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Here’s my personal goals progress update for October 2017! You can check out my detailed list of 2017 Goals here. Writing publicly about my progress is one of the most effective methods of accountability I’ve found. Consequently, I’m aiming to produce a monthly update right through 2017.
Writing up my personal goals progress report is an important part of keeping me on track and accountable. It’s also a really useful method to review what is and isn’t working. Sometimes that will mean that some goals will change or be removed altogether. But the great thing is that these are my goals, so I can change them as often as I like! If you choose to write up or already have some personal goals then doing a regular review and write up is a great way to stay on track!
So here’s my October update… 🙂
Goals In Progress
Fun and Travel
After a lovely short break in France in September, October has very much been back to reality. We didn’t have any trips planned, but had the odd day/evening out in our locality.
November things will step up a notch again as we have two trips planned 🙂 . I’ll fill you in on our November adventure in next month’s update!
Weight Loss and Fitness
Nothing to see here…move along! Err, ok, well it’s not been such a good month 🙁 . My weight has fluctuated around my low from last month, but the upshot is that overall I’ve gained a pound back. Hmmm…time to do something practical, as I don’t want to lose any more of the gains I’ve made.
As luck would have it, one of my friends was joining a slimming club, so I’ve signed up too! As we go into the winter months and with Christmas just on the horizon, I’m going to need all the help I can get to stay focused and shift the final stone (14 lbs)! This is just the ticket, and of course, I’ll let you know how I get on.
Achieve Your Best Life
Increase # of blogs published to six/month
Just shy of my goal of six blogs published, with five blog outputs for October. No doubt this was helped by there having been five weekends in October 😉 !
I’ve also counted up my blog outputs for 2017 to the end of October and have written and published 49 blogs! This is a milestone, as my previous ‘best’ for any year was 48 blogs published in 2015 for the whole year. Woop Woop!!
Here are the posts:
1 – Do You Struggle to Love Yourself?
2 – My Personal Goals Progress Update for September 2017
3 – Mini Goal Ideas to Make the Most of 2017 <——Most popular post of the month!
4 – Identify Your Self Limiting Beliefs
5 – Start Your Own Good Habits List
6 – 🙁
You can also access the 2017 Archive by month here for posts on motivation, success, productivity, wellbeing, finance, progress updates and more:
1 – January 2017 Archive
2 – February 2017 Archive
3 – March 2017 Archive
4 – April 2017 Archive
5 – May 2017 Archive
6 – June 2017 Archive
7 – July 2017 Archive
8 – August 2017
9 – September 2017
10 – October 2017
Publish at least 1 vlog/month
Nothing to report on this goal :(.
Increase numbers of subscribers to the AYBL
I’ve seen another small increase in my subscriber numbers this month..yay! A BIG Welcome to my new subscribers! I hope you enjoy exploring the blog!
And for any visitors who want to sign up, just click on the link (rabbit) below!
Free Downloadable Checklist
I’m excited to share my personal happy list with you today! Just pick 1 – 3 things from the list everyday to feel happier. Don’t forget to vary the activities to suit your personal preferences, or, if you’re feeling daring, step outside your comfort zone and just do everything on the list!
<<<click the image<<< So to make yourself happy everyday, download my free “25 Things To Do That Will Make You Happy Everyday!” checklist. There’s sure to be something here that you can put into action today. It’s an easy A4 pdf that you can print off and pin to your wall or fridge.
Use it as a quick boost when you need to turn the tide on a bad mood! And don’t forget to come back and let us know how you’re doing!
which will also give you free access to all my subscriber-only content!
Increase Social Media Presence
After the devastating crash in my Pinterest follower numbers last month, the recovery has begun and I am now back up to a much more respectable 853 followers! Hopefully this trend will continue as we head towards the end of the year. I’d like to finish 2017 with in excess of 1,000 followers!
Facebook and Twitter movements have been minimal. There’s been a recent change in the Facebook algorithm (you may have noticed that your ‘feed’ content looks a bit different), with a move of some (but could be all for some people) ‘business’ pages to a sub-feed called ‘Explore Feed’ (you can find it in your Facebook menus). I find this a bit frustrating on both a personal and business level as my feed now feels lopsided.
Here are my summary results for the last quarter and my January starting point for comparison:
Overhaul My Website
I’m continuing to work in the background of my website to create new images, update some of the older content and re-categorising the content. This is painstaking work but I believe it will improve the look and feel of my website for my users, making it more ‘user-friendly’. This is an ongoing task right now.
My goal here is to read for about 3 ½ hours per week and I use this as a loose guide to make sure I am at least getting some reading done each week.
I’ve read Self-Discipline: A therapist’s guide to getting out of your own way and getting things done by SJ Hilton this month and I’m also listening to Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg on Audible.
I bought S J Hilton’s book for my kindle and read it over a few hours. There are quite a few good tips in the book, which is geared towards achieving your goals (which I didn’t think was clear from the title). I enjoyed the book though and took lots of notes.
I’m still enjoying listening to Charles Duhigg’s book. It’s the second of Duhigg’s books that I’ve read, the first having been The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. Both are very enjoyable with lots of great nuggets of practical tips.
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Commit to Weekly and Monthly Personal Goals Progress Reviews
You might recall that last month I’d been looking around the web and come across Chris Bowler’s account of his efforts to instil a weekly review habit. My plan was to give this more positive perspective a go.
I’m pleased to say that I completed two reviews during October, which allowed me to appreciate the actions I’d taken, make adjustments for anything that needed changing and re-focus for the week ahead. It’s been really useful.
As usual, the difficulties arise when it’s hard to fit the review into your schedule, but 2 out of 4 is not too shabby and my update today counts as a third review of October 🙂 .
Maintain and Improve Contact with Family and Friends
• Family visits have gone to plan.
• Catch-ups in October… Evenings out (2); Lunchtime treats (3); Coffee catch-ups (1). It’s been a busy and enjoyable month!
Remember and Celebrate Birthdays and Anniversaries
Remembering birthdays and anniversaries is my Achilles heel, hence the reason I’ve included it in my list of goals as an area where I need to dedicate some focus.
Ah, October…the busiest month of the year for my family and friends…and also my birthday! Six birthdays remembered!
Re-instate our net worth position (update the spreadsheet) and work to increase our net worth by at least 10%
Not much to say here, other than it’s progressing, but slowly as other things are taking priority.
To Continue to Support the Two Charities I Currently Contribute To
Complete (Automated). I have a regular monthly payment set up to each Charity, so this will be a straight forward goal for 2017!
Re-Introduce Meditation as part of my Daily Routine
Complete. Thanks to The Miracle Morning, I’ve finally re-introduced a regular meditation practice into my daily routine. I’m already feeling the benefits of this practice and am able to stay focused for longer periods of time!
Attend (virtually or in person) at least 1 course in support of my goals
Complete. I’m continuing to follow an online course to learn and better understand SEO (search engine optimisation) and am slowly revisiting and updating some of my older posts.
I am also working to up my knowledge of Pinterest, using an eBook I’ve purchased, Pinteresting Strategies.
To Participate in a Fitness-Related Charity Event
Postponed. This goal has been moved to 2018. I’ve identified a charity walk that I’m interested in doing, but it won’t be until next year. It looks like details may be released around October, so I’ll post more once I have information to share.
So there you have my personal goals progress update for October. It’s been a steady but very busy month.
So over to you. How has your month been? Have you been busy working on your personal goals? Are you making progress on your goals? Do you need to make a few tweaks? Share your thoughts in the comments!