2020 Goals Update & New Goals for 2021!

In June, I did a 2020 goals update, but since then, things have changed quite a bit. Let’s take a look at how I did with my reading, blogging, and personal goals.

My goals have definitely changed since January, and my goal-setting plan is a little bit different for next year as well, so be sure to read to the end to see some of my updates!

2020 Goals


Mindfulness: This was the pillar I was probably most intentional about because my word of the year was “present.” I wanted to focus more on the current moment and stop worrying about the future/past so much!

  • meditate more frequently ✅
  • set to-do lists the night before ✅
  • limit screen time ✅

Health/Fitness: I definitely started working out more, I eat much less sugar, and I drink a lot of water every single day (I didn’t track if it was 64 oz though, so I didn’t give myself a full check).

  • eat less processed sugar ✅❌
  • workout 3-5 days per week (at least 15 times per month) ✅
  • drink 64 oz of water per day ✅❌

Finances: I added a lot more to my savings account than I anticipated, but it was very sporadic. My $10 a week system was working at first, but once I got an actual job, I put more money towards it monthly instead of weekly.

  • attempt a “low buy year” ❌
  • add $5-10 per week into savings account ❌
  • pay off credit card ✅


  • join a new club ✅
  • start thesis research ✅
  • land a summer internship or job (slightly school-related) ✅


  • write more frequently ✅
  • watch all movies on AFI’s Best 100 Movies list ❌
  • learn to bake/cook better ✅


  • Post at least once a week (but aim for 2) ✅
  • write one book review per month ✅
  • utilize Pinterest more ❌
  • hit 1000 followers ✅


  • Read 52 books ✅
  • Read 1 ARC a month ✅
  • Read 1 e-book a month ✅
  • Get owned TBR under 50 books ❌ (I got it down from 99 to 60, so I’m pretty happy with this considering I added a ton of books to this list throughout the year, too)
  • Buy under 10 books ❌ (we’re not going to talk about this one)

2021 Goals

I’m not goals as specific as the ones I did for 2020. I found it exhausting to keep track of numbers and pay attention to these things that don’t really matter to me? Who cares if I read one ARC a month or not? I don’t! It just honestly felt so constraining. Even with my blogging goals, I set myself a schedule of posting 2 blog posts per week (which I did!), but some of my content felt rushed or not as valuable simply because I didn’t always have time to write them.

This year, my goals might not seem very specific, but that’s because I didn’t want to feel as much pressure. I’m going with the flow. Plus, I set quarterly goals for myself, too, so I want to use those for smaller, more specific goals to help me achieve these larger goals!

I divided them up into similar categories to last year’s, but I eliminated/merged a few of them.

Also, my word of the year is balance. I’m someone who tends to do a lot of work, especially when it comes to school, and I don’t leave a lot of time for anything else. I want to introduce balance into my life this year & make better use of my time so that my life feels full and well rounded!

Health & Fitness

✨ Get into a consistent healthy lifestyle that is realistic

✨ Enjoy all of your workouts, even if they’re hard

School & Career

✨ Land another internship

✨ Graduate with honors

✨ Figure out post-grad plans

Personal Growth

✨ Learn more yoga poses

✨ Read 52 books, but slow down with them

✨ Take a class to learn something new


✨ Be proud of every post you share

✨ Finish first draft of novel


✨ Watch 24 movies

✨Save at least $5k

✨Do more things outside of your comfort zone

So, some changes in 2021- I will be going back to one post per week. But, I also have a fun new project I’m launching in the new year, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I would love to hear what some of your goals are for the new year! Feel free to share them in the comments :)

29 thoughts on “2020 Goals Update & New Goals for 2021!

  1. My goal for 2020 is make more content I’m proud of. I posted SO much, but like you I felt like it wasn’t my best and I wrote it just to get it done and out there. So, I want to make sure to write reviews and posts I’m proud of all year long.

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  2. Jessica this is awesome! I honestly can’t remember what my 2020 goal was 😂 seems like that was a long time ago, but I’m doing a lot of figuring out post-grad stuff as well right now! I graduate in May and am sending you lots of positive vibes on that front :)

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  3. You did an amazing job with your goals! Be proud of yourself for accomplishing what you did. Plus, I totally agree with the whole trying to set a blogging schedule, but feeling like your posts feel rushed.

    Can’t wait to see what happens in 2021. You’ve got this!

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  4. I understand changing goals during the year—its why I don’t keep a ton of annual goals! Things change. I did have a few 2020 goals though and I didn’t do great because of the pandemic and also because of changing priorities. For 2021 I’m planning on keeping monthly goals.

    Your 2021 goals sound great! Not focusing on numbers will definitely help in those. All the best for them!

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    1. Thank you so much! I usually set yearly goals because it gives me something broader to work towards, but then I also create quarterly goals that are much more manageable! Good luck with all of your monthly goals for the year!


  5. You’ve done so amazingly with your goals in 2020 and I hope that 2021 is just as good! This has reminded me to look back on my own 2020 goals because I always set them but forget to actually look at them throughout the year oops. Definitely something to remember with my 2021 goals haha.

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  6. Ah, love you, Jess!! Even if you didn’t complete all your goals, you’re still amazing and doing amazing <3<3 but best of luck with 2021. Also not really wanting to set so many, I just wanna go with the flow this year *nervous laughter*. I also need to learn balance, which I really struggled with in 2020 and didn't manage to do anything consistently. So WE CAN DO IT. Sending all the love xoxoxo

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