Monthly Goals | January 2016
Normally when I write these monthly goals posts, there’s a long preamble in which I look back at the previous month’s goals and tell you how I got on with them.
This time, though, I’m going to be really quick with that part, because last month I didn’t manage to meet ANY of my goals at all. Like, NONE of them. Not even the stupid “read more books” one, which I thought I couldn’t possibly fail at, because it was the kind of goal that isn’t really a goal at all, isn’t it? It’s basically one step away from saying, “My goal for the month is to breathe air!” And yet I STILL failed to meet it. GOD.
So, yeah, December kicked my ass, basically – as it always does. This year, the ass-kicking was a little bit harder, on account of the longest and most annoying head cold EVER. I was basically sick for the entire month, give or take a few days here and there, and although I wasn’t sick in an “OMG, I need to retire to bed clutching my smelling salts” kind of way, I was sick in the way that makes everything you do take twice as long, and feel five times as difficult. Then there was Christmas, and New Year, plus a handful of birthdays and other events, and between all of that, and the fact that I wasn’t getting much sleep thanks to the non-stop coughing, I decided to just give up on the goals, and concentrate on making it to the end of the month unscathed.
Well, I did that, so I’m going to stop the self-pitying whining now, and aim to do a better job with January. These goals are going to sound really familiar to anyone who’s read my previous posts in this series, but you have to start somewhere, and here’s where I’m going to start…
(Oh yeah, this is my 2016 diary, by the way: it’s from Paperchase, and the struggle to decide between the gold version and the turquoise version was very, very real…)
01. Save some money
I think December is probably an expensive month for most of us, but my ever-growing Lindy Bop addiction, plus my habit of convincing myself that I NEED new outfits for the various events of the season… well, it doesn’t help, does it? To make up for it, this month I will allow myself to buy anything I deem essential (by which I mean products that run out during the month, not dresses I absolutely MUST have…), but other than that, I’m aiming to spend as little as possible, and to set some money aside, so we can hopefully get out of the country for a week or so and escape the relentlessly horrible weather.
Now, this probably seems like an easy task to most of you, but as you know, shopping is my hobby (I know, I know) and writing about fashion is my job, which means I’m confronted by temptation every single day. I can’t just close down my blogs so I don’t have to look at retail websites, but I WAS thinking of doing some kind of capsule wardrobe, challenge or similar, just to prove to myself that I really DON’T need new clothes. I know most of my readers aren’t as obsessed with capsule wardrobes as I am, however, so maybe a weekly roundup of what I wore? Or something else I haven’t thought about yet? We’ll see…
02. For the love of God, start exercising again, woman.
Yeah. I had the best of intentions with this in December, but getting sick made it impossible to even THINK about exercising, and after that… well, after that I probably could have tried harder, let’s be honest, but I didn’t, and I kinda hate myself for it. This month I’m aiming to get back on the Fitbit bandwagon: once again, I’m not going to set a specific step target, because ANYTHING will be better than the absolutely nothing I did in December, so let’s see if January will be the month I finally manage to get back into some kind of routine.
03. Publish my ebook
One thing I did do in December was to finish the first draft of the ebook about blogging which I started writing a few months ago: I’d say this means the month wasn’t a total write-off, but I haven’t tried to re-read it yet, so it’s probably best to reserve judgement until I’ve cast my eye over it and found out just what kind of rubbish I’ve managed to come up with under the influence of cough medicine and lack of sleep. (When I say I “finished the first draft”, I mean I wrote the first couple of chapters in a burst of enthusiasm ages ago, then sat down and hammered out the rest over the course of two evenings in December. Just call me Jack Kerouac, seriously…*)
I had hoped to get it all ready for publication by the start of January, but life got in the way, so that’s not going to happen, but I would like to publish it at some point this month: assuming I can get over the all-consuming fear which is holding me back, that is. For some reason I have no problem whatsoever with vomiting thousands of words a day onto my blog, but the idea of creating a book, and putting it out into the world is absolutely TERRIFYING to me. This may prove to be a bit of a stumbling block, I fear…
04. Put together a media kit
Like most bloggers, I get dozens of emails every day, from people wanting me to promote their product, publish their guest post, or whatever. I do have an ‘advertise’ page on the site, which I use to try and pre-empt some of those questions (and to point out that NO, I DO NOT ACCEPT GUEST POSTS), but still they keep coming, so this month I’d like to put together some kind of media kit, which I can just mail out to everyone who asks. I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, but have never gotten round to it, so hopefully this will be the month I finally cross it off my list.
05. Get back into Instagram
Instagram is my favourite social network, but I’ve really struggled with it lately: it’s been far too dark most days to take decent photos, and I’ve also fallen into the trap of comparing my feed to everyone else’s, and feeling like crap as a result. I’ve no idea what I can really do to fix this, because it’s STILL too dark to take decent photos, but I don’t think I could do much worse in that respect, so let’s see how I get on.
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And with that said, I think I’m going to leave it there for now. January is a month in which I really struggle to motivate myself, so I’m setting the bar pretty low this month. Oh, and as you probably noticed, I decided to start including blog-related goals in these posts again, rather than in my blog traffic reports. I will still be doing the traffic reports, but they’re long enough without that stuff, and to be perfectly honest, most of the goals I set myself each month tend to be blog related anyway, so I figured they probably fit better in these posts, anyway.