Bimonthly Goals Review & New Goals for July and August

Folks, it’s hard to believe it, but it’s already July…! I don’t know about you, but for me, the last two months were as crazy as April, if not more.

At the beginning of May, I decided to set goals that I would try to reach before the end of June. The key word here is try. I’ve kept my list at the back of my head during the past eight weeks, but I have to admit that I’m a bit scared to look at how I did…

I told myself (and you!) that I would consider myself a success if I could check 75% of my “tasks”, which meant that I had to complete nine of my twelve entries. Let’s see how I did… (and don’t judge me too harshly…)

 

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1. Write and publish one blog post per week.

Yup! I did that one and I’m mighty proud! My blog may not be read by many (yet!), but I’m having fun writing it. I think that consistency is key and by publishing content regularly, I’ll get more and more readers. (And by the way, a huge THANK YOU to you, who are already reading this!)

 

2. Add a minimum of 2,000 words per week to my novel.

Nope. I tried, I honestly did. I only reached over 2,000 words once. The other weeks, my word count went from zero (yeah…) to around 1,700. All in all, I added just shy of 7,000 words to my novel, which is less than half my goal. Womp, womp, womp… I’m trying to tell myself that at least I wrote. That’s still progress.

 

3. Post on Instagram 5 times a week.

Yes, I did that. I took part in the Plan With Me Challenge and the Boho Berry Challenge a few times, I posted peeks into my bullet journal and pictures of books I’m reading. I also shared all my blog posts on my account. Some weeks I was very active and others a little less. I’m not sure how many publications I added exactly, but I’m pretty sure the average is five per week. It’s enough for me to feel satisfied. I’d be honored if you chose to follow me 🙂

 

4. Create a Pinterest board(?) and start using it to gain more readers.

I didn’t to that. I haven’t even started researching it seriously… I know how it could help my little blog, though… *sigh*

 

5. Switch my email platform and create a mailing list for my blog.

I did that. I created a new e-mail and subscribed to MailChimp so I’ll be able to send monthly newsletter starting this month. I’m also going to include some free printables. Yay! Make sure to sign up!

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6. Get professional documents to new school council.

Check. Well, almost. I gathered all my documents and went to the school council a few weeks ago. The ladies there were really helpful, but they told me that I was missing a handful of papers. Since then, I was able to get two of those missing documents to them and I’m still waiting to receive three more by mail. So, I’m counting this as done.

 

7. Read five books.

Yes! By the skin of my teeth, but I did it! I already did a book review for one of them, Desire for Chocolate. On top of that, I read #Girlboss, by Sophia Amoruso, The Crossroads of Should and Must, by Elle Luna and The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Reviews coming up!

That’s only four, I know, but besides those, I finished my first ever beta reading experience. I loved it and will most certainly do it again soon. I can’t tell you much about that novel, not even the title, but I really enjoyed it and I hope the author can get it published soon!

 

8. Start everyday with my Miracle Morning routine.

I was REALLY good about this… until last week. I swear, I did my Miracle Morning every single day, until June 25th. I just felt too tired to get up earlier. The end of the school year took it’s toll on me.

I don’t know if I told you guys this, so pardon me if I’m rambling, but even though I moved, I was still working at the same school… an hour and a half away from my house. Yeah. So I had to drive some mornings and afternoons, and other evenings I was fortunate enough to sleep at my parent’s place, which is in my old town.

Still, after more than two months of back and forth, with my regular work duties and the unplanned for but oh so necessary renovation of the bathroom (the shower tiles just started falling down on their own…!), I’m wiped.

I’m on Summer break now, so I woke up without an alarm this week. And no, I didn’t do my MM, deciding to simply get to work instead… painting and cleaning and planning. I think I’m going to be forgiving with yours truly and count this goal as a success.

 

9. Prepare menus for the 21-day fix.

Yay! That’s done! Our menus are all set, the containers are ready to be used, we’ve got our DVDs and our workout gear and Alex and I are good to start on Monday. I even signed up for an accountability group with a BeachBody coach on Facebook. I’ll do a post about this very soon, I promise!

 

10. Spend quality time with Alex each week.

It was not easy, with me being away half of the week, but I think we can say we accomplished this. It was rarely something fancy, but we spent time cuddling in front of the TV, we went out to diner a few times and had good times with friends and family, too.

 

11. Create and share my Write That Novel! spread.

Didn’t happen.

 

12. Publish and share my Projects spread.

Nope! I haven’t scanned it yet, and I needed to create my mailing list first. Now that that’s done, I’m hoping I can reach this goal soon… Fingers crossed!

 

So, I checked off 8 things out of 12… Argh! So close!!! I’m missing my aim by only one item. Darn it!

Oh well, I have to tell myself that 60% is still pretty good. And it’s probably more than I would’ve achieved if I had not set those objectives. So, GO ME! 😉

 

And now, here’s what I’m intending to pull of in the next two months:

 

  1. Begin each day with my Miracle Morning routine.
  2. Complete my very first round of the 21-day fix.
  3. Finish the first draft of my novel.
  4. Read 5 books.
  5. Publish at least one blog post per week.
  6. Post on Instagram 5 times per week.
  7. Create a Pinterest board(?) and start using it to gain more readers.
  8. Promote my blog on Facebook at least 3 times a week.
  9. Share my “Projects” spread with my subscribers.
  10. Finish the bathroom reno.
  11. Replace the living room fireplace.
  12. Spend quality time with Alex weekly.

 

I’ll let you know how I did with this new list at the beginning of September!

 

Do you set goals for yourself? Do you do it on a monthly basis, a bi-monthly basis like me, or maybe on a yearly basis? How do you keep track of them? Let me know in the comments below, on Facebook or on Instagram! I always love to hear from you 🙂

 

Until next time,

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10 thoughts on “Bimonthly Goals Review & New Goals for July and August”

    1. I tried doing larger and non-specific goals earlier this year but I realized it didn’t work at all. I’m liking this new bimonthly method with clear goals that I can break down into even smaller actionable steps. Good luck with yours!

  1. You still made significant progress, I have just started goal setting and it’s tempting to make them too easy xx

  2. I really appreciate your honesty! I’m a perfectionist, so I don’t like setting goals unless I KNOW I can meet them, and hearing someone share their goals and not being afraid to admit that they didn’t meet all of them is helpful. I’m also trying to write one blog post per week. And I have a Pinterest account, and I keep meaning to be more active on it…but it’s just not a priority right now.

    What is your novel about?

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Kate! I do try to be as honest as I can be on this blog… I figure that the people who take the time to read it are not the kind who judge others 😉 I put the Pinterest thing on my list because I’ve been reading EVERYWHERE how it can up your traffic. I’m really hoping to check that one off this time!

      I’m writing a contemporary novel, I guess it would fall in the “women’s fiction” larger genre. I don’t want to say too much, but it’s about a woman learning to push herself out of her comfort zone to get what she wants 🙂

  3. You certainly accomplished a lot on that list! I find that writing goals out for myself motivates me to accomplish them. Nothing is more satisfying that crossing something off!

    1. You are absolutely right, Helene! I’m even guilty of doing something that was not on my list and then go write it down so I can cross it off! Thank you for your kind words, it’s appreciated 🙂

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