10 Feb 2016

February Goals + Time Management

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I’m a little late, but here are my February goals. January was a great month and I think I did really well with my goals! Although I did struggle with one thing: time management. I think it’s because I wrote down so many goals in my Powersheets that I wanted to accomplish, when January 1st hit I came flying out of the gates, trying to do every single thing I had in mind: editing vlogs for Booktube, editing my manuscript, writing articles and blog posts and exercising and work, etc. etc. etc. I couldn’t figure out why I was so exhausted everyday, even though I scheduled out everything to a tee. After a talk with my boyfriend, I realized I was trying to make every single thing a priority, every single day of the week, and clearly that isn’t possible. I realized that I need to focus on things I really want to do, and be okay with other things falling to the wayside a little bit.

Since I want to be a full-time author/writer, I read a lot of blog posts by authors. I realized that they rarely blog , probably because they’re too busy writing their next book. It’s crazy of me to think that I can be put my all into writing books and articles when I’m also trying to put my all into blogging and recording and editing videos everyday. Like the saying “Jack of all trades, Master of none,” you can’t put 100% of your attention in everything you do, 100% of the time. But you can have main priorities with little things that branch off of it. So, this month, I scaled down on the goals a little bit as I tried to zone in on the things that I really want to accomplish, and not treat all of my hobbies (like blogging and booktube) like jobs.

First, a look back on my January Goals:

Begin my meal prep: I’ve actually done pretty good with this, especially for like the first two weeks of January. There have been times when I forgot to meal prep and had to buy a salad or make a smoothie for lunch, but for the most part, I’ve stayed away from fast food throughout the week (Except for cheat days, but those were on the weekends :))

Go to church/Livestream when I can’t:  Still need to actually go to church more, but I’ve been keeping up with Livestreams pretty consistently.

Pay more on Student Loans Debt per month: Didn’t do this. Ugh. Hate student loans!

Hang out with a friend or Line Sister:  Yay, this is bolded because I did both! I hung out with most of my Line Sisters for our Sorority’s Founders Day on January 13th. The things is, I was feeling really sick that day and didn’t want to do anything, but I knew I would regret spending time with them, especially because we are all so busy now. We had a great time and great conversation and I’m so glad I went! I hung out with my best friend and boyfriend in Charlotte and that might have been the highlight of my month. We had such a good time!!

Finish 1st round of novel edits: Halfway crossed out because I’m only halfway through the novel. This is exactly why I had to revaluate my priorities. My hobbies were getting way more attention than this novel, which is directly linked to what I want to do AND it’s the novel I spent slaving over for days upon days during NaNoWriMo. No excuses, these edits should have been done last month.

Make Waves In Freelance Writing:  This is crossed out, underlined and bolded because I definitely CONQUERED it! As most of you already know, I was published TWICE in TeenVogue.com this month! Teen Vogue is my absolute favorite magazine right now and to be published on their website is just amazing. I feel so blessed and even a little nervous as I took in how many people read my article about Black Girl Authors and, the one that’s so personal to me, about how Beyonce’s Formation Video is So Important during Black History Month.

So all in all, I think I did well with those goals, but like I said, for February I just want to scale back a little bit:

February Goals: 

Finish 1st Round of Manuscript Edits: This HAS to get done.

Buy Tickets to Beyonce’ Concert: I saw Bey live during the Mrs. Carter Tour, but I missed her during On The Run and I’m not having that this time.

Have a Great Valentine’s Day

Secure Travel Arrangements for Nashville Trip

Pay More on Student Loan Debt

Continue Exercising and Eating Better

I’d love to know your goals for the month! Leave them in the comments down below and lets encourage each other!

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