2021 Goals

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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).

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