April Goals 2020 | Monthly Goals

How’s everyone coping with the lockdown/stay at home orders?  Not much has changed for me as I work from home anyways, and am pretty much a home bird so I’m lucky that it’s not such a big shock to the system.

I have a nice chunky list of to-dos that am planning to get done (as well as) these goals, now I have more time since there’s a lot less errand-running and family commitments to do.  I also plan on really diving into more writing!

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Let’s do this!!

Okay, let’s start with the usual recap of last month’s goals and how I did.

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Last Month’s Goals

01 – Write 28,300 Words – DONE – yes!!  I completed the 85K challenge!!  I am so chuffed with myself and it really helped get me back into the swing of writing that I had fallen out of.

02 – Update 40 blog posts – DONE – again I managed more than this, around 50.

03 – Fix Google Console – DONE was a quick fix but I do need to keep an eye on my console.

04 – Read 2 Books – DONE*laughs* 2 books… I actually managed to read 10.

05 – Go on a Date – DONE at the very beginning of  March we did get to the cinema, comedy show to see Rhod Gilbert and to a restaurant… before the Coronavirus went crazy and social distancing/lockdown became a thing.  

06 – Get Ready for Taxes – DONE – Managed to get all my paperwork organised, filed and printed ready for doing my self-assessment. 

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This Month’s Goals

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01 – Write 10,000 words

So this may seem strange that I’ve been able to write over 20,000 words recently.  However, now that the writing part of the 85K 90 Day Writing Challenge is over, I have a lot written and I need to get it organised, into its place and check for plot holes.

But I do still want to try writing almost every day… So I’m aiming for around 500 words every (week) day as a minimum.

02 – Finish the second edit of Dark Hart

Now that my partner is working from home and has a little more time, I’m going to try and get him to finish edits on this manuscript, as he’s my Alpha Reader, and then I’ll go through again for a second edit before it goes out to my beta reader.


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03 – Update 30 Blog Posts

I’m so close to getting all my blog posts updates the way I want… kinda… but I have a lot to get done this month so I need to keep this manageable.


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04 – Read 5 Book

I’ve managed to really hit my stride with reading so I am upping my minimum for this month to 5.  March could have been a fluke so I don’t want to assume I can read 10 books again.

05 – Go through ALL data discs

Before the days of pen-drives and cloud backups, we used to use CD-R/RW for storing data.  Well, I STILL have many of these old discs.

I need to go through, make sure the (relevant) data is stored in a better place, remove data or corrupt and then pack them for recycling.


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06 – Do Self Assessment (Taxes)

I’m hoping this shouldn’t be a problem because I already got all my paperwork ready, but I DO hate the online system HMRC has for completing your self-assessment.

Also, there’s a possibility that the system might be overwhelmed due to all the support HMRC is apparently offering self-employed people.


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07 – Sort April Episodes

If you follow this blog or my newsletter, you’ll know Rachel Poli and I started a podcast recently.  Our intro trailer and first episode are already available to listen to.

Since we record in advance and have already recorded episode three and four, we need to plan and record all other episodes for the month of April.

We might be a little rough around the edges with our podcast, but we’re happy with that as we are having fun learning and adapting with every episode and since this is so far outside our comfort zone I am really proud of us for doing it at all! 🙂


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Happy writing & stay safe

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8 thoughts on “April Goals 2020 | Monthly Goals

  1. Glad you were able to complete all of March’s goals. Good luck with April’s goals.

    Other than a few adjustments and extra worries caused by the virus situation, little has changed for me either. Like you, I work from home and don’t go out much anyhow.

  2. Maybe self-isolation is giving us all the time in the world to nail those goals! I have never seen you yet accomplish everything on your list, to here is to putting checks next to your new list this month. 😉

  3. Great podcast. Your voice is very relaxing to listen to ( but if you get really super excited about something I have a better chance of understanding Gaelic.)

    1. Thanks Andrew. I got about 1/4 through your book then misplaced it and 3 others when we relocated two rooms.

      Thankfully I found those books again 2 weeks ago and they are back in rotation. 😀

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