After what has felt like the summer of sickness, I’m so ready to feel like myself again. To get there, I’ve set one goal for this month – Less is more. Maybe it’s more of a guideline than a goal, but regardless, it’s something that I will continue to repeat to myself until we get to October and this new way of thinking has become habit.
Less take out, more time in the kitchen. I’m really ashamed to admit how frequently I have takeout. There aren’t many lunch options by my office, so I typically eat a light lunch and then I’m starving by the time I get home, leading me to just pick up a Chick-fil-a Cobb salad or some chicken tacos from a local tex-mex place. I don’t love cooking, but last week I found myself craving a home cooked meal. It didn’t take me very long, and there was just something so rewarding about making my own meal. Over the next month, I’m hoping to find some great recipes for cooking for one and for crockpots. (If you have any favorites, please send them my way!)
Less spending, more planning. When I don’t plan my purchases – whether it be clothing or my lunch – I end up spending more than I should. I’m really practical with my spending, so feeling like I’ve wasted money stresses me out. I think that planning my meals out for the week will be a major way to save money, as I not only spend less on lunch and takeout, but I’ll also be able to purchase ingredients that can be used in multiple recipes. I bought a carton of iced coffee at the store this weekend, so I think that’s a great start!
Less time spent in front of a screen, more time spent bettering myself. I spend all day looking at a computer screen at work, and I hope to do a little less of that when I get home in the evenings. Instead of just poking around online, I could use that time to read a book or exercise.
Less scrambling, more focusing. I really don’t love getting up when my alarm goes off. Because of this, I’m always scrambling to get ready in the mornings. Friday morning I got up early for work to pick up some catering, and I was reminded of just how much better I felt when I got up and got my day started. Instead of scrambling to accomplish something, I want to be able to focus fully on the task at hand.
Less caffeine, more water. I usually limit myself to two caffeinated beverages a day – an iced coffee each morning and a diet soda around 3 PM. But when the month of our big work event rolls around, I am pretty sure my blood type is caffeine. I’ve stocked my fridge at home and work with different flavors of LaCroix, and I’m hoping I can stay strong and grab them over soda.
Less dread, more enthusiasm. Just like everyone else in the world, I have a lot on my plate right now. Sometimes this leads me to be dread my community involvement just because I feel so overwhelmed and over involved. So I’ve decided to approach things that I typically dread with enthusiasm in an attempt to change my mindset.
I want to hear from you – what are your goals for the month? I’d love to help keep each other accountable!