April Challenges

April Challenges

I sit here writing this post this morning a little under the weather and trying to write as my dog tries to paw the keyboard. I think I am having end of semester fatigue when all I want to do is sleep, got to the gym, and just generally be a vegetable. However, this always happen at this time of year, happens for about a week or so and then I get back into semester mode.

So before I discuss my April challenges let’s take a look back at March.

March Challenges–Pretty Good Results

1) Lose Three Pounds–Not sure. I haven’t weighed myself today, but it didn’t look good. It looks like I have stayed about the same. That is totally my fault because I have put going to the gym and health on the back burner. Something I need to dedicate more time too.

2) Write a small grant and finish revising a student’s research project–3/4 successful.  I did finish and submit the grant. However, I didn’t get totally finished with the revisions, although I am close. The rest is up to him and I know he will do great.

3) Change my license plates/tabs–Success. I took care about this earlier in the month, but it did increase my spending for the month.

4) Save an extra $500 to go toward the tax fund-Unsure. Part of the reason for this is that I liquidated our emergency fund to pay for the taxes. So I believe I actually saved a bit more than that, put it into the overall fundage for taxes.

5) Do our taxes and not have a meltdown–Success. I didn’t have a meltdown and they weren’t as bad as I thought. However, it was still a significant hit to our budget and emergency fund.

So all in all not a bad month. But I still have a long-way to go.

April Challenges

1) Priority #1 has to be start going to the gym at least 4 times a week, during the week, not just on the weekends. One of the things that I have been lax on the last couple of months is going to the gym more. I have only been going over the weekend and my workouts have been pitiful. It is time to kick that into high gear. My wife even got me a fitbit, but I have been too embarrassed to wear it. Maybe it is time and it might shame me into going to the gym.

2) Add about $1200 to our emergency fund/savings account. This should be doable because we shouldn’t have any really hidden expenses that come up. It will be a normal month of spending, although I should realize that something ALWAYS comes up. That is why you need to be better prepared.

3) Finish work for a book I am working on. A colleague of mine and I are editing a collection of essays. So far I have read a few of the chapters, but not all. By the end of the month I want to have read, commented, and hopefully send comments back to the authors.

4) Begin tackling the outside of our house. We don’t have any major repairs or anything to the house, but I just mean some general cleaning. We have had several small items break in the yard (e.g. planters) and the like that need to be replaced. They need to be cleaned up and tossed. I know this shouldn’t be a goal, but I am just not a work in the yard kind of guy. So if I set a goal then I can keep myself accountable.

5) Provide a quarterly update on my finances. It is the end of the first quarter and I think it is time to provide an assessment of where we are in paying down debt and the like.

So there are my challenges for the month.


2 thoughts on “April Challenges

  1. Thanks Petrish. Things will get better. It has just been a tough semester, not only for me, but for many of my colleagues. Appreciate the thoughts.

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