It has come time for me to write my final monthly goals post for 2017! I’m honestly so happy and surprised to have kept up with this series all year. What started as a new year’s resolution turned into a major source of motivation and inspiration for me, which I find pretty exciting. It’s amazing how big of an impact having a plan can have on your productivity. If you’d like to see a “Things I’ve Learned From Goal Setting” post sometime in the future, feel free to let me know!
As I said in my November post, this will probably be the last monthly installment of my goals. I don’t want to carry this series on for so long that it gets boring or redundant, but I feel like taking this into the new year will do exactly that. Occasionally, I might post my goals for the month, but this won’t be a continuous feature. Maybe I’ll bring it back at some point.
Anyways, like most people, I consider December to be one of the most chaotic months of the year. So many different things keep me busy during this time of year, so it’s really important for me to outline the main goals I have. Let’s hope I’m able to follow through!
1. Get my holiday shopping done early
One of the most stressful things about December (on both your mind and your wallet) is holiday shopping. The longer you put off purchasing gifts, the more crowded that the stores become. This year, I’d really like to have all of my holiday shopping done by the middle of the month. I think this will help me stress a little less. Plus, I won’t be scrambling to find gifts right before the holiday (in my case Christmas) arrives.
2. Stock up on recipe blog posts
During the holiday season, my family and I end up doing a lot of baking. Last year, I intended to do a lot of recipe posts, but didn’t really get around to it. This year, I’m hoping to write up a ton of recipe posts, so that I can share them with you all. I promise I’ll spread them out so my blog doesn’t become entirely recipes. This is a lifestyle blog after all.
3. Pick up a new planner
As you may know, 2017 was the first year that I started consistently using a planner and I cannot stress enough how great of a decision that was. (I actually wrote a post about it a while back if you want to check that out!) Like goal setting, having a planner makes me more productive and keeps me on track, so I definitely need to buy a new one.
4. Keep up my workout routine
This goal has gotten so repetitive, but I feel like it’s a necessity in December because colder temperatures make it significantly harder to keep up with. I want to continue running several times a week, even if the weather outside is lousy. Running boosts my mood and gives me the energy to get through whatever other work I have to get done.
5. Look into getting a soft light
When you use natural lighting in your blog photography, dreary winter days become your enemy. It’s difficult to find a good time to take photos that will turn out bright and clear. I know at some point I want to invest in a soft light, so this month I’d like to find one that I like. If you know a good one, please let me know! I’d love to hear some recommendations.
Thanks for reading!
What are some of your goals for December?