March 2020 goals & February review

Can you believe that March is here? The months are starting to go by a bit faster again and I think that has everything to do with the added daylight. This is a good time of the year as winter is loosening its grip and there is more to do outside. Of course, where we live, it will be quite a while before the winter weather leaves, but it’s exciting nonetheless. With the arrival of each month, comes a new opportunity to set some new goals and work towards a number of things. Before we take a look at my March 2020 goals, I’d like to take a moment to share how I did with February’s goals.

February goals review

I’ll be honest, I bit off more than I could chew this month and I’m not afraid to admit that. It can happen. At least the weather was kinder to me, so I wasn’t spending most of my time shoveling. Even so, I was starting to feel burnt out from going hard the last little while, which resulted in not getting several things done.

Life goals

  • Read at least 10 books. Close but not quite. See what I read in February.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. I knocked this one out of the park! I watched 1 season of Pandemic: How to stop an outbreak, 1 season of Chernobyl, 4 seasons of Star Wars The Clone Wars, and 1 season of Life Below Zero. On top of this, I watched 2 episodes of Sword Art Online War of Underworld, 5 episodes of Dr. STONE, 6 episodes of Ascendence of a Bookworm, 5 episodes of
  • High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World, 5 episodes of Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In My Next Life, 6 episodes of Granblue Fantasy, x of Somali and The Forest Spirit and x episodes of Science Fell In Love, So I Tried To Prove It.
  • Try 1 new recipe. This didn’t happen.
  • Spend 1 hour learning Japanese every day. Not quite. I missed quite a few days and didn’t always get an hour in when I did do it.
  • Eat from the pantry and freezer. Yes. We ate down quite a bit of what we had in the freezer and pantry.
  • Crochet. I did some but not as much as I wanted to. I did make a couple of small items, but my plans to start a blanket didn’t happen.
  • Work out every day. Nope. I hurt my back mid-month shoveling snow, so that forced me to take over a week off to let it heal. Then it took me a few days to get back into the routine.

Writing goals

  • Work on my novel project. Yes. I did get two chapters edited. I also wrote a chapter that I had skipped earlier in the process.
  • Relearn Scrivener. There are still some features I have yet to get a good handle on, but overall I feel like I know enough to say that I know how to use it.
  • Do some research. A little bit, but I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped.
  • Journal every day. Not quite. I missed about 8 days over the month.

Blogging goals

  • Update 5 posts. No. I did get 2 done but those needed quite a bit of work.
  • Work on February’s and March’s posts. Another one that I didn’t get quite done.
  • Create new pin images. I did really well with this. I adjusted some of my templates and it made the entire process so much easier. I lost track of how many I made but it was quite a few.
  • Take a blogging course. Yes. I knocked out several, which proved to be really helpful.
  • Update my ‘About me’ page. Yes! After saying I would do this for the last several months I finally did it!

March 2020 goals

After struggling quite a bit in February, I have decided to cut back quite a bit in March. I don’t want to keep pushing myself and completely burn out. There’s still so much of 2020 left that there is no reason to try to get everything done right away.

Life goals

  • Read at least 6 books. I’ve dropped the number a bit but I feel confident that I can get 6 books read this month.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. An ongoing goal of mine is to get through a pretty decent sized to-watch list. This is by far the easiest goal to keep up with and is pretty enjoyable too.
  • Spend 30 minutes learning Japanese every day. I’ve cut back the time to 30 minutes instead of an hour this month. This feels like a good amount to do daily so I don’t lose my progress.
  • Work out every day. This is something I have been enjoying doing, at least most days, so I want to keep it up.
  • Start spring cleaning. Spring is just around the corner, at least in some areas. That means spring cleaning. A part of the March Use It Up Challenge is getting through those cleaning supplies.

Writing goals

  • Work on my novel project. I’ve been steadily getting some work done on this novel and I want to continue to do that. If I can get 1-2 chapters editing or written I will be happy.

Blogging goals

  • Update 5 posts. A never-ending blog task but the more I get done the better off I am.
  • Work on March’s posts. I had hoped to have these posts already done but that didn’t happen, so I will work on them over the course of the month.
  • Create new pin images. With the new templates, I should be able to knock out a bunch of these over the month.

Those are my March 2020 goals. Have you made some goals for the month?

20 Comments

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    Nice goals, very similar to mine! Although I always seem to set higher blogging goals than I can achieve. And nice to meet another anime fan! My tween daughter and I watch it and she reads about 10 manga a week.

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      Thank you. I have been guilty of setting pretty lofty blogging goals in the past but I have learned to cut it back into more reasonable ones. Always nice to mean another anime fan. That’s awesome that your daughter reads so much manga, I read a ton of it too. They are the books that I read as fast as I buy them, so I constantly getting more and more.

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      I’m glad I could inspire you. Setting monthly goals has really helped me to focus on getting things done.

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    Nice goals! I need to make one of these to keep myself accountable. However, most of the time my goals are way over and beyond what one can possibly do but I try and then carry it over to the next month if needed. Off to make my list!

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      Thank you. I used to set an overwhelming number of goals in a month and roll them over into the next as well. But I found after a while that started to make me feel terrible because I wasn’t actually getting things done, just shifting them to later, so I learned to pair them down and stick to a certain number every month. Good luck with your goals!

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    You have been busy! I haven’t regularly watched a show of my own in almost a year! I just don’t want to stay up later to do it. I need to get ahead on my posts. I have several started, but out of sequence. So I’m always almost ready for a week or two from now but I’m scrambling the day before I post! And then there’s when I change my mind!

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      I try to get my show watching in during the day if possible. I’ll watch an episode while I eat lunch of fold laundry. Good luck getting ahead on posts, it’s something I struggle with for a long time and still do every now and then.

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    I love that you are honest about how you did last month!

    Looking forward to seeing how you do in March!

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      Thank you. I think it’s important to share failures as much as we do successes.

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    I used to work out 5 days a week for about one hour a session (half yoga and half cardio)–it became a bit more stressful to get it all in each day. I decided to try 4-5 days a week with just one workout (30ish mins or more), alternating between yoga and cardio. Once the weather is nicer, longer hikes will certainly help that goal. I am struggling to read more this month, too. I’ve had a cold so bed happens instead of reading. Hoping that changes next week. Good luck with your March goals!

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      I have tried to do yoga a number of times but just can’t get into it. I am looking forward to getting out more for walks as the weather turns nicer. Hope you feel better soon, having a cold is no fun.

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    You’ve got some great goals and I’m sure you’re going to knock a good chunk of them out of the park! You’ve inspired me to add a few items to my own list…

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      Thank you. I’m glad I could inspire you to make your own goals list. Good luck with your goals!

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    These sound like great goals for you to work on and achieve this March! Good luck with achieving them! Have a lovely Spring 🌸x

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      Thank you. I think I will get these done without issue.

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    Nice goals! I thoroughly enjoy goal-setting posts so thanks for sharing. It seems like you read quite a bit too. Although I used to routinely post my goals monthly, I stopped and now post annual goals. But I still do keep monthly goals written down in my personal notes. Good luck.

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      Thank you. I do read a lot, it’s one of my favorite ways to spend my free time. That’s good that you are still writing them down.

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    It sounds like we had a really similar experience with setting too many goals in February, and setting less in March as a result! You did really well with your February goals though – I’m impressed with how much you managed to achieve in a month! Good luck in March!

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      Overeachign on goals can happen but at least we cut back so as to not continue to overwhelm ourselves. Thank you. Good luck with your goals as well.

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