It’s rainy and cold outside right now, really a rather gloomy Saturday. But I’m currently quite happy inside on the couch enjoying an unexpected at home day with a Starbucks Peppermint White Mocha (it’s red cup day!), snoring cat, and my snuggie (I love my Penn State snuggie!), which is the perfect way to settle in and think about goals and plans for the last two months of the 2014.
I’m working on goal setting for November today. I’m still using Lara Casey’s PowerSheets and highly recommend them (here’s my original PowerSheets review and a more recent PowerSheets review), and am getting ready to preorder a new set for the first half of 2015 (you can preorder the new PowerSheets in Lara’s shop).
Life has felt a bit crazy, and not very goal-focused, since starting my job in August. Which is really rather ironic because my dissertation research is on goal setting in the workplace. I’ve been really busy at work, squeezing in time whenever possible to work on my dissertation, trying to exercise at least four days a week (but I want to increase that to five), and working in some creative downtime fun along with visits with friends when I can manage it. I’ve put off specific goal setting because it seemed like my life really has revolved around two things: working and dissertation research. Despite gets lots down with working, and making some progress with my dissertation research, I wasn’t finding that I was really getting much else done, nor have I been making progress on my dissertation as fast as I’ve wanted to.
I set my big monthly goals on my PowerSheets and wanted to share three of my goals to help keep me accountable:
- Schedule my PhD Comps for November or December 2014. Comps in my program, also known as the “Competency Exam”, means that I present the first three chapters of my dissertation to my committee and hopefully receive approval to continue moving forward with my research. I’ve been working towards comps since January 2014. Thinking about sharing more about how this journey has gone this month)
- Take Ali Edwards’ Lens of Joy online course. I just enrolled in this today. It might seem a little strange, to enroll in a class in the midst of dissertation writing, but I need a break from reading research. My brain starts to not function well when all I do is read content in my area of research. This class starts on Monday and I’m really excited about it!
- Cultivate a Private Victory: Read 30 minutes of non-research each day. I was inspired to try the idea of having a daily Private Victory after reading Jess Lively’s blog post on Stephen Covey’s concept of “spending one hour a day on your mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing”. Since I exercise for at least 45 minutes for typically four days a week (somewhat addressing the physical aspect of the Private Victory), I’ve decided that my Private Victory plan for November is going to focus on my mental wellbeing and that for the month of November I am committing to reading, for at least 30 minutes, content outside of my research or work areas.
And there you have it: my three big goals for November 2014. I have a whole list of assorted mini goals that will help me achieve my first goal in particular, but these three goals will help guide my overall focus for the month!