Some people are motivated by rewards. Some people are motivated by fear. Others are internally motivated. Me? I’m motivated by public shame. I do not want to be embarrassed, and that’s what typically gives me the push I need complete things. (I’m what the author Gretchen Rubin would call “an obliger”, based on her personality framework.)
It helped keep me focused when I trained for two marathons in my younger years. I joined Team in Training, which, in exchange for participants raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, provides coaching, support, and organized, group training runs. Those group runs were critical for me – in particular the weekly “long runs.” Knowing that I would be running 16 miles with a group on Saturday, helped keep me motivated to train on my own throughout the week. I knew I’d never be the first, but I really did not want to be the last person to finish the long runs.
What does this have to do with my 2017 goals? I’m using this motivation to help keep me on track with my goals. I’m sharing monthly check-ins on my progress to keep me focused, and as a form of accountability.
2017 Goals Check-In #10
(You can read more detailed descriptions of each of my goals here.)
I’m not going to lie: October was a pretty terrible month for my goals. I started working my second, part-time job, which made our family’s life a lot crazier than it typically is. More chores and errands got pushed to the evenings and weekends, and there was less time to focus on other things. Also, we were away one weekend, hosted a birthday sleepover for our daughter another weekend, and celebrated Halloween, all in October, too.
Goal #1: Read at least 24 books that I truly want to read.
I barely cracked a book in October. The reading that I did do was all magazines and the Sunday New York Times – which take me a full week to get through, anyway. Technically, I’m still reading, What Happened, since it’s still sitting on my nightstand with a bookmark in it. I do want to finish it, but it may be a little while longer… You can see all of my 2017 reads – current, past, and future, plus those that I couldn’t get through – here.
Goal #2: Try at least three new (to me) activities, preferably active ones.
I definitely didn’t try any new activities in October, but I did start a new job. I’m working part-time at a local, liberal arts college, filling in for someone who’s going out on maternity leave. I’ve been working at a different, liberal arts college for more than seven years now, and while the work is the same, I had some anxiety about new coworkers, new systems, and getting up-to-speed quickly. Fortunately, it’s been a great experience, so far, and I’m feeling somewhat settled-in there, already.
Run at least three 5K races. Get 150 minutes of activity every week.
(I changed this goal a couple of months ago, and you can read my explanation for it here.)
Thanks to my FitBit, I’m able to track my minutes of daily activity and exercise. I did okay with this goal in October. My work days are difficult, since my job is 100% sedentary. (I sit in a chair and provide career counseling to students all day.) However, now that I’m trying to maintain my recent weight loss, I’m putting extra effort toward cramming more steps into every day. (You can read a recap of my Weight Watchers experience here.)
Goal #4: Find a way to dread meal planning/cooking less.
Now that I’m working more, meal planning and cooking have definitely slipped. (Regular readers may have noticed that I’ve been slacking on weekly meal plan posts, lately.) I tend to have a basic framework in mind – what’s in the freezer and the pantry, mostly – and make simple meals from there.
How are you doing with your 2017 goals or resolutions?