October 2, 2003
It being the beginning of the month, it’s time for a goal check-in. Except, just like last month, I don’t want to do a goal check-in because I haven’t done much. My major accomplishments for September were going back to work (it’s been one month today) and getting the last bit of my incision healed over. Those are both good things, and I’m happy to report that my energy has returned to pre-surgery levels, but they don’t really have much to do with achieving the goals I set out for myself this past spring. Each morning when I sit down to write morning pages I see the 3 x 5 card with my goals on it which lives in my paper journal. Every time I start a new journal book, I write a new card to match the color scheme I’ve picked. Somehow, though, just reading them every day and writing them out every three months or so does not make them come true. Maybe I need to add elaborate visualization techniques? Maybe I just need to figure out how to devote more time to doing the stuff that gets me to where I want to be. Ah, well, maybe another few months of writing about how little I’ve gotten done will inspire me to do more.
So there’s the body goal. Not doing so well here, as you can see in my weight log. My eating has been okay, but I’ve really fallen short in the exercise department. As in, even though it’s been a month since I was medically cleared to get back to working out, I have not even tried. Being back at work means I haven’t been walking, either. It’s not impossible to walk on work days, but it’s a lot harder to fit it in when customers are calling and coworkers are e-mailing and somebody wants something from me every minute of the day. Last month, I could just stroll around the neighborhood whenever I felt like it, no planning required. Tonight I intend to take the first step away from my slackerly ways, as I have a date with Mr. Karen and a Firm tape.
I am chagrined to admit I did not meet my reading goal. I started two books but finished neither one in the month of September. I have got to get an earlier start in October. The quilting goal went better, as I finished the memory quilt and got a pretty good start on my next project. I also did some work on this year’s JournalCon swag, which won’t count toward my goal but is still quilt-related, so at least I’m being creative.
The house. Oh, the house. It did get cleaner than usual because Eli and Tee came to visit, but once again I failed to even pick a room of the month much less beautify one. I did get another box of clippings emptied, but that’s about it.
What am I going to do differently this month so my next check-in is a little more upbeat? I’m not sure. Maybe I need to make some baby step goals to give me a sense of accomplishment that will jump start my motivation. Tonight, I’ll workout and finish the center blocks in my quilt in progress. If I want extra credit, I’ll finish one of the books of September. If I can do similar things more days than not for the rest of the month, I’ll be in good shape come Halloween.
Not quite a year ago, I was musing on doing nothing.