January Goals 2020 | Monthly Goals

So let’s kick off January with some goals!  I’ve decided 2020, is going to be a good year.

Mainly because the last 3 years, haven’t been too great and I’m getting a little pissed off about getting slapped in the face with bad year after bad year.

So, no more bad years.  I have decided!!  2020 is the year of DOING!

I’m going to be doing my goals a little differently… instead of crowbarring in as many as possible, I’m sticking with just ONE goal per category.  That’s right, just one! 


How will I cope with fewer goals? Probably like this.


Last Month’s Goals

01 – Plan 85K writing challenge schedule – DONE

02 – Update several Blog posts – DONE

03 – Read 1 book – DONE

04 – Go through all artwork & purge – PARTIALLY DONE – dammit!  I still didn’t get through all my art.  But I am happy I managed to get through a lot of it.

05 – Sort all stock – NOT DONE – *laughs* I was suddenly inundated with orders and have not had the free time to go through this.  So I failed this goal, but I’m happy to fail if it meant I was busy with orders.

December usually has fewer goals as it’s my busiest time of the year since.  I was also ill throughout November and early December so I’ve been running on a half-tank.  So I’m not too bummed about not hitting my goals.


This Month’s Goals

Writing Header. Image: Pen with scrunched up paper

01 – Write 28,000 words

You may be looking at this and going “OMG, Ari!!  What the hell??”  Don’t worry, I do know what I’m doing.  *mad cackle*

Since I’m doing the 85K Writing Challenge this is just a word count that will keep me mostly on track.

CURRENT WORD COUNT: 3,122 (Woohoo! on target!)


Blogging header. Image: Laptop on desk

02 – Update ALL blog posts

Instead of faffing around doing a few at a time, I’m going to block out time and force myself to actually FOCUS and complete this.

I guarantee it won’t take that long, I just get bored and distracted easily.  Hands up all who have that problem?

So by the end of the month, I want my older blog posts all to have the same layout, colour scheme and signature.  (Why?  Because I’m a sucker for consistency and branding)


Personal header. Image: Slippered feet before a fire with a hot chocolate

03 – Read 1 book

It is shocking that I can barely get through 1 book a month these days, so I need to get back into a nice routine with this.

I have already started to implement my “How I Tackle my TBR List” method.

I have even started a mini Book Club with my sister-(not yet)-in-law.  It’s just me and her who will be reading a book a month and then spending an evening at the end of the month just discussing it! 🙂


Business header. Image: chart

04 – Sort Keywords and Titles

Running an online shop is like running a blog, SEO matters!  It’s been a while since I looked at my SEO so I need to give the titles and keywords an overhaul.

I also want to do this in a more organised way than last time, so that any future overhaul will be easier to manage.  See?  I AM learning from past mistakes. 🙂


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05 – Go through all notes & checklist

I have (several) secret projects in the wings, but there is a specific one I’m currently working on.

So I need to block out some time to focus on getting through all my notes.  Then I can move onto step 2.

Don’t worry, I will (eventually) share this project.  Those on my mailing will be informed first of the project so if you want to keep updated with new things coming, make sure you’re getting my newsletter (psssst… to do that, click the banner below).

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A quick note… I am sorry for my lack of replies to your comments, emails and for not checking in on your blogs.  I returned home with a head cold have continued to get behind with everything.

I’m going to be sorting that out next week when I am back to work.  Thanks for your patience, I can’t wait to reconnect with you all!!

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    Good luck with all your goals for this month and in general for 2020! 🙂 🙂 Having a few goals that you can really commit to and achieve is better than having too many and disappointing yourself by not reaching them. I love the idea of a mini book club of just two people. I hope it’s fun, I’m not sure if I’ve ever had the experience of properly discussing a book with anyone (book club style) apart from just raving about certain books in reviews, lol

    1. You are so right. I had got into the (bad) habit of listing so many (usually when I was full of energy) and hadn’t checked what my schedule was ACTUALLY like. Now I’m being a lot more thoughtful, so hopefully it will work better.

      The book club thing came about because my sister in law and me spent like 2 hours on Xmas day going through our book wish lists and recommending so many books and it just built from there

  3. Considering you were sick going in to the month, and the holidays happened, I think you did really well with December’s goals.

    Good luck with January’s goals. I think one goal for each catagory is a good idea. Hopefully it will stop you being overwhelmed, and give you a better chance of meeting all your goals.

    1. Thanks 🙂 Yeah, I’ve tried not to be too hard on myself with December’s goals. It was crazy busy and that illness just lingered. I am feling much more optimistic with my new goal system.

  4. I bought a lot of books in the Fall, gung ho on reading after a lapse of almost 20 years (gulp) (how could I not read anything but news online)? I read two books over our Thanksgiving four-day break. Not touched a book since and now we are back to the post-holiday, everything back to normal again. It is disheartening. But yay you for getting yourself as organized as you did Ari – best in the new year/decade!

    1. I know what you mean, when I realised how few books I’d been reading it is very disheartening. The way I’m combatting it, is I am using Sunday’s as a reading day and evenings too. So far it’s worked really well. Also, creating a mini book club with just me and my sister-in-law is helping too 🙂

      I hope you get back into the reading swing.

      1. Well, I figured I’d get some reading done over the Winter and I also bought some art supplies to get back into sketching. Back in October, the “Old Farmer’s Almanac” and all our meteorologists predicted a long, snowy and cold Winter, so I decided that I’d not be walking much so bought the books. I want to start this coming weekend since we’re in for some significant snow. I used to be such an avid reader that it makes me sad I can’t get it done. That’s the way to do it Ari – I shall try that too. The weekend is better as not a workday … sometimes the end of the workday I’m a little fizzed and have WP to catch up on.

      2. Well Ari, years ago I took some charcoal and pastel sketching classes and really enjoyed them. One of the parks featured a “walk and sketch” last Summer so I signed up to do it. I thought there would be some sketching tutorials and there was not, but the five of us, just went through the woods sketching this and that and I decided to order some books from Amazon on woodland animals and simple sketching to get back into art again. We had a mild and snow-free December, so I spent a lot of time outside walking and taking photos, so I have not even touched the art books yet and I promised myself I’d get back into reading again. So far 1/2 book read – I had aspirations of “20 books in 2020” (not the Goodreads list, but my own). It was nice to immerse myself in a book again after 20 years of not doing so.

      3. Oh Ari – I bought supplies and some How-to books, plus a slew of books to read over the predicted very snowy Winter and we had a mild Winter with minimal snow, so I got more walking in and not much else. Next year or the supplies go into my Rubbermaid tote in the basement labeled “things to do when retired” – maybe then I can find the time to get things done. My poor house suffers as well. I wouldn’t mind a work break but today my boss floated the idea of a possible layoff if things stayed closed – just a few weeks. Sigh.

      4. Oh I’m so sorry to hear that “layoffs” are being bandied about. Surely that should be the very last possible option! I hope things get better hun.

      5. I hope things get better too Ari – it is across the U.S. and they hope to have a stimulus package of some sort in place in the next week to help individuals and families since they say this virus may linger into July or even August over here.

      6. We are just in lockdown, announced this week. There’s been a lot of hushed talk about how long it may last and they have said similar here – it’s expected at leat into July.

        And we all had such high hopes for 2020.

        Stay safe my friend.

      7. We gasped when July was first bandied about, but I would not be surprised in the least, going by the rising numbers of cases/deaths here every day. Yes, we did have hopes – a new decade. You stay safe too Ari.

      8. With the way things are going (eg people not even adhering to social distancing never mind lockdown) we are never going to return to normal. What IS it with people who can’t seem to understand the severity of the situation??

      9. I agree with you Ari. Here in the States, lots of high school kids go to Florida for their Spring Break. They get a week in March (it used to be for Easter but now it is is March). There were so many kids there on the beach even when warned not to, just like nothing was wrong, the police had to come and close the beach. You have to wonder. In Virginia on the weekend, people did the same thing, congregating on beaches, so the Governor was mad and put the whole state on a social-distancing lockdown until June 10th. That was pretty radical but that’s what we all need!

      10. I wish more people would truly take this pandemic seriously, we are still getting reports of people congregating, meeting up with others, having picnics…as if it’s just fine. And the number of idiots who’ve claimed they “don’t believe the pandemic exists”… o.O I mean, what the hell is that?? It’s like saying you don’t believe water exists!

      11. I am so with you on that Ari – today they said one in four Americans believe this is biomedical warfare. That surprised me – I don’t see how it is any different that SARS, Ebola, or the Pandemic in 1918. You want to stay alive, stay home – plain and simple. The fact that we are told to wash our hands and how to sneeze and cough tells me a lot about the state of the world and its occupants!

    1. I need to remember that I dont need lots of goals, just good sturdy goals. 🙂 Good luck with your reading challenge. I have reduced mine to 15 books this year. 🙂

    1. It all happened because we spent 2 hours talking books and trading book wish lists, then decided we both needed to read more and the book club grew from that. 🙂

    1. Thanks Darlene. Yes, I had to pull myself back as I was adding loads of goals again and I had to give myself a stern talking too. This seems so much more do-able 🙂

      Wishing you a wonderful 2020

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