Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August Balanced Life Goals: A Revised Wheel

This month, for what seems to be for the first time ever (well, at least for the past 37 years), I don't have a career to think about!  Although I am not officially retired, yet (I am on vacation, all of August), it is time to look forward to life as a retiree!  It seems like a very good time to review and revise my goal categories - I don't really need a "Career" category if I am vacation prior to retirement, for example, do I?  Another change I am making this month is dividing the "Environment" category, which included both house and garden, into two categories - House and Garden.

As I've explained before, my monthly balanced life goals are similar to the spokes on a wheel, with the length of each spoke representing my satisfaction in that area of my life, from 1 to 10, with 1 being most dissatisfied and 10 being most satisfied.

These, then, are my goals and current ratings (based on the ending ratings for July) for August:

Spiritual (8):  The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life.
- Continue with daily prayers and gratitude; focus on being positive
- Take time for meditation - Resume going to Friday night meditation sessions at the temple
- Cultivate non-attachment - focus on letting go of attachment to material possessions
- Attend the monthly rosary prayer gathering

House (5):  The goal is a clean, tidy, uncluttered house:
- Focus on decluttering and maintaining cleaned areas - get 20 bags of donations out of the house by the end of the month!
- Deep clean my bedroom - It is the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see at night; it should be a place of calm restoration!

Garden (8):
- Maintain (water 2x per week; weed; prune pine tree) as it is too hot to do any real gardening

Daughter (10):  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her (without being over-protective!)
- Daily texts, phone calls, emails, and video chatting
- Look forward to her visit towards the end of August

Family & Friends (9.5):  The goal is to keep in touch with various family members and friends.
- Wish Aunt C for her birthday
- Wish friend S's daughter on her birthday
- Take Cousin P to the Sri Lankan store
- Take friend R to get her shipping boxes
- Regular phone calls and emails
- Will be seeing several members of the family and friends at this month's prayer gathering
- Weekly calls with neighbor T/have coffee with her one day

Community (8):  The goal is to become more involved in my community.
- Continue to participate in the blogging community

Finances (8):  The goal is financial security.
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose
- Attend the appointment with financial planner (8/6)
- Make final decisions about pension options

Health & Well Being (5):  The goal is good health.
- Attend the appointments with my various medical doctors - 4 scheduled for August, so far:
8/2 - podiatrist
8/15 - radiation oncologist
8/17 - primary care physician assistant
8/22 - endoscopy & colonoscopy 
- Call and make dental appointments!
Continue to monitor blood pressure, sugar levels, and weight
- Continue to focus on a healthier diet, drinking enough water (8x 8oz), exercising regularly (resume walking for 30 minutes, Monday through Friday), and getting sufficient sleep
- Focus on accomplishments and staying positive

Time Management (5):  The goal is having enough time to do all what I want to do!
- Procrastinate less
- Implement routines and schedules

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time (8):  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
- Set aside 30 minutes a day to do something relaxing, such as reading books  blogs, or doing a craft

Here's how the balanced life wheel looks at the beginning of August:

Balanced Life Wheel at the beginning of August
I see three particular spokes on which to focus - Health, House, and Time Management, all rated at 5.  I would like to get them up to a 7 by the end of the month.

Is anyone else thinking of doing a similar balanced life wheel or analysis?

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