It’s a new month, and I’m ready to kick August into gear with a set of clear and simple intentions.

I’m limiting my list to 5, because hey, I only have 30 days, and I don’t want these to be just another thing on a list of tasks to complete. They encompass both work and life (since those two things are pretty much one and the same for me) and require varying levels of commitment.

I really want these intentions to be more guiding forces in how I choose to spend my time. These are the things I know I really want to do, so my daily choices should support and reflect these overarching goals. But we’ll see how this little experiment goes.

In case you missed the impetus for this new monthly feature, you can check out this post to learn all about it.

The Plan

My August Intentions

  1. Get outside every day.
    I definitely get stuck at my desk far too often. I have good weeks and bad, but this month I’m committing to getting outside every day, even if it’s just for a quick walk around the block.
  2. Implement a consistent quitting time.
    For a long time I was really really good about not working nights and weekends, but for the last couple of months that has gone out the window. I’ve had far too many (I mean, one is too many) nights where I’m still glued to my computer at 1 AM. So this month I’m working towards determining a quitting time that works for me with everything I have going on, and sticking to it every single night. Because like I said earlier, it’s a choice.
  3. Read at least two books.
    I have so so so many books piled up that I really want to read. And at this point they’re all over the place—physically on our shelves, digitally on my Kindle, and queued up in Audible. This is something I really want to be doing but never prioritize, so I’m giving myself a small goal of 2 books. I have a habit of giving myself way more to do than I can handle, so this seems like a good place to start.
  4. Give my website content a makeover.
    This is my biggest work goal for August. I have tons of content upgrades swirling around in my head that I have been wanting to get out into the world. Time to make that happen.
  5. Start a new personal project.
    One thing I’m always saying I want to do, but in the same breath telling myself I don’t have time, is work on personal creative projects that will both scratch a creative itch and help me to improve my skills. This month I’m choosing a project and designating time each week that will be devoted to nothing but that.

 

How I’m Keeping Track

Short answer: Trello.

Trello is my go-to app. I use it for managing and tracking absolutely everything. After years of trying a zillion to do list and project management apps, I landed on Trello a couple of years ago and have never looked back.

I think I’ll go into this in much more detail in a later post—especially for those unfamiliar with Trello. But for now, here’s what I plan to do to track how well I’m keeping up with my goals for the month:

  1. Keep my intentions front and center so that I am seeing them every day.
  2. Keep an eye on whether or not I work towards each goal daily.
  3. Reflect on progress weekly and at the end of the month.

Within Trello, that translates to:

  1. A list designated just for intentions.
  2. A card within that list for each intention.
  3. Checklists for each intention that track daily progress.
  4. Comments used as sort of journal entries to reflect.

I want to make sure I’m clear that there is no judgment in this. I’m not working against any set of criteria or measurement other than, “Did I work towards this today?” My goal is just to keep these intentions at the front of my mind—I don’t want this to turn into another to do list that I mindlessly check items off of.

Then at the end of the month, I’ll recap and share how I did. And like I said, I’ll break this down a little more clearly in another post, but this is my starting point.

How can this work for you? Is this a process you can apply to your own work and life? Share with me on Facebook or Instagram—I’d love to be working on our goals together. 

The Mood

This mood board perfectly expresses my vision of August—hot, humid, hazy. The summer is starting to wind down and I simultaneously want to do a million things before fall weather hits us, and absolutely nothing to just passively soak up the last bits of my favorite season. It’s a weird mix of laziness and motivation. (By the way, see the bottom of this post for links to all the image sources I used.)

The Soundtrack

Here’s what I’ll be listening to while I make all of this happen: