How am I doing at these goals?
1. Go to bed/wake up earlier.
This is perhaps the most difficult one of all for me. It hasn’t really materialized. I know I need to, especially to get more freelance work during the day when it’s quiet. I certainly didn’t do this one today, but I’m hoping that by the end of this month, some more self discipline will have magically appeared in my life.
2. Make dinner 3x/week
I’ve cooked a few times, but not 3x a week. I need to keep this goal at the forefront of my mind. Cooking is just not something I enjoy doing, and we don’t have the stores with the ingredients I would like to use.
3. Keep living space clean.
My room is small, but I would say that it’s not a disaster area at the moment, more like vaguely messy. Once we get everything organized from the latest move, I think I should be okay on this one. I just need to remember to clean off the shelf on the headboard on a daily basis.
4. Live off salary and save freelance income.
For tax reasons, this was just not possible this month. But I think it will be extremely possible starting in May.
5. Save $1000.
I actually had a good freelance month, so I just need to dedicate more time to gathering gigs and I should be able to do this.
6. Then get a secured credit card.
7. Finish dissertation by end of July/Finish draft of middle-grade novel by December.
This month I am really planning to get the dissertation into gear. Starting next week, I hope to spend 1 day/week at the university library.
My special goal for last month was “giving up soda.” I didn’t give it up altogether, but I made a lot of progress in minimizing my intake. I no longer have bottles of soda at home. I now maybe drink a can of sprite a day and have some when I go out. Compared to the liter-and-a-half-plus habit I had before, this is a huge improvement.
My special goal for this month is to eat more fruits and vegetables and do one workout with my pilates bar a day.