If there’s one thing I love and will always keep using in my day-to-day organization method, it’s to-do lists. There’s something very satisfying in writing out your goals, and how to reach them, and then crossing items off the list one by one.
A particular type of to-do list that I’ve been doing for a while now, is a monthly “10 things I’d like to do this month” page in my bullet journal. It usually includes some really important things – papers to sign, contracts, etc. – and then some more personal items, and a few vague ones (like “eat more cooked vegetables – it doesn’t specify how much, how often, just that… it would probably be good if I tried to do that).
So here’s my “10 things I’d like to do in October” goals list !
1 . Fill out my student loans application
This is one of the serious ones. There’s a TON of papers I need for this, and I still don’t have all of them, but I just can’t afford to procrastinate on this any longer.
2 . Get more invested in the events that happen at my new university
The fun part ! I moved recently, and have been getting used to my new campus and all my classes in September. Now that October’s here, it’s time to go out of my way to meet people, make friends, go to events that may be interesting and get involved in the local student groups. This is something I know I love doing – I just need to push myself a little bit to get out of my comfort zone at the beginning, and I haven’t regretted it yet.
3 . Find a new therapist in my new city
Mental health is important to maintain, and a university student’s mental heath isn’t usually the best there is. I’m trying to know my limits and see if I can’t deal with something on my own, and ask for help when I need it.
N.B.: If you need any help, please don’t hesitate to go see a psychologist. They’re trained professionals who aren’t here to judge you – they’re here to help. (Depending on where you live, there might be programs that offer a few appointments for free, or for a very low price !)
4 . Get better at fashion
That’s a much lighter one, and somewhat inspired by my binge-watching of Ashley at bestdressed’s YouTube videos.
I recently realized that most of my wardrobe is made of : stuff people gave me for free when I had only really old clothing; the really old clothing; and stuff my mom bought me when I was 1 and that I never wore or got rid of. There’s probably some changes that could be made in there.
5 . Cook more meals at home instead of dining out too often
In September, I spent SO MUCH MONEY on buying food outside… I’m not doing a “no-spend-October”, but I probably should. Instead, I’ll be trying out a softer “try-to-spend-less-October”, and leaving my credit card at home every other day, just to be sure not to buy too much stuff. We have food at home. Let’s see how it goes !
6 . Get a library card form my new city’s library
I’ve been living here for more than a month now, and I still haven’t gotten a library card. At this point, I’m pretty sure it’s criminal. I really should get the necessary papers and just. Go out and do it. (But I’ve been procrastinating so much…)
7 . Apply to as many jobs as possible
I worked hard during the summer to put some money aside for my tuition, and 2 months worth of rent, but it’s getting more and more urgent for me to get a job now. University books aren’t cheap, and food is really expensive in a big city.
8 . Do some form of exercise every 1/2 days
I am SO BAD at exercising. I know it’s good for you and all, but… going outside ? In the cold ? To move ?
That probably means I should try to do more of it.
9 . Try to control a bit more my phone addiction
I’ve been spending a lot of time on my phone this past month – and I mean, a lot. It’s definitely time to monitor that a bit, and see just how bad it is. (And then maybe do something about it.)
10. Try to study well, not read my class notes for hours on end without understanding what’s going on.
This is something I’ve struggled with in the past. I’ve been too focused on the time I spent studying, that I didn’t actually focus on the material of the class I was studying for, and it never ended up getting me the grades I hoped for.
This past year, I’ve been trying out new methods, studying for shorter amounts of time but focusing more on how much I know, and how much I still have to learn, and it seems to be working pretty well !
Hopefully, I’ll be able to accomplish some – if not all – of those this month. It’s pretty ambitious, or at least it feels like it, but I’m positive that I can stay ahead of things and manage pretty well this semester. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes !
Do you have a monthly goals list, or something that you use in the same way ? I’m always looking for new bullet journal layouts to try out, so feel free to recommend your favourites in the comments !
N.B. : All the photos in this post are from Unsplash.