Wow, it’s July already! It feels like I had just posted my goals for the second quarter of the year. It is a sweet and bitter feeling, knowing that I had tried my best to live everyday to the fullest but time still flies by in a blink of an eye.
I sure hope that the first half (or first 2 quarters) of 2019 has gone swimmingly for you. As mentioned in the goals for the second quarter of 2019, there is a boon to viewing the year in quarters. It is a fresh start. It gives you a chance to refresh. Rethink your daily routines. Review your goals. Redirect your various courses of action to achieve your desired goals.
Since yesterday was the last day of June, I really took some time to reflect. What went well in the past 3 months? Where can I improve? What else can I incorporate into my daily routine so that I am slowly inching my way to my goals (think: the compound effect)?
In short, I decided that my biggest focus for this upcoming quarter would be discipline. I loved The 5AM Club‘s insights (post on the insights and the book here) and I always knew that I wanted more time for myself. Yet, I still struggle with waking up early on somedays. I snooze. And… as the saying goes, I lose. I lose time and I lose motivation (the guilt I feel for sleeping in kinda ruins the mood).
So let’s dive into my goals for this coming quarter of 2019, July to October.
1. No snooze.
Had to add a full stop there for a dramatic effect. I have to stop snoozing. Currently, my alarm is set at 06:45 am daily. I have also planned a daily morning routine that evolves around waking up at said time. If I don’t wake up, the domino effect will occur and things start falling behind schedule. I hate it when that happens and I do feel guilty for causing it. Thus, my goal is to put my phone on the other side of the room and remove the snooze function.
2. Watch a French language video every morning
As mentioned in my 27 before 27, I really need to step up my French game. For the previous half a year, I told myself to watch a French video every Thursday. I soon realised that it isn’t enough. Thus, I dedicated 15 minutes in my mornings to watch a video about French grammar, in hopes of getting better at it. In case you’re interested in French too, I found French with Alexa on Youtube and I am really enjoying her classes!
3. Sell off my makeup
I commenced my Project 10 late last year and I have so many makeup products that I have removed from my collection. As some were too old, I threw them away. However, there are some that are still in good condition and I can’t bear to dispose of them. Makeup donations aren’t big in Singapore either. Hence, I hope to sell them away so that they would be in the hands of someone who would appreciate them more! I’d probably sell them on carousell or the shop page on this blog (which I am still working on!). I’ll keep you guys updated if you’re interested! This will help me save up more money for my Yoga Teacher Training which will hopefully happen in November this year!
4. Track my food intake using My Fitness Pal
So one of my goals for the previous quarter was to properly strength train. This led me to sign up for a 3 months strength training programme with Herlifts. I was hesitant at first as this is a pretty big commitment but I’m so glad that I started as I have been seeing results. Due to strength training, I really do need to increase my protein intake! I was using MFP for a while previously (and it made me realise that my protein intake was way below needed!) but I fell off track. Instead of focusing on the calorie intake, I really want to ensure that I am getting enough protein to ensure that I don’t lose any of my hard work!
5. Try out intermittent fasting once a week
I’ve been learning so much about the gut recently and I realised that I’ve never really given my gut a break. I’m constantly snacking or eating, and my gut has to work continuously to digest everything. This can lead to the body focusing less on rebooting its systems and maintenance. The theory behind it is the fasting can help to give the body a break. One video that I particularly like is this one from Dr Mona Vand. I’ve been fairly interested in this and I’ve been reading up about it, so I think it’s finally time for me to try it out. Thus, I’m going to try this once a week (the 10:14 – 10 hours for eating, 14 hour fast) and see how it fits into my lifestyle.
So there we go, my goals for the third quarter for 2019. I hope this inspires you in some way and maybe gives you some ideas! If your goal is also to wake up early (or you got it down already!), please share with me your tips!
What are your goals for the upcoming quarter?