December Goals

Each month I list out my goals for the upcoming month and reflect on how I did the previous month. Read on to see how I did with my goals in November and what I'm planning for December.

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December Goals | kathleenhelen

November Goals Revisited

1. Read 3 books

I only managed to finish one book during November, which was The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. I’m probably not going to complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 30 books this year by the end of December, but I’ve come to terms with that. I have regularly been reading though, just slowly, so I’m happy with that.

2. Journal everyday

I also failed at this. I definitely journaled more than I have in previous months, thanks to my five-minute journal, but I didn’t manage to write every single day.

3. Track all spending

I really really failed at this one and regretted it a lot when my credit card statement arrived...

4. Maintain a cleaning schedule

Now, I’m not saying that I completed every single cleaning task when it was scheduled, because I’m a regular human being and not a robot, but thanks to the google calendar reminders I set up, I was able to track my cleaning and get everything done in a more manageable way. Instead of having everything pile up until my apartment was noticeably a disaster and then spend an entire day cleaning it, I was able to complete tasks routinely and think about what the next day would actually look like if I pushed a task off for a day. I’m going to consider this one a success because I’ve been able to keep my apartment from looking like a complete disaster all month.

5. Don't watch Netflix past 9:30pm

I admittedly wasn’t great at keeping track of this. I’m going to call it a success because I think I was definitely consciously trying not to watch Netflix late into the evenings. I’m not sure if I managed to cut myself off before 9:30pm every single night, but I’ve for sure made an improvement to my binge-watching habits.

I did pretty poorly throughout November, barely completing 2 out of the 5 goals I set for myself, but sometimes that happens. And really, these monthly goals are to challenge me but also to learn more about my habits. I know, based on the past few months, that setting out the goal of reading 3 books during December is probably not a realistic thing I’ll be able to accomplish. Perhaps reading daily, on the other hand, might be a better goal. 

In total, I’ve completed 18 of my 34 goals since July, which is about 53%. My goal for the year is to achieve at least 50%, so even though I didn’t manage to complete half of them this month, I’m still on track for the year.


December Goals

1. Read Daily

2. Track All Spending

This was a massive fail for November, but I bought a planner during the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sales to dedicate to tracking all expenses and income in an attempt to become more financially accountable. I’m hoping to get in the habit of writing everything down every day during December, and then work on a shopping ban of some kind (details to be determined) to start in January.

3. Post at least 5 Photos to Instagram

I love looking through Instagram at everyone else’s photos, and I enjoy posting my own when I think about it, but I often forget and neglect Instagram. Posting 5 new images this month is a little more than one per week, which hopefully shouldn’t be too tricky with the holidays and all the beautiful decor everywhere. (I was going to aim for more, but, honestly, with my schedule looking as busy as it is leading up to Christmas, this will probably take some effort).

4. Finish cross-stitch project

5. Find time to enjoy each tea from my advent calendar

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