Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October Balanced Life Monthly Goals

It's the start of a new month!  I have reviewed my September goals and it is time to post my October goals.

As I've explained before, my monthly balanced life goals are similar to the spokes of 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.  Ideally, all the spokes are of equal length and the wheel will roll along smoothly.  If the spokes are of unequal lengths, then, the resulting wheel will be lop-sided and wobbly.  My ratings for each segment are shown within the parentheses, with the beginning of the month ratings in black.

October Balanced Life Goals:

Spiritual: (9.5):   The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life:
- Continue with daily prayers and gratitude; focus on being more positive and joyful
- Continue to practice meditation at home and at the temple
- Continue to cultivate non-attachment to material things by donating/decluttering more
- Participate in the Kathina prayer ceremony and almsgiving at the temple (10/26-27)
- Host the October rosary prayer gathering (10/19)

House (8.5):  The goal is a home that is pleasant, comfortable, and welcoming:
- Clean - get the house ready for the October prayer gathering
- Organize - continue to find a place for everything and keep everything in its place
- Well maintained - continue to implement the cleaning schedule
- Decluttered - find 50 items to declutter

Garden (8):  The goal is a garden that is productive, yet drought tolerant:
- Maintain (water 1- 2 times per week, depending on the temperature; weed)
- Get ready for fall planting

Daughter (10):  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her:
- Daily texts, phone calls, and video chatting, etc.
- Enjoy her planned visit in October (for her friend's wedding)

Family & Friends (10):  The goal is to have a connection with family members and friends:
- Regular phone calls and emails
- Have Aunt C and cousin N over to breakfast (10/2)
- Attend cousin V's grandson's christening (10/13)
- Will be seeing several members of the family and friends at this month's prayer gathering

Community (10):  The goal is to be involved in my community:
- Continue to participate in the blogging community 
Weekly phone calls with neighbor T; check on her while her daughter is out of town
- Continue to participate in the online group of which I am a member
- Participate in temple events

Finances (10):  The goal is financial security:
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose

 Health & Well Being (8.5):  The goal is good health:
- Attend the medical appointments scheduled for this month (2 doctor's appointments and, maybe, 1 lab test)
- Continue to work on the following life style changes: 
   - better diet - eat more vegetables, less carbs
   - better hydration - drink 8 x 8oz glasses of water, daily
  - better sleep habits -  try to adjust the sleep schedule (earlier bed time)
   - more exercise - get back on a walking schedule 
- Get back down to a healthier weight through diet and exercise

Time Management (8): The goal is to spend my time in a mindful manner:
- Keep to a more regular schedule
- Procrastinate less

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time (10):  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
- Engage in daily joyful activities
- Make one baby quilt
- Go on at least a couple of fun outings - one scheduled for 10/3

Those are my goals for a more balanced life in October.  Yes, they are more or less the same as the ones I had for September, but, that's fine with me.  Are you making any goals for October?


  1. Good luck with your October goals x

    1. Thank you, Eileen. The nice thing about a new month is, it is an opportunity to start over again! :)

  2. You have such wonderful goals. More of us should be setting them down in writing like you have done here. I really like the one about engaging in daily joyful activities. Sometimes it seems all I do is work. Blessings to you- xo Diana

    1. Thank you, Diana. Yes, work does tend to loom large in our lives, doesn't it? But, we need to do something that brings us joy, too. It doesn't have to be a big thing - sometimes, it is using the "good china" and drinking my tea in a favorite cup. :)

  3. I love your goals! Time management is a bad one for me. I am terrible about setting time restraints on things. I tend to get sidetracked.

    1. Thank you, Sharon. My problem with time management is I tend to procrastinate. So, half the things I need to do (or should be doing) get postponed and not done! Then, I complain that I didn't have the time!


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