Hello, lovelies! So I’ve been thinking about goals and growth and with the end of the semester approaching in 3 short days, I was thinking about doing a challenge to jump start my self improvement category. Usually when I start changing behaviors, I start with baby steps and work my way up to the behavior that I want, but I have found that if the steps are too small, I get bored easily. I need something big. Something epic. Something challenging.
Thus the challenge was born.
I’m calling it Project RISE AKA Releasing the Inner Super Emsy. I’m working on improving something in all life categories and I’m going to be documenting my journey here on this blog. The habits I’ll be adopting/goals I’m striving for are as follows:
Have a solid resume
Have a CV started
Have a place to write down accomplishments, organization projects and dates of membership
Have a bank of interview question and answers to draw from
Get an internship in New York for the summer 2018
Review MedChem this summer
Start looking at some of the P2 spring class material
Family: call mom every Mon, dad every Wed, sister every Friday to establish a stronger relationship with them
Family: go home or try your best to go home every holiday or birthday
Friends: maintain list of close caring friends
Friends: reach out to someone who isn’t on that list and develop a relationship with them
Professional relationships: identify professors that you want to develop a professional relationship with
Professional relationships: plan way to develop those connections
Develop a budget and stick to it
Pay off credit card debt
Pay part of student loans at least once a month
Know net worth
Have a finance tracker
Develop a budget friendly, streamlined grocery list
No frivolous spending
Mental health: incorporate yoga – start with once a month
Mental health: start a gratitude journal
Physical health: Go to gym at least 3x a week
Physical health: develop split and stick with it
Physical health: go to gym in the morning
Physical health: set up doctors appointments in advanced and put on Google calendar
Physical health: find doctors and understand what is covered on your health insurance
Self Improvement: stick with this challenge for the duration of the summer
Self Improvement: read one book a month
Self Improvement: Do all the things in your planner’s to do list every day the best you can
Self Improvement: Blog consistently during the challenge
Self Improvement: start Youtube channel vlogs
Self Improvement: Tweet a motivational mindset quote or something to put you in a positive, inspired, motivated mindset every morning
Self Improvement: Monthly reflections on how self improvement is going and the progress
I know, I know. You’re thinking, damn girl, this is A LOT OF THINGS to change at once!!! But I need it. I feel like I need to go for it and make a splash. I feel like it’s a lot and if some habits don’t stick throughout the four months, that’s fine, at least some will and some is better than nothing. Also I’ve tried the “baby steps” method before and it just doesn’t work me. I never actually change.
But this time it’s different. I don’t have school in my way. I’m good! Wish me luck and if this inspires you to do your own challenge, I’m all for it! I wanna hear about it! Of course, your goals and habits aren’t going to be exactly like mine, but personalize it and stick with it. We’re in this together, friends!! Good luck!
One of the things that I think is really important for everyone to identify is their life categories. These are just different aspects of your life that you care about. From past experiences, I learned that it’s very important to do this so that when you come to a failure or a difficult situation in life, you can compartmentalize. That is, you can put your situation in a category and objectively look at things. You can assess that you are doing bad in that category, but in other aspects of your life, you’re doing okay. It helps to absorb some of the shock and motivates you to work on that weakness category as opposed to just throwing in the towel and saying life is horrible all around. There was actually a study done that found that people who compartmentalized had higher self esteem because they didn’t let negative affects spill over.
For example, here are my life categories:
1. Career – this is anything to do with preparing for my future career and when I do start working in the “real world,” this will be anything that pertains to that. This includes any interviews that I get for internships or anything like that. It also includes part time jobs that I have right now.
2. Academics – I’m in pharmacy school so this is things like studying, exams, grades, research projects, and just making it through graduation. After I graduate, things that are related to continuing education or maybe another degree is going to fall into this category.
3. Relationships – This is actually divided into subcategories for me: family, friends, and professional relationships. If I were dating or actively searching to be a in a relationship, that would be the fourth subcategory, but I’m not right now so that’s not considered an active category for me. But this is pretty self explanatory. This has anything to do with maintaining and keeping relationships.
4. Finances – I hate this category, but I know that it’s important. Also a self explanatory category.
5. The Self – So this is broken down into a couple subcategories as well. The first is Mental Health and has to do with keeping my mind and spirit sane. This might be things like incorporating mindful meditating or journaling into my daily routine. Things that keep my mind healthy. The next subcategory is physical health so, things like workout schedules and doctor checkups. The last category is Self Improvement. That is things like am I working on learning a new skill that I’ve always wanted to learn? What’s my progress on my reading list and what are some more titles I want to put on that? Am I actively working on a personal weakness? Things like that.
As said earlier, identifying the different categories in your life really help prepare you to compartmentalize when you need to. It can also be a great way to start identifying some of your personal strengths and weaknesses in an organized matter since you already have defined categories of aspects in your life that are important to you. What are some of your life categories? It’s not too late to start breaking them down!