April Goals 2022 | Monthly Goals

I’m not really sure what happened to March.  It just flew by with barely a nod and wave, if you please!  That’s not too awful, because during that month, I levelled up another year and I am always fine to ignore that milestone occurring! 

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Last Month’s Goals

Let’s look at how I got on with last month’s goals.

01 – Finish Craft Room Purge – PARTIALLY DONE (I’m okay with this, because we have changed our plan!  Rather than trying to squeeze all my stock into my craft room, some of it will be migrated into our box room.  However, the box room has overflow from our kitchen and bathroom (that has almost no storage at the moment), so that’s what I need to tackle first).

02 – Start the Couch to 5K – DONE (yes!  We started the Cto5K and it was not as awful as I remember it)

03 – Complete First Draft of The Blessed – PARTIALLY DONE (*laughs* no, I didn’t complete this… seriously, who thought I would?  I did however make a pretty decent go at it and I am happy with my progress.  If I can stick to this progress, it will be finished soon!  *happy dance*).

04 – Send out Newsletter(s) – DONE (Even got them prepared early!).

05 – Run Business Test – DONE (I’m not sure if the results were helpful or not.  I think I came to the main conclusion that what I’m doing and have been doing is still correct, but the world is just financially struggling due to all these cost-of-living / energy price hike etc crises).

06 – Complete A Coming Storm’s Outline – NOT DONE (I definitely overstretched!  I have been so focused on The Blessed, I didn’t want to go back to Storm in case I got swept up (like I do).  So I’m okay I didn’t complete this).

07 – Sort Pension – DONE (this has been on my OOT list for ages, did it in 30mins.  I have GOT to stop putting things off).

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This Month’s Goals

01  Sort Quotes For Next Stage of House

Our plans for renovating our home stumbled a lot due to the pandemic, death, illness and a rash of really awful tradesmen.  But we are going to start pushing ahead again especially with the kitchen since we have one tiny piece of workspace to do everything on and after 2 year it’s starting to get on our nerves.

02  Complete Taxes

I am really hoping to get my business taxes done super early this year, rather than cutting it close to the deadline (like usual) while I lose my shit at the horrible online system for Self-Assessment!

03  Work Consistently On The Blessed

Rather than put pressure on finishing, which apparently doesn’t work for me.  I am going to just try and stick to the consistency of working on it.  Small steps 🙂

04  Send Out Newsletters(s)

Yup this one is just staying on indefinitely.

05  Shred Business Paperwork

HMRC states we need to keep 7 years worth of business accounts.  I have about 10 years worth of business archives filling up my cupboard. So, I need to get those extra 3 years shredded.  This will then give me more space to archive the next batch of accounts.

06  Plump Up Outline for The Blessed Book 2

I have most of the plot for book two worked out but the outline is a little thin on the ground.  I have some wonderfully-chunky scene points but a few too many gaps. 

07  Read 2 Books

I’ve managed to get back into a reading frenzy.  Last month, I read 3 books in 4 days and 5 books total in the month.  Where was all that reading energy during all the monthly goals where I included reading as a goal?  Typical!  But it was nice to fall back into that habit and I am going to keep it going!

08  Sort Xmas Card Labels (OOT)

I have been organising all my outstanding OOTs over on my Trello board and I realised this one has been on my list forever!  Since I moved out of England, when I write Christmas cards I no longer have the luxury of popping them through the doors of those who lived close to me.  Now ALL the cards have to be posted.  I hate writing out addresses so I wanted prepare a label template on Word that I could add all the addresses to and just print them off closer to the time.  So, it’s going on the list!

09  Start Learning French

I know, this one is a little crazy but one of the things on my bucket list is learn another language and I did enjoy learning French at school but in one year I had 6 different teachers! o.O  And honestly, it’s hard for things to go in when they keep changing tack on you.  But I’m on Duo Lingo now and plan to do a little bit every day.

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What is one thing you want to accomplish this month?

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Happy writing & stay safe

Signature & logo of Ari Meghlen

 
 
 

17 thoughts on “April Goals 2022 | Monthly Goals

  1. (Kitty) Cat Strawberry - Meow!

    Good luck with all your goals or April. 🙂 ❤ Learning French is something I'm trying to do. I studyied French and Spanish for GCSEs and I can't remember spanish at all and only a little french, lol. I haven't tried Duo Lingo before, is it a good app? Congratulations on Couch to 5 K I haven't tried it but hate runing for exercise, I like getting on my exercise bike and doing all sorts of aerobic stuff, but running isn't something for me, I think I hate it since the school days of the cross-country run.
    As for April goals, I think I just want to be able to keep on top of things at the moment, like my blog while life stuff happens. Just been to a funeral yesterday and I managed to create blog posts to cover this week so as long as I can keep it up and be ahead a little with my blog, I'm happy. 🙂

    1. Thanks Cat, sorry for the delay. April has sprinted by!

      OMG Duolingo is awesome!! Maybe because I’m a big kid and love the bright colours and the silly characters and all the badges and gems you can earn, but I am loving it and I’ve got a continued learning streak.

      I’m only using the free app and it’s awesome. Seriously, give it a try!

      Running definitely isn’t for everyone, I used to like the exercise bike but then just got bored of being stationary. But I’m not a big fan of actual cycling, so running it is 🙂

      1. (Kitty) Cat Strawberry - Meow!

        I’ll definitely check out Duolingo then. 🙂 I’m not a fan of riding a bike outdoors either, I usually put on some music though or a DVD when I’m exercising on my indoor bike though. 🙂 Its May now I’m typing this so good luck with your May goals too ❤ 🙂

  2. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope it was a pleasant day even though you might not appreciate the ‘leveling’ all that much.

    I used to do my taxes in February and I really want to go back to doing that again instead of waiting till the end of March/beginning of April. It makes me more anxious. But then again, I did it early once and then got more paperwork and had to ‘correct’ the return which was annoying. Need to find the right balance like with everything else.

    Thanks for telling us that sorting out your pension took 30 minutes. It just goes to show that we put things off that would be better done right away (or sooner). We put it off so as not to get stressed out (perceived stress), but what we end up doing is building anxiety about putting these things off and maybe not being able to take care of things at all/in time.

    1. Thanks Sam, I did actually have a good birthday. We had a picnic in a local park surrounded by jackdaws and robins 🙂

      My taxes actually went so much smoother than last time so I’m glad I did them early.

      It really is frustrating to realise things we’ve put off only took a short time! lol

  3. Yay for starting the Couch to 5K Ari! The shredding … don’t get me started as I have a huge tub downstairs of things to be shredded from years ago – plus I know I can get rid of things upstairs as they are longer than five years old. I’m the worst at keeping things organized since I’ve been blogging – the time flies by. I blame EVERYTHING I don’t get done on blogging – but I would not stop so that is pointless too. 🙂 I grew up in Canada and they start teaching you French in Grade 1. We got a sheet of paper with the same picture as the teacher had in a large size that rolled down, like a map rolls down in the classroom at the head of the class. No book work, just memorizing vocabulary words of everything in the scene – not even learning the gender, which is another whole element of learning French. Then I took French in college and all these years later, I can read a little, cannot speak any of it (and could never trill my Rs, so that was a problem). I even had a class where we spoke and wrote only in French. Bonne chance! The key is you have to use it or lose it!

    1. I got so tired of shredding, also I need my shredder for brown paper as I shred and store brown paper to use as eco-packaging in my parcels. So I’m forever having to shred, empty, shred, empty…

      Now I just have a large bin full of papers I need to shred… because I started looking through my file cabinet… big mistake!

      Wow, French in grade 1? That’s cool. We learnt it in high school but it wasn’t given must push and if you struggled, they kind of left you behind.

      1. I have a good friend who was a former nun and now it is her mission to help people. One of her friends had a stroke and had to be put into assisted living. So my friend went to her apartment and made arrangements to move some furniture and possessions from her apartment to her new place. This woman had kept paperwork/records for 35 years and never shredded or got rid of anything. So, luckily a local car dealership was having a free shredding day and, even though there was a limit on the amount of bags you could bring in, they made an exception and took it all. I thought I had a lot of paperwork to shred – she surpassed me!

        It was mandatory and may still be to teach French in Canadian schools. My parents didn’t speak French, so I had no one to practice with. I hope your French studies are coming along Ari. A famous French-Canadian hockey player (Guy LaFleur) died last week and there were some tributes in French by his former hockey team. I am glad there were subtitles in English!

  4. Victoria Zigler

    Great job on doing so well with your March goals. Hope you do as well, or better, with your April goals.

    My goals for March were to get the book I published in December 2021 up for auditions for the audio version, and to write a poem to submit to someone for an anthology I’m contributing to. The first is partially done (I got the book profile started on ACX, but didn’t finish it and get it open for auditions yet) and the second I did complete.

    My goals for April are to get that book open for auditions and pick a narrator for it from those who audition. I have other things I want/need to do too, but that’s all I’m listing as my official goals for April.

    1. Thanks Tori, sorry for the delay in replying. How are your April goals coming along? I havent even looked at mine, but I think I may have completed some anyway! lol I just can’t remember what I put on my list.

      1. Victoria Zigler

        No apology needed. And… Erm. Yeah, the thing I actually listed as my goal may not be happening before the month is out. I did cross some other things off my unofficial list though, including finding a replacement narrator for the poetry collection I’ve been having narrator issues with (which was originally published back in May 2021) – a new narrator, I might add, who has already done more work than either of the previous two did, despite having only signed the contract at the end of last week, so this seems promising.

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