My categories aren’t balanced!
. . . And that’s okay 🙂
I typically divide my goals lists into 4 sublists: WORK / PERSONAL / FAM / BLOG&POD. I should probably change the names because I feel like I can officially call BLOG&POD stuff work now, but the general categories will probably remain the same.
Usually they are somewhat equal – like 4-5 items in each. (Though obviously since item size and scope can vary greatly, that doesn’t guarantee any sort of real equality. “Launch podcast” does not equal “make eye appointment”, for example. It looks balanced, though!).
Anyway, I am not even close to balanced this month and that’s okay! Since I’m deep in development and prep mode for BLPA, I know it is going to take up a bit more of my goals energy. I actually have far more clinical days this month so it’s not like I won’t be focused on patient care; it’s just that I don’t really have specific items to accomplish in that realm right now.
You might also notice that I am hoping to knock out holiday cards already! I made a preliminary list yesterday and will start confirming addresses ASAP. Because we moved in 2022, Josh and I are planning on sending Thanksgiving cards so that those who send holiday cards will have our updated address. (Plus – who doesn’t enjoy celebrating gratitude?)
I still need to look at/review/triage my Quintile 4 goals and create my Quintile 5 master list – which will include many of the above because let’s face it – I like checking things off, so why not have them on all relevant lists? Ha.
Reading Plan Update
Many of you recoiled in horror when I mused about an idea to try to read at least 1/14 of a nonfiction book and 1/10 of a novel every day.
Trust me, I get it.
BUT. For me, right now? I totally love this little ‘reading training plan’. Here’s the thing: like most of my other personal goals, I hold it gently.
Each day, I try to hit the above marks, and many times if the book is good (especially the novel!) I will actually blow past them.
And some days I will be otherwise occupied and will miss a day. Totally okay – just as long as I get back on the horse when I can. For me it helps to have this benchmark to shoot for in my head, because it’s the nudge I need to pick up a book (or my kindle paperwhite, or my kindle app) and read rather than scroll. And I’m almost always happy with that choice!
I read 6 books in October and am halfway through 2 more right now, so I can definitely say I’ve picked up the pace since thinking up this scheme, and I am truly enjoying it.
(An additional feature of this plan: if I am reading a book and I am dreading reading my daily quotas, time for a new book. I have struggled with abandoning books in the past but I think making this a completely acceptable – let’s go as far as to say encouraged – feature of my plan will help!).
Finally, I am absolutely not suggesting everyone (or even most people) try this plan. Especially if it sounds horrifying! Just sharing what I have found helpful and fun recently.
I am off to the dentist where I will invariably get in trouble for not brushing some side of some obscure back teeth in my mouth, even though I floss every day, use an electric toothbrush, and REALLY do try my best! (Are there shame-free dentist offices out there? Actually my NC dentist was pretty close. I miss them!)
PS: November newsletter coming your way tomorrow!