The Life: October Goals

by Rachel on October 3, 2011

Remember the good old days when I made new goals every month?

This year…that hasn’t been happening.

I don’t know what it is; I just haven’t felt much need for specific goals each month. I’ve been sticking with my New Year’s verb (“invest”) and letting that be my guide. But I need a bit more motivation right now so I feel like it’s time to get a little more specific.

October goal: stop being lazy.

So over the weekend…there was an incident. A couple weeks ago, there was a weird smell in the kitchen. Then last week, a brown gooey sludge appeared on the floor under one of the cabinets. The sludge started to grow and grow and finally Eric and I opened the cabinet to find the most rotten potatoes — like, oh-look-a-maggot-nursery rotten.

This is a direct result of being lazy. If I cleaned the kitchen more often (or, hell, used all my groceries when I buy them), the potatoes would not have reached that state. I’m usually pretty on top of everything in my life, but over the past  few months, I’ve been letting things slip. And it’s not just my apartment….it’s just a lot of little things. I know it has to do with the heat (it’s too hot to want to cook or get dressed) and the fact that I’m busier now than I was a few months ago, but I’m kind of over it. Of course, it’s not just me…Eric and I have both been lazy. But I’m going to try to set a good example by not being lazy.

Here are some mini goals:

1. Do laundry, iron, put the clean laundry away, and wear real clothes (i.e. not yoga pants) to work least three days a week. I should also devote one Saturday or Sunday this month to cleaning my closet…I started a couple weeks ago and I’ve made progress, but most of my clothes are still in the bins from when I moved in April. (Well, actually, they are not in the bins so much as overflowing out of them.) It’s really quite ridiculous and makes getting dressed each day so annoying, I usually just end up grabbing yoga pants.

2. Do the dishes before the next meal. I have a bad habit of  letting things soak in the sink for far too long. When I lived in NYC and didn’t have a dishwasher, I got in this habit and I just never stopped. It’s really annoying and makes the kitchen really gross. So now when I make something, I’m going to do the dishes before the next time I’m in the kitchen again.

3. Pack my lunch at night. Lately, I’ve been packing my lunch at noon when I go home and then taking it back to the office to eat it. Another ridiculously bad habit! It makes my lunch break totally rushed and stressful and I end up eating weird and random things or buying lunch out, which is a waste of money.

4. Cook more on weekends. Eric and I eat out a lot on the weekends because I don’t really plan any meals for the weekends or get motivated and make anything. I know why I lack motivation on weeknights, but weekends? There is really no excuse! I’m just going to throw something in the slow cooker or make sure we have some turkey for sandwiches so we can stop going to Panera for every other meal.

5. Spend at least 20 minutes a day just writing/responding to non-urgent e-mails. In my effort to unplug more often, I’m letting non-urgent e-mails pile up like laundry, trash, and dishes in the sink…and it’s getting to be more stressful than just being plugged in for a little longer! My goal is to do 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night. No biggie, right? And a clean inbox will make me feel so much better about my life.

I feel like things are off to a pretty good start! After dealing with the potatoes, cleaning the apartment, and doing laundry, I feel a lot better. I packed my lunch last night and this morning I put on jeans and flats. I haven’t worn my skinny jeans in a couple months and they were freshly washed, so the dance I had to do to get them on was a little ridiculous, but hey, I’m dressed!

What are your goals this month? And am I the only one who has gone from completely anal to living like a slob lately?