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Focused in February

This entry was posted on Sunday, February 1st, 2015 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: lists, inspirations, health, goals, faith, entertainment, ego, crazy, confession

I’ve decided to dedicate February to getting back into a good, healthy routine. The idea is this: If I can re-focus enough of my energies, I can spend more of my days feeling accomplished and less of them feeling scattered and lost.

You see, I’ve done that thing (once again!) where I set my priorities but I forgot to include me on the list. I’ve been so focused on making other people happy that I’ve been afraid to do the little things that make me happy—just in case it took away from my ability to make others happy.

Only that means I’ve been neglecting myself. Again.

I started to focus on me again at the start of the year, but I used January as more of a pilot programme of sorts. I figured that would give me a chance to see what I was lacking—and what I might be capable of. And, I’m pleased to say, I did mostly OK. But not quite good enough.

Of course, the not quite good enough wasn’t because I’m not capable—it was because I was multitasking a little too much. But I’m ready to focus now, so decided that February was a great month for it because it makes for an alliterative title, but also because it’s the shortest month to be had!

What does a focused February mean? Well, it means that I will work that little bit harder to take care of myself.

And because I always do a bit better when I share my goals with others, here’s a wee list of some of the things I’ll be doing to help myself:

  • I will be blogging on Just Frances daily—even if I don’t have anything to say—because it will force me to focus my thoughts. (Apologies in advance, as this might mean some really boring posts.)
  • I will blog once a week on Just a PhD, again to help me focus my thoughts if nothing else.
  • I will continue giving myself weekly manicures because I feel more confident when I have pretty nails. (9+ weeks of constant polish so far!)
  • I will run at least 3 days a week—which should help with my next half-marathon, too.
  • I will continue to work on my 2015 to-do list. (I’m half-way done with that crocheted afghan already!)
  • I will bring lunch from home at least 4 days a week.
  • I will continue to keep my bedroom and my office neat and tidy so that I don’t feel overwhelmed by the clutter.
  • I will spend time each evening on me. It may be reading, swirling, or simply listening to my breathing. And I will do it without feeling guilty. And I will do it without watching TV. (Though I may listen to music.)

I know a lot of this stuff seems silly and pointless, but I really have been spending too much of my time focusing on others instead of on me. And that’s OK to an extent, but I have to make myself a priority in my life, because I have to live with myself forever.

But for now, I must sign off because I have to get my lunch ready to take to the office tomorrow.

Happy February!

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