Monthly goals are something I’ve toyed around with before, but I’m thinking of giving them a go from now until the end of 2014, and seeing how I get on. I’ll be starting my MSc on Monday which is going to mean big changes to my routine and life in general, so I’m hoping that having some (reasonable!) monthly goals to focus on will give me a) something fun to concentrate on when my brain needs a bit of a break and b) motivation so that I don’t hit the end of the month only to realise I’ve read 0 books and posted once….
That’s the idea anyways.
I’ll be commuting to my course every day, which I suspect will probably take around 2 hours a day (return). I’m planning to give audiobooks a chance as part of that commute, mostly in an attempt to stop myself going crazy in traffic, and also to make those hours at least a little productive! I’ve had very little experience with audiobooks so far (I’ve listened to Thirteen Reasons Why and that’s it!), so I don’t know whether I’ll get along with them, or whether they’ll work for me while driving….but there’s only one way to find out right? I’ve picked the following three audiobooks to experiment with. I’ve heard great things about the first and the third – and about the narration of both – and the second one is available through my library and would be perfect for Sci-Fi month so I couldn’t resist!
In terms of non-audiobook reading, I’ll probably end up just being guided by whatever I fancy, but these are three I’d really like to get to. Silverblind is a review copy that I’m really excited about, and both of the other two would count towards my TBR pile reading challenge (which I’m behind on!), and are also creepy, Halloween appropriate reads.
Goals for Blogging & Life
- To post on StudentSpyglass at least 15 times
- Write at least 4 reviews
- Schedule at least three posts for Sci-Fi month
- Start including filofax/planner images in my weekly recaps again
- Sign up to Weight watchers and lose at least 5lbs
I have no idea how much uni is going to mess with my routine and blogging, but I suspect it won’t be good, which is why I’m aiming for 15 posts this month. I managed to balance uni, blogging and a social life reasonably well at undergrad, but I’m expecting a big jump in terms of work load this year. PLUS I was living at uni during my undergraduate course, so I could pretty much roll out of bed five minutes before a lecture, whereas now I’ll be losing 2-3 hours a day for driving there and back. The logic behind including my filofax/planner posts in my recaps again is pretty simple: knowing I’ll have to post it makes me more inclined to use it, and more planner use = more efficient time management!
In term of weight loss, this is a pretty simple one too: I’m just tired of eating crap and feeling crap as a result (and the fact that half my jeans don’t fit doesn’t help either!). I’ve known I need to do something about it for a long while, but I’m hoping that now I’m going to be living with Matt, who is on board with helping, I’ll be more inclined to stick to it.