Friday, 5 August 2011

3 in 30 Challenge - August 2011, week 1

Here's an update of my August goals:

Goal 1 - Personal
Aim to go for a short walk, maybe 10 minutes, every day regardless of the weather. 10 minutes isn't enough in the long term but I think it is a realistic starting target. I know this is going to be hard and I will make all sorts of excuses to avoid it but I am massively overweight and need to get started on some exercise. The only valid excuses for not doing this are if I have a migraine/illness or if I can't leave my partner (who has Motor Neurone Disease) but those days should be few and far between.
Week 1 update: Pretty much failed at this one.  I've only managed one 15 minute walk this week. 

Goal 2 - Professional
Decide which non-principal instrumental exam to take next and make a start on the practice. Aim for 30 minutes practice on at least 3 days (for starters) each week.
Week 1 update: Have narrowed it down to either the flute or the clarinet but am starting to favour the flute.  I still have to decide which grade to go for.

Goal 3 - Home
The big clean! The whole house needs doing but I feel overwhelmed by the task ahead of me even as I'm typing, so for starters I'll get the hoovering and dusting done and sort out the books and clothes to send off to the charity shop.
Week 1 update: This has been the most successful of my goals.  Have sent one bag of clothes to the charity shop and have 3 bags of books ready to go.  I changed my mind about doing the hoovering and dusting because the decluttering and tidying needs to happen first so I've made a list (I love lists!) of all the things that need to be done and am slowly working my way through it.  So far today I have managed to tick 5 tasks as completed.


  1. Sounds like your 3rd goal is going very well, so give yourself a pat on the back for that!

    I played the flute in high school! What do you have to take the exams for?

    And the walking thing--I know it's tough to get started! Every little bit helps though, and once you've made it a regular habit, I think you'll find that you will look forward to it. Hopefully, anyway! : )

  2. Hi Lisa, I don't 'have' to take any more exams but if I do it will enhance my annual pay awards. I aim to get the top grade in all the instruments I play, but that is a personal target - one of the 'to do' things on my bucket list.

  3. I am doing well with my household too. I am struggling a long with my other two. Hang in there. It is only the first week. :)

  4. I vote for the clarinet - I've played it since I was 5 years old :)

  5. Yay for cleaning!
    Great job for getting some stuff done.
    Looking forward to following your progress.

  6. Looks like you've made great progress with the cleaning! Keep it up!