January 2020 goals, start the year strong

Not only is it a new month, but also a new year and decade. Amazing! Do you know what that means? It’s time to set some goals. There is a lot that I want to accomplish this year, so these monthly goals help me work towards that. Breaking down big goals into smaller chunks and spreading them out over time is a great way to tackle them without being overwhelmed.  My January 2020 goals will start me down the path of working towards some bigger goals while also making time for fun things I want to do. Before we look at January’s goals, let’s take a moment to see how well I did in December.

December’s goals

Life goals

  • Read at least 10 books. Yes. Check out what I read in December.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. Yes. I watched 1 season of Carmen Sandiego. On top of this, I watched 5 episodes of Sword Art Online Aliization War of Underworld, 4 episodes of Dr. STONE, 5 episodes of If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat A Demon Lord, 4 episodes of Ascendence of a Bookworm, 3 episodes of High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World, 3 episodes of Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In My Next Life, 3 episodes of Isekai Cheat Magician, and 3 episodes of Granblue Fantasy.
  • Try 1 new recipe. I know I tried something new, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what it was.
  • Spend 1 hour learning Japanese every day. Yes. I would say most days I did closer to 2 hours.
  • Eat from the pantry and freezer. Yes, we put a small dent into what we have but also bought quite a bit thanks to the holidays.
  • Sell some items. Well, I managed to sell one thing, so I guess I can call this a success.
  • Deep clean the house. Yes, the entire house is done now.
  • Work on my NaNoWriMo project. Yes and no. I did read over most of it, making notes along the way, creating some character sheets, and shuffling chapters around so they are now in chronological order. But as far as actual writing goes, I didn’t get anything new added this month.

Blogging goals

  • Update 5 posts. Almost, but not quite. I did get 3 posts updated.
  • Work on December & January’s posts. Yes, I have quite a few posts ready to go and a number of drafts waiting to be finished as well.
  • Create new pin images. Not a ton of success here, but I did manage a few.
  • Take a blogging course. The one I chose for the month was longer than expected, but really very helpful. I am close to finishing is, so a semi-success.
  • Update my ‘About me’ page. I wish I could say this happened, but sadly it didn’t. We can’t win it all.
  • Work on a super-secret blog project. It’s not a secret anymore. The Use It Up Challenge is up and running. May sure you check out January’s focus and participate.

January 2020 Goals

Life goals

  • Read at least 20 books. I’ve bumped up the number of books to 20 this month because I feel like that’s a good number to start the year off with.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. As always, I will be setting aside some time to watch a show. There are so many shows I want to watch, and a few I want to rewatch, that I have to include this in my goals
  • Try 1 new recipe. Another regular goal. I love trying new recipes, so this one will be sticking around every month.
  • Spend 1 hour learning Japanese every day. I really enjoy spending time learning Japanese, so this one is another that will repeat every month. I want to spend at least an hour every day working on it, if not more.
  • Eat from the pantry and freezer. The freezer and pantry are quite full, so this shouldn’t be a problem. Our meal plan was based around what we have.
  • Sell some items. This feels like a bit of a lost cause, as I’ve been struggling to get this done for months, but I’m going to try really hard to sell a few of the things we no longer need this month.
  • Get back into crochet. I learned how to crochet back in 2018, but haven’t touched it in quite a while. I’d like to start it up again and make a few simple items this month.
  • Work out every day. This isn’t anything new. I’ve actually been working out (almost) every day for the past few months. However, to ensure that I keep up with it, I am including it in my goals.

Writing goals

  • Work on my NaNoWriMo project. I am determined to see this novel through to the end. After doing a decent amount of background work last month, I am ready to start writing again, filling in the gaps and bringing the story to a close.
  • Relearn Scrivener. I recently reinstalled Scrivener on my computer and I want to use it for writing. However, I have totally forgotten how it works. So, I will be reacquainting myself with this program.
  • Do some research. Though my story is set in a fantasy world, there are some items that I need to research in order to write them out properly. This will likely take me more than a month to complete, as I want to be thorough and there are other tasks to work on as well, but I want to at least get this started.
  • Journal every day. Much like exercising, this isn’t a new thing. I have been doing this nearly every day for the last month and really enjoy it. To ensure I stick with it, I am officially adding ti to my goals. This will also allow me to get better at my handwriting, which is terribly sloppy at this point.

Blogging goals

  • Update 5 posts. It’s a never-ending blog task, but most of the time I don’t mind it.
  • Work on January & February’s posts. I’ve got a good start on January’s posts, but I also want to start working on some for February. It took me forever to get ahead on the blog, so now I’m determined to stay ahead.
  • Create new pin images. Another never-ending blog task. If I keep at this, eventually it will become easier and I won’t be struggling to keep up with them.
  • Take a blogging course. The plan is to finish the one from last month and then do a short one.
  • Update my ‘About me’ page. It will happen this time!

What are your January 2020 goals? Starting any new projects or continuing on with something from last year?


  1. These are all such great goals! Good luck accomplishing them all and thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you. I’m sure I will get them all done this month.

  2. Well done with your December goals! I love that you set goals that are completely achievable. After all, little steps lead us to big achievements.

    1. Thank you. I try to make realistic goals so that I can achieve them all. Very true. Breaking them down like this leads me to those bigger goals in the end.

  3. You are my hero! This is a list of sweet a@* goals! I’m going to emulate you for sure. I have been learning Arabic for the past few years and that’s enough already–I need to get to full conversational level already. And my workout life is just sad. 2020 is here–it’s time to do better, lol

    1. Thank you! I’m glad I could inspire you. That’s fantastic that you have been learning Arabic, good luck getting to full conversation level with it. You’ve got this!

  4. I love lists! This is so organized, you’ve mapped out your goals well. Congrats on those goals that you were able to accomplish and wishing you the best for those goals you are currently in pursuit of 🙂

    1. Thank you. I wasn’t always this organized with things but it certainly helps with keeping track of everything.

  5. These are all great goals! I love how specific and measurable they are; that’s how you meet them. I’ll definitely add reading more books to my goals.

    1. Thank you. I try to keep them as specific as I can so that they are attainable. I’m glad I could inspire you to read more.

  6. We are definitely right there with you on the “sell some items” goal. We need to get rid of some stuff that never gets used and is just taking up space!

    1. I hope you have better luck selling items than I have. It’s nice to reclaim space when you have items laying around you don’t use anymore.

  7. You have set some great goals for January! I cannot believe you have set a target for 20 books in January. I am lucky if I manage one as I rubbish at allocating time to read! Good luck with your goals for the month and happy new year xx

    1. Thank you. I do a ton of reading every month, so 20 isn’t too many for me. You know what, reading even a single book is great, so keep it up!

  8. These are ambitious goals, especially 20 books this month! Wishing you all the best for them. 😊

    1. I love to read, so 20 isn’t that unrealistic for me. Thank you.

    1. Thank you. Winter is my big reading time, so I tend to read a ridiculous amount during these months. Three is a good number to read in a month.

  9. You always have the best goals!! Heres to reading and enjoying your books!!

    1. Thank you. I try to make them fun but also challenging.

  10. I really like your goals (love Carmen Sandiego by the way:)) I really should follow your lead and set a goal for blog posts updating. Such a great idea.

    1. Thank you. I love Carmen Sandiego, can’t wait until the next season. It’s well worth making it a regular goal to ensure that it gets done.

  11. Great goals!! I have always wanted to learn how to crochet!! 20 books are soo many omg I love reading and can bearly read 2 a month lol

    1. Thank you. Crochet is actually pretty fun and surprisingly easy to learn. I’ve definitely recommend giving it a try. Two books in a month is still a good amount. I just tend to read a lot since I don’t have much else to do.

  12. I’m really struggling with Pinterest (don’t even get me started on Instagram) also! Let me know if you ever find a good system that works. Thanks for the post!

    1. I’m still trying to fully figure out Pinterest. So far the only thing that seems to work is super consistent pinning every single day.

    1. Thanks. It’s been my biggest blogging struggle the last few months, so hopefully, this is the month I can tackle it.

  13. Love your blog! Carmen Sandiego is on my list to watch. I loved the show and game as a kid, so I think it will be fun to see the new one!

    1. Thank you! If you loved the Carmen Sandiego games and show then you will love this series. I used to live for the game and show growing up, so now it’s like getting to experience it all over again in a new way.

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