September 2021 goals & August review

The ninth month of 2021 has arrived. We are steadily approaching the end of the year. September ushers in the beginning of school and the arrival of fall – which is the best season. As with all months, I like to create a list of goals to accomplish. Whether that list is long or short will depend on the month. After doing this for a few years, I’ve really come to enjoy creating and reaching these goals. If you haven’t started making monthly goals yet, then I highly encourage you to start doing so. Before we get to my September 2021 goals, let’s first take a moment to see how I did with my August goals.

August review

August was a decently busy month. It was also a month of ups and downs, but in the end, I think I did pretty well with things despite all of that.

Life goals

  • Read at least 5 books. Yes! Check out what I read in August
  • Watch at least 1 season of a show. Yes, I watched 1 season of Life in Color with David Attenborough, 1 season of Seven Worlds, One Planet, and 1 season of The Ingenuity of the Househusband.
  • Workout 3 days a week. Yes. I skipped the first week of the month but after that, I did get back into it.
  • Weed the garden. Not even close. The weeds have taken over completely.

Japanese goals

  • Study Japanese for 30 minutes a day. Yes, except for the first week of the month. It felt good to get back into this regularly again.
  • Learn 5 kanji. Nope. I ended up doing a review month instead.

Writing goals

  • Work on a short story. Yes. In act, I ended up working on 3 different short stories this month. None are complete yet, but it was nice to work on something other than novels for a while – even if I do find short stories harder to write than novels.

Blogging goals

  • Work on August’s posts. I will call this a semi-success. While I did work on August’s posts, it was mostly done frantically the night before a post would go up.

September 2021 goals

September is going to be a busy month. The garden needs to be harvested, there is winter prep to work on and a whole bunch of other things. Needless to say, I will be keeping my goals to a minimum with most of them focusing on those areas.

Life goals

  • Read at least 5 books. As always, my first goal is to read at least 5 books. I’m hoping to get through more than 5 but we’ll see how the month goes.
  • Watch at least 1 season of a show. This is my fun goal, I like to include one every month. I don’t quite know what I’ll be watching
  • Workout 3 days a week. Getting back into regular exercise so sticking with 3 days a week this month.
  • Weed the garden. This must happen this month. The weeds have completely taken over, so I need to clear them out.
  • Harvest the garden. September is the month of harvesting for the garden, so this will be where a lot of my time and effort goes.
  • Preserve the harvest. Once the garden is harvested, those items need to be preserved. That means I will be busy dehydrating, canning, and freezing throughout the month.
  • Clean and organize the shed. This is all a part of getting ready for winter, that way we can properly store our rain barrels and other big items soon.

Japanese goals

  • Study Japanese for 30 minutes a day. I’d like to do more than 30 minutes a day but that is the bare minimum.
  • Learn 5 kanji. Again, I would like to learn more than 5 but this is the bare minimum as I also like to review all the previously learned ones each month.

Writing goals

  • Work on one of my writing projects. I have no idea what projects I will end up working on this month, all that matters is that I am regularly writing and getting words in, especially for my year of writing.

Blogging goals

  • Work on September and October’s posts. I have some of September’s posts done already but I would like to get the rest done and work on a few October posts this month as well.

Those are my September 2021 goals. What goals are you working on this month?


  1. I love setting monthly goals too – so much easier to work with than yearly ones. It’s so cool that you are learning Japanese! I hope you have a good September 🙂

    1. Yes, I agree. Yearly goals are nice, but you really need to break them down to make them work. Thank you.

  2. Sounds like you had a great August! It’s really nice how you set monthly goals and they are set in a way that makes it easier to work towards too. Hope you have a great September!

    1. Thank you. It was a great month. I find breaking them down this way really does help, otherwise, I have a hard time tracking them or even working on them.

  3. Thanks for sharing your September goals. I love the way you are honest about the weeds taking over your garden. Mine, too! I’ll also be doing a lot of canning. Good luck with your goals!

    1. Thank you. I try to be as honest as possible and though it hurts to admit I let the weeds get the better of me, I don’t want to lie and claim a weed-free garden when I don’t have one.

  4. I love setting monthly goals for my work, my blog and personal. Sometimes I have too many things I want to accomplish and I get discouraged when I dont get them completed!

    1. Breaking them down into individual categories is a great way to go. I do that sometimes as well, setting too many goals, but that’s why I change my goals each month to accommodate what I think I can handle and there is nothing wrong with not hitting them all in a single month, you can always try again next month.

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