monthly-bucket-list-October-2016

At the start of each month I like to set myself a list of goals for the coming weeks, a monthly bucket list if you will. I have found that it really helps to keep me on track and by publishing it on the blog there is an element of accountability that gives me the proverbial kick up the butt needed. I got the idea from the lovely Beth at twinderlemo.co.uk who hosts a linky for this purpose each month and I have found it invaluable. I like to keep a mix of blog/family/life/home goals to keep life balanced. Each month I will quickly recap how I got on with the previous months goals before listing the goals for the month ahead.

September Round-Up

Family

  • Take the kids to Preston Park and Butterfly World. Done, you can read about it here.
  • Start taking L to toddler group sessions again. Done, we started two weeks ago and she’s loving it.
  • Organise a night away for the hubby and me for October. Done, but I’ve booked two nights instead of one, so excited!

Home

  • Have a toy clear-out. Done
  • Paint the patio doors and outside kitchen windowsill. Oops, the paint arrived today so it will get done soon
  • Tidy up my wardrobe. Done

Blog

  • Figure out Facebook and start posting. Sort of. I set up my page and posted a couple of times but I’m always so worried about something going out as my personal profile by mistake (there are people on there who I don’t want commenting on my blog if you know what I mean), so I think I’m going to skip Facebook for now.
  • Tidy up Pinterest and add my posts. Nope, must do this.
  • Work out a blogging schedule. Not quite. I wrote a post (here) about wanting to take a slight step back while hubby is at home (he works away 10 weeks at a time) which I have done, but I have a few scheduling ideas I’m working on.

Me

  • Start exercising. You’re not going to believe this but, yes! I’ve enlisted the hubby as a personal trainer while he’s home so got started a week ago.
  • Read at least one book. Not quite, but I have read half of two books, does that count?
  • Try to get at least some crochet done. Nope, this blanket is never going to get finished. Maybe by winter 2017?

October Goals

As I mentioned, I am taking a slight step back while hubby is home (read When You Need to Take a Step Back) so this month’s goals won’t be quite as long.

Family

  • Do something together as a family every weekend.
  • Two night’s away with the hubby!!!!

Home

  • Finally paint patio doors and outside kitchen windowsill.

Blog

  • Start posting to Pinterest.
  • Start posting to StumbleUpon
  • Continue working on a blog schedule. I have an idea for a regular Monday series which I’m excited about.

Me

  • Keep up the exercise.
  • Lose enough weight to justify buying some new jeans.

How about you? How did you get on in September? Did you achieve all you set out to? What are your plans for October?

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49 thoughts on “Monthly Bucket List – October 2016

  1. A great idea! I shall start doing this! #PicknMix
    Rachel George, Ordinary Hopes recently posted…Small amount of money?My Profile

    Posted on 1 October, 2016 at 10:20 pm
    1. Thanks, it really has helped me x

      Posted on 1 October, 2016 at 10:41 pm
  2. Love your list – good luck for the month xx
    #monthlybucketlist
    Rachel Bustin recently posted…My Sunday Photo – A Sunny Autumn DayMy Profile

    Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 2:40 pm
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 3:12 pm
  3. This is such a good idea! I can completely understand why you’ve found it so helpful. Think maybe I should give it a try because I’m hugely disorganised, and blogging a check list is going to be harder to ignore!

    Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 5:30 pm
    1. Accountability definitely works for me. Let me know if you give it a go x

      Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 7:32 pm
  4. I think this is a really nice idea, to set “bucket lists” for the month. Maybe I will try this as well to see if I can get more organized 🙂
    #KCACOLS
    Gabriela Green recently posted…Autumn Teas I LoveMy Profile

    Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 8:00 pm
    1. It’s definitely helped me, let me know if you decide to give it a go x

      Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 8:10 pm
  5. It’s a great idea have a list of goals to work to. I have such little time I’m always running around like a headless chicken. I think it’s a great idea to write them down and tick them off as it gives you a sense of achievement too. Good luck with them! Torxx #PicnMix

    Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 8:54 pm
    1. Thank you, I’m exactly the same and if I don’t write it down not only will it not get done I’ll completely forget all about it x

      Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 8:59 pm
  6. I need to write a list of things to do, I always get to the end of the month and realise I have forgotten to do so much! Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 9:37 pm
    1. Me too, even with a list 😁

      Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 9:53 pm
  7. You did very well last month! Two halves of a book definitely make one whole 😉 Good luck for this month #kcacols

    Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 9:55 pm
    1. He he, thank you x

      Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 11:21 pm
  8. Wow sounds like you’ve had a really busy month! I wish i was this organised! Well done you! #PicknMix

    Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 10:18 pm
    1. Thank you, I’m actually the most unorganised person I know so you’ve no idea how big a compliment that is! X

      Posted on 2 October, 2016 at 11:24 pm
  9. Hi, this is such a great idea! I haven’t hit a list….yet! Your post might just be kick up the backside that I needed to get one going! At the moment I have a brain crammed with things I need to do and a calendar which doesn’t quite sync with it. I like your thoughts about stepping back a little while hubby is home, blogging is soooo time consuming isn’t it.
    Mainy
    #KCACOLS
    #thelist
    Mainy – myrealfairy recently posted…10 Amazing Facts – you never knew you didn’t know!My Profile

    Posted on 3 October, 2016 at 7:04 am
    1. I know that feeling well. I find it best to write everything down then pick the top three things and use them as your goal for the month. If you get them done early you can always add three more from your list later. I have to have mix of blog/family etc though or I get too bogged down in one area and the others suffer. If you do manage a list let me know x

      Posted on 3 October, 2016 at 7:43 am
  10. I absolutely need to so something like this to keep me on track. I really need to start working on different things for the blog doing this might give me the push I need!
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.
    Tracey Bowden recently posted…Olivia’s Corner 1st Competition!My Profile

    Posted on 3 October, 2016 at 4:35 pm
    1. I can definitely recommend it, especially publicly then the accountability factor keeps you on track. Let me know if you give it a go x

      Posted on 3 October, 2016 at 6:20 pm
  11. Sounds like a good bucket list to me! I should maybe do one of these to prove to myself that I do actually do a lot even though I feel like I don’t! Sometimes you need it all written down in front of you to make you realise how busy you are and an accomplishment to how much we actually get done! #picknmix
    Jade – Raw Childhood recently posted…15 facts about child developmentMy Profile

    Posted on 3 October, 2016 at 9:34 pm
    1. You’re so right. I always feel like I’ve accomplished nothing but then when I got back through and start ticking things off it gives me a boost of confidence for the month ahead x

      Posted on 3 October, 2016 at 9:44 pm
  12. It’s great when you can share in an activity together. Good luck with the blog. #monthlybucketlist
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    Posted on 4 October, 2016 at 6:38 pm
    1. It really is. Thank you x

      Posted on 4 October, 2016 at 7:06 pm
  13. Wow you got loads done last month! Here’s to a brilliant October 🙂

    Stevie x #MonthlyBucketList
    A Cornish Mum recently posted…Monthly Bucket List – October 2016My Profile

    Posted on 4 October, 2016 at 9:42 pm
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 5 October, 2016 at 6:58 am
    2. and thank you for linking up to #PicknMix 😉

      Stevie x
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      Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 10:19 pm
  14. Oh wow, I’ve never thought of doing a monthly bucket list! But, what a neat way to hold yourself accountable, as well as remembering the things you need to get done. I need to get a lot of work done outside and around the house before it gets too cold! Buying some new jeans could totally make its way into my list as well, haha. Thanks for sharing! <3 #KCACOLS

    Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 8:17 am
    1. Thank you, it’s working for me so far. Hope you get those jeans x

      Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 9:28 am
  15. Oh you have done really well, ticking all that off. Love reading about people’s goals. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
    You Baby Me Mummy recently posted…The Pro Blogger Diary #5My Profile

    Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 11:42 am
    1. Thank you, fingers crossed for this month x

      Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 12:53 pm
  16. Looks like you achieved a lot of your goals. Good luck for September and enjoy your 2 nights away! Thanks for linking to #PickNMix
    Eilidh
    Mummy and Monkeys recently posted…Lifestyle changesMy Profile

    Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 12:24 pm
    1. Thank you, so excited about some time away! x

      Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 12:53 pm
  17. Sounds you have lots planned. Great list 🙂 x #KCACOLS

    Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 6:06 pm
    1. Thank you, hopefully I’ll get through it all x

      Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 6:31 pm
  18. i love this idea and I’d never really thought about making it accountable on the blog before. I think i might have a go at a seasonal one. I found I write my lists and tick things off so thats good isn’t it… Goes to look at this linky… Thanks for linking up to #familyfun.
    Karen : TwoTinyHands recently posted…Wearing my Baby – My StoryMy Profile

    Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 9:22 pm
    1. I like the idea of a seasonal one, sounds fun. Let me know if you decide to join the monthly linky x

      Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 10:13 pm
  19. Hey. It’s a good idea having a monthly bucket list. I might start doing this as well 😉
    I love that you put “reading a book” on the list. A try and read at least half an hour everyday now. And succeed. Hey, two halfs could mean one whole book.
    Keep up the good work with the blog.
    Best

    Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 10:34 pm
    1. Thank you, I try to keep a good balance of goals. I used to read two books a week but just never seem to find the time these days and really miss it, adding it to the list makes it much more likely I’ll make the time somehow. Let me know if you decide to write your own list x

      Posted on 6 October, 2016 at 10:48 pm
  20. Ah this is a great idea I should definitely do this. I wonder if it would make me actually get things done. Enjoy two nights away – that will be lovely!! I’m a tad jealous. You’ve also reminded me I need to get my Pinterest game face on too. Hmm perhaps when we’re back from holiday. Thanks for sharing this at #familyfun xx
    Tammymum recently posted…#FamilyFun week 5My Profile

    Posted on 7 October, 2016 at 7:51 am
    1. Thank you. Yes I’m very excited about my days away, and it’s only next week!!! Enjoy the rest of your holiday x

      Posted on 7 October, 2016 at 9:31 am
  21. Wow – you overachieved booking the 2 nights instead of 1!! Sounds like lots of good stuff has been done. #FamilyFun. x
    Mindful Mummy Mission recently posted…Feeling Grateful for…some Great Days out this SummerMy Profile

    Posted on 7 October, 2016 at 1:39 pm
    1. Thank you, it’s been a good month x
      Sorry for the late reply, I’ve only just discovered that my spam filter had gone a bit haywire.

      Posted on 19 October, 2016 at 8:46 pm
  22. Well done! There was a lot on there! Ps my Pinterest will be waiting for a long time… #kcacols
    Rainbowsaretoobeautiful recently posted…She’s not been swallowed by a troll after allMy Profile

    Posted on 7 October, 2016 at 7:32 pm
    1. Thank you, mine might be yet too at this rate x

      Posted on 7 October, 2016 at 7:33 pm
  23. I love this – you’ve done really well with all your September goals and some really good ones for the next month too. It’s great to keep them realistic 🙂 I find Facebook a hard one to crack but trying to post more consistently too. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam xx
    Bridie By The Sea recently posted…Was It The Perfect Murder?My Profile

    Posted on 8 October, 2016 at 11:10 pm
    1. Thank you, it can be so easy to set yourself up for failure with over ambitious goals. I try to keep a nice mix that covers all areas of my life to keep things balanced and in perspective but still move me forward toward my longer term goals x

      Posted on 9 October, 2016 at 8:46 am
  24. September flew by, before you know it it’ll be Christmas. You’ve got some great goals, I look forward to seeing how you get on.
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo
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    Posted on 13 October, 2016 at 2:19 pm
    1. It really did didn’t it? Thank you for stopping by x

      Posted on 13 October, 2016 at 2:28 pm