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My Goals for April 2020

A new month means new goals! However, this month is a little different to usual. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, I will be confined to my home for at least the first half of April, if not the whole month. Therefore I have set myself goals that can be completed at home!

With all the free time at the moment, I anticipate getting a lot done this month. Therefore I have set fairly ambitious April goals, but I have still tried to keep them realistic. I learnt this lesson the hard way in February when I set far too many goals and didn’t complete them all. Hopefully, I have got the balance right this month!

Related post: How to set goals you WILL achieve

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My April Goals

Exercise

I am a big fan of Adriene’s YouTube channel and have been following along with her yoga videos every day since the start of January. This month, she has released a playlist called ‘Nurture’ and I will be following along with this.

  • Go for 2 runs

Last month, I challenged myself to go for 1 run and I succeeded, so this month I am progressing to 2.

A woman running along a lane, shaded by trees.
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Reading

  • Finish reading The Night Circus
  • Read 3 more books

I am currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and I hope to finish it soon, and then read 3 more books. I already have books in mind that I want to read, but I will decide the order as I go along.

Blog

  • Update all my old blog posts for SEO

When I first started my blog, I had no idea about SEO. Therefore, my early posts are not optimised. With the help of the Yoast plug-in, I plan to update my old blog posts to make them more SEO friendly.

  • Secure 1 collaboration of any kind

One of my intentions this year is to collaborate more with brands and other bloggers. Therefore I have set myself the goal to secure one collaboration of any kind in April. This could be working with a brand, reviewing a gifted book or product, collaborating with another blogger, writing or accepting a guest post, or any other kind of collaboration. It doesn’t have to be completed in April, just secured.

If you are a blogger or brand who would like to collaborate with me, please get in touch!

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  • Have 6 blog posts scheduled in May onwards

It is only recently that I have started sticking to a blogging schedule. Before, I would just post randomly, and I never scheduled posts in advance. Recently though, I have been getting ahead and scheduling some posts. By the end of April, I hope to have at least 6 posts scheduled for May and beyond.

  • Have 30 new blog followers

I would like to increase the following on my blog and get new email subscribers. My target for April is 30 new followers/subscribers (an average of one new follower per day).

Moving out

  • Use 3 items from my ‘use-up pile’ every day

I have a pile of items that need using up, and I plan to use 3 each day to help towards my goal of using stuff up and clearing space.

Related post: Using Things Up in June

  • Clean my window sill and window

This area of my room is really dirty, so I plan to clean it this month. If my room is clean and tidy I will be more prepared to move out.

A potted plant in front of a window looking out at a garden.
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Manifestation

  • Write in my gratitude journal every day

I keep a journal where I write down things I am grateful for, things I am proud of, and lessons I have learned. I find this really helpful and I plan to continue writing in my journal every day in April.

Sleep

  • 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 am gradually working towards going to bed earlier and getting up earlier, for wellbeing and productivity reasons. This is a small, manageable step forward from last month when I was going to bed by 12 and getting up by 8.

Learning

  • Read issues 6-7 of the Permaculture Times

I am interested in Permaculture, and I get a free magazine in my email inbox called the Permaculture Times. I plan to read issues 6 and 7 this month.

  • Read 40 Steve Pavlina articles

Steve Pavlina is a personal development blogger who I have followed for years, and I find his content outstanding and really helpful. It’s been a while since I caught up on reading his blog posts though, so I plan to read 40 of them over the course of the month.

  • Learn French every day

I’ve never been very good at learning languages, but I felt inspired to try and learn French. I downloaded the Duolingo app and I plan to work on it a little bit each day.

Part of the reason I chose French is that I’d like to visit Paris someday.

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Composing

  • Compose 2 pieces of music (any style, length, instrumentation etc.)

I want to try and write some of my own music, so I have set myself the goal of composing 2 pieces of music in April. They don’t have to be very long, or especially good, because I am out of practice at composing so I will need to develop the skill. They just have to be complete.

Diet

  • Maximum of 12 ‘sweet treats’ during the month

I am trying to cut down on the amount of sugar in my diet, so I am limiting myself to a maximum of 12 ‘sweet treats’ this month. This includes chocolate, cakes, sweets, desserts or anything similar that contains a significant amount of sugar.

Appearance

  • Sort my hair products into those suitable for the Curly Girl Method and those that are not.

I have been thinking about trying the ‘Curly Girl Method’ to see if it would work for my hair. Now seems like the perfect time to give it a try because not many people will be seeing the state of my hair!

I already own quite a few hair products and I plan to sort them out and see which ones are suitable for the Curly Girl Method.

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Miscellaneous

  • Watch Harry Potter films 4, 5 and 6

I recently read the whole Harry Potter series, and now I am gradually watching all the films. Last month, I watched films 2 and 3, and this month I plan to watch films 4, 5 and 6.

Related post: Blogtober Day 3 – Reading Harry Potter

That’s all my April Goals

Hopefully, I will be able to complete them all because I have plenty of time to work on them! Have you set yourself any goals in April? Were they influenced by the COVID-19 situation, or were they things you hoped to achieve anyway? I would love to hear from you – let me know in the comments!

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12 Comments

  1. I love these goals – added a few of them to my own personal list. Would love to see how you get on with the curly girl method as it is something I have been wanting to try for years but have never got around to.

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I’m glad to have inspired you! I may do an update post about the curly girl method once I’ve tried it properly!

  2. Thanks for the article Sophie- some great goals! I’ve also been using the Duolingo app to learn French. And like you, I’ve never really found it easy to learn languages. I do a 5-minute lesson every day, sometimes more. But I think 5 minutes helps me to stick at it so it doesn’t feel like a chore. I’m also planning on reading a couple of books over the next month. All the best with your goals!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I’ve been doing the same with Duolingo – just a short lesson every day, but sometimes I do more. Thank you, all the best with your French-learning and reading!

  3. These are amazing goals! Looks like you are keeping yourself productive especially in this season of isolation. I love journaling too! Are you using a regular notebook or do you have a journal that has questions to follow?😀

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you! I just use a regular notebook. How about you?

  4. I love the breadth of these goals. I could see tweaking every one of them for me.
    I love this blogging idea, too. Nothing like having the whole internet hold me accountable! I just started listing some general seasonal homesteading goals, but I like this monthly idea, too!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you! That’s so true – it gives me an extra push to complete my goals when I know people have read about them! Good luck with your homesteading goals! I like setting monthly goals because it’s a short enough timeframe that I don’t just put them off. But seasonal goals would work too!

  5. I love your goals for the month and definitely makes me think I should set some and I hope you reach them. I’ll help towards one of them and begin following your blog.

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much for helping towards my goals by following my blog! I definitely recommend setting goals, it really helps motivate me to get things done 🙂

  6. Good luck with your goals this month! I hope April is a great month for you! X

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you! I hope April is great for you too! x

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