Now we’ve reached the end of January, it’s time I look back and review the goals I set at the start of the month!
I was feeling pretty optimistic about January, and to be honest, I think I’ve made good progress with the goals I set as I made sure to review them almost every day and kept myself on track because of that.
Key: ♦ = done ◈ = half done ♢ = did not do….
♦ WRITING: To reach 25k words in my writing project
I somehow managed to exceed this by 1k words, despite only being at 18k words by the 20th. I also managed to drastically improve my outline as well! I know a larger word count doesn’t mean better writing, but I’m pleased I managed to get my head down and get it done as it’s so easy to get distracted with writing.
♦ EXERCISE: To keep up twice a week gym sessions
I did weekly Tai Chi sessions, except the Saturday I was away, so yay me! I also surprisingly went to the gym twice each week (which I was not expecting myself to achieve at all, as I’ve found getting up in the mornings so difficult since Christmas).
♦ DIET: To make healthy batch meals for the week
I’ve been batch cooking healthy, vegetable-filled soups to bring in to work for lunch each week, and I’ve felt much better for it.
♦ BEAUTY: To start Invisalign treatment
I started this with my first appointment on the 5th, and I should be getting my retainers halfway through Feb, so that’s all the progress I could make on that this month.
♢ FINANCES: To save at least £500
I was wary when I added this, because I knew how much I’d be spending in Iceland (it is not a cheap place!). So while I’ve not reached this, I wasn’t really expecting to. Better luck in February hopefully!
◈ CAREER: To brush up on Ruby, and attend a tech event
I did the minimal amount of Ruby studying, but I’ve managed to remind myself of the syntax, so hopefully I’ll be able to use what I know and actually write a small Ruby program next month. I unfortunately didn’t make it to any tech events however…
♦ ORGANISATION: To take a large bag of clothes and shoes to charity and clear up a clothes drawer’s worth of space!
This is something I did as soon my new year hangover was gone! I had loads of clothes from last summer I knew I wouldn’t wear this year either, so I managed to take them to charity. My room feels a lot clearer, but I’ve still got a lot of clutter floating about, so I might try and clear even more stuff out.
♦ TRAVEL: To have a lovely, safe trip in Iceland (which I cannot wait for!)
I did indeed have a safe, AND wonderful trip, so I’m mentally ticking this one twice!
How did I do? 6.5 / 8
Overall, it’s been a productive month, and I won’t let the fact that I might not have achieved some of my goals deflect from what I have done, and besides it’s still only January! We’ve still got a long way before the end of the year resolution crunch, phew.