February 2020 goals & January review

Just like that February has arrived. January was quite a month, and I’m sure many people will agree that it felt significantly longer than it actually was. The start of the year either goes by super fast or drags on. This was one of those slower times, but it’s over now. One of the things I look forward to with the arrival of each month of reviewing the previous month’s goals and setting new ones for the current month. Before we take a look at my February 2020 goals, I’d like to take a moment to share how I did with January’s goals.

January Goals Review

January was an odd month for me. I felt like I spent most of my waking hours shoveling snow since we kept getting hit by big snowstorms. When I did have free time to do something, I just wanted to sleep. The winter blues hit hard and my motivation and productivity hit an all-time low for the vast majority of the month. Even so, I was able to accomplish a good chunk of my goals.

Life goals

  • Read at least 20 books. Yes! Check out what I read in January.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. Yes, I watched 1 season of Edwardian Farm. On top of this, I also watched 4 episodes of Sword Art Online Aliization War of Underworld, 1 episode of Dr. STONE, 2 episodes of Ascendence of a Bookworm, 2 episodes of High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World, 2 episodes of Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In My Next Life, and 3 episodes of Granblue Fantasy.
  • Try 1 new recipe. Yes, I made a honey oat bread and it was amazing! I need to make it again.
  • Spend 1 hour learning Japanese every day. This was an epic fail. I only did a few days of Japanese. I’m mad at myself for not sticking with it.
  • Eat from the pantry and freezer. Yes, our meal plan allowed us to do that. We did stock up mid-month because we were running low on some things.
  • Sell some items. Nope, this is seriously a losing battle.
  • Get back into crochet. Yes, but I didn’t get a ton done. Mostly, I made a bunch of test squares to reacquaint myself with various stitches and the general crocheting process.
  • Work out every day. Yes. Between shoveling snow for hours many days and then doing actual workouts on the non-snowy days I will call this a success.

Writing goals

  • Work on my NaNoWriMo project. I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped. However, I did finish my read-through of the draft, made the last few notes needed and edited one chapter, so I will call this a success.
  • Relearn Scrivener. It took me a while, but I’ve got the basics down now. It’s going to be a learning curve to know it all, but I can at least use it.
  • Do some research. Sadly no, I just never got around to this.
  • Journal every day. Almost. I did miss about 6 days over the course of the month, but overall I’m happy that I stuck with it. The January Use It Up Challenge definitely helped.

Blogging goals

  • Update 5 posts. This was a major success. I updated more than 30 posts! Holy crap, it’s no wonder I posted so little new content.
  • Work on January & February’s posts. Not really no. I barely made time for this. Most of my blogging time was spent updating old posts, but I did get some new posts done.
  • Create new pin images. Outside of one or two new images, I didn’t get around to this.
  • Take a blogging course. I finished the one I had started back in December. However, I did not do a second one as I had originally planned.
  • Update my ‘About me’ page. This one totally slipped my mind. I was so focused on updating old posts and getting other things done that I completely missed my chance to finally tick this one off my list.
Honey oat bread.

February 2020 goals

Life goals

  • Read at least 10 books. I’ve brought the number back down to 10. Chances are I will read more than that, but I also have a lot of other things going on this month, so I need to keep it realistic.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. I’m slowly getting through my to-watch list thanks to this recurring goal.
  • Try 1 new recipe. This one will show up every month because I enjoy trying new recipes.
  • Spend 1 hour learning Japanese every day. As always, this is another recurring goal. After slacking on this in January, it’s time to get back into it.
  • Eat from the pantry and freezer. Since we did a bit of a restock last month, we will be continuing with, as we have plenty of food around the house to work with.
  • Crochet. Since I learned how to crochet over a year ago, I want to do this more regularly. I want to start a larger project this month, potentially a blanket. I may also work on a few small items.
  • Work out every day. I’ve actually been enjoying this quite a bit, so I’m going to continue with this. Though I’m hoping for less snow shoveling and more actual workouts this month.

Writing goals

  • Work on my novel project. I am planning to write or rewrite two chapters this month. I think that’s a good amount given that some chapters need to be completely reworked. Plus there are other things on my plate that need my attention.
  • Relearn Scrivener. I have the basics down and have started to use it. However, there is still more to learn, especially with regard to some of the advanced features, so I will be working on that this month.
  • Do some research. I have a list of things I need to look up in order to ensure they are correct when used in my story, so I will be working on some of that.
  • Journal every day. This has actually been quite an enjoyable task. I’m hoping to actually do it every day this month.

Blogging goals

  • Update 5 posts. I’m so close to getting all of these old posts updated, so I need to keep it up.
  • Work on February’s and March’s posts. I struggled a lot to stay ahead last month, so I need to stay on this and ensure I don’t fall behind again. So I will be dedicating time to working on posts for next month.
  • Create new pin images. I really hate this task, but it needs to get done.
  • Take a blogging course. There are so many I want to take, but if I can complete one then I will be happy.
  • Update my ‘About me’ page. It will happen this time!

Those are my February 2020 goals. I will admit, it’s a lot, but I’m confident I can keep up with most if not all of them. What goals have you set for the month?

28 Comments

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    That’s a lot of goals you set yourself in January, I don’t think you should be hard on yourself for not ticking them all off – I mean if I’d read 20 books I wouldn’t have had time to do anything else AT ALL! Good luck for February, I hope you achieve what you set out to do 🙂

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      It was, probably a few too many to be honest, but I was feeling pretty confident when I was making them. Oh, I have no problem with no hitting goals, it happens. I am happy with what I got done. Honestly, twenty books is pretty average for me, but I know not everyone reads as fast or in the quantity that I do. Thank you.

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      Thank you! Oh no worries there, I’m not being hard on myself. I realize that sometimes goals won’t be met, and I’m okay with that, though I am still annoyed at mother nature constantly dumping snow on us.

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    January did feel like a long month. Dr. Stone is on my to-watch list. I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately. Good luck with all your February goals.

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      I hope you get around to watching it soon. It’s quite an interesting show, it can be a bit weird at times but always entertaining. Thank you!

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    I’m impressed by your enthusiasm. One of my goals is to read 1 book and I’ll be lucky if I manage to achieve that 😂 Good luck with your 10. Reading is the best way to relax 😊

    Im with you on creating new pin images. It’s one of the tasks I hate, but know that I’ll regret it if I don’t make an effort!

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      Thank you. One book is a great goal! I set mine high because I read for entertainment and for pleasure, so I get lots of reading time in. Yes, making pin images is annoying but worth the effort.

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    Your monthly goals are motivating. I think it’s time I made some goals because my just do it attitude is not really working lol.

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      I’m glad they are motivating you! I ran with the just do it method for a while and while it works to a certain extent, it wasn’t super effective. Good luck setting up some goals.

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    I am always impressed at how many books you manage to read in a month. I love reading but I can read one or two books per month. I wish I can do more but I am a slow reader lol.

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      Thank you. Reading is my biggest form of entertainment, especially during the winter. One or two books a month is a fine number to reach. I always say it doesn’t matter how much you read what matters is you do read. Have you tried audiobooks? They are a great way to read while also doing something else.

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      I have been fairly busy goal wise lately, but with winter keeping me inside it’s a great time to knock a bunch of them out. Thank you.

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    I really need to get around to updating my old posts and about page too! I end up focusing on new posts to put up every weekend.

    All the best for your goals!

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      It’s absolutely worthwhile to go over your old posts. I ignored doing it for a long time and there were so many to update, though I’m getting close to the end. Thank you.

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    Wow! Given the amount of snow shovelling I am amazed how many things you achieved this month!

    I am sure it would have taken me 6 months to do all that!

    Good luck with February and I hope the weather is a bit kinder to you x x

    Claire
    http://www.ourfavouritejar.com

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      Thank you. I am still surprised I got so much done. I guess when you have little else to do, it’s easy to get a bunch of stuff done in a short amount of time. Thank you.

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      Thank you!

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    Reading your goals made my head hurt. You are a busy woman these days. How do you find the time to get all this stuff done? Good luck with your February goals. Peace and blessings!

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      I am quite busy. Honestly, the fact that I don’t work helps, so I can devote all of my waking hours working towards my goals. Thank you.

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      It is – perhaps a few too many. Thank you.

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    Your honey oat bread is beautiful! We have actually had a similar recipe on our list to try. We just haven’t gotten around to making it yet.

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      It was a pain to make but completely worth the effort. I hope you are able to give your recipe a try soon.

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    I’ve got to get back to updating old posts! I’ve updated a few pages and the first four months of posts. Now I’m on a Pinterest kick. Good job on your goals! You’re doing a lot!

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    You’re so organised with your goals, 20 books, wow! That’s more than I manage to read in a year at the moment. Good luck with your goals for this month. x

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