Monthly Goal Setting – January Complete

After being very flat and unmotivated towards the end of last year in December I started thinking about what I wanted out of 2016. I knew I wanted to be happier and accomplish more. To do that I wanted to try monthly goal setting, rather than grand New Year’s Resolutions.

Now generally in the past whenever I’ve set goals, they have been extremely large goals. This means I end up finding them to be very daunting. I immediately panic and think I’m not going to achieve them because they’re so big, which of course┬áleads me to self-sabotage. A bad situation all round really.

Before Christmas I was at the local shopping mall with my sister and she ended up dragging me into Kikki K. I say dragging, because I’ve never really been a stationery lover, but hey, maybe I can be converted?

Anyway, as I was aimlessly wandering around the store I came across the Goals Journal. I knew instantly this was going to be exactly what I needed to get my mojo back on track, as it had a place to write down your goals – monthly!

My sister saw me looking at it and said she’d get it for me for Christmas. It was a done deal. It’s a gorgeous workbook really. It has quotes throughout and the first several pages explain the best way to use the journal.

I used the time between Christmas and New Year to start thinking about goals I wanted to set for January. Instead of falling victim to my old ways, I used the Goals Journal (I have the black one) to write down just the ones for January while also not making them so big.

In the journal, each month there is room for 4 goals. My 4 goals for January (1 – 31 Jan) were:

  1. Lose 1 Kilogram
  2. Publish 1 blog post each week
  3. Read 1 book
  4. Do some sort of activity/ exercise 3 times a week.

If you’ve read the heading, you already know that I personally think I’ve completed my January goals. Well here’s the proof:

  1. Lost a total of 2.7 kgs – STOKED!
  2. Published a total of 4 blog posts in January and all were in separate weeks – you can read them here, here, here and here.
  3. Book was call Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson – finished it in a weekend and now need to find the next book in the series
  4. I wasn’t totally consistent with the 3 times a week, but I’m still calling it completed as I know that I definitely moved more and for longer amounts of time each week than I have for a very long while.

Now that I’ve nailed all my January goals, I’m moving onto the ones for February.

I’ve decided that I’m on a bit of a roll, so I’m going to keep all the same goals, exactly the same.

If you think I’m cheating because it’ll be easy, as I’ve already completed them once, no you are wrong. This week (first week in February) I can feel that I’ve already slipped a bit.

This blog post is coming out later in the week than I want, I’ve eaten way too much chocolate cake this week, I’ve moved less and I’ve not read anything since finishing that first book 2 weeks ago.

I need to keep the momentum while I have a small piece of it left and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.


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  1. Well done on reaching your January goals, a great start to the year – breaking them down is a great way to get momentum happening – look forward to your February goals update – keep going!

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