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I wanted to change my approach to setting goals. So for 2017 I decided to set myself monthly goals instead of a New Year Resolution. I mean how can we expect our life to improve if we don’t change what we’re currently doing. I believe that each goal I set will be a step towards the next. Giving me a sense of achievement throughout the year. In this post I will capture how I got on with my January goals and share with you my goals for February.
Why am I setting monthly goals and why am I sharing them with you?
- I believe setting goals will help me stay motivated.
- I hope by sharing my goals I will inspire you to set your own!
My January goals were broken down into four categories:
- Self development
- Health & fitness
Grow social media.
- Reach 50 email subscribers: Reached 46
- Have 250 Twitter followers: Reached 296
- Reach 250 Instagram followers: Reached 334
- Have 250 Pinterest followers: Reached 370
- Do one guest post: Complete
I’m so happy to tell you that I achieved my guest post goal! I contacted the Wonder Forest who was happy to feature one of my non published articles on their blog. In fact, I will now be submitting a monthly guest post to the Wonder Forest! You can read my January guest post here.
I didn’t reach my target of 50 email subscribers but that’s okay! I wont be too hard on myself. Note to self: Create a strategy to grow email list.
Read two books.
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: (And other concerns)*, by Mindy Kaling: This book is absolutely brilliant. It honestly made me laugh out loud. It’s a quick, cheerful and happy read which I would highly recommend.
- Pretty Happy: The Healthy Way to Love Your Body*, by Kate Hudson: Another great read! I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of interaction the reader has with this book. Kate includes lots of questions, exercises and quizzes to reach the readers on a deeper level.
- To take this goal a step further, I also read, Looking Good Dead (Roy Grace)*, by Peter James. An incredible book, one you just can’t put down. It’s far from the self development genre, as you probably know it’s a crime series about Superintendent Roy Grace. Although isn’t all reading part of self development? Or maybe this should come under the fun category.
Health & Fitness
Train for a 10k run. I set myself a training routine which consisted of:
- Two 5k runs during the week
- One 7k run at the weekend
- Two gym sessions during the week
I happily followed my routine, taking myself to the gym and for runs as planned. Equalling a successful goal. Oh and I completed my 10k run, yay! However, my diet wasn’t very healthy this month. I think if I had eaten healthier then my training would have improved, this can be a goal for February.
As I mentioned in my January goals post, my mum makes the best trifles and I would love to learn her recipe!
- Learn how to make a trifle
On the first Saturday of the month we had a family gathering and I decided to use this as an opportunity to demonstrate my trifle making skills. The trifle was demolished super fast, making this goal a success. However, there’s always room for improvement!
Now onto my February goals. I’m going to use the same categories I used last month but of course with new and exciting challenges!
Currently I post 1 article per week. I’m curious to see how much my blog traffic would grow if I was to post 2 articles per week. I know that this will be difficult as I want all of my articles to be epic but I’m up for the challenge!
- Post two articles per week, on Wednesday and Sunday.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. That’s why my self development goal for February is to read:
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever*, by Marie Kondo: This book has been recommended to me by a friend. Who even wants to read it again, so it must be good!
Health & Fitness
I’m happy with the fitness goals I set for January but I think I could improve my diet. So my February goals are:
- Cut out unhealthy snacks during working hours.
- Drink a minimum of two litres of water a day
- Two 5k runs per week
- Two gym sessions per week
Like most people, when I’m on holiday I love to take loads of photos! But what happens to those photos when I return home? They tend to stay put on my phone, on my camera or on my laptop. What I would really love is organise all of those memories into photo albums. I wont be doing this the old school way. Instead I’ll use a company such as Vistaprint and design my photo album online!
- Create a photo album – California Road Trip, Summer 2016
If it doesn’t challenge you it wont change you. Would you like to take part in my challenge and set yourself monthly goals? Leave a reply, I would love to hear from you.