September 2020 goals and August review

Can you believe it’s September already? This year sure is flying by. September is the month that gives way to fall and is filled with plenty of fun activities too – or at least usually is, who knows what it will look like this year. This is when kids go back to school, or perhaps they are doing at-home learning. One thing that has helped me keep life a bit less chaotic is setting monthly goals. I started doing this back in 2018 and it made a huge difference. So, each month I set several goals and share them to keep myself accountable and to inspire others to do the same. Before we get to my September 2020 goals, let’s take a moment to look back and see how I did with August’s goals

August goals review

August was crazy busy! Some days I didn’t know whether I was coming or going. I had set a ton of goals for the month and at times I thought I was crazy for doing so and yet I was happy that I pushed myself to do as much as possible. There were some expected days this month, but overall, I am happy with how it all went.

Life goals

  • Read at least 10 books. Close, but not quite! See what I read in August.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. Yes! I watched 1 season of Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun and 2 seasons of Phineas and Ferb. On top of this, I watched 4 episodes of Fruits Basket, 3 episodes of Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld, 3 episodes of Rent-A-Girlfriend, and 7 episodes of The Misfit of Demon King Academy.
  • Workout every day. Almost. Some days my only exercise was walking. I also injured myself at the end of the month, it was minor but I took a few days off to let it heal before getting back into the workout routine.
  • Sell some items. Yes! It’s been a long process, a lot of interest and then people disappear, but at the end of the month, I was able to sell a few things.
  • Finish deep cleaning the home. Almost. I still have a few small areas to finish but I am happy with the progress.
  • Declutter. Yes, we did find a few things that could go.
  • Start winter prep. Yes, I did get some things done for this. This is a long process so I don’t expect to get it done in a single month.

Japanese goals

  • Spend 1 hour on listening and speaking Japanese. I missed 3 days this month, but I made up for them by doing extra on other days.
  • Spend 30 minutes on Japanese writing and reading. Much like with the above, I missed 3 days but did make up for it.
  • Learn 10 Kanji. Yes. In fact, there are 14 Kanji that I learned this month, which includes the stroke order, pronunciation, and meaning. So I am happy with my progress.

Writing goals

  • Continue to work on my July Camp NaNoWriMo project. I didn’t get as much as I had hoped to, but writing three chapters and starting work on a fourth is pretty good given how busy I was.
  • Journal every day. Not even close. I missed about half of the month.
  • Take a writing course. I did get through about half of the course. While I could have rushed through it to complete the entire course this month, that would not have been beneficial. So I am taking my time to go through it properly.

Gardening goals

  • Read 5 gardening articles. I read plenty more than that.
  • Take a gardening course. Yes, the course I took was short but had quite a bit of information.
  • Weed the garden regularly. I did well for the first half of the month, but then I had to start harvesting the garden and the weeding took a backseat.
  • Work on some projects for the garden. Yes, I build a veggie wash station and it has come in handy.

Blogging goals

  • Work on August & September’s posts. While this was a struggle to keep up with, I did manage to do pretty well. I have a couple of posts for September ready or close to ready.
  • Update 2 blog posts. Nope, I didn’t even think about doing this.
  • Create new pin images. I made some but not as many as I had planned
  • Take a blogging course. Yes, I did get through one course and am now applying what I learned.

September goals

I’m not going to lie, September is going to be another busy month, but it often is. Between the garden, back-to-school, winter prep, and everything else, I will be going hard every day. However, I know all this hard work will pay off in the end.

Life goals

  • Read at least 10 books. Since reading is a big part of my life, I always include this in my goals. I would like to read at least 10 books this month.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. As always, I like to throw in a fun goal each month. Watching TV is a good way to relax after a busy day and helps to whittle down my to-be-watched list.
  • Workout every day. I’ve actually been enjoying my new workout routine, so I will be sticking to that this month.
  • Sell some items. There are some items that I need to get rid of but hoping to recoup some of the costs, so I really hope I can manage to sell them this month.
  • Finish deep cleaning the home. There are only a couple of small areas of the house that I haven’t gotten to yet. I also need to work on the shed and under the deck area this month.
  • Declutter. This goes hand in hand with deep cleaning. As I clean, I will likely find items that we no longer need.
  • Continue winter prep. This will be an ongoing goal for the next couple of months. Though it may not feel like it right now, winter is not far away, so we need to get ready for it.
  • Try a new recipe. I love trying new recipes, but over the last few months, I have fallen out of the habit. This month I would like to try at least one new recipe.

Japanese goals

  • Spend 1 hour on listening and speaking Japanese. This is a long-term goal. I know that keeping up with this daily every month will help me learn and retain this language better.
  • Spend 30 minutes on Japanese writing and reading. This goes hand in hand with the above. While it’s good to be able to speak and listen to Japanese, it’s also important to learn how to read and write it.
  • Learn 10 Kanji. With thousands of Kanji to learn, I plan to learn a few every month so that I can slowly build up my knowledge of them without overwhelming myself.

Writing goals

  • Continue to work on my July Camp NaNoWriMo project. I would like to get a few chapters written this month.
  • Journal every day. I will once again be trying to stick to this.
  • Finish taking a writing course. I’m about halfway through this course and it’s been really good to go through it again, as I took this course several years ago. I plan to finish it this month.
  • Start prep for NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is only two months away, so now is the time to start getting ready for it.

Gardening goals

  • Weed the garden regularly. The weeds got a bit out of control at the end of last month, so I need to get on this and make sure they don’t go crazy this month too.
  • Harvest the garden. It’s that time of year when the harvest is coming it and I need to keep up with it. While I did quite a bit of harvesting back in August, a large chunk of the harvest will happen this month. So I need to make sure I have time to do this, plus preserving the harvest.

Blogging goals

  • Work on September & October’s posts. I have some of September’s posts ready, so I will be working on the rest and then shifting my focus to October’s posts.
  • Update 2 blog posts. At the very minimum, I would like to get 2 posts updated this month.
  • Create new pin images. Another constant task of blogging is creating pin imagines. I need to make new pins for older posts while keeping up with making them for new posts.
  • Take a blogging course. I have a few courses that I want to take. Depending on how big the course is, I may or may not finish it this month.

It’s going to be another busy month but I’m looking forward to the challenge. What goals have you set for September?


  1. Wow I love your August goals especially the Japanese goals! This is so inspiring and I guess I will start making a September goal list too! Thanks!

    1. Thank you. I am glad you could find this inspiring. Good luck with your own goals!

  2. Wow, your goals are impressive! I like how you break them down into the different categories. I am going to try this! Thank you for the inspiration!!

    1. Thank you. I found breaking them down into categories makes them easier to track. I’m so glad I could inspire you to create your own goals list.

  3. You have a wonderful, balanced goals list that seems to cover your main areas of interest. I’m amazed how focused and consistent you are, too. I need to set aside time for a fun task like learning a language/new hobby or fit in a few blogging courses. Otherwise, I’m just caught up with the busyness of school, house chores and errands. Thanks for the motivation and good luck with the challenge!

    1. Thank you. It’s taken me about 2 years to fall into this rhythm of setting goals and sticking to them. I’m glad I could inspire you to try to add some fun tasks as they really make the days better if you can make time for them.

  4. Those are some very specific goals! Can’t wait to see how it all pans out for you. I used to love Phineas and Ferb, haha. Such a great show

    1. Thank you. I have found over the years that the more specific my goals are the easier they are to work on. We love Phineas and Ferb, so it’s fun to rewatch it now.

  5. I love that you watch anime too! I’ve not come across very many bloggers who do! I also really love your reading goals, I hope you hit it x

    1. I agree I haven’t seen a lot of bloggers talk about anime, but perhaps they watch it and just don’t talk about it. Thank you.

  6. Such awesome goals! Congrats on all your August accomplishments! I really want to de clutter and sell some items as well and deep clean and read more!! We can do it! Thanks for sharing, you have motivated me!

    1. Thank you. Best to get started on decluttering now, the sooner you start the better. I know you will do an awesome job with it and everything else you wish to accomplish.

  7. Wow, a lot of goals for one month. How do you motivate yourself? Do you find these posts help you be accountable?

    1. It is, but I am confident I can handle it. Plus it’s a busy time of the year. Some of the motivation comes from knowing some of these things have to get done, the rest is a mix of chocolate, caffeine, and determination. I absolutely find that posting my goals helps me be accountable.

  8. You have an amazing goals list girl! I wish I could get even a quarter of that done. Inspiring!

    1. Thank you. It takes time to work up to getting this much done in a month but once you are used to it, it doesn’t seem so much. I’m glad you find it inspiring.

    1. Thank you, I do enjoy sharing my goals to keep myself accountable.

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