Well, even though it’s not the last day of May, I wanted to go ahead and report on how I did for my goals this month. To begin with let’s review my goals:
- 21 days of no sugar
- Read 5 books
- Blog 3x/week
- Stay within budget
- 15 minutes of physical activity each day
How I Did
Have you ever heard the phrase, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”? Well, that sums up how things went for my May goals. Since I set these goals without organizing a plan to achieve them, I quickly got off track.
The 15 minutes of physical activity and no sugar goals were abandoned within the first week, honestly. However, I am happy to report that I’m back on the exercise bandwagon, and have been consistently working out the past few days. Our recent family getaway included taking some family photos that were a gut check (literally) about my weight and health. It’s time to get serious, and I’m hoping to stick with it. It helps that I’ve found a YouTube channel with workouts I’m really enjoying. Physical fitness will be a goal for June, so we’ll see if I can stick with it next month.
For the most part, I was able to achieve the blogging goal. I think last week and this week were the only two where I missed the mark, and I’m okay with that.
As I said in my original goals post, I knew the budgeting goal would be a challenge because of the travel we had planned for the month, and that proved to be true. We ended up going over budget in the categories I was hoping to stay under budget in, but I’m pleased with how well we did in spite of the travel. We didn’t exceed our budget by too much, which is remarkable given the extra spending we did this month.
My book goal was pretty lofty for me, so I’m not surprised I didn’t reach it. I’m about to finish my 3rd book of the month, so I’m thinking I should set a goal of 4 books for June to push myself.
What I Learned
As I said before, the primary takeaway I have from my goals for May is that planning is the key to success. This reminds me of a verse in Proverbs, which says something to the effect of “refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed” (Proverbs 15:22 MSG). When I set goals for the future, I need to plan wisely to accomplish them. Accomplishing goals is not just going to happen on its own, and I need to make the effort to succeed or I’ll fail.
The other thing I’ve learned through my goals for May is this: the point is not to be perfect, the point is to try. I’m not trying to beat anyone, this isn’t a competition and I’m okay with failure. What I’m not okay with is simply not trying because of the possibility of missing the mark or failing to achieve. I’m glad I’m setting goals, even if I’m not meeting them. The point is to try, anyway.
Did you set any goals for May? How did you do?