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!
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)
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
✨ 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 :)