April Goals: Active and Productive

April Goals

It’s the first month of the second quarter. Woooo! Time flies so fast man and I’m still slacking off in the blogging department. April is already halfway over but it’s never too late to start somewhere, right?

Before 2017 ended (yes, this is a long overdue post), some friends and I decided to take our goals more seriously by being accountable to one another. We started with listing down the things we want to achieve this year and having actionable tasks for each one. At the end of each month, we would discuss what we achieved, where we failed, and what our plans are for the succeeding months. We’ve been doing this for 3 months and while we more or less fail, there are still small achievements worth celebrating.

April Goals

For April, I’m putting the focus on being active and productive. I’m not ashamed to say I live a sedentary lifestyle. As a home-based SEO expert (a title given by my boss), I mostly spend my days sitting in front of the computer and munching on fast food delivery. Not exactly a healthy lifestyle. While I started strong with the active part back in January by going swimming for 3 days, I failed to follow through with it in the following weeks. Hahahahaha

I went back to following Simplify Days’ weekly routine. I use Google calendar + Business calendar mobile app to organize and plan my days (which I’ll write about in a separate post). So far I’ve only been able to do the personal planning and meal planning every Sunday and Monday. Sometimes I would remember to do the Tuesday and Thursday part. Hopefully, someday this routine will be a constant part of my daily life.

Anyway, last week I started adding activities on my calendar and I was able to accomplish them exactly as I planned for the first 2 days. On the 3rd day, I wasn’t in the mood to follow it as planned but I was still able to do some of them. The jury is still out on whether I can do this consistently.

Goals for Being Active

Since I haven’t had any constant physical activity for YEARS, I had to start from the basics.

  1. 30-minute exercise. This starts with a 5-minute stretch. It’s an assortment of stretching techniques I picked up from using the Sworkit app some years ago. Followed by a 5-minute what-I-call spine alignment, a technique I saw on a Facebook video by Bright Side. The last 20 minutes is time allotted for the 30-day butt and planking challenge. (Which I also got from Facebook.)
  2. 1-hour swim. This activity is not limited to an hour but the plan is to at least do an hour of swimming twice a week. I made a list of drills to follow, similar to what we used to do back when I was training competitively.  The swimming pool I go to is rather small so the distance I indicated on my list is just an estimation.
  3. 2000 steps daily. Yes, the bar is set low. When I first got my Xiaomi Mi Band 2 last year, I realized that I was barely walking 300 steps a day. Initially, I had set the goal of doing 8000 steps, the ideal minimum. But after a few weeks of failed attempts (LOL), I decided to start with a smaller goal. The longest streak I’ve done was 13 days if I’m not mistaken.

Goals for Being Productive

This goal falls more on being a decent homemaker.

  1. Initial clean-up. The first thing that needs to be done every day upon waking is to clean up the mess the dogs made while I slept. This wasn’t such a big problem when it was just the small dogs because they are trained and know where to do their business. But since we’ve had Pearly and Jiva, there is always a mess in the kitchen area of our home. Pearly never learned to poop or pee outside, she always does it indoors but only when I’m either in the bathroom or outside. It’s like she’s ashamed of pooping when I’m around. With this in mind, I should really take her out for a walk more often. On the other hand, Jiva would go outside and get a dried leaf or pull out towels from the rack. She would play with either of them until I wake up.
    This clean-up involves sweeping any poop and dumping them on the toilet. We have a separate tool for this. Afterward, I would mop the pee and make sure the floor is not pungent.
  2. Vacuuming. I don’t remember if I bought the vacuum late last year or early this year. The vacuum is more useful for picking up the dog fur and dust bunnies. I added this task to be done daily but so far I’ve only vacuumed when I feel like it. I’m lazy most of the time, in case you haven’t figured it out yet.
  3. Throwing away unused clothing and shoes. We moved a lot in the past 8 years and thrown out/given away most of our stuff. But there’s still a lot of things we need to get rid of. I’m happy to report that as of yesterday, I already threw out shoes I haven’t worn in months. Most of them are unusable anyway.

Spiritual Goals

My relationship with Christ is the most important thing to me. Throughout the years, my walk with the Lord has been a bit wobbly but I never lost sight of what’s wrong and right. As I mature in my faith, I am proud to say that my journey with Him is better than ever. I have been reading the Bible more frequently, reflecting more often, and keeping my heart, mind, and ears open for His instructions.

My goal is to just keep reading the Bible and to pray more often. I also plan to clear out a small space in my tiny room where I can spend time with God in peace — or as peaceful as possible. The movie War Room inspired me to do this.

Consistency Achievement

The only thing I am sort of consistent with is keeping track of my expenses. I started tracking on and off last year but picked it up again in December. It has helped me a lot in realizing where my money mostly goes and that is food. My estimated food budget of Php6,000 back in December went to as high as Php8,000 in February. It’s just too much. I cut my budget in half (Php4,000) and, as previously mentioned, started planning and making my own meals. I am proud to say that my total food expense for March was Php4,227.41. *throws confetti*

Moving forward, I need to make better and healthier choices but I am happy with my progress.

If you’ve reached this point, cheers to you. Now tell me, did you set goals for the month? the year? If not, do you plan to? What is it and how are you keeping track of your goals? I would love to know. Just leave a comment and let’s share stories.

Mostly writing about my life and experiences, I started blogging in 2005. This current version of the blog has been established since 2011. Professionally, I'm a homebased SEO Expert for a UK company with international clients. With a wide range of interests and hobbies, it took me a while to narrow down my blog niche. I own and care for 5 dogs in a small studio apartment in Las Piñas City, Philippines. I love traveling locally when I have the means, otherwise, I spend most of my time at home.

26 Comments

  1. Roch
    15 April, 2018

    Proud of you Nix! Keep it up!

    Reply
    1. Nickle Love
      15 April, 2018

      Thanks Achie <3

      Reply
  2. J. O.
    15 April, 2018

    My 2018 goal is to set goals. #productivity

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    1. Nickle Love
      15 April, 2018

      HAHAHAHAHAHA Let’s work on it together. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Sunrita
    15 April, 2018

    I try to set weekly goals, reaching them is yet another goal of mine 😊

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    1. Nickle Love
      15 April, 2018

      Same Sunrita. Same. 😉

      Reply
  4. Fibroandfabulous
    15 April, 2018

    Firstly may I say way to go!!! I also wanted to mention that I really loved the plan you and your friends made in which you are accountable to each other, that is such an awesome idea!! I love the goals you have set yourself! Good luck and most importantly enjoy yourself in all that you have set out to do, take pleasure not only in ticking off an item on your list, but the process as well. Wishing you tons of luck!!!

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    1. Nickle Love
      15 April, 2018

      Oh thank you. Yes, I’ve tried achieving goals for years now but shifted the way I approached it. I am more capable of accomplishing them now than years ago. 🙂

      Reply
      1. Fibroandfabulous
        15 April, 2018

        You have a fantastic attitude and my experience that is half the battle when it comes to attaining goals – you rock! 🙂

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  5. DD's blog
    15 April, 2018

    Like selection and persistence of your goals. I hope you will succeed in all 🙂

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    1. Nickle Love
      15 April, 2018

      Thank you DD 🙂

      Reply
  6. Cherishingflo
    15 April, 2018

    I set monthly and weekly goals and in trying to tighten it up and get it back together this month! Cause I’ve also gotten comfortable being kind of lazy! Great post! I hope you succeed in all of your goals!

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    1. Nickle Love
      16 April, 2018

      I know what you mean and thank you for your well wishes. 🙂

      Reply
  7. Britney
    16 April, 2018

    Great goals! My goal for April and May is to watch my spending on things. I looked at how much I’ve spent the previous month on the vending machine at work on snacks and drinks, and it’s a ridiculous amount!

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    1. Nickle Love
      17 April, 2018

      it does make a lot of difference when you’re aware where your money goes. I’ve been making my own meals since March and have saved a lot of money.

      Reply
  8. Amy Kennedy
    16 April, 2018

    Just awesome! Perfect timing for me to read this too as I just recently added an exercise regimen into my own life! I wish you great success in your goals and with your blog! Well done!

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    1. Nickle Love
      17 April, 2018

      Thank you Amy! 🙂

      Reply
  9. Euri
    16 April, 2018

    Yay! 😀

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  10. Clair
    16 April, 2018

    I needed this post this morning! I get myself in such a rut that I feel like I am a mouse running on one of those wheels, not having a clear direction! I am going to make an initiative and make a list of ways to be productive and goals I want to achieve. I need to make exercise more of a priority! When I make the time for it, I feel so much better over all!

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    1. Nickle Love
      17 April, 2018

      Yeees! That’s the idea.

      Reply
  11. Marcel
    17 April, 2018

    I also sit all day long: at work, on my way to work and back home, then at home when I work on my blog and even when I travel, because I usually move around a lot, so I use different means of transport, where I…sit. I found I can’t impose any exercise routine because it simply doesn’t work. On the other hand, I exercise only when I feel like to and guess what…it happens more often than when I had my tight schedule 😉

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    1. Nickle Love
      17 April, 2018

      Whatever works for you as long as you get some exercise. I stopped taking rides when going to nearby places. Like I walk to the mall now and back home instead of taking a jeepney or bus. It’s a short distance anyway. Small changes like that makes me feel so much better about myself 🙂

      Reply
  12. Jessica
    17 April, 2018

    These are great goals. I feel like I need to go back and review my April goals to get on them. I love the cleaning out the space too. I am trying to simplify my life by getting rid of things I do not use.

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    1. Nickle Love
      18 April, 2018

      Thank you! My problem is getting things done really. LOL

      Reply
  13. custforhim
    17 April, 2018

    You know what? I have always had yearly goals and quarterly goals but never monthly goals. Its makes absolute sense to have monthly goals. Thanks for sharing this

    Reply
    1. Nickle Love
      18 April, 2018

      Yes! Monthly goals keep us on our toes. 🙂

      Reply

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