Another month is over and another list of goals has been written – but first, let’s see how I got on in February. My goals for this month were relationship based and I was keen to give all of my relationships a bit more attention…
1. Do something with my partner neither of us have done before
This was a hard one to accomplish to be honest, and with February being such a short month I found it hard to find the time. Eventually however we decided to go to the ballet – something neither of us have ever done before. While for me this was a fun experience, the gently closing eyes of my partner during the third act suggested he felt otherwise. So, we probably won’t be doing this again in the near future – but it was so nice doing something out of routine and next time I’ll let him pick the activity.
2. Show my appreciation for him more often
Valentines Day provided me with ample opportunity to show my partner how much I appreciate him, and while I shouldn’t do it just because of St Valentine – it was a helpful reminder. I showed my appreciation through a set of promise cards I customised and a delicious steak dinner. To my surprise, my partner expressed how he preferred this to previous material gifts I had given him – which reminded me how important the sentiment behind gifts like this is.
3. Be more proactive on the weekends and organise something special
Getting out of our dinner and cinema routine, I instigated a weekly walk with my partner instead. This gave us time to talk without distraction and is also helping us get healthier together. We have now joined a gym and are planning to run a 5K race in the summer. In terms of planning something special – it is my partner’s birthday coming up and I’m keen to plan a romantic getaway in the country.
4. Take the time to connect with all my close friends – even if it is just a Skype date.
I was quite lucky in that my birthday was in February – so I had a better excuse than usual to see my friends. Some of them are out of the country, so I made sure to schedule in Skype sessions and email catch-ups. It is so easy to lose touch with friends as you get older, so having this goal really opened my eyes to the effort I need to put in to keep my relationships thriving.
March is dedicated to happiness at work. It comes at the perfect time too as I have just had my yearly review, so I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do to get the most out of my 9-5. Goals for March are as follows:
- achieve a qualification to help expand my knowledge at work
- be proactive in all areas of work
- go outside for a walk every lunchtime
- make my desk a nice place to be.
How have you been getting on with your goals for 2014? Let me know in the comments below, and catch up with the rest of my Happiness Project.