I'm blogging about my monthly goals to help keep me accountable, so it's time to look at the goals I had for January!
As far as boosting my physical energy:
Decrease caffeine: this was a struggle at first, but I only had coffee twice in January and I think my body has adjusted. I love feeling energetic knowing it's not coming from my morning cup of coffee! I think this one wins as far as what has boosted my physical energy the most. I was pretty dependent on lots of caffeine.
Eat breakfast: this has definitely helped me get through the morning working more productively. I've also found that I don't eat a huge lunch trying to make up for not eating breakfast.
Start strength training: I haven't done that well with this one. I bought a kettle bell and have done it some mornings, but I need to do it more consistently. (side note: the people who live below us complained that we've been "consistently stomping and throwing things". We don't stomp or throw things, so the only thing I can figure is they must have heard me doing my jumping jacks with the workout video - whoops!)
Take more walks: it rained a lot this month, but I did make a bigger effort to get outside when it was nice and walk a little bit. I did help me refocus and gave me a little energy burst.
Boosting my mental energy:
Make a list of nagging projects: I had 8 things on my list and I've finished 5! I can't even explain how wonderful it feels to cross these things off. All 8 are things that I've been needing to do for a long time, and to finally be able to stop thinking about them and stop reminding myself to just do them feels amazing. This was definitely the most rewarding goal of January!
Organize the pantry: done! I found more expired food than I thought I had, and I can now see what's on all of the shelves. It makes cooking dinner and making my grocery lists MUCH faster.
Tidy up before bed: this helps me get going on my day faster in the morning! It's totally worth taking a few minutes at night to clean up the kitchen and put things away.
If something takes 5 minutes or less, do it now: another super rewarding goal! My email inbox has gotten down to ZERO! Also our "dump zones" (kitchen counter and coffee table) have stayed cleared off because I'm dealing with mail, etc. right away instead of letting it pile up.
Get rid of unnecessary stuff: I went through all of my stuff and found a lot to get rid of. Some of it just needed to be thrown away, but clothes and shoes I'm donating to Goodwill. Also, I found a bunch of unopened toiletries and cleaning products that are just extras, and these are great to donate to women's shelters.
I think focusing on energy and working towards these goals did make me feel happier. I think this has more to do with the mental energy goals. I'm not wasting time and energy thinking about the things I want to get done, but mostly I've eliminated many of the little things that were annoying me.
Have you made progress with your goals or resolutions for 2012?