2020 is roaring away and with that came some new goals, yet I had not forgotten about my 2019 goals that I worked on throughout the year. Looking back I think its important to look at what worked and what did not.
My first goal for 2019 was to read 45 books. I set this goal based on reading just under 45 book in 2018. My reading picked up significantly though -Yay! – and I ended up surpassing this goal and reading a total of 96 books.
I really wanted to focus ion hydration throughout the year as previously I was not very good at drinking water. I found throughout the year that while I was working I was able to drink the recommended 2L a day, as I carry a drink bottle with me all day. When I got home however or was not working I would forget to drink much at all. Even though it is not a goal for me in 2020 I do want to continue to improve on this.
Buy less books, boy I kept this one vague. I definitely purchased less books in 2019 than I did in 2018. 2018 was when I was really getting back into reading and wanted to grow my collection. Do I think I still purchased too many books… Yes. The lack of perimeters really made it easy for me to just keep buying books with minimal buying bans. I have definitely rectified this for 2020.
At the beginning of the year I set myself a savings goal. When I started 2019 I had some credit card debt I needed to pay off and a bad book buying habit. I am genuinely proud that I don’t have the credit card debt and I managed to meet the goal I set for myself. Here’s to finally getting my life together – at least a little.
my final goal revolved around following a night routine. This was one that just never stuck. The intention was to be off technology and either reading or just relaxing without a screen in front of me at night. It never really took.
Overall, the goals I set were mostly ones that were attainable and measurable – lets ignore the “buy less books” one here – I personally find this super important when setting goals as I find if they are more vague I am unable to really work towards anything. I will definitely take away things from my 2019 goals and am already using those things in achieving my 2020 goals.
My goals have really fallen to the wayside these last couple of months, so in August I was really trying to get back into the swing of things. To be completely honestly I definitely wasn’t amazing at working towards an achieving my goals in August, but here is where I’m at.
Read 45 books I am absolutely KILLIN’ this goal! So far in 2019 (I’m writing this in the first few days of September) I’ve read 65 books!
Drink 2L of water a day I really fluctuate with this goal. Some days I am drinking so much water and somedays I’m lucky if I drink a litre, but I am trying to have water any time I feel hungry just incase I’m actually thirsty and don’t need the unnecessary snack (#shredforthewedding)
Buy less books Utter and complete failure. I could not of failed more… (check out my August book haul to so the absolutely disaster that is this goal)
Hit my savings goal I am super close to achieving this goal, hopefully next month I can say I have!
Build and follow a night routine I’ve definitely been better at this. Aside from reading more and less screen time before bed. Honestly its an addiction at this point and I really need to work on it!
Back at the goal wrap up but focussing on new goals for 2019! YAY!
So my goals for 2019 are:
Read at least 45 books
Drink 2L of water a day
Build and follow a night routine
buy less books
Hit my savings goal
Take everything as it comes
Okay, lets jump into how I actually went with achieving them.
With reading at least 45 books I am currently sitting at…
I’m a bit behind schedule (as Goodreads is so kindly telling me) but I feel like that was bound to happen taking on the Throne of Glass series.
I managed to drink 2L of water a day at the start of the month, but since I’ve been back at work I’ve been finding it more difficult. I’ve definitely been drinking more water than I was before so baby steps.
Night routine… I’ve really started to focus on making sure I’m taking of my make up each night as well as using a body oil or moisturiser all over after my shower. I’ve also been pretty good at making sure I use a mask 2 times a week as well as working out as soon as I get home! Yay, now just to keep it up for another 11 months.
I definitely haven’t bought less books. Enough said.
I’m really working to pay off some credit card debt before I start saving so that I’m staying in the positives. Almost there!
I’m trying to not get as stressed about things work related and focus on enjoying every day. Slowly, slowly.
Overall I think it was a really positive month for my goals! Can’t wait to keep ip up in February.
Here we are again, the start of another year filled with potential to continually improve as a person and to embrace life and everything that involves. Before we get into the goals I am setting for myself for 2019 I want to say…
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone has a wonderful New Years filled with celebration with loved ones.
Now onto the goals.
Read at least 45 books So my goal last year was to read 30 books and I managed to exceed that and read a total of ____ books. After doing that I decided I wanted to increase my goal but not go to crazy.
Drink 2L of water a day I know how good water is for you and the fact that we need it to survive but I don’t feel like a drink enough on an every day basis so for 2019 we are going to see how drinking more water helps improve my mood, skin and digestion.
Build and follow a night routine If you’ve been a reader for a while now you may know that in 2018 I wanted to create a night routine that had less technology… that didn’t work. I just scrolled through my phone anyway. This year I want to focus on creating steps that help me wind down at night and focus on my skin, my digestion and relaxation.
Buy less books I know George (who doesn’t even read these) will appreciate this goal, he gives me so much grief for how many books I buy. I mean he’s not wrong but still… So in 2019 I am going to work on buying way less books than I did in 2018.
Hit my savings goal Ok so I’m not going state my savings goal on here because it seems unnecessary. But Fun: I am not very good with money. So this year I plan to change/ improve that. George and I have things we really want to accomplish in the next couple of years one of which is to get married and weddings are expensive!
Take everything as it comes This is probably more of a vague goal and kind of will act as a reminder through out the year. I know 2019 will bring stresses along with the great moments and I want to remind myself not to stress over things that are out of my control. It does nothing for my already anxious mind, so a reminder won’t hurt.
Thats it! Less goals than 2018 but I think thats better. I can really focus on them and take the time to work on what I need to when it comes to achieving them!
After completing my Goodreads goal for 2018 early and continuing to add to it for the last couple of months I wanted to start looking ahead to 2019 and thinking about what bookish goals I could work towards in the year to come.
I thought about it for a while and only came up with 3 big bookish goals I want to work toward next year.
First I want to try and buy less books in 2019 than I did in 2018. I don’t think this will be a hard goal. I bought so many book in 2018 that unless I get a bigger house I can’t actually buy a ton more books in 2019. I’m trying to stick to sequels or stand alones.
Secondly I want to lessen the gap between my read vs. unread books. The gap at the moment is substantial, but I am using this as motivation to increase my reading. Hopefully I can get the read books to be larger than the unread.
My final reading based goal for 2019 is to read 45 books in 2019. I managed about 40 this year (at the present moment) so I think 45 is a pretty reasonable goal for next year, then hopefully in 2020 I can increase it again!
Not to many reading goals since there are other goals I want to get to in 2019 so I didn’t want to go to heavy on the book related ones.