November Goals

I realise that we’re halfway through November already (!) but I’ve been wanting to post a monthly goals post for a while and I had this one sat in my drafts. So while I had a free moment, I thought why not? I’ve got a few small things I want to accomplish in November, so a blog post might help hold me accountable.

I’m trying not to pressure myself too much, because I tend to run away from pressure and ignore everything, so it’s best if I don’t worry about my goals and just kind of hope they’ll happen.

Focus on ARCs

I don’t have many November or December review copies, so these next two months will be the perfect time to focus on both my backlist titles, and my 2020 releases. I’d really like to get as far ahead as I can with my review copies so that when work gets busy again I’ll be able to have a lot of posts scheduled. I’m going to start doing a monthly ARC check-in post so I can put a tiny bit of pressure on myself to get through my ARC mountain. So far this month I’ve only read a couple of review copies, but since I have some days off work coming up I should be able to create some time to really focus on them.

Get through my 5 star predictions

I posted about seven books that I thought I would give five stars at the beginning of the year and I still have three books to read. I’d like to read them by the end of November so I have time to write a wrap up post and a video, and then come up with a brand new list for 2020, however this goal might drag into December as my November TBR is quite ambitious!

Go to the gym three times a week

I’ve been really good at going to the gym lately, as well as to my two fitness classes each week at lunch. I’d like to keep this up, especially as the gym is only a five minute walk from my new house. I’m still getting used to the new gym, and I’ve been a bit anxious about going, but overall I’m really enjoying it. I’ve tried out a couple of different classes so far, and I’d like to give some more a go either this month or next.

Write a Christmas list

I’m not buying for many people this year but I have no idea what I’m going to buy anybody yet! I had a couple of ideas for my mum, but after hinting at them I don’t think she sounded too keen. I’ll probably buy the same Lush stuff for my sister as I do every year. As for Quill, I have no idea! I overdid it a bit for his birthday, and now I’m stuck.

Get ahead with Booktube

I’ve been doing fairly well with Booktube this year, but since moving house I’ve really been struggling finding some sort of routine where I have the time to record, edit, and upload videos. I’m hoping that, with all the time off I have coming up, I’ll be able to figure something out. I want to do Vlogmas again this year, so I need to get a move on with at least recording enough videos for that!

Those are all of them! I’ve tried to keep it as low key as possible in order to not stress myself out. I guess we’ll revisit these in my next goals post in about a month’s time as we’ll see how I did. Do you have many goals set for November? How are you doing with them?

4 comments on “November Goals

  1. Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat 17/11/2019 3:55 pm

    I love this list! Actually, every one of these applies to me as well except Booktube (because I don’t have one). I want to do the same with ARCs – I’m in the same boat! I need to catch up on backlist and then all I have is 2020 ARCs. I’m glad you said something about your 5 star predictions, because I had totally forgot that I did that last year! I need to get a post going for this year on it!

    I also need to get back to the gym. I’m jealous that you’re so close! Mine is a good 15-20 minute drive, which holds me back from it because I can’t just make a quick trip over. Best of luck with all your goals!

    • Amber 18/11/2019 10:28 pm

      I can’t wait to see your five star predictions post! I’ve been meaning to do a video on it but I keep putting it off, and now I’m running out of time.

      I used to be in the same boat with the gym when I lived at my old place! I kept putting it off because it was so much effort. Do you do many workouts at home? I bought myself a gym mat and I’ve been really enjoying home workouts.

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity 18/11/2019 8:51 pm

    I love the idea of a monthly check in post for arcs as such things do help hold you accountable and a visual reminder of what you have to read is always important. I’ve just written a Christmas shopping list as well. I’ve been trying to get back into bullet journaling and I’ve written a list of who I’m buying for, my budget and some ideas so I can get an idea of who I need to buy for and what I have left to buy. Lists are the best.

    I hope you manage to achieve your goals for November, you sound like you’ve got a good idea of what you want to do and you can do it.

    • Amber 18/11/2019 10:26 pm

      Agreed! I have a spreadsheet for my ARCs that I regularly update, but that’s easily hidden. I feel like if people see a monthly check in I’ll pay more attention to it.

      Bullet journaling is something I’ve been wanting to get into for ages, but I’m not a very creative person. I might try it again in a few months – I have to keep giving myself a break in between attempts haha.

      Thank you Becky!

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