December goals

Monthly Goals | December 2015

Don’t worry, I know it’s not December yet: I’m not quite that out of touch! (Almost… but not quite.)

It is, however, the start of a brand new week, so I thought I may as well get a head-start on December, by getting my monthly goals in a day early. I’d like to say I’m starting this month the way I intend to go on, but let’s face it: December means Christmas, New Year and (in my case) a whole load of birthdays and other celebrations too, so I’m not going to be achieving ANYTHING much, am I? Can my goal be to not make any goals? No? OK, well, let’s see how I got on with the last set, then…

December goals and November recap

November Recap

My November goals were…

o1. Fitness: walk at least 70,000 steps per week

Hahaha! What a comedian I am, huh? So, yeah, I failed SPECTACULARLY with this. Because if I’m going to do something, you better believe I’m going to do it right, so if I’m going to fail, I’m going to really, REALLY fail – and fail BAD. Actually, I have no idea how badly I failed at this goal, because the fact is, I did the first week (which, you may recall, was sunny and quite warm), then winter arrived early, and I took off the Fitbit and decided I was having no more of it. Or not this month, anyway.

I just couldn’t do it, guys. It rained so much that I couldn’t run outside (because I HATE that), and it was so dark and miserable all the time that I couldn’t seem to motivate myself to get on the treadmill, either. As predicted, without the Fitbit to motivate me, I did absolutely nothing: in my defence, it was a really busy month work-wise, and now that the clocks have changed and we’ve been plunged into a permanent night, taking photos for the blog has become WAY more time-consuming than it usually is. Honestly, though, I could have worked out if I’d really wanted to. I just… didn’t really want to. Because I hate it. And because I need something to make me do it, or I just WON’T: lesson learned.

02. Style: buy some more trousers

So, looking back on it, this was a REALLY weird goal to have, wasn’t it? Seriously: “buy trousers”? That’s IT? Well, as it happens, I DID buy trousers: I bought the Lindybop capris I wore in this post. I dunno, though, I kinda feel like I need MOAR trousers? Because any time I try to do a ‘casual’ look, I have the choice of either a) jeans b) capri pants or c) that’s it. I feel like there must be more casual winter outfits that don’t involve tights, jeans or black trousers: hey, maybe that can be THIS month’s bizarrely-specific goal?

03.  Finance: have some money left at the end of the month

I actually did this! And honestly, no one is more surprised than me, seriously.  My secret is a really simple one: I do almost all of my shopping online, so as soon as I got paid this month, I withdrew some cash and put it in my wallet. That way I couldn’t fritter it away on dresses or shoes, AND I felt really grown up for having some cash on me for once. It’ll go down as one of the biggest achievements of my life, I expect.

04. Home: clear out the closet in the bedroom

I did this too: I really think I need better goals, though, because FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, AMBER, GET A LIFE.

So, let’s see what December may or may not have in store for me, then…

Christmas tree disco ball

December is what I think of as a “cluttered” month. I love Christmas day itself, but I find the hysteria that surrounds it, plus all of the socialising the month requires, absolutely exhausting, so I’m always happy just to make it to January, and feel like I can breathe again. With that in mind, I’m not going to set too many goals for the month, because that would really just be setting myself up for failure. I’m also not going to put them into categories, like I did last month, because that just ended up being plain weird, didn’t it?

Here are my December goals:

Do more exercise

Between taking off the Fitbit and, OK, eating all the comfort food, I managed to gain a couple of pounds in November, plus a shedload of guilt. Healthy eating is much more of a challenge during the holiday season, but I would like to do my best to get back into some kind of exercise routine: I’m not making a specific goal for this, because that’s what drove me crazy in October, but I will be putting the Fitbit back on, and looking to strike a happy medium between doing absolutely nothing at all, and turning into a crazy, step-obsessed shell of a person.

Read more books

Easy win, right? Well, maybe not, actually, because reading gives me The Guilt most of the time, but as I said, December is quite a stressful month for me, so I’d quite like to try to carve out a bit of time for my sanity, you know?

Clean the kitchen floor

On the face of it, this one is right up there with “buy trousers” and “clear out a closet” but when I say “clean the kitchen floor”, I don’t mean in it the REGULAR sense of cleaning the kitchen floor: I mean, I hope it goes without saying that I don’t need to make basic household hygiene a “goal”? No, the issue here is that whoever laid the tiles in our kitchen somehow managed to smear cement all over them, which makes them look permanently filthy, even although I pride myself on the cleanliness of my floors. Honestly, it KILLS me. Terry did start clearing the grout off last year, but it’s a slow, tedious process, and he eventually gave up altogether. Now that we have our shiny new kitchen table, though, I want a shiny new floor to stand it on: and given that I can’t HAVE a shiny new floor to stand it on, I want a shiny OLD floor, that doesn’t have grout all over it. #GOALS.

And that’s it. I realise three little goals aren’t much, especially when one of them is the non-goal that is reading lots of books, but I can already feel the December madness setting in, so I think this should be more than enough. Wish me luck…

  • “Reading lots of books” is an EXCELLENT goal IMO 🙂

    November 30, 2015
  • Absolutely agree that December feels like a “cluttered” month, that’s the perfect way to describe it. I’m at the office four days a week and normally use the weekends to take a breath but from this coming weekend until the New Year we are booked up solidly. It’s already making me feel a little frantic and we’re not even into December yet.

    Good luck with that kitchen floor, sounds a back-breaking thankless task to me 🙁

    November 30, 2015
  • Hmm that’s the second time in a few days I’ve posted a comment and it’s disappeared! Let’s see if this one works. I know you don’t moderate, they just don’t post after I hit “post comment” 🙁

    November 30, 2015
  • I’m glad you put your exercise goal on the list again for December because last month you inspired me to get a fitness bracelet too. I got the jawbone U2 and love it. It is darn amazing how just seeing the number of steps and feeling the little vibration on my wrist, when I haven’t been active enough, makes me get my rear in gear a little more. I’m not going all out with 70,000 steps a day (although I almost managed that last week on holiday) but figure I’ll aim for 500 steps over the previous week’s average each week until I hit a good pace. Thanks for the inspiration! Keep on walking. 🙂

    December 1, 2015
  • I love how simple your goals are- clean the kitchen floor. Hehe! My new years resolution last year was to read a book every month…I have read one this year -_-

    December 1, 2015