October Goals

by Elizabeth on October 1, 2011 · 12 comments

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1. Budget – Try for 8 no-spend days.  I got the idea of no-spend days from Cate and I want to try it too.  I know there are some things I need to buy this month (groceries and gas of course, but also books and a few new things for my fall/winter wardrobe) so I plan on batching my errands.  8 no-spend days comes out to roughly 2 days without spending per week.  I think I can do it!

2. Food – Avoid eating out as much as possible.  The past few weeks have seen me really falling down on cooking at home.  Either I’ve been settling for easy frozen dinners or getting take-out/fast food.  It’s mostly been at lunch because I’ve been too lazy to pack my lunch the night before.  This month, I want to cook my own meals and stop relying on convenience when I’m tried or lazy.

3. Blogging – Write something (anything!) once a day.  This was also a goal last month and I did an okay job at it, but I want to do better this month.  I have a blogging schedule ready to go, so I just need to stick to it and keep writing.

4. Social – Do something social at least once a week.  When I’m battling a case of depression, I hole up in my house with my books and my cat.  While it’s necessary to my well being to have alone time, it’s unhealthy to have too much.  I’m making this goal so you can all hold me accountable.  Doing something social doesn’t have to mean going to a club or throwing a party, but it does mean I need to either leave the house or have people (other than my parents) over.

5. Personal – Get out of bed and get to work on time.  One of the worst things about depression is how you are unable to get out of bed.  Your body is heavy, you’re so tired, and getting up and getting dressed feels like the hardest thing in the world.  I have been late to work almost everyday for the past three weeks.  No one really cares (or notices – gee I wonder why I’m late all the time?) if I get there on time, but I feel guilty about it.  I set two alarms in the morning but I always turn them off.  I need to get up on time and get to work on time.  Anyone have any advice on making myself get out of bed?

What are your October goals?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica October 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Sometimes having a yummy breakfast or other fun morning treat makes it easier for me to get out of bed. As much as I haaaate getting up early, setting the alarm 15 minutes earlier so I have time to catch up on blog reading, sit and eat a delicious breakfast, or having something else to look forward to in the morning really helps me!


2 Elizabeth October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm

This is a really good idea. I think I might try this tomorrow and see how it goes!


3 Julie October 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

For getting out of bed, you might try putting one of your alarms across the room – that way, you’ll have to get out of bed to turn it off instead of just rolling over. I’ve done this before and it’s worked well. Good luck with your goals!


4 Elizabeth October 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Ha. I actually already do this. It never works. I just crawl right back into bed. Sometimes I don’t even remember getting out of bed to turn it off!


5 Cate October 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Hahaha! I always used that trick in high school but I never fell back asleep. That is too funny.


6 Cate October 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

My only real advice for getting up on time is boring: go to bed early, or at least don’t stay up late. I know that when I’m depressed AND not sleeping enough, I’m extra unmotivated about getting out of bed.


7 Christine October 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm

You could always tell your obnoxious best friend what time you’re getting up and get annoyingly peppy text messages from her because she’s already up and is probably into her second cup of coffee! 🙂


8 Susan October 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Or your morning-person obnoxious mom could call you since I’m at work before you get up:)


9 Allison L. October 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I was actually talking to a professor about how difficult it is for me to wake up in the mornings, & she suggested a Dawn Simulator. It sounds really interesting & I think it might work for me! I was looking at some of these: http://store.lighttherapyproducts.com/index.php/products-for-seasonal-affective-disorder/dawn-simulators


10 Elizabeth October 4, 2011 at 8:58 am

I’ve heard about these! I might have to seriously consider it.


11 Braegan A. October 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm


It’s a clock that rolls around your room and you have to chase it to turn it off. Might wake you up! And it’s cute. There’s a Groupon for it today also.


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