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My Goals for May 2020

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.

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My May Goals

Exercise

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.

Reading

  • 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!

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.

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Moving out

  • Use 3 items from my β€˜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

Manifestation

  • 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.

Sleep

  • 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.

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Learning

  • 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.

Composing

  • 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.

Social

  • 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.

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Diet

  • Maximum of 10 β€˜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.

Appearance

  • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

May Guidelines

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.

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20 Comments

  1. This is such an inspiring post, good luck with all your goals! πŸ’•

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you found it inspiring! πŸ’•

  2. Oh My!! It is a long list. I really like how you pick different items, from self-care, to nutrition, to work-related. Good Luck!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you! I like to keep it varied, even if it is a bit ambitious!

  3. You have some great goals for May! Good luck with achieving them all!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much!

  4. Good luck with all of your goals for the month! It is great that you have a lot of ideas planned for the blog. I need to do a better job of making better alt text myself. YESSSS on writing in the gratitude journal. Keep it up with doing a great job!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you! I never really bothered with making good ALT text until recently when I read about how important it is, for SEO as well as for visually impaired readers! I recommend keeping a gratitude journal if you don’t already, it’s really helpful 😊

  5. It’s so cool that you’re learning French! I wish I could speak another language. Awesome goals, good luck with them πŸ™‚

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you! I was never any good at languages at school, so I’m quite surprised that I’m actually getting on quite well at French! I recommend the app Duolingo if you ever do decide to learn another language. πŸ™‚

  6. Tanya says:

    Great post Sophie! You definitely have a lot of goals. I can’t wait to see you conquer them πŸ˜‰

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much!

  7. Awesome post! So many great ideas!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed reading it!

  8. Wow, you have some great goals for May! I should try something like this. I want to progress on my blog as well, and maybe if I had concise numbers in mind, they’d be easier to execute. I need to get into Pinterest as well!

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    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you! I would recommend setting goals – I definitely find it easier to motivate myself when I have specific numbers in mind!

  9. Such good goals. I have similar reading goals and love Yoga with Adriene. A gratitude journal is a daily practice for me too. Just followed you on Twitter.

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Ah, it sounds like we have similar interests and goals! I love keeping a gratitude journal, I’m glad you do it too. I’ve followed you back on Twitter 😊

  10. salonie malhotra says:

    Amazing goals Sophie. I make new goals every next day but fail to keep up with them. Are there any strategies or tools/ reminders you use to successfully check them off your list?

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I have a notebook that I write down all my goals in, and I draw boxes to check when I complete them! I make a separate to-do list every day and I make sure to add in a few things related to my goals each day. That way I am always reminded about my goals. Good luck with yours, I hope you manage to find a way to keep up with them!

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