For folks interested in self-improvement, June is always an important month.
It’s right there in the middle of the year making it a good checkpoint for seeing how we’re doing on our New Years resolutions. Spring showers have finally given way to sun and winter snow is a distant memory — there’s really no excuse to not get out and exercise or to run errands.
And for me specifically, June is my birth month, so it naturally motivates me to enter my next year of life as strong as I can be.
Let’s lay down some dangerously aggressive June 2015 goals.
June goal #1: Learn something new about personal finance every day
I like to think I’ve built up a pretty strong base of personal finance knowledge, but I am still pleasantly surprised at how often I learn about a new way to get more organized. Likewise, when it comes to saving money on shopping, I’m always happy to find that there are ways to buy cheaper options without compromising value and that there are new ways to extend the life of things I already own.
Moreover, to really prove that I’ve learned something, I’d like to know enough about it to write about it.
There are 17 weekdays left in the month, and I am going to write a blog post for every one of them.
June goal #2: Exercise a little every day
This seems even more aggressive than the last goal!
An increasingly noticeable part of getting older has been finding that it’s harder and harder to exercise, whether because it’s hard to find time in my busy schedule, or because I lack the motivation when I do have the time for it.
I’d like to enter my new year with a solid exercise routine, even if it’s just a bit per day.
There are 22 days left in the month, so I’d like to work out 22 times — even if it’s just 100 each push-ups and sit-ups, running two miles, or half an hour of weights. Doing something is better than the nothing I’m able to get myself to do most days.
June goal #3: $10,000 worth of debt payoff or retirement savings
This one should seem too aggressive — if not downright impossible — considering that my monthly income is nowhere near $10,000. However, between the signing bonus I’ll be able to get by refinancing my student loans with SoFi, the company match on my 401(k), and some of my 401(k) vesting, I can get close if I put in a lot of effort.
Again, this is probably too aggressive, but I figure it’s one of those goals where even if I don’t make it, I imagine that I’ll be happy with the bigger results
Let’s see how well I do.
What goals are you motivating yourself toward in June?