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I had a conversation last week with my mom about how the older you get, time goes faster. When I was younger it felt like a lifetime until the summer holiday. But college was the moment when I realized how fast time really goes. I don’t want to stress myself out over it — or you! — but. Time. Goes. Fast.
And here we are, at almost the end of the year.
Instead of reflecting on how my year went by fast, what I’ve accomplished or learned, I want to focus on what I still want to achieve before we countdown to 2019. We still have a lot of time. When this post goes up, we have 67 days to make things happen. More than 1600 hours we can spend on whatever we still want to check off our bucket lists.
Here are 5 goals I want to achieve in the next 67 days:
#1 GET FINANCIALLY STABLE
Aren’t money and finances weird subjects?
I know a lot of people who are either not honest about it or they shy away from the subject — myself included. I’m not talking about asking strangers what they make, that’s just rude. I’m talking about a healthy financial situation. Super important part of our daily life that we should talk about more.
I think the number one problem is that we aren’t fully aware of our financial situation or try to ignore how we’re doing financially. That’s the thing I want to put an end to. If I want to live comfortably in the future, I need to know what comes in and what goes out. I want to stay on budget but also check my finances on a weekly basis.
Actionable goal: Check my finances weekly and stay on budget in November and December 2018.
#2 GO ON A SMALL (CITY) TRIP
The last time I went on a trip was at the end of last year. I love traveling — flying not so much — and I can see that my travel content is the most loved content on the blog. But I also want to travel for myself. I think it would be good to leave my hometown for a bit and change perception.
Actionable goal: Plan a small trip for the next months — either on my own or with someone — before the end of 2018.
#3 FOCUS ON BECOMING A HEALTHIER PERSON
For me becoming a healthier person is not just physically, it’s also about my mental health. It’s cool to see that more people prioritize their mental health and that the conversation is open to talk about it.
I personally don’t have any serious mental health issues other than being really stressed for long periods of time. It became a problem when I was 23/24 and writing my thesis. And although it’s not as bad as it was back then, it’s still a problem for meat the moment. I’ve been working on creating routines to help create breathing room which is helping a lot. I want to continue doing this the rest of the year. Later this year I’ll write an blog post on my process.
Second part of becoming a healthier person is all about working out, eating healthier and having a sleeping schedule. I love taking long walks and listening to my favorite podcasts. I did two posts on my favorite motivational podcasts and true crime podcasts if you want something to listen to on your own walks or when you work out. Next to going on walks, I’m still a contributor to my local gym. Yes, I’m that person at the moment who pays money for a membership but doesn’t go. In my defense, I used to go a lot and was pretty consistent. Anyway, I want to become more consistent with either going on walks or going to the gym.
Actionable goal: Work out — take long walks or go to the gym — at least 3 times a week till the end of 2018.
#4 BE PRESENT
I know everyone says “live in the moment” or ‘be present” in a very annoying way but honesty there is truth to it. I by no means want to judge people for capturing moments. I think it’s great. But after I capture the moment, I personally want to be there and being able to remember the moment.
Maybe I’m the only one with this problem but it takes me much more effort to remember things I’ve done. And I think it’s because I’m not truly present when the moment happens. And that’s such a shame. Moments and experiences are so important for your personal development and make life worth it.
Actionable goal: Make a point of being present in the moment and write down moments and experiences that happen in my journal at the end of the day for the next months.
#5 BECOME MORE OF A DOER THAN A THINKER
I’ve had a while where I did new things and stepped out of my comfort zone. And I actually really enjoyed it. I also felt proud of doing things instead of thinking. These past six months I’ve been too much of a thinker — a charastic that I actually love about myself. However, there is a difference between overthinking and thinking. And overthinking is not helpful.
The last remainder of this year I want to push myself to do things instead of think. It’s easy for me to stay where I am but that’s not how I will achieve goals.
Actionable goal: Make a list of 5 new things I can do before the end of 2018.