I set myself quite a few goals in April, knowing I would have lots of time to work on them whilst in lockdown. April has flown by much faster than I expected it to! Despite this, I am pleased to say that I managed to complete the majority of my April goals, and even exceeded some of them.
An evaluation of my April Goals
- Follow along with 1 Yoga with Adriene video each day
I succeeded in completing this goal! I followed along with the Nurture playlist which I enjoyed. It is helpful following a playlist because it takes away the decision-making of which yoga video to do next.
There were 2 days when I ran out of time to do yoga. On both these occasions, I caught up by doing 2 yoga sessions the next day.
I am yet to notice any huge improvements in my strength, flexibility or physique from doing yoga. It’s hard to tell, as some days are better than others, but I think there may be subtle improvements.
In May, I am looking forward to following along with the new monthly playlist called ‘Meditate’ which includes some meditation videos as well as yoga.
- Go for 2 runs
I didn’t go for any runs this month. The main reason for this is that since lockdown began I have been going for a long walk every day with my dad, weather permitting. This has added up to plenty of cardio exercise, and besides, we are only supposed to be going out for one exercise session per day! So I have no regrets about not completing this goal. It simply turned out to be an unsuitable goal for this month.
I plan to set running goals again in the future, but not in May because I anticipate going on lots more walks.
Related post: How to Get More Exercise Without Putting in Extra Time
- Finish reading The Night Circus
- Read 3 more books
I finished reading The Night Circus, and I will be posting a review of it on my blog soon. I only read 1 and a half more books though. One of these was Curly Girl: The Handbook which I read because I am trying the Curly Girl Method at the moment. The book I got halfway through is Brick Lane by Monica Ali. Even though I didn’t complete my April reading goals, I have still decided to set ambitious reading goals in May. I am determined to make more time for reading!
- Update all my old blog posts for SEO
I succeeded in updating all my old blog posts for SEO, with the help of the Yoast plugin. I am hoping this will have a positive impact on my blog stats.
- Secure 1 collaboration of any kind
I managed to secure not just 1, but 2 collaborations! One of them was with a brand which I found on Twitter asking for bloggers to test their product. A few days later, an author approached me via email asking if I would review her book. I am looking forward to working on both of these during May.
I am open to more collaborations! If you are a blogger or brand who would like to collaborate with me, please get in touch.
- Have 6 blog posts scheduled in May onwards
I didn’t reach this goal because I only managed to have 3 posts scheduled in May and beyond. However, I am pleased with the posts that I wrote and published during April, and the ones I have scheduled for May. I have also done some good planning work for future blog posts. I am hoping to get a little further ahead of myself in May. Hopefully, by the end of the month, I will have several posts scheduled for June and beyond.
- Have 30 new blog followers
I am delighted to say that I reached this goal, and got 31 new blog followers! Earlier in the month, I didn’t get many new followers and I was doubtful that I would reach this goal. Towards the end of the month, I took part in lots of Twitter comment and subscribe threads, and managed to get more blog followers this way, reaching 30 on the very last day of April! A big thank you to everyone who followed my blog!
- Use 3 items from my ‘use-up pile’ every day
I have a pile of items that need using up, and I managed to use 3 items from the pile each day. This has helped towards my continual goal of using stuff up and clearing space. I plan to carry this on in May!
Related post: Using Things Up in June
- Clean my window sill and window
I didn’t do this. This was partially laziness and unwillingness to do an unappealing task. Also, as the end of the month drew near, it became clear that I wouldn’t complete all of my goals in time. Therefore, I decided to prioritise the ones that I thought would be more impactful, such as my blogging goals.
- Write in my gratitude journal every day
I wrote in my gratitude journal every day, and it’s become habitual now. I really like keeping a gratitude journal for the reasons outlined in this post: Grateful, Proud and Always Learning
- Be in bed with lights out by 11.45 at the latest each night
- Get out of bed by 7.45 at the latest each morning
I was in bed with lights out by 11.45 on every evening apart from one. This was because I was up late playing online games with a friend. I also managed to get out of bed by 7.45 every morning apart from one when I overslept for 5 minutes and got up at 7.50. At the start of the month, I could feel the difference, as I had previously been going to bed by 12 and getting up by 8. I felt more tired, but I soon adjusted to the new times.
Towards the end of the month, I shifted into a totally new routine! The first thing I like to do in the morning is to have a drink of hot water. This helps me to feel refreshed. I discovered that if I fill a flask with hot water the night before and keep it in my room, I am more inclined to get up early because I can have the water in my room and I don’t have to go downstairs straight away. I have been doing this for the past week or so and I have found it surprisingly easy to get up as early as 6.30 am!
Because of this, I am setting a different kind of goal for May. I plan to get up at 6.45 am, but I won’t have a set bedtime. I will aim to be in bed as soon as possible after 10 pm.
- Read issues 6-7 of the Permaculture Times
I read both these issues and I enjoyed them. A highlight was listening to the podcasts featured in the issues, whilst working on a sewing project. This combination of tasks worked well. I haven’t received any new issues of the Permaculture Times this month so I won’t be setting this as a goal in May.
- Read 40 Steve Pavlina articles
Steve Pavlina is a great personal development blogger who I have followed for years. I only managed to read 33 out of 40 of his posts during April. This was an easy goal and I could have reached it, however, I decided to prioritise more impactful goals when time ran short at the end of the month. I have decided not to set this as a goal in May because I want to put more focus onto specific projects that will help move my life forward in the direction I want.
- Learn French every day
Every day in April, I completed some French lessons on the Duolingo app. I am proud of my progress and I’m finding it easier and easier. I am definitely going to continue learning French in May because I am really enjoying it. To increase the challenge, I have upped my ‘daily goal’ from the ‘regular’ setting to the ‘serious’ setting which means I will need to spend longer on the app each day to reach it. This should still be easy because I was already far exceeding my daily goal on most days in April.
- Compose 2 pieces of music (any style, length, instrumentation etc.)
I managed to compose 2 pieces, although there is still a bit of polishing I need to do before I can say they are complete. I am calling this a success though because I completed them to the best of my ability during April. For various reasons they just need more time and research to get them right. I have had a few more composing ideas lately so I plan to do more in May!
- Maximum of 12 ‘sweet treats’ during the month
I succeeded in limiting myself to 12 ‘sweet treats’ (cakes, sweets, desserts etc.) during April. Unlike in March, when I didn’t save enough ‘allowances’ for the end of the month, I managed to space my sweet treats out well this month. It’s good to know I am getting accustomed to eating less sweet foods, as this will have positive effects on my health. In May, I will limit myself to a maximum of 10 ‘sweet treats’.
- Sort my hair products into those suitable for the Curly Girl Method and those that are not.
This month, I started following the Curly Girl Method and I sorted out my hair products accordingly. So this goal was successfully completed! Around half of the hair products I currently own are suitable for the Curly Girl Method.
- Watch Harry Potter films 4, 5 and 6
Over the past few months, I have been gradually watching all the Harry Potter films. In April, I watched and enjoyed films 4, 5 and 6. I only have 2 more films to go now, which I plan to watch in May!
Related post: Blogtober Day 3 – Reading Harry Potter
Did you set any April goals?
I would love to know how you got on with your April goals, if you set any. Were any of them similar to mine? Let me know in the comments.