January 2020 Wrap Up | The month I learned how to stay on top of things!

January will always be my favorite month of the year! It might be the fact that I always see it as a fresh start, or maybe because I get so tired of holidays that I just want to dive into a familiar work-home-work routine. I try to treat every day as a fresh start, but nothing feels quite the same as the first month of the year. 

This was one of the quickest passing, but also incredibly productive months in a very long time. I followed most of my new year’s resolutions and tried to organize my life to the little things. 

Did you start the new year strong?  

JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS

1 – Scheduling everything and taking full advantage of calendar apps! 

I’ve been using Google Calendar for my monthly blogging organization for years now, but this month I decided to add more things to it to stay on top of all tasks and to-do lists. And I love how much I was able to achieve! A few simple tweaks in my routine, made a huge difference, allowing me to add more time to my days and accomplish more things. 

After months and months of over-scheduling my weekends, I finally found out what I was doing wrong and was able to free up some time on Sundays to actually rest and do something else, other than work, study, blog or read. 

2 – This was a great TV shows months! 

We watched the 1st season of the Witcher at the beginning of January, and I loved it so much more than I thought I would. That’s why I don’t want to wait too long before starting reading the books, as I’d like to ride this excitement and get sucked into the Wither world.

Currently, we are watching the Walking Dead (again…). A few years ago I binge-watched the first five seasons and then grew tired of it. But I really love movies, TV shows and books centered around the survival and post-apocalypse themes, so I decided to make my bf watch it from the beginning so we can continue and maybe catch up. (I think season 10 is now out, so we still have quite a few episodes to go through). 

3 – January was also an amazing reading month! 

Do you remember my goal for 2020 to read fewer books?! Well… I didn’t listen to myself and read 12, TWELVE, books last month! Not sure how I managed to do that. Although out of 12 books – 3 were short stories and 2 books I DNF’d. 

But January was a good reading month not only because of the number of books read but because 3 of the 12 books made it to my “Favorites of 2020” shelf on Goodreads! 

4 – My first ever buddy-read also took place this month! 

Thank you, Rafaela, for accepting my crazy idea to read «Skyward» by Brandon Sanderson in 5 days, and also big thank you for suggesting this buddy-read in the first place. I wouldn’t have picked it up if it wasn’t for you, and this amazing book would have stayed on my TBR for another couple of months and maybe even years! 

It was my first buddy-read, and when we were discussing the book, I realized how engraved in my brain the no-spoilers rule is! It was so weird, at first, to be able to talk about things that happened in the book that I could never mention in my review. Rafaela is definitely better at this than I am. 😀 

I hope we get to read more books together in the future! 

5 – I wrote all those pending reviews! 

Yes! I finally did it, guys! No more pending reviews weighing on my conscience. It feels great to tick tasks off my to-do list, including reviews! 

MONTHLY READING STATS


JANUARY TOP TEN TUESDAY POSTS

JANUARY BOOK REVIEWS


How was your January? What books have you read?
Let me know in the comments below!

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22 thoughts on “January 2020 Wrap Up | The month I learned how to stay on top of things!

  1. You truly kicked reading and blogging butt this month Alex! Well done :)))) I felt reading wise that January was pretty great too. I had three five star reads out of fourteen books read so I’m feeling all sorts of good about my reading choices right now lol! I need to get on board with these calendar apps because my Sundays are all about blog post drafting. Would like to spread it out a little more. Fab month my friend, here’s to a great February <3333

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  2. 12 books, that’s amazing!
    Your wrap up post is beautiful, as always.
    Yay to the Witcher, I am so glad you liked it! I am eagerly awaiting S2!
    The calander app is super helpful and I’m glad that you’ve found some you time!
    Wishing you the best February.
    – Emma 🙂

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    1. Thank you, hun! 🙂 January was an amazing month and I hoped that February would be the same, but it suddenly got 10 times busier at work, lol. Oh well, just a few more months and I finally get to relax (hopefully after passing the exams).
      I can’t wait for Witcher Season 2! I think it’s only coming out in 2021?

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  3. You had an amazing January! I’m glad you enjoyed your first buddy read – it’s so fun to read a book at the same time as someone else and be able to talk about what’s happening and such! ALSO can I please be a huge sticky beak and ask how you made more time in your schedule? I’m so guilty for letting time get away from me and I LOVE hearing what works for other people 🙂

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    1. Buddy read was a lot of fun! I definitely had to get used to talking about “spoilers”, but it was very refreshing.
      I love watching and reading time management posts and videos as well. I find them very fascinating and always looking for new ways to improve my time management. Spreading tasks over the weekdays and breaking bigger tasks and breaking them into smaller ones really helped me get more things done in January. February, however, has started on a very stressful note… so I hope to regain my balance and organization soon.

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    1. It feels incredible to not have any pending reviews. It’s like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, lol. Now I can actually enjoy reading books instead of feeling guilty about picking up new books when I haven’t reviewed the previous ones. 🤦‍♀️

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  4. Wohooo! It sounds like you had an amazing month!! 😀 I honestly don’t know where I would be without Google Calendar and Notion. While I love beautiful physical planners, I really don’t have the strength or space to carry them around everywhere, so I’ve adopted digital planning. I just really need to have everything written down and planed xD Also, I’ve heard everyone obsessed with The Witcher, but I haven’t checked it out yet!

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    1. Google Calendar has been working wonders for me. I’ve never heard about Notion but I’m always looking for new organization apps, so I will definitely give it a try and see if it works for me. Thank you for mentioning it! 🙂
      The Witcher is great! Now that you finished your exams, I hope you’ll find some time to watch it.

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