My 2021 Word of the Year + Goals...Sort of

Like I said in my 2020 recap, I don't have a ton of expectations for the year. I just want to get through the next few months and stay as healthy as possible as I finish up my third and final semester of my master's program, and then hopefully get a job at some point before December 2021. However, I love the start of the new year, and I saw someone describe it as the perception of a new start, which is the same reason I love back to school season. I think I am starting this semester off a little better since I am in a stable place where I know I will be at least until May for sure. (Again, shout out to my parents for letting me move home after I thought I had moved out for the final time...) I want to preface this with the fact that my goals are not lofty at all, and I mostly made my goals for the first five months of the year. Year long goals scare me because my life can change so much from January to December, especially this year, so focusing on only the next five months until I graduate makes everything a little more attainable. 

However, before I share my goals, I wanted to share my word of the year, which I do want to be my word for the next 12 months. I've never done one of these before, but my Day Designer planner has a spot for it so I figured why not? I was immediately overwhelmed because they are SO many words you can pick, but one of my friends shared a Word of the Year post based on your enneagram type, and the word for Type 1 was Embrace. The description says to "embrace yourself, others, and life entirely, with its flaws and imperfections." From the beginning I knew this year would be filled with a lot of unknowns just because of the state of the country and the world, and I think normally that is something that would terrify me. I hate not knowing things...I say this ALL the time, but for the sake of my mental health, I have been working to accept the things I cannot change. (Hint: I think it is working.) Instead of worrying about when I will get a job or when I will actually move out of my parents' house, I am going to embrace the time I have. I don't want to wish away my final semester of my program, and when else am I going to be able to spend every single night watching TV and movies with my parents? The job and future apartment will come eventually, so I am going to embrace the now. 

As for 2021 goals, I broke them up into School, Work, and Personal. While my school and work goals are definitely focused to this semester, my personal goals are more for the year, but they are still rather small as to not overwhelm me. 

For school, my goals are to...

  • Speak up in class more (shooting for speaking at least once in each class each week) 
  • Go to office house at least once for each class during the semester
  • Continue creating my semester, weekly, and daily to-do lists 
  • Do my reflections/reading BEFORE the day they are due (aka stop procrastinating these) 
For work, I want to...
  • Consistently communication with my supervisors on a weekly basis
  • Try to keep my work schedule the same each week 
  • Apply to at least 1-3 jobs per week (starting in February) 
  • Ask for help when needed
Then my personal goals are...
  • Create consistent routines (going to sleep at the same time, waking up at the same time, washing my face, etc.) 
  • Drink water (but for real though...I am trying for 1 YETI a day right now and will increase)
  • Limit screen time (which is SUPER hard during virtual school but it has to be done)
  • Do SOMETHING ~physical~ once a week 
  • Read one book a month
I wouldn't classify any of these goals as HUGE goals, and I think they are all attainable, which to me was vital when creating them. (See my SMART goal tactics at use...not all of them though.) So far, I have mostly been focusing on the personal goals since my classes don't start again until February, and I am only working a little bit right now. I've been doing okay at my night routines, but I struggle so much with waking up early when i don't have anything scheduled, so I am hoping I get better once classes start. *fingers crossed* 

Here's to 2021 and incredibly low expectations! 
xx, jKm

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