May 2020 goals and April review

It’s hard to believe that May is already here. Despite everything that is going on in the world, the last few months have flown by and we are steadily approaching the middle of the year. However, unlike March, April was a solid month. Sure, there is still plenty of uncertainty in the air and some of us are still adjusting, but for me, everything fell into a rhythm. The arrival of a new month means it’s time to reassess my goals and tailor them to my needs. Before we get into my May 2020 goals, let’s take a moment to look over how I did with my April goals.

April goals review

April was a pretty good month. It was also incredibly busy. I honestly hadn’t expected to be busting my butt every day as I did, but it completely paid off in the end and I accomplished so much!

Life goals

  • Read at least 5 books. Yes! Check out what I read in April.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. Yes. I watched 1 season of Wartime Farm. On top of this, I watched 5 episodes of Somali and The Forest Spirit, 9 episodes of Science Fell In Love, So I Tried To Prove It, 2 episodes of Ascendence of A Bookworm, and 1 episode of Fruits Basket.
  • Spend 30 minutes learning Japanese every day. This second month of reviewing my previous lessons was just what I needed. It helped to reinforce those words and phrases.
  • Work out every day. Almost. I did hurt my foot near the end of the month, so I had to take a few days off to allow it to recover.
  • Finish spring cleaning. The house is done! It feels good to have it over with. There is still some organizing to do, but the cleaning aspect is done. The only area I didn’t get to was the shed, but that requires nicer weather.
  • Plant the garden. Yes! I planted a ton of seeds during the month. Lots of herbs, some flowers, and potatoes. Some of these have already sprouted while others are still happily tucked into the soil awaiting their moment in the sun.
  • Try a new recipe. Not only did I try a new recipe, I actually created one! Hot dog hash was a hit and will be a dish we make regularly in the future.
  • Expand my gardening knowledge. This is where my of my time was spent. I lost track of how many videos I watched and articles I read on the subjects of gardening, permaculture and homesteading. I also took two small permaculture courses and learned a ton.

Writing goals

  • Work on my Camp NaNoWriMo project. This was such a strange writing month, but I did get my Camp NaNoWriMo writing done.

Blogging goals

  • Update 5 posts. I only managed to update 2 posts, but I am happy with that.
  • Work on April’s posts. I did a terrible job of this, writing up posts the night before I posted them.
  • Create new pin images. It was a struggle some days, but I did get enough done to call it a success.

May 2020 goals

I have decided to majorly cut back on my goals this month. Why? Because there are a couple of areas I really need to focus most of my time on and if I set my usual number of goals, that may not happen. This doesn’t mean I will be ignoring those other tasks, I simply want to put my focus into a few things and tackle the rest at a leisure pace.

Life goals

  • Read at least 5 books. I still want to set aside my daily reading time, so I’m thinking 5 books is a good number to aim for.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. Though I will be busy this month, I need to make sure I set time aside for some fun and that’s where this goal comes in. Plus there are so many shows I want to watch!
  • Spend 30 minutes learning Japanese every day. I initially wasn’t going to include this one. Then I reminded myself that this is one of those goals that needs my attention every month because if I don’t keep up with it I will lose all of the progress I have made.
  • Work out every day. I think all of the work I have planned for in the garden will get this done no problem.

Gardening goals

  • Work on the garden. I have a ton of work that needs to get done before I can plant the main garden. Two raised beds need to be emptied out and fixed. The horseradish needs to be removed. The soil needs amending. This is where I will be putting most of my time and effort into this month.
  • Expand my gardening knowledge. There is still so much I want to learn about gardening, so I will be setting aside plenty of time to continue with this. I already have a bunch of articles picked out that I want to read and another permaculture course to start on.

Blogging goals

  • Work on May’s posts. I really don’t want to fall behind again, so I am going to schedule some time to work on these posts.

Those are my May 2020 goals. While they are few in number I know I will be busy every day getting these done. What goals have you set for the month?

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    These are all great goals for May and wow! learning Japanese sounds like so much fun! I have tried learning a language a few times but have found that after a few weeks I don’t do it as often and then loose everything I learn!

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      Thank you. Learning Japanese is fun but can be a bit challenging. Ah yes, it can be so easy to fall out of the habit of learning and then forget it all.

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    I do enjoy reading how you did on your goals. You are so very ralistic – setting high standards, working toward them, but not beating yourself up if you don’t quite make them all. Good for you for continuing the Japanese, because that requires such consistency.

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      Thank you. I have realized that if I get mad at myself for not hitting a goal then I likely won’t try it again in the future, so if I don’t accomplish it one month then I try again in the next one until it gets done. Consistency is definitely important when learning a new language or skill.

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    This are all great goals and it’s good that you’ve cut back so as to not overwhelm yourself. I think learning Japanese sounds like fun!

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      Thank you. It is important to cut back on goals at times. Japanese is pretty fun to learn but can be a bit challenging.

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    It’s good that you’ve reassessed your list to make it more manageable, although I still think you did pretty well last month! Good luck completing everything. My goals this month are pretty simple, updating some older posts, remove my broken links and general admin x

    Sophie

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      Thank you. I think it’s important to regularly reassess goals and adjust them to your needs, otherwise, you might overwhelm yourself and give up on them. Those are great goals, as they are tasks that need to be done regularly anyway.

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    I’m impressed at how many goals you set each month! I just planted seeds in my square foot garden, so I will be learning about raised gardening as I go. I also just bought some plumeria seeds, which is a new endeavor as well. I have two small trees but never tried to grow them from seed before. I’m trying to learn as much about SEO as I can to grow organic traffic on my blog, as well as be more present on social media. Good luck with all your goals!

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      Thanks. I try to give myself lots of to in a month so I’m not sitting around bored. Oh, I have been considering trying the square foot gardening method for a while now to see if it’s more effective than my usual planting style. I hope you have success in growing the plumeria. Good luck with the SEO, it’s a good thing to learn.

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    Sounds like you had a very productive month! I’m always inspired by people who can manage their time so much better than I can. Leaning Japanese Donna like an exciting challenge. I hope May works out to be just as productive for you.

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      Thank you, it was a pretty good month. Trust me, I wasn’t always this good with my time. Learning Japanese is challenging but I am really enjoying it.

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    I am worn out reading all your goals you certainly did well. Like you I have suddenly become interested in anything to do with gardening from tv programmes to online learning but unlike you I haven’t learnt a new language – that is fantastic. It’s so great to set goals and achieve many of them. Gives a real sense of purpose. I wonder what you have in store for June 🤔

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      It was a pretty busy month, haha. That’s great that you are also learning more about gardening. It’s such a great skill to have and there is always something new to learn about it. Thanks, learning a new language is something I hadn’t expected to do but I am really enjoying it. It is great to achieve so much of what I set out to do.

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