Six objectives in six months.

In my last entry, I posted about these over-arching goals — these parts of my life I wanted to focus on improving throughout 2012. Now, I’ll post some defining objectives, and explain how I plan to reach these objectives over the course of the next several months.

By June 30th, I will work towards:

1. Having a healthy BMI.

  • I will create a solid, manageable exercise routine of at least 300 minutes per week.
  • I will cut out high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, candy, and most processed sugars from my diet.
  • I will stay under my daily calorie budget 75% of the time.

2. Sleeping an average of 6 hours a night.

  • I will continue to track my sleep each night with Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock.
  • I will start at 5 hrs and increase my weekly amount of sleep at intervals.
  • I will get to bed before 11pm on evenings before I have to work the next day.

3. Working through at least 1 more healing script in therapy.

  • I will have at least three sessions with my therapist.
  • I will do my therapy homework.
  • I will meditate on the healing script, once created.

4. Creating a solid, regular meditation practice.

  • I will create a sanctuary. (i.e. perfect excuse for a FORT!)
  • I will increase my meditation to 15 minutes daily. (5 mins in the AM, 10 mins in the PM)
  • I will take a course in Mindfulness Based Stress-Reduction.

5. Writing three chapters on my book about autism.

  • I will create an Evernote notebook to collect quotes, ideas, references, & resources.
  • I will set aside at least 6 hours each week to focus on writing.
  • I will set aside at least 1 of those hours each week to focus on this book in particular.

6. Experiencing at least 10 fun & nurturing social adventures.

  • I will say yes to all social engagements possible.
  • I will create unique experiences & outings and invite friends.
  • I will take a “playtime lunch” at least twice a month.

Each week, I will break this down into six very specific items I will need to accomplish throughout the week. I will be lenient on myself and realistic with my expectations to ensure my success. I think it will be better for me to aim low and keep my overall accomplishment level high than to aim high and become frustrated by my failure. I can always take things up a notch if I feel like it’s getting “too easy.” But since all of these objectives will help me reach my overarching goals, I think it’s better to keep things “too easy” and make a lot of progress than to make things too hard and paralyze myself half-way through.

I have a list of specific examples for the week posted on my bulletin board at work. This Sunday, I will take a look at the list and see if I was able to manage accomplishing these items. It definitely doesn’t feel overwhelming at all, so that’s the good news! I’m optimistic that this will help me get back on the right track.

One comment

  • DeograineShe
    February 1, 2012 - 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Wow. When you get finished organizing your life. Will you come organize mine?

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