One Month of "Calm"
It’s the beginning of month two in my Year of Calm. I thought an update might be nice to have a concrete way to track my progress.
The only goal that I’ve really kept up with is reading, and, because I read slowly, that often takes up much of my free-time. In the month of February, I hope to be better about setting aside designated time to work on writing and other projects.
Read 24 Books.
I am ahead of schedule! You can follow along with my reading here.
Write A Novel.
I just started working on this in the last couple days. I plan to set a regular writing time to make my efforts more consistent.
Outline 4-5 Story Ideas.
This is something I don’t plan to really tackle until the latter half of the year.
Learning Goals: Constellations, Chess, Knitting.
I’ve started reading a bit about chess—mostly review for now about the pieces and gameplay, but I’ve made no effort to learn any constellations or pick up some yarn.
Spend 7 Hours Outside Every Week.
This has not been a success. Although I am pretty consistent about getting outside for a walk on weekdays, the trek around my neighborhood only takes 27 minutes. I’m trying to schedule some weekend hiking and trips to the beach to help bolster my time outdoors. But in the meantime, I can be better about yard work and making sure I at least take a walk every day.
But what about Calm?
Like most things, this is proving to be a process. I have already made some great progress—my average phone use is down from 20-40 hours per week to just 5-5.5. I’m quite pleased with that. I’ve spent a lot more time baking and reading. I’ve completed many puzzles and the housework is completed more regularly.
But my decluttering has taken a bit of a backseat. Although I got rid of tons of paper and donated a few boxes, there is still so much to do. And it needs to be done. Because I find that I am spending time taking care of my stuff rather than spending time working on the projects that nag me in the middle of the night.
As for living in the present moment, this is something that I will continue to work on. I do feel that my reduced technology time has helped me feel less anxious and more focused, but I still spend an unnecessary amount of time worrying about the future or regretting the past.
I’ve always been someone that tries to do too much. In the last two weeks, I’ve wondered if perhaps I’ve taken on too much. Do I need to scale back? Maybe. That isn’t a decision I’m ready to make yet, but in the meantime, I plan to focus my efforts in February on writing and decluttering.
Everything else is secondary.