The first semester of 2020 was full of unpleasant surprises. But I still was able to take some advantage of the quarantine and a little bit more free time to keep up or finalize some of the things that have been sitting on my to-do list for far too long.
I love to constantly review my yearly goals to make sure that I know what the next steps will be in accomplishing them. 6 months mark feels like a good time to take a look at the goals I set for myself at the beginning of this year, see if I accomplished / failed any, and adjust them for the remaining 6 months.
As I was preparing this post, I stumbled upon this blog post by Jill, which I found very helpful. She gave a list of questions to ask yourself that will help you analyze them better. There is also a guide you can download and fill in, which is incredible. I will be using some of her questions to give myself and you a better overview of how my first semester of 2020 went. Let’s begin!
|1. What have you accomplished over the past six months (goal related or not)?|
READING: I’m happy to announce that I mostly achieved all of my reading goals for this year. Some of them were more of guidelines than actual goals, but I’m happy that I was able to stick with them.
So! I read over 50 books and finished my Goodreads challenge very early. I stayed on top of all of my ARCs and new releases and did a great job of tracking books I read and review so that I don’t sit on my reviews for too long. At the time of me writing this post, I’m completely caught up on all reviews.
At the end of this year, I’m planning to make a post about my excel spreadsheet where I track my reading, as I think it really helped me to stay on track with my reading and blogging goals.
OTHER: I also managed to:
- finalize all of my study notes – I feel much more prepared for the exams now!
- finish all pending tasks at work – you know, the ones that aren’t urgent, but need to get done eventually? As work did slow down a bit, I was finally able to dedicate more of my time to organizing everything and it feels great!
- write many blog posts I’m truly proud of. My blog is doing better and better every year, and I love seeing it grow so much. Thank you all for being wonderful friends!
|2. What are your 3 proudest accomplishments?|
N.º 1 is definitely the study notes. I honestly was dreading doing it, but I actually loved the process and feel more confident now. There is still a lot to do before my exams, but I feel like I’m one step closer.
N.º 2 is how far my blog has gotten over the last 12 months. I much more consistent with my posts now and I really feel like I made some great friends here. ❤
N.º 3 is my new mindset. I’m even more organized than I ever was and it definitely pays off, as I’m able to accomplish more tasks throughout the week.
|3. What goals were a challenge?|
Everything exams related. It was a challenge and it still is a challenge.
|4. What goals no longer feel relevant?|
The “learn something new every month” one. I miserable failed at it. And I just don’t have the desire to dedicate my time to it at the moment. That doesn’t mean, however, that I won’t revisit it in the future.
|5. What mistakes did I make and what did I learn from those mistakes?|
My number 1 mistake has always been putting things off for tomorrow. I hate doing it and I know that I just pile up those tasks and make life harder for myself. This year, I’ve been working on my productivity and time management quite a lot, and I feel like I am improving, even if slowly.
|6. What areas of strength did I identify from accomplishing my goals?|
That I can actually accomplish things I set for myself. I always dread my to-do lists. But, you know what? If the task is on my to-do list, I will 100% accomplish it.
|7. What behaviors/habits were the most helpful in accomplishing my goals or progressing toward my goals?|
Planning my days, weeks and months ahead of time and break big tasks into smaller ones. I love my Google Calendar and I don’t know how I lived all my life without using it. It helps me so much to get everything done and feel productive by the end of the day.
|8. What are my top 3 goals for the remainder of the year?|
Since my reading and blogging have been going very well, I won’t be setting any new goals in this area of my life. Instead, I want to give my full attention to studying. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
|9. What is my “why” for the goals I’ve set.|
Finishing and succeeding in my lawyers’ bar exams will be a HUGE step in my career. I’m very nervous about it too. Lol
|10. What challenges do I anticipate and how will I overcome?|
I know I will be procrastinating A LOT. So to avoid that, I will need to set smaller tasks for myself at any given time.
At this point, I just want my studies to be over. The exams were pushed back for the end of the year due to COVID , and it means I will be nervous for longer than anticipated 😀
Did you achieve any of your goals this year? Did you discard any? Let’s chat in the comments below!