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My Goals for January 2020

Firstly, I would like to wish everyone reading this a Happy New Year! I hope 2020 brings you everything you wish for. Personally, I’ve got a feeling this is going to be a really good year. I am picking up good vibes from other people too as we collectively move into a new decade.

'Happy New Year' spelt out by sparklers.
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The purpose of this post is to let you know my January goals. Firstly though, I want to outline some larger goals and focuses that I have for 2020. These will help to put my January goals in context.

My focuses for 2020

These are some relevant keywords to describe my focuses for 2020:


Over the past few years, I have been neglecting my social life. I have a tendency to avoid social occasions, but I know that this negatively affects my mental health. Therefore, in 2020 I want to build up my social life again. I have set myself the challenge to attend at least 52 social events throughout the year (1 a week on average) with at least 25 different people.


I want to be more spontaneous and flexible in the way I manage my time. Some of my best days have been when I did something totally unplanned and unexpected. I want to harness this more in 2020.


I plan to take more initiative and get things done in 2020. When I think of something that needs doing, I will take action straight away, or as soon as possible. I will also initiate social events and appointments myself rather than waiting for someone else to arrange them.


This is similar to ‘proactive’ in that I want to take action on things that scare me. By pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I will build the confidence to achieve progressively greater things and have a lot of rewarding experiences along the way.


I want to live in the moment more and appreciate all the good things in life, however small. My mental state is much better when I am focusing on what I am doing at the present moment, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.

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Switching to a goal-based system

Over the past few years, I have been setting myself ‘monthly challenges’ which help me to focus on a particular area or areas of my life in which I want to make a difference. These have been a success on the whole, but I feel it is time to switch up my system and try a different method for organising my life. Therefore, this year I am going to be setting ‘monthly goals’ instead of ‘monthly challenges’.

Each month, I intend to set myself goals, and these will cover a wide variety of focus areas. For example, I could have goals related to exercise, my blog, reading, diet, social, financial and more… but I won’t necessarily set goals in all these categories each month. Much like I did with the monthly challenges, I will choose areas in which to focus. The difference is that not all my goals will be something that I have to do every day.

Some goals will be specific, one-off tasks that I want to complete at some point within the month. Others will be a total amount of time I want to spend on a certain activity throughout the month. Others will be activities I aim to do every day, like the monthly challenges.

Why do I think a goal-based system will work better?

  • I can still effectively have ‘monthly challenges’ by setting certain goals to be completed every day. But it means that I know where to focus my energy for the rest of the day. I will be more relaxed because there will be less pressure to do a little bit of everything every day.

  • It allows for more flexibility and freedom in my day. Rather than trying to do a bit of everything, I can choose what I feel like doing each day, and still be on track with my goals. This, in turn, will create more variety and spontaneity – every day will be different. This fits in with one of my 2020 aims – to be more spontaneous. I can have a day where I spontaneously do something totally different, such as visit a friend, and I won’t feel that I am ‘failing a challenge’ by not doing other tasks on that day.

  • It will help me to actually get stuff done. By setting one-off goals, such as specific tasks that I have been putting off, I am more likely to actually do these things.

  • It will be satisfying to tick boxes and record my progress as I try to complete as many goals as possible each month. It makes it into a game, which makes it motivating.

    Related post: How to Make Exercise into a Game

  • Change is a good thing, and a change of system will freshen things up.

  • It will allow me to focus for longer chunks on one task at a time, which is more time-efficient long-term.

  • It doesn’t matter if I don’t complete a goal. In many cases, I will have at least made progress towards the goal. I can set the next month’s goals based on the last – any that I didn’t complete I can set again, adapt, or break down into smaller steps if needed. Any goals that I found easy, I can build on. I will gain feedback and gradually refine my goals as I learn what works, how many to set, etc.

  • I will be able to build on previous goals, which allows for longer-term progress compared to what monthly challenges allowed. For example, one of my January goals is to go for 1 run. If I succeed in this, next month I may progress to 2 runs, and etc. It allows me to start small and build things up gradually.

  • Setting small goals like this will allow me to build on previous goals but without taking on too much at once. When I did monthly challenges, I would often try to carry them on in the following months. They would often fall by the wayside as my time got taken up by new challenges. By setting monthly goals, I can see where I am allocating my time, and I can keep up the momentum in certain areas by setting small, manageable goals, rather than dropping them completely in pursuit of a new challenge.
A notebook containing the quote: Wish for it, hope for it, dream of it, but by all means do it.
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My January Goals

These are the goals I have set myself for January:


Yoga with Adriene has been recommended to me by more than one person recently, so I have decided to give it a go! As well as yoga, I want to get back into running because I haven’t been for a run in a long time. I have decided to start small, with the goal to go for 1 run in January. I aim to build on this in future months.

Related post: Challenge for May 2017 – Run Every Day


  • Finish reading Harry Potter book 6
  • Read Harry Potter book 7
  • Read 1 other book

Related post: Blogtober Day 3 – Reading ‘Harry Potter’

In November and December, I challenged myself to read for 1 hour every day and was successful in this. I want to carry on reading regularly, so that’s why I have set myself these goals.


  • 62 hours of work on all things blog-related

Lately, I have been neglecting my blog a little bit. I have kept up with the essentials and have managed to publish a blog post every 6 days, but I have done very little in terms of social media and overall improvements to my blog. I would like to do more of this, as well as get ahead with scheduling blog posts in advance. Therefore I have set this general goal to spend 62 hours this month on all things blog-related. This averages at 2 hours a day.

I will set a timer for 62 hours, and start the timer every time I work on my blog. I’ll keep a note of where the timer has reached in case it resets itself at any point.

Hopefully, this goal will get me up-to-date with my blog and social media, and I might set more specific blog goals next month.

Related post: My August Challenges


  • Attend 5 social events

This fits in with my yearly challenge to attend 52 social events this year. Attending 5 in January will get me off to a good start.

Moving out

  • Take electrical items to a charity shop
  • Use up 3 items from my ‘use up pile’ each day
  • Make a list of items to give away on Freecycle
  • Compile a bag of items to take to a normal charity shop, and another bag to take to a ‘books and music’ charity shop.

One of my larger goals for the near future is to move out into my own home. This will need to be broken down into small steps, and I am starting with the above goals in January.

I already have a bag of electrical items that I have been meaning to take to a charity shop, so this month I aim to finally get round to it. I will also put together some more items to give away to charity shops and freecycle.

Since June 2019, I have been systematically using up things that need using up. I’ve managed to use 3 items from my ‘use up pile’ every day since June, and I intend to carry this on in January and beyond.


  • Make a vision board on Pinterest
  • After that, look at (and update if desired) my vision board every day
  • Spend a total of 5 hours looking up houses for sale
  • Write in my gratitude journal every day

I believe in the Law of Attraction, but I haven’t used it to its full potential so far. I hope that these goals will get me into the flow of manifesting the life I desire!

The goal to look at houses for sale also falls into the ‘moving out’ category because it will help me to manifest moving into my own house.

Writing in my gratitude journal will help me to appreciate the good things in my life, and by affirming them I will attract even more good things into my life.

A pink notebook with 'Today I am grateful' written on it.
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Have you set any goals for the new year?

If you have a new year’s resolution or a set of goals for January, I would love to hear about them! I would also love to know if you regularly set monthly goals for yourself. Does it work well for you? Do you have any tips for effective monthly goal-setting? Leave me a comment below.

I will write a follow-up post at the end of January, to let you know how I got on with my goals. In the meantime, I hope you all have a very happy and successful January!

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My Goals for January 2020


  1. You have set some amazing goals for yourself. I wish you all the best at meeting them this year. Wishing you a wonderful new year!!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you, wishing you a wonderful new year too! 🙂

  2. I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction and always write a daily gratitude and manifest list. Manifesting 100% works and I can tell from your mindset and your plans you will have a very successful year!
    The Sacred Space AP

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear that you’re getting that vibe!

  3. These are great goals and really focused with making progress! I love the use up piles and donating, great eco friendly steps! Thank you for sharing! Good luck with your goals and happy new year xx

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much! I think having a set of goals for each month as well as overall goals for the whole year is a good way to make sure that progress happens. Otherwise, I am more likely to put things off! Good luck with your goals too! xx

  4. Love your January goals and so glad to see Yoga With Adriene on that list! I love your goal of being more social and going to more social events too – best of luck with all of them! x

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you! Seeing you recommend Yoga with Adriene on your blog was one of the influences that made me decide to do it – I’m loving her videos so far! x

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