Mid Year Resolutions for 2020!

2020 resolutions

Well hello there! Looks like we’ve made it to midway through the year… which wouldn’t be a shocker if it was any other year than 2020 😉 (why didn’t the Incas warn us about this one?!) Anyhoo, it’s time to talk about my resolutions and how I’ve been neglecting doing with them. Last year, I decided to start the tradition of going through my resolutions at the midway point, so that I could stay a bit more focused… but this year’s going to be a little different (pahahaha you can say that again!) Usually I get very into point scoring and grading my performance- however this year I just know that the goals I set are no longer realistic. I’m doing a lot more mood reading (well, even more than normal) so I haven’t been paying much attention to hitting targets. And, just in general, with everything going on, I’m trying to go a easy on myself. That said, I do still want to look at where my head was at in January, before I knew what this year had in store and see how I’ve been getting on.

number 1

READ MORE NON FIC!

 

With 15/10 so far, I’m smashing this one out of the park! And I’ve even managed some of the ones that were on my TBR, like Wild Swans and Art of War. In any other year, I would consider readjusting this goal, but I just don’t want to put that kind of pressure on myself and just gonna mark this as done.

Current score: 15/10

number 2

READ MORE CHALLENGING BOOKS!

Annnd this is where the goals get tricky. I have only read 1 of these (Art of War) and have to be honest with myself that I’m unlikely to get anywhere near 10 this year- frankly, feeling like I want to read more relaxing books in (the blazing inferno) that is the year 2020, I’d be happy if I even ticked one more book off this list. Despite that, I’m not changing the goal, because, who knows, my mood could change towards the end of the year? Plus, I can say it’s “aspirational” (like buying a pair of jeans that would never fit… which is a terrible idea btw- don’t do that to yourself!)

Current score: 1/10

number 3

READ MORE POETRY!

Well this is another fail- I haven’t even read one. Again, I don’t see this changing drastically by the end of the year and I’m not going to worry too much about it.

Current score: 0/5

number 4

READ MORE PLAYS!

Well I want to read 5… and I’ve managed to read 2 so far. Not too bad, but still more to do! Unlike the last two, I’m eager to complete this goal! On the positive side, I’ve enjoyed speaking to my mum about the plays I’ve read so far and which ones to try next- I’d say this is shaping up to be a pretty good resolution all around 🙂

Current score: 2/5

number 5

DO SOME REREADING!

Hobbit_cover

Ermm I’ve only reread the Hobbit so far this year… and it wasn’t even one I was hoping to do this year. That said, I have been thinking that the books I fancy rereading this year feel more like autumnal reads (this could just be a massive excuse though 😉). Either way, I’ve still got a lot to do with this goal.

Current score: 1/5

Non Bookish

number 6

DO MORE ART!

painting

Well this was a poorly defined goal (as I said back when I made it) sooo I’ve no idea if I can count this one as done? I’ve been doing plenty of fun doodling… but not much else. From now on, I think the best way to keep track of this goal based on how many times a week I pick up a pencil/paintbrush. 1-2 times a week would be good (especially since I want to keep this kind of casual). Still, this doesn’t help me give myself a score- I’m gonna be generous and go with…

Current score: 3/5

number 7

Do more yoga!

yoga

Finally another one I’ve completed! I made it through three whole yoga challenges!!! (and we’re only midway through the year) This is one of the few goals I want to expand on- I’d like to add that *for extra credit* I’d like to do either another 2 challenges OR simply do yoga every day for 30 days again!

Current score: 5/5

number 8

START A NEW WRITING PROJECT!

writing

YES! RESULT! I’m getting off to a great start with my new project and loving every second. I’ve written a plan and started working on the first chapter. This is another one I’m going to expand on for the end of the year. I’d simply like to add more to this project. Plus in terms of writing goals, for some serious extra credit I have another secret goal.

Current score: 5/5

number 9

SORT THROUGH BOX OF STUFF

Well, I’ve cleared half the box and can’t decide whether to be proud or dismayed. Of all my goals, this should’ve been the easiest to achieve in lockdown… and yet I can’t think of anything I’d like to do less! Sooo I’m gonna say I have done half (but also I don’t really care tremendously when this gets done right now).

Current score: 2/5

So far… 29/55

So (surprisingly) I’m over halfway done!

That said, I doubt I’ll be making much progress on the ones left… but we’ll see how I do for extra credit!

And that’s all for now? Did you set any goals this year? Have you stuck to them or have they changed since January? Let me know where you’re at in the comments!

46 thoughts on “Mid Year Resolutions for 2020!

  1. First of all congrats for sticking to *most* of your goals. Maybe I should start doing yoga since I’m not a huge fan of crazy workouts! I’ve also been trying to read more non-fiction books and so far I’ve only started reading 2 books: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race and The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck (which is okay so far). Also, I wanted to read more poetry and the only poetry book that is on my July TBR is The Poet X so you could say this is kind of a fail. You made me want to read The Hobbit. Maybe I should pick it up but I don’t know, it is just a bit intimidating. Anyway, it’s great to see you go through your resolutions! (And YES, 2020 sucks)

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    1. Oh I hear you- I’m not into crazy workouts too, so yoga is perfect for me! Oh that’s good about the art of not giving a f*ck. Ohhh I actually read Poet X so I can count that 😂 (also it’s great btw!) And I love the hobbit! it’s a really fun book if you’re interested!! Thank you! hahaha!

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  2. Great progress! I’ve been meaning to do some sorting of boxes since we’re in lockdown and can’t go anywhere, but it has not been something I’m interested in doing lately, so I haven’t started yet. I really should, though; even if I can’t donate anything that feels worth giving to a secondhand shop, it’s still a good time to clear out the house a bit! (Thanks for the reminder and gentle nudge…)

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    1. Thank you- I completely get what you mean!! I have found stuff to pile up (and hopefully get rid of once charity shops open again lol)… but nothing from the big box I have in my room *sigh*. Yeah I hear you!!

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  3. Hello hi yes my goals for 2020 include staying alive until 2021 😂
    In all seriousness though, those are some great goals you’re working on. That’s great that you’ve been able to make progress, and please update us again in December!

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  4. Congrats on meeting these goals! It has been hard to want to do some things since quarantine happened. I’m doing well so far with my bookish goals, but not so much on the non-bookish ones. I guess I’ll see how the rest of the year shapes too .. good luck! 🙂

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  5. Great goals, and you’re doing well to meet them. I love reading poetry and often read just one poem a day. A whole book of poetry is a lot to absorb in one fell swoop, as each poem is an entire emotional universe. To read more knocks a punch in the gut. Between the novels which comprise the bulk of my reading, I also have read Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (brilliant) and A Very Stable Genius by Leonnig and Rucker (disheartening.) My favorite fiction so far is Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. Still, my goal every year is to read double the number of books, but I never get that far. Because Covid has kept me away from my adult sons and their families, I’ve painted watercolor art for each of them. I’m not a great watercolorist but it was so peaceful making these. As for writing, I’m working on my 6th book and my first sequel, but haven’t published any of them.

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    1. Thank you ❤ Yeah I think that's a better way of doing it- I tend to read a lot of poems on their own, but it's a lot harder to read an entire collection. Love how you describe reading a poem as "an entire emotional universe"- that's so true. I still want to read unsheltered thanks to your recommendation! Oh I'm sorry- that's really rough. But I'm glad you're finding time to do watercolours. And that's amazing!

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  6. I also like to reflect on my goals mid-way through the year, but I’d never seen anything like your system. I love the idea of scores for each one, so it’s easier to keep track of how you’re doing more accurately. I just might implement this in my goals for next year 😉 For such a terrible year, you’re doing so well on your goals! Congratulations on that. And good luck with getting some extra credits!

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  7. Honestly, I think you are doing a great job. The fact that are you tracking your goals and still working on them is huge! I think most people, myself included, would have just let some of the tougher ones fall to the wayside, so kudos on keeping on top of your resolutions! You also have half a year to go, and I’m sure you’ll rock it 🙂

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    1. That’s really kind of you to say! Oh yeah I’m definitely doing that too! (I think it’s safe to say I have no intention of tackling any poetry collections or challenging books for the foreseeable future lol) so I definitely hear you there! Thank you!!

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  8. I’ve outperformed my literary goals of this year due to the covid 19 crisis. On the other hand, due to the covid 19 crisis, a couple of ordinary issues that I usually deal with in an expedient way on a a daily base, got seriously out of hand and need some attention. Most of it has to do with people not sticking to their commitments and me having to straighten them out: unpleasant business. And then they go like “I’m not picking up your phone-calls anymore because I know you’re going to scream at me because I didn’t do what we agreed upon”. Things are rather chaotic outside the literary bubble.

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  9. “the blazing inferno that is the year 2020”

    Congratulations. It sounds like you’ve done admirably on your goals, especially considering that the unexpected came and messed with your time and energy as it so often does. I’m especially excited about your writing project.

    As for The Hobbit, what is even the point of rereading if we can’t just pick up and reread whatever we want, just for comfort?

    I haven’t done any goal posts (ha!) since I’m technically not a book blogger and don’t have a written TBR anywhere, buuuut … this Friday for the first time, I am doing a half-year freak-out (or non freak-out) post. Stay tuned!

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    1. Haha thank you! 💕 I’m especially excited for that to tbh ☺️😉

      Haha agreed! Although that sentiment does make me want to abandon all future reading plans in favour of old favourites 😉

      Ooh fun! I look forward to it!

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  10. Lol! I can relate to #9. I had big plans to go through my closet and clean out and organize my clothes and shoes and whatever else might be in there. I’ve only partly done this and have yet to continue.

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  11. Hahahahaha… I think you’ve still done better than me this year!! It’s been a total travesty on my side of things.. I don’t even think I’m halfway through any of my goals (maybe 1?) but yeah… what a trip 2020 has been!!

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  12. I’ve read The Art of War sometime in the last few years, and I was surprised to find that there are a number of the lines in the book that are taught as proverbs I had learnt in school. I’m glad you’ve read it! It’s full of advice I think is applicable even in today’s circumstances. Congrats on reaching over half of your goals, and all the best on your writing project, it’s good to know that you’re enjoying the process!

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  13. You know, I really like this style of goals, it actually feels pretty low-key. I think you’re doing great, all things considered. I mean, who knew 2020 would be so 2020?? Congrats on the writing project as well. My fingers have been itching to get back to writing lately myself.

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