August has arrived and that means it’s time to set up another month’s worth of goals. I don’t know about you, but July seemed to zoom by. One moment it was the beginning of the month and then suddenly the end of the month had arrived. In a way, a month that goes by quickly is good. It means you aren’t waiting desperately for every day to end. However, the way this month went by felt like I was in a constant race. But I digress. Each month, I set several goals that will keep me busy every day and work towards some long-term goals. Before we get to my August 2020 goals, let’s take a moment to see how I did with July’s goals.
July goals review
July was a decently busy month, it was also kind of crazy weather-wise. We started the month with a week-long heatwave, and I wasn’t loving it. We normally have such cool summers, as in wearing a sweater all summer long, so this heat was very unwelcome. Despite this, I was able to focus on my goals pretty well this month.
- Read at least 15 books. Yes! I don’t know how I managed to read as much but I did. Come see the books that I read in July.
- Watch 1 season of a show. That and more! I ended up watching 1 season of Ranma 1/2 and 1 season of Japan Sinks 2020. On top of this, I also watched 4 episodes of Ascendence of A Bookworm, 4 episodes of Fruits Basket, 3 episodes of Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld, 8 episodes of The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me? and 2 episodes of Monster Girl Doctor.
- Spend 1 hour learning Japanese every day. Close. There were two days when I didn’t get this done, but I did make up for those days by doing extra.
- Work out every day. Darn close. I did miss a couple of days. It couldn’t be helped but I have to admit those few days gave me the chance to get in some good rest and ensure that I didn’t push myself too hard. My one elbow had been bothering me and it needed a break. Dealing with old injuries can be a pain sometimes.
- Sell some items. There was interest in some of the items I had listed, but unfortunately, it fell through in the end.
- Do a deep clean of the home. I didn’t get to all of the rooms, but I put a pretty decent dent into it.
- Declutter. I’d call this a success. I found a few things we no longer needed and even the boy voluntarily went through his toys to see if there were any he no longer wanted. On top of that, thanks to the July Use It Up Challenge I donated hundreds of books that had been sitting in my house for a few years. A lot of these books went to local schools that haven’t had a library budget recently.
- Complete Camp NaNoWriMo. Yes! I would say I did pretty well with this. Come see my Camp NaNoWriMo end results.
- Journal every day. Not quite. I did miss quite a few days at the beginning of the month, but afterward, I was able to keep up with this most days.
- Expand my gardening knowledge. I lost track of how many articles I read. I also found another mini-course that was quite good.
- Weed the garden regularly. Yes. I was out there at least once a week pulling the weeds. A few sneaky ones grew quite large as they were tucked within some plants, but once I spotted them I got rid of them.
- Work on some projects for the garden. I still need to put the finishing touches on it, but I did get one project essentially done.
- Work on July and August’s posts. Yes. I have a pretty good start on August’s posts now.
- Update 2 blog posts. I managed to get 3 posts updated. I also took some updated pictures for other posts.
- Create new pin images. While I didn’t get as many done as I had hoped, it was better than nothing.
August 2020 goals
To say August will be busy is quite the understatement. I will be going hard this month, but don’t worry I won’t push myself too hard. I know the importance of taking breaks and dialing it back if I feel burnout coming. There is a lot that needs to get done and while I hate to say it, winter will be here before we know it, so I need to buckle down and get some things done.
- Read at least 10 books. I know I will be pretty busy this month, but even so, I think I can manage 10 books.
- Watch 1 season of a show. Including some TV watching is important for keeping burnout at bay, which is why I always aim to watch 1 season of a show each month. Plus I have so many shows I still want to watch.
- Work out every day. Some days I enjoy it and some days I hate it, but I am doing my best to stick with this.
- Sell some items. Fingers crossed I am able to do this. I had some interest last month but that didn’t work out.
- Finish deep cleaning the home. We are still hoping to move before the end of the year, so I need to continue giving the house a deep clean so it looks good when we list it.
- Declutter. This goes hand in hand with the cleaning. We don’t want to bring things we no longer need to our new home, so decluttering needs to continue.
- Start winter prep. I know, I know, winter is so far away! Not really. We can get snow as early as September where I live. And I know how quickly time flies and I want to make sure we are ready for the upcoming winter, especially with everything going on in the world, having this done early is a good idea.
- Spend 1 hour on listening and speaking Japanese. This is where most of my learning has been focused so far, so this will be easy to maintain.
- Spend 30 minutes on Japanese writing and reading. I want to get better at writing and reading Japanse. So I am now going to put in some additional time each day to focus on this aspect.
- Learn 10 Kanji. This goes hand in hand with the above. There are thousands of kanji, so I want to start learning a few each month.
- Continue to work on my July Camp NaNoWriMo project. Now that Camp NaNoWriMo is done, I want to keep up the writing momentum. I have decided to continue rewriting this project. I may work on other projects throughout the month is the muse demands it, but this is where most of my writing focus will be placed.
- Journal every day. This is a nice way to get some writing in while also getting my thoughts down. On stressful days this can help so much by dumping all of that stress onto a page and leaving it behind.
- Take a writing course. There is a writing course I took years ago, but I have forgotten a lot of what was in it. So I want to take it again this month and continue to improve my writing.
- Read 5 gardening articles. There are so many great gardening articles out there, that I want to continue to expand my gardening knowledge by reading at least five this month.
- Take a gardening course. I found a good-looking course that I am hoping will prove to be valuable to further my gardening knowledge.
- Weed the garden regularly. A never-ending task in the garden but one that must be done. I am to do this at least once a week, more if the weather is rainy.
- Work on some projects for the garden. There are still a few projects I want to work on this summer, so if I can get at least one of those done this month then I will be happy.
- Work on August & September’s posts. I have a number of August’s posts done, so this doesn’t need a lot of attention, but a few need some final touches and to be scheduled. Then I want to start working on September’s posts so I can stay ahead.
- Update 2 blog posts. This is something that will continue to be a monthly goal as I work to improve my older posts.
- Create new pin images. Another constant task of blogging is creating pin imagines. I need to make new pins for older posts while keeping up with making them for new posts.
- Take a blogging course. I have a few courses that I want to take, but because this month is already jam-packed with things to do, I will work on a small course this time around.
It’s a lot, but those are my August 2020 goals. What goals have you set this month?