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.
- Make the most of the weekends now that the holidays are all but over. We’ve tried, but given the bad weather and the fact at least one of us was ill every weekend we haven’t really done a great deal.
- Continue with the meal planning that we started last month. M is picking most of the meals (with a little guidance and a few suggestions) so when it comes to tea time there are no arguments about what is being served. It has made life so much simpler. Yes. This has become part our weekly routine now and it’s going brilliantly.
- Have yet another toy clear-out to make way for all the new toys the kids received at Christmas. Done
- Do some decluttering. I have signed up to The Organised Life Project being run by the lovely Naomi over at lifebynaomi.com with a different area of life being tackled each month. It looks like its going to be a great series if you want to go check it out. Big fat fail. Naomi’s course is fantastic I’m just really bad at keeping up with it, hopefully I’ll do better next month!
- Get quotes for a vestibule door and fan light. I have someone coming round later in the week.
- I have set myself a new daily schedule so that the blog doesn’t completely take over other areas of my life. That means I am going to have to become much more productive with the time I set aside and very strict with myself. This is still a work in progress but as I don’t always stick to it, but I have definitely been much more productive this month.
- Catch up on all the blog comments I received while I was taking a break. Done.
- Set up an email list. If anyone has any advice or suggestions they would be gladly received! Done, you can sign up below x
- Create one free resource for subscribers. Again, any suggestions much appreciated. Done. I have set up a freebies page and have started creating a workbook to go along with the Words To Live By post each Monday.
- Re-write my about page. Done, although I think it could maybe do with a bit more work.
- Organise my Pinterest boards. Done, although I’m still tweeking as I learn more.
- Read at least one book this month. Done, and I’m half way through another.
- Crochet 6 squares a day (186 for the month). I’m in the process of making a stormtrooper pixel blanket but it requires 625 squares and I only have 100 or so done so far, so I need to make it a daily habit if I’m ever going to finish. I haven’t quite managed the 6 every single day as it takes me about an hour and a half and finding that much free time hasn’t always been easy, so I only made 112 for the month. It’s better than nothing though and I’m certainly further along than I was. I also discovered I had done more than I thought last year so my total now stands at 258.
- Exercise (as always). Nope. Other than walking the dogs every day this another big fat fail.
- Drink more water. I am terrible and can somehow get through a whole day before realising I haven’t had a drink since breakfast. Kind of. I’m definitely drinking more than I was, but still not enough.
- Make more of an effort at weekends to actually get out and about.
- Have some nice days out during half term.
- Have a baking session with the kids.
- Get back into my cleaning rota as things have slipped a bit lately
- Get the car serviced.
- Start scheduling tweets with Buffer
- Continue working on Pinterest and join a few group boards.
- Register as self-employed now that I have a had a few media enquiries.
- Take Aby’s Blog Growth Accelerator Course
- Read another book.
- Exercise (I know, I know, you can stop laughing now)
- Continue to up my water intake.
- Crochet 6 squares a day again (168 for the month).
How about you? How did you get on in January? Did you get the year off to a good start and achieve all you set out to? What are your plans for February?