I literally just finished my last final. Seriously! I took my ASL final and walked to the student lounge to sit and write. If I don’t write it now, it’ll end up being published at 10 at night and you won’t read it ’til tomorrow, so I’m writing this now while I still have the motivation. (I don’t want to miss the first deadline on my editorial calendar!)
I haven’t published monthly goals in a while, so I decided to just address this now before I begin my summer posting schedule (which will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday, by the way) I hope you enjoy.
//Why I Started Doing Them In The First Place//
As you probably know, I started this blog a few days after graduating high school. I was going to travel around the US in the month of July, so it wouldn’t be wise to get a summer job then ask to leave for a month. I didn’t have any summer homework or anything important to do. This was the only summer I would ever have without responsibilities. Sure, I could’ve just wasted my time watching Netflix and reading, but instead, I poured myself into this blog.
I started posting monthly goals to keep myself productive over the summer.
The world was my oyster. I could do anything I wanted with my time, but I needed something to keep me accountable. Otherwise, June 2016 would’ve been the most unproductive month of my life.
I’m not happy when I have no purpose, which is what those “Goals” posts gave me.
//Why I Stopped Posting Them//
//They Weren’t Helping Me Be Productive
Honestly, I just didn’t feel like writing them. They didn’t really affect how many things I accomplished because I was good at crossing things off my to-do list anyway. They weren’t improving (or even affecting) my productivity. They improved it during the summer, but because I already had a set schedule and due dates for the semester, I didn’t need to create my own list.
//They Justs Became A Post On My To-Do List
They were just extra work. It was on my post list because it was an ongoing series. That shouldn’t be the only reason I’m writing them. I have so many other topics I want to write about, so why bog myself down writing filler content? I only published monthly goals when they were useful to me and would be interesting to you because I really enjoy reading monthly posts. That’s why I started doing them in the first place! But after a certain point, there weren’t many things for me to share, so I didn’t write them.
//They Weren’t Fun Anymore
I used to enjoy writing my monthly goals and crossing things off every month, but after a while, it became a chore to think of stuff to do. I didn’t want to just write a list of school assignments because that would be boring and wouldn’t help me. I also didn’t want to think of random tasks to add to my plate, which is pretty full as it is. I didn’t enjoy writing them anymore, so I moved on to write about things I cared about.
//What I’m Doing Instead//
I’m going to start posting monthly reflections. Honestly, those are my favorite parts to read in “Monthly Goals” posts. I like reading about what bloggers did and what they wished they had done better. I also enjoyed putting photos and writing about specific memories from that month. Those will be fun to look back on in the years to come.
I’m not going to write one for April. I’ll just tell you what 2017 has been like so far. January was weird, February was just a month I had to get through, March was AWESOME, and April was finals month. The first two months were just me adjusting to a new schedule. This semester definitely wasn’t as balanced as the last. March was when I felt like I had my life together again. I had a workout schedule, I made more money, I saw my friends more…it was all around a great month. April was also pretty good. There was just a lot of studying and work, which is why I wasn’t able to blog. (I mean TWO posts! That’s ridiculous!), but I’m excited about what May has to offer. Can you believe that 1/3 of the year is over? That seems crazy to me!
Well, that’s it for this post. I think it’s the shortest post I’ve ever written, but I thought this was something that I should address. I already have an editorial calendar in place for this month, so expect to see a post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This Wednesday, I’ll publish my April Favorites post and I’ll post my Freshman Year Reflection on Friday.
//Here are some posts you can look forward to this month:
- How I Got Two Internships In My Field In High School – I had an internship Junior and Senior year. One was at a nonprofit working with special needs kids called Lekotek of Georgia and the other was at Emory Autism Center.
- The Problem With Abstinence Only Education (My Experience Taking Sex-Ed In Georgia) – ……yeah….this’ll be fun to write.
- Ten Things The Show “Speechless” Got Right About Special Needs Families– I’m going to relate things back to my life and tell you all stories about growing up with a brother with Autism. I have a few other posts ideas related to that topic as well.
- My Experience Transitioning From An All-Girls Middle School To A Co-Ed High School – This has been on my blog post list for almost a year. It’s about time that I write it.
There are a bunch more posts on my list, but those are a few posts that aren’t college related on my editorial calendar. I also may write a post about being a first generation American. I think that’s something a lot of people can relate to or would be interested in reading about.
Are there any posts you’d like me to write? I’d love to hear your input.