Another new month has arrived. Can you believe we are already in the fourth month of 2021? This year seems to be going by quite quickly. In a way, this is good, because it means the days, weeks, and months aren’t dragging on endlessly. As each new month arrives, it creates an opportunity to work on my long-term and short-term goals. Setting goals each month truly helps me work towards what I want to get accomplished while giving me the accountability to keep up with them. Every month I reassess my goals, determine what is and isn’t working, and go from there. Before we get into my April 2021 goals, let’s take a moment to look back and see how I did with my March goals.
March goals review
March was a pretty decent month. I felt like the number of goals I set was fairly manageable but as always life can get in the way. Overall, I’m happy with how the month progressed.
- Read 5 books. Yes, that and more! March was a pretty good reading month. Come see what I read in March.
- Watch at least 1 season of a show. Yes! I watched one season of Maid-Sama!. On top of this, I also watched 3 episodes of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. As you can see, it was a pretty light month for TV.
- Workout every day. Yes and I feel great!
- Spend 30 minutes learning Japanese a day. Yes. Many days I did closer to an hour, just because I was enjoying it, but I certainly had a successful month of learning.
- Learn 10 kanji. So darn close! There are 9 kanji that I learned this month but that last one is a bit tricky, so I need some more time to truly learn it.
- Journal every day. Not even close! I don’t know what happened but I missed over half of the month with journaling.
- Continue to work on my NaNoWriMo project. Yes. I finished up my character profiles, did some research, and made a ton of notes to reference along the way.
- Participate in #vss365. Well, no. I did it one day! But then I completely forget to even check to see what the prompt was each day after that.
- Get ready for Camp NaNoWriMo. Mostly this was finishing up the work on my old NaNoWriMo idea, so yes, I would call this a success. And of course, I loaded up on snacks for my NaNoWriMo survival kit.
- Work on April and May’s posts. April’s posts are done, minus my Camp NaNoWriMo updates, however, I did not get a chance to work on any of May’s posts.
- Update 10 old posts. Not quite. I did manage 6 posts updated and I have a rough draft of another post that needs a complete rewrite. So not terrible but not great either.
- Create new pin images. Yes. Honestly, this was a breeze and I found myself making some every day, so I have a nice little pile to work with for the future.
- Take a blogging course. This course was shorter than I thought it would be but had some decent information to it. So this was a success.
- Work on Pinterest. Yes. After neglecting this in February, I put some decent effort into it and saw my stats go up quite a bit.
April 2021 goals
April is going to be a busy month. Not only is it Camp NaNoWriMo month, but the weather is also getting nicer, so I will be spending any free time I have enjoying the outdoors and hopefully prepping my garden for the upcoming growing season. Because of this, I am cutting back on my goals this month.
- Read 5 books. As always, reading is my first goal because I absolutely enjoy books. At a minimum, I would like to read 5 books this month.
- Watch at least 1 season of a show. It’s always nice to squeeze in a fun goal and watching TV is exactly that, fun! If I can watch one season of a show this month I will be happy. Plus I have some current anime series I need to catch up on.
- Workout every day. I’m actually looking forward to this. Now that I have gotten into the rhythm of working out daily, it’s quite easy to keep up with it. And for those of you who may be screaming at me that rest days are important! Don’t worry, I do take rest days but I still do a light workout on those days to avoid being completely sedentary.
- Review Japanese for at least 30 minutes a day. Every few months I like to do a full review of what I have learned with Japanese. Yes, I review regularly, but taking an entire month to go back over everything helps me to truly remember it. Since I know most of my focus will be on writing this month, it made sense to make April my review month.
- Review kanji. Much like the above, I plan to use this month to review the kanji I have previously learned so that I don’t forget them in the future.
- Journal every day. Let’s hope I do better with this than I did last month. Not only do I enjoy journaling but it helps to add to my daily word count for my year of writing.
- Complete Camp NaNoWriMo. This is where a lot of my effort will be going this month. I have set my goal to 50000 words so I need to keep myself focused on writing. See how I did with the first week.
- Work on May’s posts. I have pretty much all of April’s posts done, except for my Camp NaNoWriMo updates – kind of hard to do those ahead of time. So I will be working on some of May’s posts so I can stay ahead.
- Update 3 old posts. IT would be really nice to get more than this done, but I know I will already be busy with writing. So if I can update 3 old posts this month I will be happy.
- Create new pin images. It’s a never-ending job but at least I find it much easier now.