New Month, New Priorities

Photo Courtesy Kevin Rosseel, Washington, DC

Saturday, I took and passed (still waiting on the essay portion, though) the examination required to start substitute teaching in the fall. I don’t have to think about teaching certification until my scores come back (4-6 weeks).  I felt a huge mental burden was removed after finishing the test.  I almost wish I had taken the test back in February… With that priority out of the way, I can turn to focus on other matters.

Since I eliminated exercising for the month of June, I could do nothing but think about how I wasn’t exercising.  While I managed to get a couple of biking sessions in, they were by no means a focus or a priority.  I decided to take a slightly different approach to losing 10 pounds by my birthday (it’s August 9th). For July, I’m going to try biking to work to increase my “exercise” without dedicating an hour 5 days a week. I don’t work far from home; it’s just 1000 degrees outside and I always have a ton of stuff. I’m doing it anyway.

My new priorities are below. These are by no means in order of importance:

  1. Master’s Degree- ie lots of thesis writing and revising
  2. Lose 10 Pounds- more raw meals and increasing physical activity indirectly
  3. Finding Housing– Moving August 1, with the boyfriend  (who btw is an awesome music producer, hear it here)
  4. This blog, of course (I’ve been slacking, this post is late, sorry)
  5. My part-time work-study job (cuz I have to go to work to earn some $$)

So far, I’m feeling optimistic about this limited focus plan. I have given myself permission to not worry about things I’d be worried about otherwise. And I’m getting things done that I’ve been procrastinating forever. For instance, I didn’t feel like working on my thesis because the thoughts about the certification exam were bogging me down.  Now all I can do is think about how I’m going to make my thesis better.

I still wonder, however, if I need to streamline my priorities list even further.  Sometimes it still feels like I have too much on my plate. But I think the problem comes from the fact that I’m constantly thinking of new projects to work on.  More on this later… maybe Thursday 🙂

Have a great week!

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