Not all of these goals are book related, but this is the first year where I feel in a good enough position mentally to set myself some realistic goals and targets for the year. I’m looking forward to this time next year when I go back through them and realise I accomplished nothing.
- Read 50 books. This reading goal is the same as 2020s, but I’m hopeful that in 2021 we won’t spend a great deal of time hiding in our houses from a deadly virus. I read 57 books in 2020 so anything around the same I’ll be happy with. I did contemplate increasing it, but reading is for fun and I don’t want it to start to feel like homework
- Read more consistently. Although I’ve read 57 books, my reading habits are really poor and inconsistent. I can go days or even weeks at a time without picking up a book. I have to remember that reading is only a hobby I picked up at the end of 2019 and I’m still trying to integrate it into my lifestyle properly. I want to read a little bit every day – it doesn’t have to be a huge chunk, even just a few pages a day.
- Get my Masters degree. This is a goal I’m fairly certain I will accomplish (unless something goes desperately wrong). It will be an incredible feeling to know I have a Masters degree and it’s something I am working insanely hard to achieve.
- Blog more consistently. It’s hard to review a book if you’re not reading anything. Blogging is another thing I’m hoping to integrate into my lifestyle a bit better in 2021. I also want to post more often on my Instagram.
- Stay organised. I’m quite organised at the moment and I’m hoping that’s something that will carry on into 2021. I’m juggling university with a desk job and social media content creating for 2 small businesses currently. Although I’m super organised, I can quite often get overwhelmed by everything and just give up.
- Take more photographs. Friends always post photos of their days out and things on social media and it made me realise that I don’t take enough photos (not necessarily to post online, just in general). I’m contemplating printing out photos monthly and adding them to a bullet journal / scrap book so I have something physical to look back on in the future.
- Save money to buy a house. This is something I’m already in the process of doing, but I’m hopeful that I’ll get a job once I’ve finished my degree and I’ll have a proper income to be able to save like mad.
- No spend year. This is a biggie. It ties in directly with saving to buy a house. I have everything I need to live comfortably, but still I find Amazon parcels mysteriously turning up at my door a few times a week and upon reflection it’s always something daft and unnecessary. I have a budget for food and my monthly bus pass and then that’ll be it. Minimalist living some what call it. No new books for me – I have 100 unread ones on my shelf which should keep me busy for 2 years at the rate I read.
- Pay off my student overdraft. These goals are getting quite boring now, aren’t they?! My student overdraft is something that really irks me every time I look at it. I didn’t touch it once until the end of my first year at university and then all of a sudden I was at the overdraft limit – what an idiot. This goal is wholly dependent on whether I get a job at the end of my degree (which I’m sure I will otherwise I’ll go insane).