Two Simple Calendaring Tasks for Growth and Wellbeing
It’s hard to believe we’re already into the first week of 2024 and in light of that, I thought I’d share two simple calendaring tasks for growth and wellbeing that’ll set you up for a great year ahead.
This year, I’ve got big plans as my book, Is Grad School For Me?: Demystifying the Application Process for First-Gen BIPOCs comes out in April and I will have a book tour soon.
In preparation for more exposure, speaking, and work opportunities, I will need to be more intentional about taking care of myself because the busier I get, the higher the chances are that I’ll experience chronic illness flare ups, which could substantially impact my health and wellbeing.
That’s why for this blog post I’m sharing two calendaring tasks I recently completed in anticipation for taking care of myself amidst a busy year.
Schedule Time Off
The first task is to schedule designated time off for rest and nourishment. I know that as the year goes by, my schedule will continue to get full and if I do not schedule time off, it won’t happen until my body forces me to rest. Trust me, even as someone who works to prioritize wellness, I still struggle to relax and recharge sometimes. I’m also not someone who enjoys planning out every single moment of my life on calendar. But blocking out days off will ensure I follow through with it.
During this scheduled time off, the focus is on rest and replenishment. This might include literally doing nothing, engaging in projects that tend to my inner child (e.g. coloring, writing, sightseeing), celebrating milestones, prioritizing accessible somatic exercises, or planning trips to see loved ones.
If you do not have the option to schedule entire days off at a time, consider what small windows of time you have where you could schedule more breaks. Can you take a longer lunch? Can you leave work early? Can you take a mental health day? If you have the capacity, can you commit to taking an entire week off somehow? I ask these questions because it’s vital that we schedule in time for ourselves just as we would schedule and prioritize time for others.
Schedule End of Month Check-Ins
The second calendaring task is to set up end-of-month check-ins. If you, like me, set specific intentions or goals for the year, this would be a good opportunity to check-in on them. Asses your progress on your vision for the year and make adjustments as needed. You can also use this time to journal about what lessons you learned this month. What goals did you reach? Which did you make progress on? And which areas of your life did not get any attention, and why?
I enjoy doing monthly check-ins because they help me not lose sight of my goals and dreams, especially when life happens. And even if I miss a month here and there, I know that I have another check-in scheduled the following month to play catch up. If you want to make it extra fun, I’d encourage you to schedule these check-ins with a trusted friend or coworking buddy. Their presence will provide added accountability and motivation.
Want to learn more? Check out episode 223 of the Grad School Femtoring Podcast. And if you decide to try out either of these calendaring tasks, please reach out and let me know how they went. Also, if you have ideas for other ways that you can use your calendar to promote growth and wellbeing, I’d also love to hear from you.
Here’s to a year of prioritizing ourselves and our communities while still accomplishing nearly impossible things!