Hi friends! I know that I’m a bit late to the game as far as 2019 goal-setting, considering that the first month of the year is already more than halfway over. I really wanted to have the chance to write about some of my goals for the year, though, so today, I present to you my goals for 2019!
My goals will be split into three categories: life, books, and blogging.
Be really nice
Yeah, so my most important goal is a pretty obvious one, and it’s just to be, like, a nice person. I want to be kind and supportive and help people as much as I can.
Get more sleep
Going to school is hard, but it’s 100x harder when I’m going to school without enough hours of sleep the night before. I would REALLY like to make it a priority to get to bed at a reasonable time this year. Two specific sub-goals I have for this are:
a) no screens after 9:30 because being exposed to light from a computer/phone before bedtime makes it harder to fall asleep. (I am literally breaking this rule right now as I’m writing this post lol) and
b) get ready for bed early, so I’ll start brushing my teeth and stuff like that around 9:30 so I don’t have to worry about it later and I can start to settle down in bed with a book.
Keep my room clean
I just feel so much calmer when my bedroom is tidy.
Creative writing is something I’ve been wanting to do in my free time for a while, so I’m hoping to really get moving with that this year. I have two action steps for this goal:
a) outline a novel, and
b) possibly try Camp NaNoWriMo (for those of you who don’t know, this is not an actual summer camp, but a month-long event where people try to write a book—the NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The real, hardcore NaNo (as it’s called for short) is in November, but there are smaller, kind of practice-y versions in April and July.)
This includes two sub-goals:
a) practice softball on my own time aside from just at practice, because I want to get better, and
b) run sometimes
Be involved in things at school
Sports, clubs, conferences, that sort of thing.
Be more environmentally conscious
That state of our environment is pretty terrible right now! I wrote a post a while ago with tips for being more “green”—here’s the link if you’d like to read it—and I want to make sure I follow my own advice.
Listen to podcasts
I recently started listening to NPR’s podcast Serial (super interesting btw!) and went on a podcast-downloading binge, so I have like 40 podcasts loaded on my phone that I would really like to listen to. I feel like podcasts are the sort of thing that I could get really into, and they’re super nice for my train rides to and from school.
Read 100 books
I’m sticking with the amount of books I read last year as my goal for 2019.
Read every day
I want to be sure to take time out of my schedule to read, even on days when I’m really busy. In order to help myself accomplish this, and also because it’s just important, I have this action step:
a) pick out books that I’m really excited about and think I’ll really enjoy, because sometimes it’s easy to grab a book because it’s popular, but I know I’ll be a lot more excited about the books I read, and therefore, read more often, if I don’t do that.
Finish my physical tbr
I want to read ALL of the books sitting on my dresser that I haven’t read yet. I may use this idea to motivate me:
a) tbr bingo, a concept I found through @librariana on Instagram that comes from YA author Dahlia Adler where you make a grid of the books on your tbr that you color in as you read them, and then you give yourself a prize (probably a book!) when you get bingo.
Review more books
Even if it’s just a quick summary on Goodreads and not a full-fledged blog post, I want to write more reviews for the books I read.
Use the library more (at school & in my neighborhood)
I am so fortunate to have a fantastic library a few blocks away from my house, and also right inside my school, so I want to be sure that I am utilizing both of these resources this year.
Post 2x a week
Keep blogging stress-free
a) schedule posts ahead of time (I’m not doing this right now haha), and
b) do photo shoots for all of my blog posts at the start of the month
Do well with ARCs
I put everything to do with ARCs into this one goal, but there are a few parts:
a) only request books that I really, really want (and that I know I”ll have time to read),
b) start by requesting smaller, less popular titles, as this will theoretically give me better chances at getting approved for books, and
c) email publishers often
For commenting and blog interaction, I have two things that I want to do a lot of:
a) comment back (this means commenting on someone else’s blog when they comment on mine), and
b) comment on the blogs that I follow
For the last part of this post, I’m going to be sharing the bullet journal spread that I’m using this year for my goals. I kept it pretty simple!
What are your goals for the year? Do we have any in common? Chat with me in the comments!