May 2024 Goals & April Review

May has arrived and with it comes beautiful weather and the opportunity to get stuff done. I am excited for this month because it’s extremely close to when I can truly start gardening. Which in turn means a lot of my focus will be on getting the garden ready. Before we go over my May 2024 goals, I’d like to take a moment and see how I did with my April goals.

April 2024 Goals

April was a good month and while some goals fell a bit to the wayside, I am happy with what I did accomplish.

Life

Read at least 10 books

Yes! I read a bit more than 10 books in April.

Study Japanese daily

I missed a couple of days, but overall I did really well with sticking to a daily study schedule.

Watch at least 2 shows on Crunchyroll

Almost. I watched 1 season of Goblin Slayer. On top of this, I also watched the movies To Me, The One Who Loved You and To Every You I’ve Loved Before.

I also ended up watching 4 episodes of Delicious In Dungeon on Netflix.

Try at least 2 new recipes

No. I did manage to try 1 new recipe.

Start seeds for the garden

Yes. I started several trays of seeds. Some of what I planted was a variety of herbs, lettuce, kale, and a few types of flowers.

Prep the garden area

While there is still work to be done, I got quite a bit done. April is tough for garden work since much of the ground is still frozen, which limits what I can work on and how quickly I can get it done.

Blogging

Post regularly

Yes, I got 2-3 posts up every week.

Update at least 10 old posts

I dropped the ball with this one and only managed to update 2 old posts.

Work on April and May’s posts

Yes. I got all of April’s posts done and got a good chunk of May’s posts scheduled as well.

Reply to comments in a timely manner

Almost. One week I didn’t get to them quickly but the rest of the time I kept up with them.

May 2024 Goals

May is bound to be a busy month. This is the time when I am getting the garden ready for planting and enjoying some warmer weather.

Life

Read at least 10 books

I’m once again aiming for 10 books in a month. My May TBR is full of books I can’t wait to read.

Study Japanese

I’m looking to spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day five days a week. Taking a couple of days off a week, namely on the weekend, seems to be what works best for me at the moment.

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. I have a couple of shows picked out to watch but I may change my mind when it comes time to sit down and watch them.

Try at least 2 new recipes

While I already hit my main goal of trying 20 new recipes this year, I will still be aiming to try a couple of new recipes a month. There are so many amazing-sounding recipe I want to try.

Start seeds for the garden

I have quite a bit of the garden started already but there is always something new to start in preparation for the gardening season. This month, I will be starting seeds for things like broccoli, cabbage, kale, and other cold hardy plants.

Some of these will be directed sown into the garden while others will be started in seed trays.

Prep the garden area

I got a decent chunk of this done last month but there is still plenty of work left to do. I am hoping to finish the vast majority of it this month, but it will all depend on the weather.

The tasks I need to complete here are:

  • Build new raised beds
  • Lay down weed fabric
  • Prep beds for planting
  • Plant some cold hardy seeds
  • Install new fence

Clean out the shed

This is a yearly job for us, as our shed gets fairly chaotic over the winter months. This is a low-priority goal but if I find time to work on it then I will.

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 5 old posts

I am slowly whittling down the number of old posts that need updating. Because this month will be busy in other areas, I am dropping down from my usual 10 posts to 5, which I believe will be manageable.

Work on May and June’s posts

I have quite a few posts done for May and once the rest are finished, I will be shifting focus to June’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 May 2024 goals. What goals have you made for May?

10 Comments

  1. Really cool about the April goals you accomplished! Don’t feel bad about the ones you didn’t complete, you did make progress with them. Good luck with your May goals!

    1. Author

      Thank you. I am never disappointed if I miss a goal because life happens and I know I did get to my other ones.

  2. We have similar goals! 😉

    1. Author

      That great! Good luck with your goals.

  3. Putting your goals out there for the world to see is a great way to hold yourself accountable. This is something I should consider doing. How are you able to crank out 2-3 posts per week?!! That’s amazing!

    1. Author

      Absolutely. It’s extra motivation to work on them but I also am fine with missing some because life happens. But I do my best to get to as many of them as I can. Honestly, sometimes I can write blog posts very fast and that helps me get ahead, so 2-3 a week isn’t hard, other times, I am flying by the seat of my pants frantically typing them up right before posting them. Thank you.

  4. It’s great to see you organizing your goals together especially your Japanese learning project is quite interesting. Good luck with reaching your goals!

    1. Author

      Thank you. Learning Japanese is certainly interesting, it’s both fun and challenging.

  5. Love how you reflect on your goals at the end of the month! I’m usually pretty good about writing my goals down, but it’s so beneficial reflecting on them when the month is over. Also, super inspiring about having most of your posts done for May! I hope to get ahead soon, I think I would be a little less stressed in the long run!!

    1. Author

      Thank you. I do think reflecting on them allows me to appreciate what I got done and acknowledge areas that need more work. Getting ahead certainly reduces the stress but it can also lead to some stress because you are always chasing that far away goal and you know if you slack off for too long because you have that buffer zone, then it will be hard to get back into the swing of it and get ahead again.

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