Goal Setting Check-in #1 for 2022

Hi, there, friends and readers! Me again, coming at you with a catch-up post about goal setting or failure as the case may be. If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried to reach SO many goals in the past, but you’ve struggled to complete them. You’ve started off with the best intentions;  you know what you need to achieve and have a good idea of how. But you’re still not reaching them. Why do you think that is?

I am no self-help guru, lol. In fact, it’s pretty funny considering how many times I’ve failed in the past. I tend to hit some goals but not every goal for various reasons – primarily lack of motivation and laziness. I will be blunt here. There is no fooling around with goal setting; it is SERIOUS business 😅. Well, it can be for some. I think I’ve mellowed out a lot over the years. And I don’t see goal setting the way I used to (which was do or die, lol). I’m happy to achieve one of my goals, let alone an entire list.

So this year, I created a goal-setting non-goal setting list to change things up a bit. So how far have I progressed since then? I “officially” started on January 02 this year. Here is my first post about it. And this is my list:

  1. Read more books – at this stage, I have like five books I am reading but never finishing. I don’t know why that is, but I seem to get distracted by other things easily. So this step is to at least finish FIVE books this year. Not that many, considering how many books I used to read (usually a book a week). I just stopped reading entirely, and I want to go back to enjoying reading again.
  2. Work on my fitness. Last year I was diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), and I need to get fitter, even in small steps. I will buy a treadmill soon, and I’ll slowly track my progress.
  3. To care less about social media and more about the well-being of my family, myself and others. I want to become a better person in general.
  4. To formulate a plan for my writing and where I need or want to take it in future. This could even mean leaving my current job to pursue writing again, I’m not sure, but it’s a HUGE step which is why I need to make a plan with smaller steps to work through so I can achieve it. This goal might take more than a year to put in place; I just can’t confirm that yet. It’s definitely a super-goal I need to break down into smaller steps.
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So far, I have worked exceptionally hard towards the first goal, and I’ve read two books since then and a comic. I’ve reviewed the star wars book and the comic here and the non-fiction graphic design book over on my writing/book reviewing blog here.

With number two on the list, I started out walking a lot more, but when we (New Zealand) went back into “semi lock-down”, I lost motivation to continue that. I am still walking every day when I get the chance, but I’m not pushing myself very hard, and I know I can do better. So we’ll say that I’ve started that goal, and it’s currently a positive “work in progress”.

With number three on my list, “care less about social media, – I have failed terribly there. It will take a lot more effort than I initially anticipated to walk away from caring about social media. That said, though, my partner and I have a “no internet” rule after 6:30 pm each night, and we’ve never broken that once so far. So I feel like I am slowly contributing towards this goal but mostly indirectly.

I am also still cleaning up this blog, which ties into this goal. I accidentally deleted a whole lot of followers from my blog the other day, and I am slowly working my way through reinviting them back. SO SORRY if I deleted you, it was entirely by mistake, and I’ll get back to inviting you soon, so don’t worry if you see me following you again sometime soon, lol 🤣😝.

And finally, number four was to formulate a plan for my writing – there is an event that has impacted this goal in a big way which happened to me very recently. So, for now, planning to do anything with my writing is officially on hold. In a really short time, I managed to leave one of the websites I was writing for (as a reviewer) and get a new job, one I’ve wanted for a while. I couldn’t get this job last year because there were no openings. But a position opened up recently, and I was asked to apply by the team manager, and I got the job! To be clear, it’s not a full-time writing job, but it is a job that I actually want to do, so I feel terrific about it!

And now I am keen to hear all about your goal setting or achievements so far this year! And remember – IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW BIG or important the goal is because everything can be done in little steps. What’s important is that you take a step! Talk to you soon friends, hit me up in the comments where I’ll be hanging out to chat ☺️😊

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Hello 2022! Let’s Talk About Setting (Or Not Setting) Goals

Over the years, it has become a tradition to write a New Year post hoping that I will reach any new goals I decide to reach that year or at least do my best to achieve. This isn’t all that uncommon for bloggers at this time of year. But last year, I did something a little different on my other blog, and I tried to make myself accountable for the goals I listed at the beginning of the year.

That method worked much better than previous posts where goal-setting was important. It’s also lovely to look back on what you’ve achieved versus what you haven’t and to reassess your goals for the new year. I guess most people make these lists at the beginning of the year with the hope they’ll tick off every box by the end of the year. My success rate has never been 100 per cent. So this is probably a good indicator I am not using the S.M.A.R.T. goal method effectively enough, OR for whatever reason, I’m just giving up.

So this year, I’m not going to set myself any “goals” as such, but I’m going to make a shortlist of things I want to improve on throughout the year. And I will actively revisit my “goals” every quarter (or more often if required) to track where I am in the process. This might seem like “goal setting” to many, but it doesn’t feel as rigid in my mind. I’m not a psychologist, but perhaps my brain just doesn’t respond to the rigidity of setting challenging goals to achieve. I used to be the type of person that did that regularly. But that was years ago, and I am a different person now. I guess I’ve become soft in my older years, lol 😅

I still want to hold myself accountable for not achieving what I want, but I don’t know how to do that in a way that doesn’t make me feel bad lol  – does anyone have any suggestions?

So the S.M.A.R.T method only works if I am tracking progress throughout the year. But this again seems rigid, it feels a little like suffocation, and I know I will never achieve any goals if I feel like I am putting too much pressure on myself to achieve them.

Even Yoda’s message about doing something makes more sense. Trying only gets you so far, and it’s not enough.

It might sound like I am letting myself off easy, so the goals don’t seem unachievable, but really it’s not that at all. I just don’t have the fight in me to push myself this year. I feel somewhat deflated after last year. Who knows if this will change? But for now, I still want to improve; I still want to move forward.

Here is my list for 2022

  1. Read more books – at this stage, I have like five books I am reading but never finishing. I don’t know why that is, but I seem to get distracted by other things easily. So this step is to at least finish FIVE books this year. Not that many, considering how many books I used to read (usually a book a week). I just stopped reading entirely, and I want to go back to enjoying reading again.
  2. Work on my fitness. Last year I was diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), and I need to focus on getting fitter, even in small steps. I will buy a treadmill soon, and I’ll slowly track my progress.
  3. To care less about social media and more about the well-being of my family, myself and others. I want to become a better person in general.
  4. To formulate a plan for my writing and where I need or want to take it in future. This could even mean leaving my current job to pursue writing again, I’m not sure, but it’s a HUGE step which is why I need to make a plan with smaller steps to work through so I can achieve it. This goal might take more than a year to put in place; I just can’t confirm that yet. It’s definitely a super-goal I need to break down into smaller steps.

That’s it; only four things I want to work on, but they seem like big things to me right now, so it’s going to be interesting to see how well I do in the months to come.

And finally, a HUGE thank you to all my friends and readers here on WordPress. I say this every year, but I mean it when I say that without you all reading and liking my posts, life would genuinely be more challenging and less enjoyable. I am thankful for you all, and I wish you the best of everything! 🙏😁😊

 

Let me know what your goal setting plan looks like this year, as I am keen to read them! Are you going to be setting new goals or working on previous goals? Or are you going to avoid doing it all together this year? I’ll be hanging out in the comments, so feel free to join me there, friends. If you’ve got a goal-setting post you think might help me, please let me know!

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Status Update – Social Media and Grammarly

I haven’t done a social media update in a long time, too long, in fact. I was hoping to keep this up regularly but now that I’m reading a lot more and reviewing I find that I have a lot less time to dedicate to these types of posts. I do think it’s important to remind yourself of your successes. It is all too easy to remind yourself of your failures which is why I try to keep focused on the positive (I am one of those people that can easily get bogged down by the feeling of failure). I suggest that everyone does this every now and then to keep your “eyes on the prize” or your goals relevant so-to-speak.

I actually broke a significant milestone on Pinterest that I’ve never done before – I’ve remained at 1 million unique views for more than a month and broke that this week – 1.1 million unique views from the 22nd of October to the 22nd of November. Out of those views, I have a total engaged audience of 80.25 thousand so roughly 20k Pinterest users a week engaging with my content. I actually work quite hard on my Pinterest content, and I am pleased to see it growing. I just need to somehow get that happening here on WordPress 😁

Previous monthly stats were taken way back in June!

My current stats as at 22/11/2019:

As you can see, the stats have improved a fair bit in four months, but I can still see areas where I can continue to grow. In my total followers, I had 579 in June, and that’s increased to 1,356 followers, so I have more than doubled my follower count from June this year.

I haven’t blogged about Grammarly stats before, but I do think as a writer, it’s essential to take note of how far you’ve progressed, no matter how small. Even the smallest of improvements is still an improvement, and it is still one step closer to becoming better at what you do, right?

So here are my latest Grammarly stats. I thought about moving these posts to my writing blog (where they would be a lot more relevant), but this is my place to blog about all things, not just writing so I’ll continue to post these updates here:

I wonder if any of my followers do the same? Do you regularly keep track of progress on your goals? As a writer, do you keep track of how many words you are writing in a week or a month? Why or why not? I’d love to hear how you keep your goals in check and relevant. 😄😁