 2017 Goals

May 5, 2017
AUTHOR: Emilie
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Welcome to May’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!


Read // Read 2 Books. This month I finished reading 31 Days to Radically Reduce Your Expenses by Kalyn Brooke, Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, and Post Grad by Caroline Kitchener! Three books! This almost catches me up on where I should be on track for the year, given that I’m trying to read 30 books this year. The end of April is the end of the first third of the year, so being at 9 books is only slightly shy of 10! I’m still doing great.

Crossfit // Twenty times this month. FAIL. I only went to the box 14 times this month, at least 3 times each week. I was traveling for a couple of days this month, unlike I had expected. More importantly, though, I was just sore. This was my version of rest.

Money // Pay off Southwest Card. This month I paid off ALL OF MY CREDIT CARD DEBT. I knocked this goal out of the park. I’m really proud of myself.

BD // Finish email series for BD. Nope, but that’s for good reason. I’m FOCUSING again and it’s NOT on this.

Data // First write up and plan for new data project. Yes! I’m starting a new data project focused on creating visualizations in a scalable way using R and ggplot2. My goal is going to be to try to make it so that I’m answering four or five basic question and then as I download updated from MFP (maybe twice per month?), the visualizations should just be dynamic. Unfortunately MFP naming conventions are poop, but I have a couple of ideas in mind.

Tech // Watch Generation Startup. Yes! Even though I first saw Generation Startup at the prescreening in July, Casey and I did rewatch it. While watching it, he asked me if he “got that same stupid face” I had on when he watched war movies, haha. Maybe. Startups are lyfe.

May’s Goals

Read // Read 3 Books. If I can squeeze in three books this month, that will take me from behind one whole book to behind half a book to be on track. The hard part is going to be that the book I’m currently reading and the book I’m hoping to read next are both 300+ pages.

Crossfit // Twenty times this month. I need to get back into Saturday workouts!!

Fitness // Do accessory work 2x/week at home. We got a home gym contraption from a BST facebook group. Casey is SO excited for it, and I’m excited to learn more and start doing more accessory work.

Money // Build the new budget. New casa, new budget, changes in the budget, for example with renter’s insurance. car insurance, and other things. I need a new budget and a new budget template this month. Pumped to do this.

Career // Polish up resume. This and the following goals are going to be part of my process of just polishing up on some professional changes, that I’d love to share in a clearer, more organized way. This is important foundational work as I prepare to start sharing more and more about the work I’m doing.

Career // Rewrite resume page.

Career // Rewrite about page.

Career // Rewrite “Now” page.

Career // Rewrite writing page.

Continued Progress // Stay on track with my weekly projects (EBA, LPTHW, my data project, and building the bookshelf). I’m working on a couple of continuous projects. These will be more prominent in my weekly updates.

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