My 2017 Values

For the third year in a row, I’m completing the Design Your 20XX workbook, a tool developed by GetBullish creator Jen Dziura for those of us who find extreme joy in advance planning. The Design Your 2017 workbook contains some updates from previous versions which I found to be thoughtful improvements as well as good fun (we should all have To-Don’t lists!), but one of my favorite prompts, which I’ve come to rely on as a measure of my year-to-year progress, remains a cornerstone of the workbook: Define your values.

In a greater effort this year to establish accountability, I decided to share some of the work I did. Below is a list of values I identified for myself in 2017, ranked in (general) order of importance. I find it beneficial to rank my values because it forces me to examine which ones I prioritize over others and why. In the process of ranking I also ended up removing some of the values I had originally listed because A), I found they fit into other, more specific values I already had on the list, or B), they turned out not to be actual values.

The result is an honest hierarchy of values:

[1] Finding my voice and using it.

[2] Getting paid to improve my skill as a writer.

[3] Respect + acclaim as a writer and communications professional.

[4] Healthy habits + self-care.

[5] Nurturing meaningful, supportive relationships with friends and family.

[6] Maintaining cool, collected, highly competent confidence in professional or stressful settings.

[7] Making more money.

[8] Keeping a clean, well-organized, elegant apartment.

[9] Dressing like a sophisticated, bad-ass woman of the world.

[10] Doing my best to make the world a better place through proactive kindness, awareness + action. Also, feminism.

[11] Saving money.

[12] Expanding my network of interesting, like-minded friends + peers.

[13] Meeting more of the people I admire/potential mentors.

[14] Community building for introverts.

[15] Developing a fit, controlled mind.

[16] Accomplishing more in one week than the average person.

[17] Whiskey.

[18] Voracious reading.

[19] Trying new things that take me out of my comfort zone.

[20] Travel.

[21] Good food, coffee + alcohol.

[22] Running longer distances.

[23] Being exceptional, weird an unlike anyone else.

[24] Improving my French language skills.

[25] Making an entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivation Monday: The Morning Hustle

Awesome morning

“The choices are 1) sleep in bed, or 2) have some coffee and remake the world to my liking.” – Jen Dziura

How you start your day is key. You can either hate the morning, or wake up excited to get to work. I believe in filling my day with the kind of things that are going to get me out of bed in the morning. My wake up alarm on my phone is actually called “Get up and make your world better,” because that’s really what I’m getting out of bed to do for every day that I live.

More sleep is overrated. Think about it: Will you regret waking up earlier than what felt good if it means finishing a big project, going for a morning run or crossing off more on your to-do list that day?  Get up early, then make it worth your while.

I’ve started this little morning ritual of grabbing the notebook and pen I leave laying around near my bed and jotting down my to-do list for the day. It’s the very first thing I do after I wake up that gets me started and guarantees that the day is going to be some mix of productive and fun, and the satisfaction of crossing off those items throughout the day is like caffeine–addictive and invigorating.

So have things planned: What are you going to make today? Where are you going? What kind of meaningful interactions will you have there? What will you do today to make your life better in the future? How will you celebrate all of this achievement at the end of the day–with a glass of wine? Dinner with good friends? Give purpose to everything you do in a day. Write it all down and cross it all off as you complete it, and see how that makes you feel.

Get up and make your world better.

Today’s Motivation Monday quote is from Jen’s article “A Day in the Life of Bullish (Caffeine, Pinstripe, and A Lack of Time-Wasting Bullshit).” I highly recommend reading all of it.