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Monthly Goals – August

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Over the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about myself – from going from being a college student to a military wife. And from moving to a new city to working from home (and blogging!)

One thing I’ve learned that increases my productivity by 1000% (give or take) is to simply write things down.

So now, every day I have a checklist on my phone of what I want to accomplish for the day. Like, seriously, everything I want to accomplish. Water plants – check. Laundry – check. Answer emails – check.

All of this to say, I’ve realized throughout these various seasons of life, that I’m a very task-oriented person.

In addition to writing down to-do lists, I’ve also learned that writing down my thoughts helps me to process what I am thinking and feeling. So I’ve been making an effort to jot down what’s going on in my head so that I can better articulate what I’m thinking for my own sake…as well as sharing some of those thoughts with all of you lovely people through this blog.

Lately, I’ve been hearing and reading a lot of inspirational things regarding setting goals. So I’ve decided that this month, I don’t just want to check boxes on my to-do list each day. I want to write down what I want to accomplish over time.

Once I set my goals, I’ll probably end up working backward to create to-do lists in order to achieve said goals, but still, the point of this is to give myself perspective on why I’m checking off the tasks on my list and what I want to accomplish over time. Whether that timeline is 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, or 10 years.

Now that you know why I’m starting to set goals for myself, I’ll let you in on a few of my goals for this month – because August starts TOMORROW guys. Crazy.

August Goals:

Personal:

  • Use my real camera every day (as opposed to always taking photos on my phone.)
  • Read at least 2 books.
  • Complete 2 arts and crafts projects.
  • Play the piano every week.
  • Memorize 4 bible verses.

Professional:

  • Build an email list for my blog (and maybe make some fun freebies for anyone who decides to subscribe!)
  • Write and host 2 guest blog posts.
  • Post 6 total blog posts.
  • Listen to 4 educational business/marketing podcasts.
  • Gain 1 new freelance client.

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20 Comments

  • Emily Fagan

    I like the idea of doing goals for each month! I usually only make goals at the beginning of the new year and forget about them after a couple months! Your idea is so much better.

    • juliaauburn

      That’s the plan at least, haha! I’ll hopefully write an update at the end of this month to see how I did and make adjustments for next month 🙂

  • Hannah

    What great goals, Julia!!! Working from home + military life can take a while to get used to 🙂

    I loved your goal of using your real camera more – I’m right there with ya! It’s so much easier to break out my phone vs. lugging my DSLR around; however, I’m TRYING to take more “real” pics for the blog and IG (it’s just so heavy!!!). I converted one of my husband’s old army camelback packs into my camera bags, and that helps with carrying it + lens on long hikes, beach walks, etc.

    Podcasts are AWESOME!!! The Classy Career Girl has some really good entrepreneur podcasts, and I also love Morra Aarons-Mele’s Hiding in the Bathroom podcast and Alyssa Carpenter’s Millennial Playbook podcast. Would love to know which podcasts you find…any always looking for new ones!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • juliaauburn

      That’s a great idea! I was thinking about buying a new camera backpack to make traveling with my camera a little easier, but I might just have to see what old army bags my husband already has on hand!
      I’ve never heard of any of those podcasts you recommended – I’ll definitely try them out! I’ve been discovering a lot of new podcasts lately (I’ve really just been getting into them recently) so I’ll have to write a post about all of my favorites!

  • Cynthia

    I LOVE reviews / goal setting posts. I started doing them once a month as well. I have found that not only do you achieve more when you jot down your goals, but you also get to see how much you’ve actually accomplished. There have been moments when I felt like such a failure, then I review my progress and am impressed with what I actually managed to achieve.

    Do you have any ideas what 2 books you want to read?

    • juliaauburn

      I’m hoping to start goal setting every month and reviewing what I’ve actually accomplished from the previous month, so I’m glad to hear that is working for you!
      I’m finishing up reading Bonhoeffer and starting a new book called “All the Light we Cannot See” 🙂

  • Heather

    These are great goals! I always set my monthly goals up in brackets of personal/professional as well. I also have a list of things I enjoy that I only get if I hit a goal. It is super motivating!
    Good luck this month!

  • Lauren Cecora

    I wouldn’t say I write “goals” down each month, but I do write focuses down and I chart them in my powersheets so I can see how I’m doing. Your personal goals seem very time consuming (which isn’t a bad thing), but I love that you highlighted those first before business!

    • juliaauburn

      Thanks for your feedback! I’m in a season of life where I have oodles of time so I’m trying to use it productively and in ways that are meaningful to me 🙂

  • Hector

    Free time is a blessing that comes with responsibility.
    I have found that I’m more productive when my plate is not overloaded.
    Keep up the good work!!!

    • juliaauburn

      I’m exactly the same way! Hopefully, keeping track of monthly goals will help me to be productive on more big picture things!

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