Monthly Goals – July

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I decided at the beginning of the year that I would not make any Resolutions or yearly goals but, rather, make monthly ones that were more easily obtainable, you can find all my Monthly Goal posts here.

Today I am looking at the goals I set myself last month and whether I achieved them and setting myself goals for July.

Here are last month’s goals and whether I managed them!

Blog and Social Media

  • Update Media Kit.
  •   I have been making more of an effort to comment on Instagram more but have not really made an effort with Twitter yet.  This is something that I want to work on more this month.
  • Share more unique content on Social Media Channels. I have added a few more things to Instagram that are “unique” to that platform but I want to start making more of an effort to add content that is not always blog orientated on both Instagram and Twitter.  I think that this goal and the above goal are things that I really need to start getting used to and are not in my comfort zone at the moment, they will take effort but hopefully, this effort will become routine after a while.
  • Advertise for Saturday Shout Out in a better way.  I’ve not yet figured out a better way to advertise for my Saturday Shout Out section yet, currently, I advertise through my blog, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, however, I’m pretty sure there is a more effective way of advertising this.

Home

  • Paint kitchen.  I have still not gotten around to this yet.  The time I had planned on doing this, over the course of a few days, was a time that I came down with a sickness bug.  I’m now hoping to schedule some time in to get it done this month.
  • Sort shelves in the bedroom wardrobe.  I’ve not done this, partly because the weather, which has been cold and rainy one day and hot the next, has meant that I have been switching between jumpers, long-sleeved tops, and vest tops and partly because I have been thinking of how to organize my clothes more effectively.  I have now bought some storage baskets that I think will be perfect for the job so will make time this month to get the wardrobe shelves sorted.
  • Plan Barbecue for 1 year house anniversary.  I decided not to hold a barbecue as I had not been too well coming up to the anniversary but am now considering having a barbecue and celebration as part of my Mind Crafternoon this month.
  • Sand down pallets and decide whether to varnish, wax or cover them to make a bed base.  I decided against starting this project until I have decided what I am doing with my current bed base.  I have decided that I will use my current mattress though and that I am going to cover the pallets with some kind of carpet so sanding down the pallets doesn’t really need to be done.

Arts, Crafts, Hobbies, and Interests

  • Create a wildflower bed in the garden.  I did this!  You can find out what I did and see some pictures in this post.
  • Plant peas and beans.  I didn’t get this done as we had some really heavy rain and not the best weather this past month.  I was worried that as the plants started to grow that the weather would damage them.  Now the weather is improving I am going to sow the seeds in the next few days.  I’m hoping that I haven’t left it too late though.
  • Plant Sweet Peas.  I didn’t sow these either for the same reasons as above.  I’m not sure whether I have now missed the sowing season and need to do some reading around whether it is worth sowing these now or waiting until next year.
  • Decide where to place rose and lavender and plant.   I have planted out my lavender and have plans of where to plant my rose bush so I’d say that this goal has been achieved mostly!
  • Plan food and finalize activities for my Mind Crafternoon.  I now have concrete plans for the activities for my Crafternoon and am considering having a barbecue later in the afternoon, serving salad and snacks alongside burgers and other barbecue foods!

Personal

  • Work on book notes.  I have made a few more notes for my book but I feel that I have not made as much progress as I wanted too.  That being said, any progress is good progress, right?
  • Read another book.  I have finished reading 2 books this month, one of them I reviewed in this post.
  • Meal plan for work lunches.  I did a rough meal plan for my work lunches but seemed to stick to sandwiches a lot, though I did make myself some pasta dishes that I had for lunch too.
  • Plan and pack for Bloggers Bash.  This was something that I had to do in order to travel to London, but my main goal with this was to pack in a more thoughtful way and carry less with me.  I ended up using a smaller bag which in turn led me to think about the things I needed and I did end up with a lighter, smaller bag and less to carry around with me!
  • Work on ‘time’ schedule.  I have been experimenting with how I utilize my time and am working out the best schedule for me.  At the moment I am finding that having specific days for specific tasks seems to be working pretty well and I am going to see how that pans out over the next week or so before committing to it.

I feel that this month, while I have managed to achieve goals in some areas, I have fallen short in others but I have valid reasons so am not too disappointed in myself, and there is always this month to work on those things too.

My Goals for July

Blog and Social Media

  • Re-design all my header graphics and social media graphics.  I have an idea of where I want to go with my graphics and want to make them more cohesive and identifiable as my brand.
  • Work on Blog Awards.  I have been lucky enough to have been gifted a few more awards and am planning on working on these this month!
  • Find more bloggers to take part in my Saturday Shout Out slot!  I have a few spaces left for July and it would be nice to have those filled up, written and scheduled soon!

Home

  • Clean the house and prepare for my Mind Crafternoon.  I want to have everywhere looking its best for my guests on the day so I’m planning on getting my carpets cleaned, doing some dusting and scrubbing everywhere until it sparkles!
  • Take some recycling to the tip.  I have a lot of cardboard that needs to go, and while we have a cardboard collection scheme I have managed to miss it for a few weeks so it has accumulated and would be easier for me to take to the recycling point at the local tip rather than wait another week.
  • Mow the lawn.  I really need to do this if I am going to host a barbecue later in the month!

Arts, Crafts, Hobbies, and Interests

  • Get all the craft things together that I will need for my Mind Crafternoon.  The sooner I get this bit done the better as Its one less thing that I will need to think about!
  • Get the invites for my Mind Crafternoon sent out.
  • Dig my other flower bed and get my rose bush planted.

Personal

  • Read 2 books this month.
  • Drink more water.
  • Be more mindful of what I’m eating and try to make better food choices.
  • Try to get to bed early at least 2 nights week.

That’s all my goals for the month! What goals do you have for June? I’d love to hear what your plans and ideas are in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “Monthly Goals – July

  1. I think it’s great that you make monthly goal instead of yearly resolutions. I don’t do yearly resolutions either.
    You also did great on reaching most of your goals for June (you can’t control the weather or being sick).
    I hope you’ll be able to reach your goals for July & have a good Crafternoon! I would like to participate in your Saturday Shout Out!

    – Karalee
    Tales of Belle

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  2. for advertising for your Shoutout Saturday, have you thought about asking the people who you feature? Like when you did mine, I made a post on my blog about it. Maybe you could ask that each one of the people you feature does that? And maybe reblogs it at least once in the following month? I tried to reblog on Saturday but time was getting away from me and my computer was being tres slow!

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