Monday, January 5, 2015

Monthly Goals: January 2015

Last week you saw my version of "new years resolutions".  Personally, I don't like to create a set of yearly resolutions.  I think they are frequently a long list of items that are not realistic to achieve.  A lot of resolutions are kept for the first month or so, of a new year, and then they seem to fade away quickly. I think a more practical way to create resolutions is through monthly goals.  This breaks things down and allows you to focus on a few things rather than a lengthy list.

One: Blogging goal
Organize my post "drafts".
I have a significant amount of drafts saved, which is great.  However, they are just post titles saved without any content.  While it's great to have an ongoing list of ideas, the ideas are no good if I can't remember them when it comes time to write the actual posts.  Instead of creating a draft with just a title I will write down the title and a couple sentences about my thoughts in a word document.  This month I want to spend time discarding drafts that are irrelevant. By the end of January the only drafts I will have will be ones that are written and are 95% ready to be posted (95% meaning might need proofread or missing pictures).    

Two: Fitness goal
Reach 9 miles in a single run. 
I'm now three months away from running my first half marathon.  Training for this has been a little up and down.  I sometimes lack motivation to get out there to actually run.  The holidays got me a little off track, so I'm hoping to get back into the groove of things during January.  

Three: Scholarly goal
Apply for scholarships.
I have several weeks before I start Spring Semester, so I have a decent amount of free time.  Many scholarship deadlines will be coming within the first few weeks of the semester.  The scholarships are online now, so I thought I would use some of my free time to write a few essays and apply to several different scholarships. It will be easier to do this now than it will be when I will be busy with 19 credits of classes a month from now.

Four: 101 things in 1001 days goal
Cross three things off the list by January 31.
Last year I decided to create this list.  I spent the first few months just trying to come up with 101 items.  It was much harder than I thought it would be.  In 2015 I want to choose a number of items to accomplish each month.  If I break the list down into something smaller then hopefully I will be able to blog about it too.

Here's to starting 2015 off on a good note!

P.S.- On a different note Lilly Pulitzer's Sale is going on today and tomorrow. I logged on at 8 am and by 8:30 I was ready to checkout. As soon as I hit the checkout button the site went down, so I'm currently waiting for the relaunch.  Good luck to the rest of you who are shopping!


  1. I really like the idea of just making monthly goals, I feel like I would be able to accomplish more this way! Would you mind if I use this idea?

  2. Awesome goals! I can relate to the drafts in blogger, I'm trying to be better at finishing posts when I start them.

  3. Good luck with your goals! I love that 101 in 1001 list! It really puts life goals into a reality. :)