Post Updated on July 21, 2016
Hello, my lovelies! How has fall been treating you so far? I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the blue skies and lack of rain in Seattle lately, although I know it’s going to make a swift turn around soon enough. October is one of those super busy months where everything just seems to be going on at once, so I’m trying to plan ahead and use time-blocking techniques to make sure I’m getting the most out of the time I do have.
Before we get to the goals, I thought it’d be fun to share with you some things I’ve been loving lately – sort of like my monthly favorites. Let me know in the comments what you’ve been loving lately!
The Happiness Project
I’m currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (I know, I’m super late to this one), and I feel like so much of it ties in with the topics I talk about on my blog. The author basically sets herself 3-4 monthly goals to see if she can cultivate more happiness in her life, and it’s a nice reminder to stay present and make the most of your current situation.
One of my favorite bloggers, Melyssa from The Nectar Collective, started her own Pinterest course all about using Pinterest to your advantage as a blogger. HOLY MOLY, guys. I have learned a TON. It was quite the investment, but I’ve noticed a spike in my blog traffic, and I’ve been consistently growing my audience by pinning things that are relevant to my blog. I highly recommend it if you’re a blogger!
The Pomodoro Technique
This technique of splitting your time into 25 minute chunks has totally boosted my levels of productivity lately. Often, we overestimate how long it will take to complete something, and this method has totally made me realize how quickly I can get stuff done.
Now before we get into my goals for October, let’s do a little recap of my September goals!
SEPTEMBER GOALS RECAP
1. Use the envelope system.
This was quite the experiment for me! I’ve never been the type of person to carry cash in my wallet, and I’ve relied so heavily on cards for years that I actually forgot to pay with cash a few times. That being said, this method was super useful for helping me spend money more wisely and avoid overspending. I’m going to keep trying to budget my money this way because I know it’ll help me in the long run!
2. No heat styling my hair.
Yup, yup. My hair basically stayed in a bun this entire month because I just don’t like how it feels when it dries naturally. Curly hair has a mind of it’s own, am I right? I reallllly just need to get a hair cut because I think that’ll make a big difference.
3. Update my capsule wardrobe.
Aw yeah! Go check this puppy out right here. You better believe there’s lots of olive and striped pieces in there because I’m obsessed.
MY TOP THREE GOALS FOR OCTOBER
1. Limit my screen time.
Real talk, we all spend too much time looking at screens. I’ve started getting headaches if I don’t tear myself away from my laptop, and sometimes I get this under-eye twitch that I can only assume is my eyeball’s way of saying, ‘Get off your damn computer, Catherine.’
SO, I’m going to try spending 45 minutes working on my blog in the evening…and that’s it. No phone, iPad, or laptop after that. Netflix is the exception, although I’m going to prioritize doing more of these things after work instead.
2. Get back into yoga.
Confession: I haven’t done yoga in months. And I LOVE yoga. I think it’s about time I brought it back into my life, so I’m going to aim for two sessions a week – either at my gym or by following a video at home.
3. Step up my newsletter game.
I have a newsletter, did ya know that? Probably not because I rarely send emails out. BUT I really want to step up my newsletter game and send out two pieces of extra content each month (basically like bonus blog posts!). If this sounds like a sweet deal to you, go ahead and sign up down below!
What are your goals for October?