Hey guys! I’ve been absent this week because I made a spontaneous trip home to Canada. My body clock is traumatized; my views of beaches and gum trees have been replaced by snow and sunsets. And the sunsets are beautiful. While this shift is sudden it is necessary. I needed to come home and get out of debt and go back to Australia with a working holiday visa. Even if I’d rather be down south right now, it feels good to do the right thing. I’ll be back there in no time.
So as January draws to a close I’d like to take a look at the progress I’ve made on the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year.
- I’ve exceeded my goal for new followers! My goal for January was to have 35 and I now have 43! I’d like to thank you all for this one 🙂 It means a lot to me to have your support.
- I had 201 visitors, and my goal was 208. There’s also still 2 days left in January so I think I will meet this mark by then.
- publish 1 post every day- well I haven’t met this one. But I did try. And I found that on the day I published a post when I really didn’t want to and felt uninspired I absolutely hated the post that I ended up publishing. I thought about it for a few days; I even wanted to delete it! So I think I’ve discovered that this goal doesn’t work for me, and that’s okay. Sometimes when we are trying to meet goals we may discover that they really aren’t the right goals for us, and it’s okay to change them. So I’m going to change this one to 3 posts a week.
- write 2 articles every day so that I have a collection I can choose from if I do not feel like writing that day-again, I’m scrapping this one. But I am going to try to get a few drafts on the go on days that I feel really inspired.
- brainstorm 3 article ideas every day- I didn’t meet this one, but I did do it on some days this month. I’m going to keep working towards this one. Some goals can’t be met right away, but need to be worked towards.
- like 5 blog posts every day from users I do not follow- I didn’t meet this one given my past week off from blogging, and I didn’t really keep track of it either, but I did pretty well on it this month so I’m going to keep trying. The same goes for the following goals with an asterisk beside them.
- comment on 3 blog posts every day from users I do not follow- *
- follow 1 new blog every day- *
- follow 5 people on twitter every day- *
- retweet 3 tweets from other bloggers or authors- *
- use my agenda to actually keep track of all this!- SUCCESS
Okay I think I did pretty good for my first month! Now for my novel goals:
- Finish typing my first draft by January 31- failed, as of now. But I typed about a third of it, and then decided I wanted to sit on it a bit longer. Actually I may even try to type up some of it today, so maybe I will still meet this one 😉 I’ll let you know.
And finally, my reading goals:
- The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Anchor- started, not finished
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath- finished, loved it!
- Beneath the Surfaceby John Hargrove- not started.
- A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen- started, not finished.
I’m pretty satisfied with these results. I just started A Street Cat Named Bob yesterday and I’m liking it so far. The Bell Jar was so amazing that I couldn’t even read anything else for a while after I finished it because I loved it so much.
Overall, I think I’ve made good progress. I think it’s important to reassess our goals and our progress. Don’t be too hard on yourself! Sometimes when we make goals we can be a little over-ambitious; I know I can at least. Try to focus on what you did right, where you went wrong, and how you can change that. Give yourself positive feedback and understand that your failures only leave more room for you to succeed and make improvement!
Are there any goals you met this month? Any progress you’ve made? Any goals you scrapped or changed? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you 🙂
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