My 2020 Goals

02/01/2020 Blogging, Lifestyle, Personal, Reading 16

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.

Cook more.

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?

16 Responses to “My 2020 Goals”

  1. Elley Otter

    I’m the same with my Goodreads goal and children’s books… Which reminds me I was going to start a Goodreads account for my kids to track the books I read to them! I totally count manga and comic books as part of my reading goal on my own account, though. 😉 Good luck on your goals!!

    • Laura

      That’s such a nice idea, to start a Goodreads account for the books you read with your kids! 🙂
      It’s kind of tough to know what to count, but I think it’ll be easier for me to just keep books and manga/graphic novels separate this year.

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    Good luck with your goals this year. I made my Goodreads challenge 50 books, though I went wayyy over last year when I had it at 50. But I like it just to track what I read, so I don’t want to pressure myself. I also really want to focus on my own writing more this year, which might mean blogging a bit less…and reading a bit less. I’m hoping to schedule ahead on the blog more often so I have some sort of “schedule” going on. We’ll see how it works out!

    I do want to cook more this year, but I don’t really care for cooking, nor am I good at it. hah I want to be healthier though and I know that making things at home is the way to go for that.

    -Lauren

    • Laura

      Yeah, I think sometimes it’s better to set a lower Goodreads goal and have less pressure. Especially if you have other things you want to focus on, like writing. I hope you manage to do lots of writing this year, and schedule ahead on your blog. I always want to try and get ahead with my blogging too, but somehow never manage it!
      And yes, cooking definitely seems to be the way to go to eat healthier. Otherwise I just eat ready meals and takeaway, which isn’t great!
      Best of luck with your goals, and happy New Year! 🙂

  3. Gayathri

    I love the Book Blog discussion challenges. As much as I want to I tend to skip discussion posts after a few months. Finding discussion topics are HARD for me. Sigh. I promise to do better this year.

    • Laura

      Finding discussion topics is definitely tough!
      Best of luck with the discussion challenge this year! 🙂

  4. Karo

    Your goals for 2020 are nice!
    I make resolutions each year and honestly my bar is set so low that it’s almost embarrassing to admit. I kept mine minimal this year even though I have to make some changes to achieve them.

  5. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I count everything but picture books for my Goodreads goal, but I’ve definitely felt weird guilt about certain books (like some graphic novels). But in the end, no one really cares about my number but me, so I’m keeping them in.

    Good luck with your reading goals!! I think accountability is very helpful.

    • Laura

      That’s so true! I’m the only one who actually cares about my number, so it doesn’t really matter.
      And thanks! Good luck with your reading goals too 🙂

  6. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    Ahh these are fantastic goals, Laura, I really hope you’ll be able to reach them 🙂
    I really want to make writing more of a habit, too, even if sometimes it’s a bit hard and I lack time or just…need to sort out my priorities a bit more to make it happen, haha. I hope you can do that! 🙂

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂
      I feel the same with writing, in that I maybe need to sort out my priorities to make it happen. Best of luck with your writing! 🙂

  7. Shifali

    Hey, Laura!

    I just got to discover your blog via some topic about “Books”. Must say, you’ve got yourself settled one nice corner online.

    All the best for your future endeavors and really sorry about your “Getting out more” goal. COVID-19 stood all our chances to get out of our houses anymore. Looking forward to reading more of your content. 🙂

    • Laura

      Hi!
      Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂
      And yes, I think COVID has messed up all our plans this year! Hopefully we’ll see a bit more normality next year.

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