Good morning! 215.0lbs this morning. I have lost 5lbs and have about 45 to go. 🙂

The best way to accomplish anything, at least for me, is to set some pretty concrete goals. I have a lot on my mind right now and I am feeling pretty overwhelmed. I am moving to a new apartment in six weeks, and so there are some pretty serious things I need to be thinking about right now. First and foremost:

(I apologize for all the links.. They’re for my reference, mostly.)

  • I need to develop a solid, concrete plan for earning an income. People think that working from home as a writer is all fun and games, but if you don’t exercise discipline, focus and organization, you can fail pretty miserably. I am using a really neat app on my iPad called 30/30, which allows me to follow the Pomodoro Technique for time keeping. Today’s schedule is set up like this: 25 minutes of writing, 10 minutes to work on my websites, 10 minutes to expand my Fiverr account and then 10 minutes to take a break. This cycle will repeat until I pause or stop the timer. It is an excellent way to stay on task.
  • I need to develop a solid plan for my finances. One thing that I really want to do is to utilize Credit Karma to monitor my credit score and to use Mint to monitor my finances. Before I had credit cards and bills and bank accounts to monitor, Mint was pretty annoying. Now it’s excellent to have, especially on my phone, my tablet and my computer. I’m never too far removed from my finances this way.
  • I am putting into place a diet and exercise program. I’m using Spark People and Spark Coach, because they take into consideration my diabetes, fibromyalgia, and other situations that are altering how I diet and exercise. Spark Coach is really awesome (I am trying out the free trial) because it walks you through a program like Weight Watchers or a similar program would, and has you do visualizations, track your weight and measurements, what you eat and how you exercise, then gives you video feedback every day to keep you on track. It’s like having your own trainer without having to feel fat or without being criticized for bad days.
  • I am determined to read more. I want to soak up knowledge and information the way that I used to. My goal is to read something every day, even if it’s just a few pages in a book or part of a magazine. All new information is good information, and I can put a lot of new stuff to work for me.

I am about to set my first timer and drop myself into my work. I think I will update this evening at some point. 🙂