It’s a new month and a new year! That means it’s another opportunity to set and achieve our goals. As we all let out a collective breath now that 2020 is over, it’s time to ramp up for another year. Many people may be setting resolutions but I am more of a goal person. I find goals are more manageable and realistic than resolution. In fact, you could turn your resolutions into goals to ensure you actually work towards them. I have been setting monthly goals for a few years now and it has been extremely beneficial. By sharing these goals here, I find myself working even harder to meet them. Some months I do well, others I don’t but having people seeing how I do each month provides extra motivation. After all, who wants to come back in a month and admit they failed at all of it. Before we get into my January 2021 goals, let’s take a moment to look back and see how I did with December’s goals.
December goals review
My plans for December changed partway through the month when I decided to cut back on everything so I could enjoy the lead up to the holidays. I did not adjust my goals to match this sudden change so because of this, some things didn’t get done. However, I think it was the right move as I still able to accomplish quite a bit and enjoy time with the family.
- Read 5 books. Barely. I finished the fifth book on New Year’s Eve. Come see what I read in December.
- Watch at least 1 season of a show. Yes. I watched 2 seasons of The Mandalorian. On top of this, I watched 5 episodes of Tonikawa: Over The Moon For You, 5 episodes of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, and 8 episodes of Iwakakeru – Sport Climbing Girls.
- Workout every day. Not quite. I took about a week off around the holidays. I did walk most of these days, so I was still moving, just not full-on exercising.
- Crochet a blanket. Nope. I didn’t even get this started. Honestly, this one somewhat slipped my mind.
- Play World of Warcraft. Yes. I put in quite a few hours playing. I even got to raid with my guild, which is something I haven’t done in quite some time.
- Spend 1 hour reviewing Japanese a day. Darn close. I missed a couple of days but otherwise did well with this. I am glad I took this extra time to review because it helped to reinforce a few things I had started to forget.
- Review the Kanji I have learned. Like the above, I missed a couple of days. However, overall I am feeling more confident writing and reading the kanji I know.
- Journal every day. Nope. I missed over half of the month.
- Continue to work on my NaNoWriMo project. Yes. While I didn’t get much actual writing done, I did get a lot of work done on the outline, including getting past one major hurdle. I also made copious amounts of notes.
- Work on a secret writing project. I didn’t get as much done on this as I had hoped but what I did work on was key to the rest of the project, so I will call this a success.
- Work on December and January’s posts. Somewhat. I actually ended up scrapping a lot of the work I had done for December – not entirely but I shifted those posts into the future. I did get quite a few of January’s posts done.
- Brainstorm 2021 blog posts. Yes. I have a huge list of posts I want to write in 2021 and even wrote down a tentative schedule for them.
- Update 15 old posts. Maybe. I honestly didn’t keep track of how many I did, so I may have hit this goal, and I may not have. I know I updated 8 posts for sure, but after that, I lost track.
- Create new pin images. This was a major challenge as I was having quite a few issues with Canva over the month. So I did create some but not as many as I had hoped to.
- Clear out browser tabs. It took right up to the final day of the month but I did it! What a time-consuming process this was! But my browser is now running happily with so few tabs open.
- Clear out my bookmarks. Not entirely. I started the process but I have so many more bookmarks than I thought, so it would have been next to impossible to get through them all in a single month.
January 2021 goals
I think January is going to be a busy month. After all, look at this list of goals! It does feel like a lot, but I really want to work hard this month and this year to get everything accomplished. My biggest hurdle will be completing my year of writing, but I am up for the challenge.
- Read 5 books. I hope to read more than this. However, I think 5 is a manageable number to start with.
- Watch at least 1 season of a show. I have done a pretty good job of whittling down my to-watch list but there are still plenty of shows left. So I’m hoping to get through at least one season again this month.
- Workout every day. After slacking off a bit the last few months, I really want to get back into doing this daily. I’m aiming for a minimum of 20 minutes. My daily walks with Penny will be an extra bonus.
- Crochet a blanket. Since I utterly failed at this in December, I’m going to give this another try this month. If I can at least get it partially done amid all my other goals I will be happy.
- Spend 1-hour learning Japanese a day. This time spent will be a combination of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. I’m looking forward to seeing how much more I can learn this year.
- Learn 10 kanji. There are so many kanji I need to learn, as in a few thousand, so I am going back to learning at least 10 every month.
- Journal every day. I really enjoy journaling but have been slacking a bit with it in the previous months. So, I will be aiming to write every day.
- Continue to work on my NaNoWriMo project. Now that I have most of the outline fixed, I can once again turn my attention to writing this story. I hope to get a few chapters done this month.
- Work on a secret writing project. It’s coming along nicely but I still have too much work to do on it to reveal what it is just yet.
- Participate in #vss365. I wanted to do this last year but I was feeling too shy to just jump into it. But this month I will be making an effort to write the prompt every day.
- Work on January and February’s posts. I only have a couple of January posts left to write and then I will be free to work on February’s. I’m trying to switch back to a twice-weekly post schedule so I need to stay ahead on posts to maintain that.
- Update 10 old posts. Once again, I will be working on updating old posts because I want to ensure my blog is as good as it can be. Some of these older posts need a complete rewrite but I know it will be worth the effort.
- Create new pin images. Hopefully, Canva behaves itself this month so I can actually do this.
- Keep browser tabs to a minimum. Now that I have got the tabs down to the necessities, I am going to try really hard to keep it that way.
- Clear out my bookmarks. There are so many bookmarks that I feel this will be a task that will take several months but I am going to go through as many of them as I can in January.
- Take a blogging course. I have a couple that I have been sitting on, so it would be nice to get through at least one this month.
Those are my January 2021 goals. What goals have you set for the month?