6 Months To Change My Life – 2nd Time Around

Those of you who have read my blog before are aware I have done this previously too. There is a group that I joined just over 6 months ago for the first set of goals. The aim is to set ourselves goals and aims to achieve over the next 6 months that go some way to improving the quality of our life. We all share experiences,  support and sometimes when needed a little constructive criticism. 

I really enjoyed the last 6 months and feel I achieved a lot that I had set out to so it was a no brainer to start again for another 6 months with new goals.

This time I’ve set out my goals for what I want at the end of the 6 months and have broke them all down into monthly goals.

As of yet I’ve not drawn up my blog and career goals simply because I really want to have a huge focus on my home life and health this time. So I will update with those goals later this week.

I have wrote one primary focus down for October and will be using the tracker supplied in the new Carpe Diem. Each month I will chose a different high focus area to work on. I want to try and instill a habit over the 30 days so a tracker becomes unnecessary. 

So let’s have a look at my goals;
1) Be More Positive – This is a big one. I always think I am positive but I admit lately it’s to easy to get bogged down and not appreciate things that perhaps I should. My aim here to to write down every single day at least 1 positive thing.

2) Lose 2 stone and eat better – Over the last 6 months I haven’t been as good as I should have.  I really want to shift the weight. This breaks down to 4lb a month, 1lb a week so I feel it’s achievable. My eating habits have started to slip back into snacky eating too so I need to reign it back in.

3) Organise The Paperwork – Given how organised I am in every area of my life this is one area I am not. I have 3 months if not more of filing to catch up on. I must get this done and a system in place.

4) Be More Financially Responsible – The biggest part of this is to stop emotionally spending. I also want to start paying more off my credit card each month to reduce this right down. With Birthdays and Christmas over these 6 months I need to spend much better than I do.

5) Have A Better Home Life – This is quite broad but covers things such as: more time offline, more time as a family,  date nights, sorting Alexis’s bedtime routine out again. Everything that has been not great over the last 6 months needs improving.

That’s it for my main goals. I may have only 5 but there are some biggies in there.

As you can see from the page below I have wrote these out and put them into my planner along with the monthly focus tasks.

UKPA although set out originally as a planner group is about so much more. The help and support from this group of people is massive.

To follow some of the other ladies journey’s please have a read of these blogs:)

My Chaotically Eclectic Life 

Plan With Hannah

Ugly Bug Does

If you think you could benefit from this feel free to email me at thestationerygeekette@yahoo.com or drop a comment below and I’ll gladly gwt you involved. 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

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6 Months To Change My Life Update 1

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I know it’s technically going into the 3rd month now and I should have got around to this sooner but as they say it’s better late than never.

I have achieved quite a chunk of my list over tha last two months and overcome some of the bigger hurdles which will now allow me to move forward much easier.

So what exactly have I achieved over March and April?

* I moved home – somewhere smaller, cheaper and closer to family.
* I enrolled on several e-courses.
* I completed Criminology Beyond Crime e-course from Open University.
* Paid off a huge chunk of debt.
* Reworked my payment plans.
* De-cluttered the kitchen.
* Ordered new wardrobes and a shelving unit with baskets.
* Improved blog post content and frequency as well as updating the theme I use.
* Set up new blog planner.
* Got a haircut and made more effort to style it daily.
* Started a new fiction book series.
* Ordered Spark Joy
* Attended a planner mini meet and met new people.
* Increased family time.
* Ate more fruit and drank more water.
* Lost 3lbs

I still have a long way to go but I’m starting to lay foundations down.

For this month my aims are:
* Put up and assemble the new furniture.
* Request permission to redecorate.
* Finish 1 book.
* Pay off 1 debt.
* More dedicated family time.
* Less online time.
* Date with my OH.
* Organise and sort Alexis’s room.
* Toy Declutter and sell.
* Start new e-course.
* Eat better
* Loose 7lbs.

I’m really hoping that things will start to come together in May and although many of the the changes are small they will have a huge impact overall.

Here’s to a month of good progression.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Positivity In My Planner

I have a section in my planner dedicated to Inspiration. Part of that is everything to do with keeping me positive.

To start with I have my gratitude wheel. I have this at the front as It is my go to thing when I need a bit of a nudge in the right direction and I am feeling sorry for myself.

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After this I have my Mission Statement. This is my mission to myself for 2016.

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Next I have a list of Affirmations. I need to add some quotes to this too as I currently have them all set up in my Leuchtturm.

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I then have my top list for remaining positive. Suffering from depression means that some days are really bad days and it takes a bit more to pull myself up. I like having this list as a quick go to for ideas to try.DSC_0019

Finally I have my life goals map. This is to remind me of the things I want in life. Been positive is a must If I want to achieve even a fraction of these things. It’s always good to remind myself what it is I want and what I have to keep fighting for. This is my purpose!

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I am sure this part of my planner will continue to evolve as I find things that give me inspiration and keep my outlook on the up.

Do you have a journal or section dedicated to positivity and/or inspiration?

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

 

10 Tips For Positive Thinking

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There are many different ways in which people remain positive and they may differ from person to person. These tips are things which I have found help me personally and I am hoping that they may help you even if it is with just one little tip.

  1. Wake Up To Positivity.

When you get up on a morning do something that makes you happy. A happy mindset is a positive one. It is the best way to approach the day ahead. For me this is having a cuppa and organising the day ahead in my planner.

2. Be Grateful

Write down what you are grateful for and keep revisiting the list. If life is feeling overwhelming or taking a negative turn remembering what you are grateful for helps to remind you that life is not as bad as it feels.

3. Affirmations and Quotes

Tell yourself how awesome you are and what you can achieve. Affirmations strengthen your core belief and are great for your mind and soul. Quotes can restore inspiration and motivation.

4. Remove Yourself

If you are in a negative situation take yourself out of it for a breather. Even if it is into another room for 5 minutes it can help restore calm and balance. I often got for a walk to disperse the negative energy.

5. Visualisation

Visualisation of your desired outcome, life or job. Imagining what you are striving for helps create the determination you need to succeed.

6. Positive People

Surround yourself with positive like-minded people. Negative people have a way of bringing those around them down to their level. Positive people help spur on motivation.

7. Write It Down

If you write down your concerns it instantly makes a difference. Things feel much better when it is all out there, as the old saying goes “A problem shared is a problem halved”.

8. Pace Yourself

Don’t rush yourself, pacing yourself means you are less likely to make mistakes.

9. Change Your Approach

When faced with a negative thought or situation change how you approach it. Ask HOW you can move forward and what it will achieve.

10. Repeat If Necessary

Try, try and try again. Perseverance is key. If you fail the first time get up and get back on it. Every fail creates strength. We naturally learn from our mistakes. Knowing WHAT NOT to do is one step further to knowing WHAT to do.

Thank you for reading:)

The Stationery Geekette x

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