Lately, I've been feeling stagnant. It's strange as this seems like the last thing one would expect me to be feeling. After all, I spent the last two years working hard to create a new life for myself. I found a better-paying job at my employer, I ended a bad marriage that made me unhappy, I worked two jobs to pay off my debts, I decided to pursue FIRE, I found the perfect apartment, and I moved into that apartment with all new (to me) wonderful things that make my life a far cry from what it used to be.
Yet, here I am feeling stuck in a rut when I should be on top of the world. So, I did what I usually do when I'm unsure of things and/or don't know what to do: call my dad. After a conversation with him and doing a bit of reading, I determined that I have been feeling this way because I don't (currently) have any short-term goals.
See, I'm a goal-oriented person, always have been. Sure, I have long-term goals like everyone else, but I need short-term goals to give my life some purpose and meaning - something my dad wisely pointed out. Bearing this in mind, then, I figured what better way to rid myself of feeling stagnant than by creating a few short-term goals that I can work on to bring back those feelings of purpose and meaning. Here's what I decided to do:
1. I made a list of things to do on a daily basis.
Now, these aren't necessarily big things, by any means, but they are things that I need to incorporate into my day-to-day life. An example is making sure I write every single day.
2. I made a list of things I want to accomplish within the next year
I have a few things I want to achieve that aren't a daily thing and aren't part of my long-term plan. One of these is saving up for a down payment for a new car.
3. I reevaluated my list of long-term goals.
I went over my list of long-term goals to see if I needed to add anything, take anything away, and to generally see where I was at with those goals.
Since I've implemented these goals into my life, those feelings of stagnation are starting to go away. It's also nice to feel like I'm being productive again, something I haven't really felt since I closed the door on my old house and my old life.
It's cooler here today for a change and I have some fun plans for the next couple of days. Have a great weekend friends and see you next week!