I don’t like to wish time away but I have to say I’m pretty happy that winter has flown by this year - September sees more sunshine during the day, evenings staying lighter and just a general feeling that a fog has lifted.
Looking back over my August calendar, I had some fun nights out with friends, but also had a pretty low-key month day to day… which actually suited me fine.
Between my full-time job, coaching, and keeping up with my intentions, I was happy for the downtime.
Good news though - I now have two free coaching spots in September so if you’re interested in three months of focused work towards your goals, jump over here and set up a complimentary 30 minute call with me. I can’t wait to chat with you!
So how did I go with my intentions?
Stay healthy at work
I think I have found a gap in the app market - I could not find one app that fulfilled my needs for August!
As I mentioned last month, I wanted some pretty simple reminders around focusing on my health at work - standing up more, drinking water, not getting distracted by my chat tools… kinda basic stuff that we could all use yes?
In my search, I found apps that suggested embarrassing exercises to do at my desk, apps with annoying buzzers as reminders, and nothing that had all the basic office hygiene stuff I wanted.
I settled on Momentum, a habit tracker that worked ok … but I ended up ditching it about a week in.
In general, I definitely stood up more during office hours and even broached one of the standing desks at my work. But maybe it’s time for me to take care of the office health app market…
Would that be something you readers would use?
Complete an early spring clean
I did pretty well on this one - decluttering a scary wardrobe of my house, and even attacking the area under my bed that had been gathering random magazines, online shopping packaging and cat toys for the last three years.
It’s all about mindset when we go into these less than fun tasks.
I can’t stress enough how much easier it is if you’re in alignment - rather than trudging in disgruntled, I would plug a podcast in, get in some comfy clothes, set up a system for keeping/donating/throwing away and work methodically through everything.
I hope this approach helps if you’re planning a spring clean soon too.
Start regular Pilates practice
I’m pretty consistent with my exercise and have been for many years, but lately the gym has not been doing it for me - I’ve been doing some of the same routines for a while and feel like I’m ready for a change.
After dabbling in Pilates over the last few months and feeling both strong and stretched out after each class, I’m ready to be more consistent here.
I’ve bought a monthly pass to a studio and can book classes ahead of time (good for accountability!), so I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to keep up with this one in September.
Tackle life admin
Even writing that intention, my mind makes an enormous ‘blergghhhhhhhhh’ sound.
I have my tax return and some fun government applications to do in September and yeah, you can understand why that sound comes to mind.
Luckily I have Brooke Castillo and the Self Coaching Scholars course I’m doing to help me get over the protests from my brain.
Brooke suggests writing a list of what needs doing, allocating time against each one, then getting them into your calendar.
Here’s the clincher… you should also expect your brain to try and talk you out of the task when the appointment rolls around in your calendar.
I’m going to lock the time in, get in alignment before I start, and just get these things off my to do list and out of my brain.
Happy September readers! A reminder that I have two coaching spots available if you want to get in touch and find out if coaching is right for you.