Dear July

It’s official. We’re now half way through 2017 – how the hell did that happen?

It’s been a crazy 6 months guys, and to be honest, it hasn’t been great. However, I’m taking July 1st as a fresh start and we’re gonna try and do better.

With that in mind, my goals are changing a little bit, so today I’m gonna skip the bit where I tell you about the last month (because, in all honesty, little progress has been made) and instead, I’m going to give you a sneak peak at the next 6 months.

1. Routines

This was one of my goals for the beginning of the year too, but I’m taking a slightly different spin on it. Since I work shift work, meaning my shifts are always starting and ending at random times, it’s not realistic for me to really stick to a firm daily schedule.

So, instead, I’ve set up a weekly master list where every day I try to do something to get me closer to my goals and to keep me focused. I have a whole post on this planned, so I won’t go into too much detail here, just wanted to give you a heads up.

2. Finances

Again, this is an old one, but unlike routines, I’m just sticking to my guns. I’m really working to stay out of my overdraft and to start doing some saving, so fingers crossed I can get my budget in order and keep it that way!

3. Adopt a Child.

I’ve still got this one in the works, but I need to have my finances in a bit more order before I commit to supporting a child. I’m working on it though.

4. Health.

This is a big one. Again, I’m planning a whole other post about this, but I really just want to start taking better care of myself – I haven’t been very good at that over the last few months. I want to get back into the habit of eating right, drinking water and doing some light/short daily exercise. Hopefully, that isn’t too much to ask.

5. Spiritual.

I’m sort of taking my mission trip to Tanzania as a kind of spiritual retreat where I’m really going to focus on getting my head back in the right frame of mind and spending time with God again on a regular basis. I miss it, and my mental health misses it, it’s definitely one of my top priorities.

6. Productivity.

Again, you’re going to be sick of hearing this, but I have another post that I’m going to talk about this in, but basically I want to set myself some ‘work hours’. Just to structure my day and to make sure I’m actually achieving the things I want to be achieving. I’m not sure how this is going to work in practice, but it’s a good theory to work towards.

7. Reading Goals

This should probably have been a reading goal all along, but in the second half of 2017, I really want to get back up to date with my ARC reviews and to get to a point where I can be reading a book two months before it’s published. I hate feeling behind, and I hate feeling pressured to read, so this is (hopefully) a way around that.


You may notice that that’s significantly fewer goals than I began the year with and that I’ve really simplified my expectations. I just want to leave some time for myself and to allow my mind to really focus in on the things that are important to me, rather than having to juggle 101 different goals simultaneously.

I hope you guys are all doing well and that you’re on track to complete all your goals. We’re halfway there folks, let’s keep going!

One thought on “Dear July

  1. In terms of routines, when I was working a variable schedule I had a set bedtime and morning routine of about an hour each which was so helpful. Part of my morning routine was drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water to get off to a good start. Then I just adjusted when my routines would start based on my work schedule.

    Another very helpful thing (although you seem to be much better at cleaning than I am) has been the “Clean Fifteen” and the “Tidy Ten” Basically the idea is that for the “Tidy Ten” it’s part of your nighttime routine to walk around your home and throw away any garbage, put back anything in the wrong place, pick up stuff that may have fallen. No real cleaning but just putting things in order and evaluating what needs to be done. The “Clean Fifteen” is the idea that every day off, you spend 15 minutes in the morning cleaning. If you want you can stop after 15 minutes and at least you got something done, but most of the time if I force myself to do 15 minutes of cleaning then I feel energized and am able to work longer and complete the task or area I’m working on.

    Our home definitely needs more cleaning than these two things, but they (combined with normal daily chores) have helped keep us on the “acceptably messy” side of the line. This was a long post for something you didn’t ask about, but I thought you might find it useful for one of your future posts about habits and goals!


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