Happy New Year everyone!
Yesterday was the start of a New Year and a new decade, which means it’s time for some goal setting! I’m honestly trying not to go too mad this year, as I’m terrible for excitedly setting all the goals in January and then realising that one person can’t actually keep up with all that for a whole year (and definitely not me…I get super lazy!). So I’ve just chosen a few key things that are important to me, like my writing and blogging, and I want to try and make some kind of progress in those areas this year.
Plus, you know, I’ve had to set my traditional yearly goals like my Goodreads Challenge target. So here goes!
My 2020 goals are:
To read 70 books.
My Goodreads goal this year is 70 books. I set last year’s at 65 and smashed it by some margin, but that was mostly because I started reading tonnes of manga, and I feel like it kind of interfered with my score.
Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe that graphic novels etc., count as reading, but I want to keep the two separate this year, so I know how much of each I’ve actually read. So I’m setting my main target as 70, and I might even set up a new Goodreads account just for manga.
Write 250k words.
Through the NaNoWriMo forums back in November I heard about a year-long writing challenge called Get Your Words Out, where you set a target for how many words you want to write in a year. I decided to go in at the moderate level and aim for 250k words.
The good thing about this challenge I think will be the accountability: you have to do a check-in every month on how many words you wrote. Personally I’m much more likely to push through blocks and general periods of laziness if I know other people are going to know that I slacked off, so this will probably be a good challenge for me! Plus being more long term than the likes of NaNoWriMo is hopefully going to help me build more of a writing habit.
Take part in the Book Blog Discussion Challenge.
In terms of blogging goals and challenges, the main one is just taking part in the Book Blog Discussion Challenge run by Nicole and Shannon, which I’ve been taking part in for the last few years. Discussion posts are my favourite type of blog post, so anything that involves writing and reading more of them is a winner for me! I’d definitely recommend this challenge if you aren’t already signed up!
As far as blogging goes, I’d just like to try and get some kind of consistency, as I struggled massively with blogging slumps in 2019.
In terms of personal goals, one of them is to start cooking more. I have to admit, my current diet is pretty terrible and consists of a lot of takeaway and fast food, and so for the sake of both my wallet and my health I’d like to cut down and start cooking more meals.
I actually enjoy cooking when I do it, I just struggle with the motivation to start. But hopefully with a little effort, this will be the year when I get more into it.
Get out more.
And my final goal for 2020 is just to get out more! Whilst 2019 was a year of big changes for me, I feel like I didn’t actually get out and do all that many things. In fact, I’ve felt so tired and lethargic this past year, probably due to my new job, which involves being outside and walking miles every day. But now I’m more used to it, I want to start doing more in my personal life.
I’m hoping this will mean more days out with my boyfriend, family and friends, and hopefully a couple of holidays and a bit of travel in there. Here’s hoping!
So what are your goals for 2020? Are you big on New Year’s resolutions or is it not really your thing?