I am originally from the Chicago area – my parent's still live there – and I am frequently there for visits.
I love Chicago.
The city is big and as with any big city you have access to: art, food, nightlife, shopping, or whatever else you are into.
While the city is not exactly cheap – what big city is – O is so fun. The people are friendly and once you get to know the city you will realize that there are very cool neighborhoods with their own unique identity.
People have told me that they didn't realize Chicago was full of music. But the music scene there is fantastic.
And they have the best art/science museums in the area.
If you want something a little different check out China town for some good ethnic food.
Compared with big cities on the coasts you can get a lot of done fairly cheaply. Though not cheap.
I was beginning to write down mostly my short-term goals and I realized I have no clue what to write down when it comes to long-term goals. I have a couple written down, but they are sparse. Maybe it is just because long-term plans should be taken more seriously. The point being to work toward them.
There are also plenty of ideas, ideas are cheap and easy, which is why they have not been set as an actual goals yet. I haven’t decided if I want to really devote the time to them yet.
As it stands now my short-term goals include: dropping bad habits one by one, connect more and maintain my workout routine.
For me it used to be so much to do and so little time. But if I had to say it differently, it would be so little to do and so much time. Sort of makes sense, but probably sounds like I don’t want to do anything, which is not what I meant. I want to get more done and in less time.
That is my long-term goal.
Don’t get frustrated if you can’t immediately shake a bad habit, even if you really want to. It takes longer than that to change your habits. It is a matter of determination and time.
I broke my bad habit of getting stressed when I was running late in the morning. But I kept getting up early, avoided all caffeine after noon, got up early on weekends and vacation days. I had a problem that I could not fall asleep when I went to bed early, normally. Then I changed it so that I wouldn’t get into bed until I felt at least little drowsy since as you know yourself forcing it can make it harder.
When I was working on getting into a better routine I read that it takes two full weeks for us to reset our sleep schedule. Then you need to work another week, so 21 days, before it becomes an actual habit. Otherwise you can easily drop it again.
My caffeine rule is not negotiable. For me I react really pretty sensitively to caffeine. But I guess it depends on the person. If you can sleep fine with a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon it probably isn’t a big deal.
Also I skip screen time. Artificial blue light stimulates you as if it was a bright day and slows down melatonin secretion. For me this is worse than caffeine!