It’s time to get started on a fresh set of monthly goals! I have set my May goals with the assumption that the current lockdown will continue throughout May. Therefore all my goals are possible to complete at home. Even if this changes, I think a period of adjustment would be needed anyway, rather than jumping straight into out-of-house goals.
Even though I didn’t quite manage to complete all of my April goals, I have still set quite ambitious goals for May. I have made a few changes to my daily routine that will help to cut procrastination and hopefully increase my productivity this month.
Related post: June 2017 Challenge – Cut Internet Procrastination
I have been more careful this month to make sure my May goals are relevant to my current long-term goals and projects, including my blog, rather than setting random goals that won’t really get me anywhere.
My May Goals
- Follow along with the Yoga with Adriene ‘Meditate’ playlist.
Last month I followed along with the ‘Nurture’ playlist on the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel (which I thoroughly recommend). This month’s playlist is called ‘Meditate’ and it includes some meditation videos as well as yoga. I plan to follow along with that playlist throughout May.
- Finish reading Brick Lane
- Read 4 more books
At the time of writing this I am about halfway through Brick Lane by Monica Ali. I plan to finish this book and read 4 more in May. Look out for plenty of book reviews coming soon on my blog!
- Write and schedule 9 blog posts
This is self-explanatory. I plan to write and schedule 9 blog posts this month, some of which will be published in May and some of which will be scheduled for June and beyond.
- Have 30 new blog followers
Last month, I succeeded in getting 30 new followers on my blog. I would like to replicate this in May and gain another 30 new followers.
- Add descriptive ALT text to all photos on my blog
In April, I went through and updated all my old blog posts to optimise them for SEO. One thing I neglected to do was to add or update the ALT text on the photos. I plan to go through and do this during May.
- Backup my blog and get a professional theme
For a while, I have been thinking about buying a professional theme to improve the aesthetics of my blog. This month I plan to take the leap. I already have backup plugins on my blog but I will make absolutely sure that my blog is backed up before installing a new theme.
If anyone has any advice about moving to a professional theme, I would love to hear from you! Please let me know in the comments.
- Create and pin 3 new Pinterest pins every day
When I focus on my Pinterest account, it brings a lot of visitors to my blog. However, I have been neglecting my Pinterest lately and have hardly made any new pins. This month I am going to up my Pinterest game by creating and pinning 3 brand new pins every day. I am hoping to achieve a boost in my blog traffic by doing this.
- Use 3 items from my ‘use-up pile’ every day
For almost a year now I have been working my way through a pile of products and items that I want to use up to clear space. I plan to use 3 items from this pile every day. This doesn’t mean I have to use them right up in a single day – most of the products will take many uses.
Related post: Using Things Up in June
- Write in my gratitude journal every day
I love keeping a gratitude journal and I have been setting this as a goal every month since January. I am looking forward to filling out my gratitude journal throughout May.
- Set my alarm for 6.30 am and get up by 6.45 am at the latest
This is a big step compared to last month when my goal was to get up at 7.45 at the latest. However, I recently started a new morning routine which has made it much easier for me to get up at an earlier time. This involves making a flask of water the night before so that I can have a hot drink as soon as I wake up, without leaving my room. This sounds like such a simple thing, but it’s amazing what a difference it has made to my motivation to get out of bed.
The reason why I want to get up earlier is because I love the atmosphere of the early morning hours, and I tend to be more productive when I start my day early.
I haven’t set a specific bedtime for this month, but as a guideline, I will aim to be in bed as soon as possible after 10 pm. Then I will read (or go on my phone) in bed until I am sleepy.
- Learn French every day
Last month, I downloaded the Duolingo app on my phone, and I have done a little bit of French practise every day. I am really enjoying learning the language and I have surprised myself at how well I am progressing. Therefore I did not hesitate to set this goal again this month.
I have upped my ‘daily goal’ from ‘regular’ to ‘serious’ in the app. This will increase the level of challenge because I will need to spend longer each day learning French to reach my goal. In April I was far exceeding my daily goal on most days, so this should still be manageable.
- Compose 1 piece of music
Lately, I have been writing some of my own music. Last month I wrote 2 pieces; this month I am aiming to write one more. I already have an idea of what I am going to write, so I am excited to get started.
- Take part in 5 video calls
Despite being on lockdown, I think it would be good for me to take part in some form of social events, rather than getting too isolated. Therefore I have set myself the goal to take part in 5 video calls this month. These could include group events or calls to individual friends. I won’t include calls to the small handful of people that I already video call regularly and am very comfortable with.
- Maximum of 10 ‘sweet treats’ during the month
Over the past few months, I have been cutting down on sugar by limiting myself to a certain number of ‘sweet treats’ per month. This includes chocolate, cakes, sweets, desserts or anything similar that contains a significant amount of sugar. The maximum number of ‘sweet treats’ I will allow myself in May is 10.
- Follow my skincare routine every morning and evening
Last year, I made a skincare routine and stuck to it for a few months. However, since then I have neglected my skincare routine and only followed it occasionally. I would like to get back into it during May, so I have set myself the goal to follow it every day. This will also help me to use up some of my skincare products because I have quite a few.
- Practise the clarinet 10 times
I own a clarinet and I would like to get better at playing it. This is especially because one of the pieces I composed last month was for clarinet. I would like to try playing it to work out how ‘playable’ it is and whether it works for the instrument. Therefore I have set myself the goal to practise the clarinet 10 times during May.
- Watch Harry Potter films 7 and 8
Over the past few months, I have been working my way through all of the Harry Potter films. The only ones I haven’t watched yet are the last two, which I plan to watch this month.
The following are not goals, but rather guidelines that I plan to follow this month:
- Avoid snacking between meals. If I am still hungry after a meal, eat something else straight away rather than waiting.
- Replace gaming, social media and random internet browsing with reading as my default ‘filler activity’.
- Practise the Curly Girl Method.
That’s all my May Goals
I am excited to work on all of these goals, and hopefully, complete them! Have you set yourself any goals in May, or are you taking a more relaxed approach to the month? Let me know in the comments.