February 2022 goals & January review

February is here and while it is the shortest month of the year, it is just as important as all other months. Despite being a few days shorter than other months, February can be just as productive. By creating a list of monthly goals, you can set yourself up for success and tackle those smaller items that you may have been putting off. Having made monthly goals for a few years now, I can attest to how much of a change they made in my life. Now, I have the accountability needed to get stuff done, and by sharing it online, I have extra motivation to tackle the list. After all, who wants to admit they got nothing done this month? As with every month, I have created a list of goals I want to accomplish this month. Many are smaller goals that help me work towards bigger ones. Before we get into my February 2022 goals, I want to take a moment to see how I did with January’s goals.

January review

January was a bit of a crazy month. I started off strong, eager to tackle everything. However, whenever I sat down to try to write anything, whether novel or blog work, I was faced with extreme burnout – a side effect of my year of writing. So while I did good with most of my goals, some suffered due to this burnout.

Life goals

  • Read at least 5 books. Yes, I got a bit more reading time in than I anticipated. See what I read in January.
  • Watch 2 seasons of a show. Yes and more! I ended up watching 1 season of Wotakoi: Love is Hard For Otaku, 1 season of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S, 2 seasons of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, and 1 season of Record of Grancrest War. On top of that, I watched 3 episodes of Love of Kill, and 5 episodes of The Way of the Househusband.

Japanese goals

  • Study Japanese for at least an hour a day. Almost but not quite. I would say that 90% of the month I kept up with this, but there were a few days where I slacked off in studying. Then at the end of the month when our modem died, it cut me off from most of my studying resources which are online.
  • Learn 15 Kanji. Not quite. I did end up learning over 20 radicals (the components of kanji) along with 7 new kanji. So, I’d say it was a semi-success.

Writing goals

  • Work on a writing project. This one was a failure. I hadn’t realized how truly burnt out I was since completing my milwordy challenge. So, every time I thought about writing I did everything I could to avoid it. Needless to say, no novel writing happened in January.

Blogging goals

  • Reply to comments in a timely manner. I did well with this one. I think the only time I didn’t reply to them within 48 hours was at the end of the month when our modem died.
  • Work on January and February’s blog posts. I will call this a success. I didn’t post as much in January as I initially planned, but that was because I really didn’t want to do much writing in January. As far as February’s posts go, I got most of them drafted but none of them were scheduled ahead of time.
  • Learn how to use Gutenberg. I’d say this was semi-successful. Since I didn’t spend a lot of time doing blog work, I didn’t invest as much time as I had thought I would into learning Gutenberg. However, I do feel somewhat comfortable with it and know that with time I will get used to using it.

February 2022 goals

A lot of goals for February are the same as last month, as they are things I want to work more on. I will be putting a greater focus on blogging this month as I have a lot of blogging tasks that I want to complete this year, so February is the month to start tackling that big to-do list.

Life goals

  • Read at least 5 books. As always, my first goal of every month is reading-related. My aim is to read 5 books but I am certain that I will read more than that.
  • Watch 2 seasons of a show. I am still playing catch-up with my to-be-watched list, so this month I will once again try to watch at least 2 seasons worth of shows.

Japanese goals

  • Study Japanese for at least an hour a day. Much like last month, I want to dedicate an hour of each day to studying Japanese.
  • Learn 15 Kanji. Now that I have a new set of radicals down, I can move on to learning more kanji that involve them. This month, I would like to learn 15 new kanji.

Writing goals

  • Work on a writing project. My writing burnout has been slowly ebbing, which means I can once again put some focus on working on my novel projects. I don’t quite know which one I will work on this month. I will probably see which one sparks my interest and work on that one.

Blogging goals

  • Reply to comments in a timely manner. I feel so much better when I can reply to comments within 48 hours, so this goal shall remain because if I write it down I have a better chance of it actually happening.
  • Work on February and March’s blog posts. Most of February’s posts are close to finished, only needing to be polished and then scheduled. Then I want to get ahead and get as many posts for March done.
  • Learn how to use Gutenberg. I got a decent start on this last month, so for February, I will continue to learn the ins and outs of Gutenberg so I can use it regularly in the future.
  • Make improvements to the blog. I have a long list of improvements, some big and some small, that I want to do with the blog. This month I will start working on that list and see how far I can get.

Those are my February 2022 goals. What goals have you made for this month?

20 Comments

  1. I like your February 2022 goals. I like how you make these 4 different categories of goals. I wish you success with the achievement of all these life, Japanese, writing, and blogging goals. My goals for February are mainly blogging and writing – to post regularly and to submit an article to at least one platform.

    1. Author

      Thank you. I found that breaking them down into different categories helps me keep track of them better and also lets me see at a quick glance what I’m working on. Those are some great goals, good luck with them.

  2. Great wrap up! Writing and scheduling blog posts ahead of time is one of my goals for this year too. Good luck with your February goals, I hope you have a great month!

    1. Author

      Thank you. It’s certainly worth it to get ahead on posts. I always used to write posts the night before and it would stress me out trying to get them done on time.

  3. Your February 2022 goals are remarkable. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Author

      Thank you.

  4. I would love to see your list of blog improvements. My list is long as well! Thank you for sharing your inspiring February goals. I wish you great success!

    1. Author

      Thank you. I think it’s too big to list all of them in the comments, but perhaps I could do a blog post breaking down the various improvements I’m working on.

  5. Categorizing your goals like this is such a great idea; it would definitely help me to work towards things a bit better than I am currently managing. Thanks for sharing this — I wish you well this month (and beyond)!

    1. Author

      Categorizing goals has helped me immensely because it allows me to quickly glance at the list and see what needs to be worked on in each area. Definitely give it a try with your own goals. Thank you.

  6. Nice way to tie your goals together across different interests! I think it’s a great idea to write out goals and review them each month. It provides a level of accountability. I should do this with my blog goals.

    1. Author

      Thank you. Yes, writing them down and reviewing them on a monthly basis is a big help. It really does help with motivation and accountability. I would definitely suggest giving it a try with your own goals.

  7. You’ve shared some great goals for this month which I hope you manage to achieve! It’s made me want to set monthly goals now rather than yearly. Thank you so much for sharing lovely Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

    1. Author

      Thank you. Honestly making monthly goals is a big game-changer. You can take your yearly goals and break them down into smaller chunks to make sure you are regularly working towards those bigger goals.

  8. I love setting monthly goals and breaking them down into weekly and daily aims.

    Wow! Your January was still incredibly productive! I need to work on replying to comments in a timely manner, as the workweek can get hectic at times!

    Good luck with all your February goals! I also hope your modem doesn’t fail in February! I hate when my modem gives up for no reason. 😭 I hope you have a great month.

    Thank you for sharing your goals. 😊

    1. Author

      Breaking your monthly goals into weekly and daily tasks sounds like a great way to do it. Perhaps setting aside a day or two of the week for replying to comments would work best around your hectic work schedule. Thank you. Luckily, on top of our new modem, we also received a spare one, so if we have extra bad luck and the new one dies, we can immediately plug in a new one.

  9. Well done with what you achieved in January! Sounds like you had a productive month. I can’t even imagine how hard learning Japanese is? It’s so handy to split goals up like this; I do this as well, with personal, financial and work related goals!

    1. Author

      Thank you. It was a pretty productive month. Japanese is challenging but since I really want to be fluent in it, I will stick with it, even when it does feel annoying some days. Yes, categorizing goals makes everything so much easier to track.

  10. These are great goals! It sounds like you had a productive month, too. I’m working on being more regular and consistent with my blog. My other goals are not so definite. I am working on that, lol.

    1. Author

      Thank you. It was a decently productive month for sure. Good luck with your goals. Giving those other goals more definition will help a ton, but that does take time, so keep at it.

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