My 2018 Resolutions | Quarterly Check-in #3

As you may have seen if you’re been around the blog for a while, I do check-ins for my yearly resolutions as a way of keeping me accountable to more people than just myself. At the end of the first quarter of 2018, I posted my first check-in, and at the end of June I posted my second check-in.

For those who care to have an in-depth reminder of my 2018 Resolutions you can find that post here. Even though the fact we’re now in October scares me a little a lot, let’s not panic about the encroaching end-of-the-year feeling and instead let’s see how I did with my resolutions in the months of July, August, and September.

READING GOALS

1. Complete Goodreads 52 Books goal

Verdict: Completed
At my last check-in, I was on-track to complete this goal at 45 books and I am very happy to report that I have smashed this goal and I’m now sitting pretty on 63 books read in 2018. I’m really hoping I can get to at least 75 books by the end of the year but let’s see how it goes, shall we?

2. Complete Around the Year in 52 Books

Verdict: On Track
So, at my last check-in for the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge I had 18 challenges remaining and now I have 15 left to go so it’s safe to say I’ve completely neglected this reading challenge in the last quarter. As we head into the fourth and final quarter, I’ll need to re-focus on this goal if I hope to finish it this year. It would be a shame not to.

3. Finish off the books in a series I have yet to read

Verdict: Failing
So, since my last check-in, I’m not sure I even thought about finishing any series. I really need to get back on this reading challenge too. I’d really like to think I could at least finish off the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater by the end of the year, but I’ve been putting off finally finishing the fourth book since it was published so I’m not holding out too much hope.

4. Finish War and Peace and read another Russian classic

Verdict: Failing
Sooo I still haven’t finished War and Peace or another Russian classic, but I have read The Count of Monte Cristo if that at all counts. I don’t think it does but, even so, let’s all take a moment to celebrate the fact I actually managed to finish a huge (French) classic instead!

5. Read at least 5 classics

Verdict: On Track
As it stands, this year I’ve read Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, and I’ve re-read Pride and Prejudice. Considering right now I’m reading at least one classic in October for Victober, I should definitely be on track to finish this goal in this quarter.

BLOGGING GOALS

1. Concentrate on quality not quantity and work on finding that blogging tone that I’m happy with

Verdict: On Track
Just like I said in the last quarter, I’ve started to check myself when it comes to blogging when I’m not in the mood or running out of time. Nowadays, if I don’t feel like blogging on a certain day, I don’t, because the post I would produce wouldn’t be of a quality that I’d be happy with. Although I’ve had some ups and downs in motivation I’m hoping now that I can keep up blogging to the end of the year and keep enjoying it. I’m tentatively planning a bit of a freshen up in design and a rethink on content on the blog come January so I’m hoping I still have the motivation to do that as we move into the fourth and final quarter of 2018.

2. Utilise scheduling fully

Verdict: On Track(ish)
Although I like to try to post on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and sometimes either Saturday or Sunday, I don’t beat myself up if I don’t, or if I want to post on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead. I think this is the best way to do things for my own sanity and hope to continue this.

3. Write more reviews

Verdict: Failing (but that’s ok??)
Yeah no, I’m being a bit inconsistent with reviewing on the whole, but I’m trying really hard not to be too severe on myself if I don’t feel like reviewing a book. There’s easily 15+ books which I have outstanding reviews for but I’ve started to be selective – if I don’t really have much to say about a book, I tend not to want to review it, so I’m trying to be better about not forcing it. Sometimes it’s ok to really enjoy a book but not review it… and this is what I’m trying to reconcile in my own head because I’m quite a completionist as a rule!

4. Be more active in the online community

Verdict: On Track
I haven’t really managed to join in with any Twitter chats in the last quarter because I mostly suck on remembering them. However I am trying to join in as many readathons and readalongs as I can and in the last quarter I participated (to varying degrees of success) in Bout of Books 23, Marvel-A-Thon, and the Full Monte Readalong. I’m reasonably happy with this and hoping to keep participating in readathons and readalongs for the rest of the year.

5. Write more travel and more general lifestyle posts when I want to

Verdict: Failing
As Facebook so kindly reminded me recently, it has been a full year since I went on that trip to Washington DC and NYC and I still haven’t documented it on my blog. At this point, I’m not even sure if I ever will. I recently took a trip to Barcelona and I hope to at least document that on my blog soon, even if I haven’t managed to write as many travel posts as I would have liked. When it comes to lifestyle-themed posts, I am getting better at allowing myself to post some more personal or discussion-based posts when I feel like it.

PERSONAL GOALS

1.  Continue to exercise regularly

Verdict: On Track
Just like in my last quarterly check-in, I still go to my regular Thursday after-work and Sunday morning Zumba classes. I’m still yet to find a third weekly class to go to, but I really want to try to find one and get into the habit of going because Winter tends to be when I feel most like hibernating in lieu of anything remotely active.

2. Start actively learning things I wish I knew how to do

Verdict: Abandoned
Yep, yet another quarter has passed and I still haven’t done this. So… yeah my priorities have shifted and I might as well abandon this goal because I’m only going to fail it in the final quarter too.

3. Keep a bullet journal/journal for the whole year

Verdict: On Track
I still love my bujo and, even though it might not be the most creative bullet journal you’ll ever see, it fulfils the purpose I need it for and that’s good enough for me. When it gets to 2019 maybe I will try to be more innovative with my layouts/spreads but, for now, I’m happy.

4. Continue to say “yes” to more events/gigs/shows and going to new places

Verdict: On Track
Well this quarter saw The Killers gig, Barcelona, a trip to Cambridge for a school friend’s wedding, and a Nish Kumar comedy gig, and the final quarter of the year will see the big Orlando/Disney World/Universal trip (at either end of which is bracketed seeing Hamilton and Measure for Measure in London) and the Harry Potter Studio TourFor next year I’ve already booked both a Kaiser Chiefs gig and a Rhod Gilbert gig so I’m still firmly on the “say yes to more shows” bandwagon.

5. Stop wasting time

Verdict: On Track
I’m still really working on finding a balance between not wanting to do too much on a weekend because it’s my days off/relaxed time and not feeling like utter shit because I’ve not done anything on the weekend. It’s getting a little bit easier to reconcile the two but let’s see if that continues into the final, winter-y quarter, shall we?

“ADULT BETTER” GOALS

1. Do the “odd jobs” around the house that I’ve been meaning to do for months and clean house (regularly)

Verdict: On Track(ish)
I finally bought that second bookshelf I needed – yay! And we now have a hanging rail for the spare bedroom so our clothes can be hanged up instead of just laying around on the bed. However, I still need to get better about keeping stuff cleaner more regularly, namely the kitchen and the bathroom because even though I struggle a lot because I have skin issues, I still need to get around that somehow and keep the house cleaner. Again, I think it would make me feel less shit if I did manage to do this more regularly.

2. Cook more varied meals (at least 1 new recipe a month)

Verdict: Abandoned
This goal has been completely ignored for the past two quarters so it’s safe to say that I really don’t care about this enough to prioritise it. It’s time to just abandon it I think, isn’t it?

3. Save at least £100 a month and don’t touch it!

Verdict: On Track
I’m currently typing this post out on a new MacBook I’ve bought myself so, as far as not buying stuff goes, you might think I’m failing. However, even so, I’ve managed to save at least £100 every month and not touch it, until I had to pay off the Orlando holiday. I still have my banking set up to automatically transfer £100 from my current to savings account as soon as my paycheck hits it, so that’s promising moving forward.

4. Keep in touch with friends/family better

Verdict: Failing(??)
Yeah I’m pretty much sucking at this goal, but I did meet up with friends at one of our school friends’ weddings recently and it was great so I really do need to prioritise at least chatting more.

5. Work harder at work and be proud of work I do/seek opportunities for advancing at work

Verdict: On Track/Completed(??)
At the last check-in, I mentioned that I’d been promoted at work so that sounded good but I wasn’t sure about how well I was doing at said job. Well, I still haven’t had a formal performance review as such but I did get awarded my yearly bonus so… I guess you could say that’s proof enough that I’m not doing terribly?? I’m also starting to almost feel like I’ve settled into the job now and I understand the priorities and its rhythms… so that’s not a bad sign either.


Overall

Overall, I’m fairly pleased with how this quarter went, despite the fact I didn’t actively pay attention to my resolutions at all during these past three months. As we head deeper into October, I think my main goal is to be to keep on track with everything I’ve been doing and, in particular, to try to complete those outstanding reading challenges and get my blogging back to a place where I can enter 2019 invigorated and feeling ready to post more and do more and just be more. Wish me luck?

Did you make New Years’ Resolutions or goals for this year?
How are you doing at achieving them?


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