April 2024 Goals & March Review

April has arrived. It’s hard to believe we are already in the fourth month of the year. The seasons are shifting and it’s starting to feel more like spring – though winter can still make its presence known from time to time. With this weather change comes a shift in my attention. Garden season will be here before we know it and that means a lot of my focus will be on getting the garden ready for planting. That’s a big part of my goals for the month, but I also have some of the usual ones as there is always blog work to do and books to read. Before we get into my April 2024 goals, I want to take a moment to share how I did with March’s goals.

March review

March was a fairly good month. We had gorgeous weather in the first half and it gave me hope for an early spring. But then winter reared its ugly head again and my plans to get a big jumpstart on garden work were squashed. However, my goals kept me busy and I was able to keep up with nearly all of them, so I am happy with how the month went.

Life

  • Read at least 10 books. Yes. See what I read in March.
  • Study Japanese. Mostly. I didn’t quite get to this every day but it was close.
  • Watch at least 2 shows on Crunchyroll. Yes. I watched 1 season of Ascendence of a Bookworm, 1 season of Gamers!, and 1 season of Sacrificial Princess And The King of Beasts. On top of this, I also watched 4 episodes of Delicious In Dungeon from my Netflix to-watch list.
  • Reorganize the kitchen. This is still a work in progress as it takes time to figure out where to store items so they are easy to find and access.
  • Try at least 2 new recipes. Yes! I tried 9 new recipes in March and they were all great.
  • Start seeds for the garden. Yes. I got my tomato and pepper seeds plants and nearly all of them have sprouted.

Blogging

  • Post regularly. Yes, I got 2-3 posts done per week.
  • Update at least 10 old posts. Nope. I didn’t update a single post this month.
  • Work on March and April’s posts. Yes. I struggled with this at first but then hit my stride in the second half of the month
  • Reply to comments in a timely manner. I’m 90% sure I kept up with this.

April 2024 Goals

April is potentially going to be a busy month – but it’s mostly dependent on the weather. This is the time of year when the weather is either warm or wintery. If it’s nice, I’ll be spending plenty of time working on the garden, however, if it’s wintery, I will be indoors working on blog and household tasks.

Life

  • Read at least 10 books. I’m once again aiming for 10 books in a month. I did well the last two months with this and I feel like I can do it again. My April TBR is full of great-sounding books.
  • Study Japanese.  I’m looking to spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
  • Watch at least 2 shows on Crunchyroll. I have 100+ anime I want to watch on Crunchyroll, so this month, I’ll be aiming to watch at least 2 of them.
  • Try at least 2 new recipes. I want to try 20 new recipes this year, so I’m aiming to try at least 2 each month.
  • Start seeds for the garden. This month I will be planting flower and herb seeds. I may also start some brassicas if the weather is looking good for an early planting of those.
  • Prep the garden area. This will be entirely weather-dependent. However, I want to get my garden beds prepped as best I can and a few other garden tasks before planting time arrives.

Blogging

  • Post regularly. I plan to post at least 3 times per week. If I can post more often that would be fine too.
  • Update at least 10 old posts. I have a ton of old posts that need to be updated, so I’m aiming to get at least 10 of those done this month.
  • Work on April and May’s posts. I have about half of April’s posts done, so I’ll be working on the rest and then moving on to May’s posts.
  • Reply to comments in a timely manner. The goal is to reply to them within 72 hours of receiving a comment.

I hope you enjoyed my April 2024 goals. What goals have you set this month?

12 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your wins and things you want to work on. It is so refreshing to read something so honest regarding accomplishments nowadays.

    Keep up the great work!

    1. Author

      I feel like it’s important to share whether I was successful or not with these goals, otherwise, what’s the point of talking about them. Thank you.

  2. I love the idea of making monthly goals and then reflecting to see where you’re at and how you’re accomplishing them! I think it makes them a lot more attainable that way, plus gives you a chance to pause and reflect. Also, good for you for reading 10 books a month, that’s impressive!

    1. Author

      Thank you. I certainly find that sharing them makes me want to work at them harder and do my best to hit them all. But I’m also not afraid to share when I don’t reach them and that’s motivation to try and do better with the next month.

  3. Holy catfish! Ten books in a month! You go, girl!

    1. Author

      Thank you! I do love reading so 10 books is usually achievable.

  4. Wow, you did a great job of accomplishing your goals. I need to start writing out mine like this!

    1. Author

      Thank you. Writing them down, and especially sharing them publicly, really helps to push you to keep up with them.

  5. These are pretty good goals! Writing them down like this probably really helps with getting them done hey?!

    1. Author

      Thank you. Yes, it definitely gives me extra incentive to work on them.

  6. I’m a big HF fan and the book you read The African Samurai sounds tempting. 10 books a month is a lot for me though! brilliant that you manage that with how busy you keep yourself! I love how how you set yourself goals each month. I really should be doing that. I have to do lists related to my blog but it’s not the same!

    1. Author

      Thank you. I hope you do pick it up and enjoy it. No matter how busy I am, I always set aside a minimum of an hour a day to read. I also use to-do lists but you are right, they are different than goals lists.

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