Now that November is underway, I thought it would be a great time to take a look at my Monthly Goal Review. I find that these posts helps keep me accountable and focused on making my monthly goals a reality. I track my monthly goals in the notes pages preceding the monthly calendar in my Erin Condren Life Planner. This is the planner I use every day of my life. Keeping it all in one book makes it easy to flip back and forth as the weeks go on.
Today we’re taking a look back at my successes and failures in the month of October as well as what I have planned for the month ahead.
For the month of October, I focused on four categories: Blog, Home, Miscellaneous, and Me. In the Blog category, I met my goal of posting 12 times during the month as well as joining 3 Pinterest group boards. I actually ended up joining almost double that amount, and it’s been a great way to get my content out there. The other two goals in this category were just a little too lofty. Why did I think I could create 40 pins for old blog posts in one month?? That’s way too many. I also need to focus more on commenting on other blogs since I fell behind in that as well.
I did the best in the Home category this month, completing everything I set out to do. This included selling some clothes and old DVDs on eBay in a decluttering effort. I also came up with a cleaning schedule and organized the kitchen pantry.
In the Miscellaneous and Me categories, I scored 50% in each. I added a new recipe to our rotation specifically for D. I also went to a concert, completed our Halloween movie marathon and read one book. I’m pretty happy with this and will keep making progress in the next month.
November is a bit pared down when compared to October, but most of the categories are the same: Blog, Home, and Me with the addition of the T-Day category.
For the Blog, I’m again aiming for 12 posts in the month. This seems to be the sweet spot for me. I’m also hoping to explore Pinterest Tribes, which should be interesting to learn about. There are also two giveaway goals on this list: wrapping up the one that’s going on now, as well as starting another specifically for the month of November.
In the Home category, I want to continue selling things on eBay. I’m also planning to donate a bunch of decluttered kitchenware and books to charity. Last month’s goal of creating a cleaning schedule led to the discovery of zone cleaning, which is something I want to continue throughout November. The T-Day category includes some high level things that need to get done before the big day that I want to make sure I’m working on consistently. Whether or not I achieve them all, Thanksgiving will come and go and this category will be considered completed at the end.
Lastly, in the Me category, I kept it simple: read one book and start using our brand new treadmill (which is being delivered today!).
How did you do on your October goals?
It’s that time again to take a look back at my goals and set some new ones in my Monthly Goal Review! Every month I write out some areas of focus in my Erin Condren Life Planner and use it to keep me accountable week to week. I’ve been doing this for at least a year and a half now, and it has really made a lot of difference in my life.
While September didn’t go quite as I had planned, I have some higher hopes for the month of October.
Let’s take a look!
When I was originally planning my goals for September, there was one thing prominently on my mind: Disney! It was supposed to be a month of relaxing and resetting. While Disney did accomplish this to some degree, the interruption of the trip and stress of evacuating did not do much for my stress levels. Despite this, I was still able to check off all my vacation-oriented goals around relaxing, reading and spending quality time with my husband.
I am quite happy with my progress in the Blog category of my goals list. Before leaving for vacation, I pre-scheduled every blog post that I would be missing during my time away. I also posted 12 times in the month, which is exactly what I had hoped to do.
The miscellaneous category is the area where I let the ball drop. After coming home from out trip, I really didn’t have much motivation to tackle additional goals. I had been hoping to have a one-on-one dinner with one friend or a catch-up phone call, but I didn’t make time for that. Also, organizing the office closet and restarting my workout routine took a backseat as well. I’m fine with this and know that these things will happen in time.
October is here, and I’m ready to get going on some new goals! To begin, as usual blogging is one of my main categories. I want to continue posting 12 times per month, regularly commenting on other blogs and expanding my work on Pinterest. Next up is the Home category where the decluttering effort continues by getting rid of some old clothes and DVDs, organizing the kitchen pantry and coming up with a manageable cleaning schedule for the house. I’m optimistic about this one!
The last two categories are Miscellaneous and Me and both focus on things that will either help reduce my stress levels or that are just pure fun. Concerts, movies, a Halloween marathon with my husband and reading are all on these lists. I want to do some good things for myself this month!
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What’s one goal you’re working on for the month of October?