Wednesday. Hump Day. The worst day of the week for some…mainly the procrastinating type. The best day of the week for others – the week is almost over!! 🙂 This Humpday I am feeling a little bit of both.
For me, the week is almost over but my work week is just beginning. I’ll be flying on Friday and Saturday this week. Burbank here I come!! Saturday also happens to be one of the coldest days of the season in Chicago thus far so I’ll be happy to miss it…well, half of it.
Sunday will be my favorite day of the month – the 20th. Every 20th of the month my company releases all the trips they couldn’t fill for the next month, in this case, December. What happens at 10pm on any 20th of the month is a mad frenzy of computer activity with all of us flight attendants trading trips at once. It’s hard to explain the trading aspect, but the result is an intense feeling of failure or victory depending on how well your trades went. I plan for victory. Oh, and the 20th also happens to be the usual payday but because it falls on a Sunday I will have to wait for…
Monday – Payday!! Monday also will be my first ever Mastermind with a couple of lady bloggers in this PF space. I am so excited to see how this goes!!! 🙂
Hump Day be damned…this week I’m just getting started!
But as I look at the year so far – Hump Month is long gone. We are nearing the end of the downturn of the year. 2016 is coming to a close and it is closing in on us fast. 46 days left in the year including today. 7 more weeks including 7 more Hump Days. Yikes!!! What goals of the year are you still reaching for?
Remember my half-year review? That was way back in June. What have I accomplished since then? Um. Not much…
- Went to Thailand (it rocked!) but I failed to explore a second country* and…..
That’s it. I have maintained the other goals that I was in the green with like working 100 hours per month, living on $1500 or less (ok, slight over at an average of $1525), and I am almost done maxing my 401K. Something not on the list was my IRA which I started in April and maxed out in October. So that’s something.
I have realized that the goals that take time like visiting with family, learning Spanish, and working out are the ones I have the hardest time with. Financial goals have always been easy for me – there is a fear that I harbor since childhood of not having enough so it drives me in a way most things don’t. But the other goals, the more family oriented time sharing ones. Those are more difficult for me. I have a TON of time…but I have learned I am quite selfish with it. I only work on average 8 days a month. What the heck am I doing the rest of the time??
A few months back everyone was writing/podcasting about Laura Vanderkam and her time tracking tips to being more productive. I listened and read and immediately shook it off. I don’t need to track my time – how tedious. In fact, what a waste of my precious time. Then I rolled over, closed my eyes, and took another nap…
Today I woke up. Looking at my goals today has left me at a loss for words. There must be something to this time tracking thing…I mean, if tracking is good enough for my money then why not my time?? Where did the time go?? I have the same hours in the day as Beyonce, Hillary, and Oprah. I have the same amount of time in the day as my best friend who is juggling 2 kids at home, my mom who is grandma extraordinaire, and my BF who works 9-5 with a 2-hour commute and still manages to come home with a smile on his face. And how did I spend my time this week? Mainly trolling the Rocks Star Finance Forum, watched some TV, and clean up a bit around the house. I’m certainly not breaking any records here.
Now don’t expect any big time tracking posts…I still feel it is tedious (mainly because I am embarrassed by how much time I waste). But I am not above admitting I need to focus. I have decided to make December (and the 15 days before it) my goal busting month. I am focusing on meeting with my Nana and grandparents, scheduling a hike with mom, finding a workout plan (that I WILL track), and restarting my DuoLingo training for Spanish. I also need to focus on finishing one book before the end of this month…I have had 3 sitting on my bedside table over a month. Oh, and something not on the list, paint, and prep my condo for rental…should I ever make #1 on the list.
** So what are your plans for these next 46 days until 2017??? Are you going to goal bust or have you already accomplished everything? Let’s see if we can motivate each other! **
Until next time…
- Red to Green said Thailand is so awesome I can count it as both my countries for the year!! Scooorrreeee!! Checking that box.