Inspired by youtuber Anna Akana, I decided to divide my life into seven different categories: academic, artistic, emotional, financial, intellectual, mental, and physical.
I addressed each of the seven aspects of my life and made note of how I’m meeting my respective needs. For example, to meet my emotional needs, I engage with friends either in person or on the phone every day (without exception) and see a therapist at least once a month.
I realized that there are areas of my life that I’m succeeding in. But there are definitely areas that could use improvement. For example, over the past few months, my income has exceeded my expenses. As a result, I haven’t been budgeting well, and I haven’t spent money as wisely as I could’ve. For the future, I made a goal to calculate my weekly expected income and base my weekly expendable income on that while also factoring in school-related expenses, travel expenses, and unexpected expenses.
I proceeded to set goals for each category. I want to be the best me I can be—in every possible way. That doesn’t mean I’m going to be perfect. That doesn’t even mean I’ll reach every single goal I set. The goal when setting goals, however, is to set reasonable ones.
My intellectual goals, for example, couldn’t be more achievable. I already read at least one book each week; the problem is that 75% of what I read is fiction. My goal is to read an equal amount of fiction and nonfiction, which won’t be too difficult.
My physical goals, on the other hand, are little more ambitious. I usually go out dancing once a week, but I can’t remember the last time I hit the gym. My goal is to go out dancing twice and work out thrice weekly. We’ll see how it goes.
At the end of the month, I’ll reevaluate where I am. Am I meeting my goals? If not, are they realistic? If so, how can I improve further? What else can I do better? Even itty bitty improvements over a long period of time add up. Little steps, long distances.