My girlfriend, Kate, and I have dedicated November to fostering better habits. We seek to grow as individuals and as a couple. Our intentions vary, but we’re holding each other accountable. People say it’s easier to stick to a plan when it’s public, so here it is.
My goals are based on physical and emotional health. I’ll eat mostly whole foods for the month of November. My current vegetarian diet isn’t bad, but I’d like it to be simpler and healthier. I eat mostly raw fruits and vegetables, and sometimes I use a slow cooker for soups and stews. I also enjoy eggs, milk, and cheese in moderation. I’m avoiding processed foods, and making my own meals. You needn’t mimic my particular diet, but find something that works for you. A healthy diet is the foundation of an optimal lifestyle.
I love exercising with Kate. We’ve been lifting weights together for nearly two years, so this isn’t a new habit, but we’re placing special focus on this endeavor. We hit the gym twice per week, take an occasional yoga class, and walk regularly. Walking is particularly fun, as we enjoy commuting by foot. Since it’s about 3 miles away, walking to work guarantees almost an hour of quality time in the morning and another hour in the evening!
Kate and I like starting our day early, so we’ve set our alarm clock early. We wake at 5:30am on weekdays and 7:00am on weekends. Waking at dawn forces us to go to sleep early, which mandates serious time management. I’m in bed by 10:00pm at latest (usually 9:30pm). Rising early increases my productivity. I get to work early, and accomplish important tasks before my students arrive. Do you have a regular sleep routine? What would your life look like if you had a regular sleep schedule?
I love reading, so I’m carving out a minimum of one hour per day for reading. I’m specifically interested in learning more about philosophy, science, and the arts. I’d like to enrich my human experience. The library is great for this goal, because I can get a lot of books free of charge. Best of all, library books are borrowed and never collect dust on my shelves.
It’s important to note that none of these goals is “mandatory”. I value the freedom to choose what’s right for me at any given time. I doubt I’ll eat 100% whole foods, and I might wake up at 8am a couple of times. Achieving objectives 80% of the time is better than not trying. I hope this update inspires you to become a better version of yourself. I’d love to hear about your goals. Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram.