Rachel: I've been trying to read more books, and my June goal is to read for 60 minutes every Saturday. When my goal was more open-ended and I could do it anytime, I sort of did it...never? But the hour every Saturday has been really calming (turns out, reading a real book makes me feel better than being on Instagram!!!) and it helps me get stuck in a book enough to want to read it throughout the rest of the week too.
Gyan: My summer goal is just to be a better friend. I live in New York now but spent all my previous adult years of my life in Sydney, where almost all of my closest friends still live. I caught up with a few earlier this month in Bali for a friend's wedding and, as is the case whenever anyone catches up with old friends, was reminded just how damn lucky I am to have such wonderful people in my life. We said our goodbyes, I took a long flight back to the US, and on my way decided that for the next three months I was going to try and be the best friend I can be. This means more regular check-ins, some surprise gifts sent in the post for special occasion, and never cancelling a FaceTime date. My friends mean so much to me, I want to make them more of a priority in my every day life.
Terri: After years of having the New York Times crossword app languishing three swipes over on my phone's home screen, I finally gave in and paid for the — honestly reasonable — $39.99 yearly subscription, with the goal of 1) doing a crossword every day, and 2) eventually being able to complete the Sunday puzzle on my own. And it's seriously been one of the better decisions I've made recently! I love having something to do on my phone that isn't Instagram/Facebook/scrolling through texts/doing other things that make my anxiety worse and that also makes me feel a little smarter. I've already learned three different synonyms for "off-white"! Try as I might, I can't totally stay off of my phone before I go to bed, so working on a crossword is a nice, happy medium. Plus, the app makes it so easy to see how many in a row you've done and how long it took to do them, which means I have an accessible and satisfying feeling of accomplishment every time I open it. I'm not quite at the point where I can finish a Sunday yet, but even if that doesn't happen for a year (or more), I'm proud of myself for keeping up this very fun habit.