If you are thinking “What on earth is a Life Balance Project?” Please read this post before continuing.
This week January drew to a close and I started my goals for February. I’m pleased with my progress on my January goals, here is a quick round up.
Well being: Attend yoga once a week
I did eventually get to a yoga class but my goal of going once a week was dashed before January had even got going. A silly injury and then leaving it too late to book a space in the class meant that I missed two weeks straight away. I really enjoy yoga and I am still going to go to classes when I can. Moving forward though, I’m going to start doing a home yoga practice. That way it doesn’t matter what shifts or days I’m doing at work, I can fit it around me.
Relationships: Attend 2 meetups
On Thursday I attended my 7th meetup of the month, an afternoon of games at a local board games cafe. Honestly I would never have believed at the beginning of the month that I would go to so many meetups in January! I enjoyed all of them and will continue to sign up to any that catch my eye. I’m already going to a spa afternoon and a climbing lesson next weekend. So basically I’m going to get all pampered and relaxed on Saturday… and then cover myself in bruises on Sunday!
Personal Growth: Establish routines
I’ve found an evening routine that seems to be working for me. It took me a while! The issue I had was that my work schedule is different every week, some nights I’m at home and others I’m sleeping at work. I needed to create a routine that would work no matter where I am. I think I’ve found it, you can read the post here.
Money: Sort out finances
I canceled all the subscriptions I wasn’t using but in the end I decided not to swap banks as I’m happy where I am and I couldn’t find a new account worth switching to.
Organisation: Try time blocking
I tried a few different methods of time blocking, you can read the whole post here.
Well being: Make a self care plan
I know self care is really important but do I normally make time for it? Erm, no but I know I’m not the only one guilty of that! It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and self care becomes the thing that you’re going to do later. Problem is later never comes! I want to make a self care plan and actually follow it.
Relationships: Plan a get together with a friend
Its always great to have a catch up with a friend. Sometimes it’s another thing that will get done “later”. My relationship goal for February is to actually make the plans and catch up with a friend.
Personal Growth: Start a meditation practice
I keep hearing how powerful and calming meditation can be. Its something that I haven’t really tried before because I’m busy and I’ll do it “later”. There’s a real pattern emerging in this post isn’t there? I was inspired to make meditation a goal for February when I read this quote:
“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” – Zen Proverb
Money: Establish a budget
Its time to get serious about my finances. The big goal way in the future is to buy a house. I have some savings but I need to grow them and I figured the best way to start is to be clear about whats coming in and whats going out. I started tracking my spending after Christmas, now I need to put a budget in place.
Organisation: Clear emails
Its one of those jobs that I put off because its so monotonous but is there anything more satisfying than an empty inbox? I have 3 email accounts so it may take a while but I know I’ll be so happy when its done!
This weeks progress
We are only 3 days into February so I haven’t got much to report yet. I’ve been doing a lot of research into self care plans, making a budget and meditation but that’s as far as I’ve got. I’ve also made a start at clearing my email inboxes but I have a lot of work to do!
What are you working on this week? Let me know in the comments below =)