February was an incredible month for me. I started the month feeling burnt out and overwhelmed, but through focusing on rest and showing myself grace, I now feel more than ready to take on the world again. Although, I know this time that I need to take things slow.
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While I want to do big things in March, I’m going to focus on doing a few things well, instead of focusing on a lot of little things.
I spent a lot of time in February investing in my personal growth and it’s really started to pay off. I’ve begun to start my days with intention and to think through my responses to all of the things that come my way.
Part of my personal development this month was a training at work that went through the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It was a two-day training that helped me think through my overall purpose and open my eyes to some areas of my life that need a little work.
Overall, I’m still feeling tired and busy, but I have a renewed sense of calm and direction that I hope to reinforce as we move into March.
February Goals Report
Before we talk about my goals for March, let’s take a look at how I did on my personal growth goals for February.
Journal once a week
Yeah, not so much. I did do a lot of reflective writing towards the end of the month, but I definitely could have done a better job of journaling throughout the month.
It may sound funny, but, in thinking through the reasons I haven’t journaled, I’ve realized that I don’t have any notebooks that I want to journal in. I keep a bullet journal, but I use it more for planning than writing. I’d like to get a notebook specifically for writing and then incorporate journaling as part of my morning routine (more on this later).
Don’t work on Sundays
I gave myself complete grace when it came to not working on Sundays. Even if I knew an assignment was due or I had an important task to accomplish, I didn’t do it. Trust me, it was hard.
But having one day a week that I was completely free from responsibility was AMAZING. I felt so free and 100 times better at the end of each weekend. Come Monday, I was much more ready to take on the week ahead.
Rest is so incredibly important and I’m learning how to make more room for it in my life.
March Personal Growth Goals
Here are my personal growth goals for March:
Follow through with a daily morning routine
Okay, okay, I know. This is old news. If you’ve been following along with my goals, you probably know that this has been a goal of mine several times before and I’ve never quite accomplished it.
But I stumbled across a book, The Miracle Morning, and I’m going to give it a shot.
The book recommends starting each day with six habits:
- Scribing (Writing)
I’ve already started to implement it and, so far, I love it, but I don’t feel like I can truly recommend it until I’ve stuck with it for 30 days. So, I’ll let you know next month whether or not it’s worth trying.
Don’t work on Sundays
I’m keeping this goal for this month because it made such a huge difference in February.
One of the things I look forward to the most about Sundays is the time I have to draw. Drawing is a love of mine and I haven’t had much time to work on it lately, so I’ve enjoyed getting back into it a little on Sundays. Here’s a picture of one of my drawings:
Books I’m Reading
I didn’t read as many books this month, but here are the two I made it through:
The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
I mentioned this above, so I won’t go into the details again, but I’m looking forward to seeing how this will affect my life in March.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
As I mentioned above, I went through a two-day training at work based on the habits presented in this book.
Because I knew I would be going through the training, I picked up the book again (I’ve read it a few times before), and was struck by how much I learned from it, even though this is my third time reading it.
One thing I want to mention, too, is that I read the teen version of this book when I was in high school and it changed my life. I highly recommend it.
More Personal Growth Goals
One Last Note
I love how February turned out and am so excited about all of the wonderful things that might happen in March.
I hope you found my personal growth goals for March inspiring. Let me know what your goals for the month are in the comments!