January 2022 goals & December review

A new month and year have arrived! It’s hard to believe that 2021 is already over and we are in a new year with new opportunities before us. Though many people use January as an opportunity to start something new through making resolutions, I instead will be sticking with making monthly goals. I find that I am more successful when I set goals over resolutions. Breaking down my bigger goals into smaller chunks on a monthly basis helps a lot. Before we look at my January 2022 goals, let’s take a moment to look back and see how I did with my December goals.

December review

I cut back quite a bit on my goals for December. The main reason was that I had to focus on finishing my milwordy goal. However, I also wanted to enjoy the holidays and not enter the new year feeling burnt out. Of course, that slightly backfired, as burnout did hit me partway through the month.

Life goals

  • Read at least 5 books. That and more! Check out what I read in December.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. Nope, I barely made any time for TV.

Japanese goals

  • Review Japanese for 30 minutes a day. Close. I did take a few days off from studying around the holidays. There were also a number of days where I spent much more than 30 minutes reviewing. This solid month of review has me excited to dive fully into new lessons next month.

Writing goals

  • Complete my milwordy challenge. It was really close, but I am happy to say that yes, I reached my milwordy goal. I will be sharing a breakdown of how the final few months went later this month.

Blogging goals

  • Reply to comments in a timely manner. I would say I did pretty darn good with this. Except for one week when I got busy, I kept up with replying to comments within 48 hours of receiving them.

January 2022 goals

After having a relatively easy month in December, I am ready to increase the number of goals I have this month. However, I am also feeling some decent burnout, mostly when it comes to writing, so I am still limiting the number of goals for the month.

Life goals

  • Read at least 5 books. Since reading is one of my favorite ways to spend time, I am, of course, making sure to keep this goal. Five books is a good number, but if I read more than that then I’ll be happy.
  • Watch 2 seasons of a show. I have so many shows I am behind on, that this month I am going to take some time to catch up on a few.

Japanese goals

  • Study Japanese for at least an hour a day. Now that I have had a solid month of reviewing, I want to get back to doing new lessons and really ramp up my Japanese study. I will be dedicating at least one hour every day to studying Japanese.
  • Learn 15 Kanji. I would like to learn 15 new Kanji this month. That includes the meaning, pronunciation, and the proper stroke order.

Writing goals

  • Work on a writing project. Though I am feeling burnt out with writing, thanks to last year’s writing challenge, I do want to dedicate some time to working on a writing project or two. This will likely be done in a casual manner, working on whatever project that strikes my fancy.

Blogging goals

  • Reply to comments in a timely manner. I did really well with this last month, so I want to keep this up.
  • Work on January and February’s blog posts. I have a decent start on January’s posts, so I aim to finish the rest and then work on a few posts for February.
  • Learn how to use Gutenberg. I still use the Classic Editor addon with WordPress because I didn’t want to switch to Gutenberg when it first came out. However, I do want to put the effort into learning how to use it so I can stop using that addon. This month I will be learning the ins and outs of Gutenberg.

Those are my January 2022 goals. What goals have you made for the month?


  1. Congrats on reaching your milwordy goal! Well done. It’s understandable to want to ease up a bit on writing after that. I still use the Classic editor most of the time. It fits well with the way I put my posts together, but I use Gutenberg for pages and posts where I need tables. I think each version has benefits. It’s nice to know I could use Gutenberg if the Classsic version ever went away, though, so it’s definitely worthwhile to learn. Good luck with all of your goals.

    1. Thank you! Classic editor is really handy but it will be nice to know how to use Gutenberg if/when Classic editor is no longer available.

  2. It is good to see how to set practical and achievable goals rather than making resolutions. Good luck with reaching them this month, and congrats for what you managed in December, which always a busier month.

    1. Thank you. I find resolutions don’t work for me, but goals are the thing to do.

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