What are you waiting for?
Start now. There’s no reason not to.
If you’re anything like me, you might have a handful of legitimate reasons why you can’t charge full throttle at every dream, both big and small, that you have right now. You’re don’t want to shortchange your students or your colleagues. You are soaking up all the seconds with your family. You are
keeping up with homeownership struggling to remember the last time you washed the floor, never mind a window. Life is busy.
That’s not an excuse. It’s a reason. Being busy with prior commitments and having priorities means that some things have to wait.
But not everything.
And yet. We wait. We push pause, placing dreams and plans and goals on hold. Why? If you’re anything like moi, the not-so-legitimate reason that you put things off is this: The calendar says you can.
It’s already the 3rd of the month, guess I can wait until next month to give meditation a go again for the 139473163152 time. A coworker just talked me into eating a bagel for breakfast. Well, no sense in eating well at lunch; I’ll try again tomorrow. Pinterest says fitness gurus never miss a Monday, and I did, so maybe working out isn’t for me.
If I’m being totally honest, I wasn’t even going to do a post on setting any goals for the month or this quarter simply because when the post goes live, it won’t be the beginning of the month. It will be Q4 and a few days. I figured I would put it off again.
That’s one way to move through time without really going anywhere.
But let’s not wait. Let’s not wait for the start of the year, the month, the week, or the day. Let’s start now. There’s no reason not to.
It is easy for me to say the whole Start Today thing, but it is something else entirely for me to follow through with it. So instead of presenting advice as the sage expert that I most certainly am not, I thought I’d share my microgoals for the next twelve weeks. After that, I’ll let you know how I did. ::gulp::
Figure out my take-home pay.
After my unpaid maternity leave and the subsequent school year, my pay has finally be reinstated in full. But I also found out how I can send some cents (OK, I rounded up to a few dollars) to a literacy program in my district. And the icing on the cake is that my district is in the midst of processing my paperwork for my third graduate program. Pay bump! Pay bump! I hope to end the calendar year with a better idea of exactly what I’ll be taking home each month.
Go to sleep.
There is no fancy explanation here. For 39 weeks of my pregnancy, I got terrible sleep. For the first 55 weeks of my son’s life, I got terrible sleep. Now, HP sleeps pretty well. F.I.N.A.L.L.Y. Me, though? I seem to have forgotten how to sleep for more than four or five hours. It is killing me. It is also forcing me to wear undereye concealer. Yuck.
Keep saying no.
No matter how badly I crave balance and slowness and simplicity in my life, I always end up making more commitments than I should. Surprisingly, I’ve really held stedy to my intention to only side hustle when I can’t be spending time with HP. The trick will be to see if I can actually continue to turn down offers to tutor in the afternoons. Time will tell.
Recalibrate our savings.
Full disclosure: I don’t have an emergency fund. I have one giant savings account that is getting pretty close to having too much cash in it. I know. #notsohumblebrag But actually, it is kind of foolish to lock up more money than we need when we could put it toward retirement or our mortgage. So it’s time for me to take a hard look at how much money we really need in that account.
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Final Thoughts on Starting Today
My to-do list is short. This list does not include all of my dreams and goals and aspirations. But it includes things that are important to me: my time, my family, my health, and my money. I may not be able to conquer the world in the next few weeks, but I’m going to conquer something. And I’m going to start today.
So Tell Me…Do you ever experience Start Tomorrow Syndrome? What are you going to start today?