This year I have been focusing on intentional living. As part of this, I have been setting specific goals for myself and tracking them closely (yes I am a spreadsheet nerd) in order to better align how I spend my time and energy with my values. Here is my November Update!
💰 Financial Health
Maximize Retirement Savings
Save X% of Take Home Pay
Bolstered by a 3-paycheck month, my YTD savings rate jumped to 113% of my goal. I doubt this will hold through December, but at least the extra paycheck is in savings for now.
Specifically in the categories Restaurants
and Mindless Online Purchases
. Happy to report restaurant spending was the lowest this month that it has been all year! Drinks at the Marine Corps Ball, one DoorDash order, and a few small odds and ends (like In-n-Out drive thru for lunch) added up to $133 which is so close to my goal of $100 and the first time it’s actually felt achievable.
🧠 Personal Development
Improve Photography Skills
Still on hold :(.
Complete Predictive Analytics Certificate Program by EOY ‘20
R Programming course is complete with an A grade! Just need to finish one big report for Effective Data Preparation and I’ll be done for the year
Complete 25 Books
I finished 7 books this month, 4 of which were already in progress when the month began. Still - pretty impressive if I do say so myself! I have surpassed my goal and completed 30 books so far this year.
💻 Digital Life
I’m still rating myself 60% de-Googlified, but the last 40% will be hard (Maps and Calendar 😭). No updates since last month.
Set up password manager
Complete pending final clean-up.
Reduce Social Media Use
Shared 0 Posts and 48 Stories on Instragram. 33 Minutes Daily Average last 7 days of November.
Remove apps from phone
🧘🌲 Fitness & Outdoor Activity
Measure Fitness Benchmarks
I have come up with a handful of benchmarks to measure - timed mile run, timed plank, 1 min squats, 1 min pushups.
My goal is to come up with a goal here through research and some loose tracking of my own nature time.
My stretch (GET IT?) goal is to attend yoga class 4x/week. Since I upgraded from Groupon to a monthly membership at a nearby studio, I’ve been averaging 2x/week.