April 2016 Goals

April 2016 Goals

So it’s that time again to take a moment and see how I am doing on this crazy ride called life. March was by far an exhausting month. I will be honest I cried as much as I laughed. I had man nights of tossing and turning along with nights I had to depend on my clonazepam prescription to turn my brain off and get some rest.  It wasn’t a bad month, don’t get me wrong,  just a one filled with change and emotions. I keep seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for a lot of things but my overwhelming sense of creativity constantly have me thinking of new things I want to try and do which, while exciting has been emotionally draining and having me constantly asking myself, “Why are you doing this?” The thing is I know why, I just find myself trying to talk myself out of it when it gets…too hard.

I know lots of crying here but really just being real with you all. So let’s look back at last  month before I talk about the next steps I want to make in April to help me get to where I’m trying to be.

March Goals

Personal Goals

  • Read one book.

Done! Books at Bedtime by Michael Whitehouse. 

  • Organize my closet.

I did and I have to tell you it made me so happy. Seeing everything in color coordinated order. So organized!

  • Get my bridesmaid dress altered.

No worst maid of honor ever! I tried it on again last week and realize that at this point it looks fine just needs to be a little shorter so hopefully that won’t take too long. It’s my goal to find a place this week on my lunch break that can do it.

  • Learn as much as I can at this new job and start building good habits there.

It has been an insane month but amazing! I am loving it so far. Learning new stuff.

  • Set up a cleaning schedule so I’m not always having, “God I need to clean up,” moments.

This was a no go but aside from hiding my clean laundry in my laundry closet until I need to retrieve items, the place has maintained neatness. 

  • Fix the lid-switch on my washer.

My job was to buy the part. It was boy’s job to install. I’m going to say, I did my part.

Blog and Freelance Goals

  • Have 269 Facebook page likes

I hit 278 I am really trying to make a more engaged Facebook profile. I’m trying out new things to increase likes and comments.

  • Have 1300 Twitter Followers

Blew this one out of the water at 1400! I really hope I’ll be able t hit 2,000 soon but only time will tell.

  • Have 375 Instagram Followers

396. I’ve made a point to comment and like more Instagram accounts. Also doing hashtag searches to meet new people and using new hashtags on my own profile.

  • Have 450 Pinterest Followers

447. So close. I finally joined Board Booster so hopefully this will not only help with my followers but my traffic. I am also trying to constantly make better images so my pins are more likable.

  • Post twice a week.

The 3rd week in March I was so stressed out and wiped out. I didn’t have a post ready to go on Thursday and instead of throwing something together I decided it was okay to take a break. I needed it! 

  • Publish 2 posts on other sites.

This is month I published:  

Fed Up and Over It: My Stand Against Ghosting on She Is Fierce HQ.

Hiring For Your Office Culture  on ESD and Associates.

I have a few other things set up for the next upcoming months. 

  • Finish Webinar and e-course

NO! I am so behind even having to type, “No,” here feels me with anxiety and disappointment in myself.

  • Finish taking the Email-Surge Course I’m taking from The Nectar Collective

I haven’t finished the course but I have been following it and that is a bigger gift to myself than just watching all the modules without soaking them in and implementing them. 

Health and Fitness

  • Walk 6,000 steps a day
  • Track all my meals
  • Stick to stage one of the South Beach diet Monday- Friday or Sunday-Thursday

I can write a general summary for all 3 of these. Some days I hit the 6,000 steps, some days I didn’t, some days I far exceeded it. I have been using my Fitness Pal app to track my food religiously. I have pretty much given up bread and alcohol most days of the week. I am down 7 pounds!

  • Find the time and money to get a massage. (Hey, they are good for you!)

I did go ahead and buy the massage wth a great email deal but have yet to get it scheduled.

Like most months it was a combination of “Yay!” and “Almost!” So what about April? Well, let’s see….

April Goals

Personal Goals

  • Read one book. Ideally, it will be the new copy of Girl Boss my little sent me or Year of Yes.
  • Build a better schedule. I feel like I’ve been running around too much or laying around. Between the new job schedule, time change, working at the old job still and blogging I just feel like I’m going 1,000 miles an hour or just crashing and burning out.

 

Blog and Freelance Goals

  • Have 290 Facebook page likes
  • Have 1500 Twitter Followers
  • Have 400 Instagram Followers
  • Have 460 Pinterest Followers
  • Post twice a week.
  • Publish 2 posts on other sites.
  • Finish Webinar and e-course
  • Pick out the editing program I’d like to use for my podcast.
  • Continue taking the Email-Surge Course I’m taking from The Nectar Collective
  • Spend at least 10 minutes a day engaging on each of the above social media sites. That means repinning, responding to tweets of others or seeing what their links are, etc.

Health and Fitness

  • Walk 6,000 steps a day
  • Track all my meals
  • Stick to stage one of the South Beach diet Monday- Wednesday
  • Scheduled my follow up breast exam.
  • Schedule that massage.

I know looking at them the goals are pretty much unchanged but to be frank I didn’t get to where I wanted to be in March and on the other side of that some of my goals proved to be really good for me and I’ll like to maintain them one more time before upping the anti, like walking more steps each day.

I really want to take care of myself and make some progress. There is some stuff going on personally, that will hopefully be resolved in the next few weeks so I can know what to do next

What are your goals for the month? Share below.

78 comments

  1. Alicia Snow

    I love your social media goals! I think it helps to see your growth when you have such clear numbers picked out. I think I’m going to try that out this month.

  2. Jasmin Saunders

    I haven’t set all goals yet but I was planning to blog consistently, finish a huge wall art for my living room, and start building our new railing in the foyer. We’ll see if I get to the last item on the list lol

    Good luck on achieving everything you have planned!

  3. candy

    Do you ever wonder how we manage to get anything done at all with all the goals we set for ourselves.

  4. Lauren

    It sounds like you have been doing great with your goals! (isnt it amazing how happy a clean closet can make you? I recently organized mine as well!) Girl Boss was a great and very motivating read! 😉

  5. Cori

    We all have emotional days/weeks/months. Hopefully you’re through most of it. Congrats on all your goals! Your social media progress is great! Kudos for getting the massage set up. I need to do that as well.

  6. Brittany

    I love all of these goals! I think you’ll have a great month even accomplishing a few of these! Good luck 🙂

  7. Brittany

    I love all of these goals! I think you’ll have a great month even accomplishing a few of these! I think I need to separate my goals into categories like you.

  8. Cara

    Awesome job on your goals this month. You came so close on some of those as well so I think you’ll definitely be able to meet them this month. Have a great Monday!

  9. Angela Tolsma

    You accomplished so much in March, good for you!! (how was the book btw??)

    Good luck with your goals for April! I love your fitness goals. That’s my main focus for the month of April!

  10. Michelle Rogers

    All wonderful goals! That’s a great idea to have goals like that, and to put down measurable results with specific numbers. Right now my goal for the month is to complete my group fitness instructor certification course and be prepared to take the test by the end of the month. That’s basically going to take all of my available non-work time.

  11. Dia

    Well in that case you can help me with my fitness goals! Good luck on your test Michelle!

  12. Dia

    It was really good but super creepy. I’ve been in a horror mood lately but am a big baby so that’s also been the part of some of my sleepless nights.

  13. Dia

    Thanks Cara! I really do think that I will get there. Things from last month did give me some insight on what to do to hit these goals.

  14. Dia

    It does help me stay focused and better spot places I need to approve.

  15. Dia

    Lol well I’m half way there but yay I got a good price. Have a great month Cori.

  16. Dia

    My friend got it for me for Christmas but because of the mail system I only got it in the mail this weekend. So exciting.

  17. Dia

    Thank.

  18. Jenn Slavich

    Congratulations, looks like you knocked it out of the park with your goals! Looks like March was a big month of change for you. I’m also taking the List Serge class with Melissa. I cannot believe how much I’ve learned in such a short amount of time. What a great investment! I try to spend 2 hours a week implementing things that I’ve learned. Gook luck with April. I know you’ll rock!

  19. Dia

    For me it helps keep me organized. Being this specific. If I just said be better on social media…that would be too vague and not wouldn’t provide a clear way to measure them. Since I started doing this it’s helped A LOT! But to each his own. I know to-do lists stress certain people out lol but they soothe me. I know what I need to do and how to know when it’s done.

  20. Dia

    Thanks Jasmin! Good luck with your project, for me I’m not too great hitting my home goals.

  21. Dia

    Thanks lady! Melyssa is the best! It was just too many things going on at once but I know April will be better. 🙂

  22. Dia

    It really does. If I’m close to the end of the month, I know I need to engage more and get myself noticed.

  23. Dia

    Oh no I haven’t been listening to them. I am developing a webinar to launch my e-course. Hopefully it will be out by the start of Summer.

  24. suzanne @ my kind of sweet

    Congratulations on such great progress! This makes me think about my goals for April. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  25. Dia

    I hope your April is super productive!

  26. Mandi

    Im doing a goal post this month too!! Good luck on yours girl!

  27. Dia

    Thank you! What are your goals?

  28. Jenny

    Good luck with your April goals! I am wishing you a very successful month.

    xoxo, Jenny

  29. Stephanie

    Awesome! Keep it up. It’s cool you post these publicly! Best of luck in April, Dia!

  30. Chelsea

    Best of luck with your goals!! Growing social media is so hard but it takes time and research. Also, I’m trying to work on organizing my closet as well!

  31. Ashleigh

    Dang girl, must feel good meeting all those goals in March.. good for you! I, too, want to read one book this month, which almost sounds silly because I used to read, like, 4-6 a month! Those were the days lol. Best of luck on April, I know you’ll kill it again!!!

  32. Dia

    Right maybe there was less on tv back when we were younger but I used to read a book or week or more and now its hard to knock out one. Thanks Ash!

  33. Dia

    Thanks Jenny. Hope you have a great April.

  34. Dia

    It helps me hold myself accountable lol

  35. Dia

    It was so nice to get it done!

  36. Jane @ seejane.me

    I love this concept of writing out your goals and posting them. You can do anything you set your mind to – your blog looks amazing!

  37. Kusum

    First, let me ask you how many hours in a day do you have, I can swear I only have 24 out of which only about half (or less) are productive but you seem to surely have at least 48 hours in a day!!! Woman, where do you find the time to do all you do, your never-ending (and so inspiring) goals list and everything else you do!
    Your goals really inspire me to make my own, I struggle with it because I add everything under the sun to my list and end up doing just a handful. Love how focused and on point your goals are. And no, you are a wonderful maid of honor, cannot wait to see your dress. Good luck with your April goals 🙂
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  38. Angie Scheie

    Dia, you’ve been crushing your goals and should be proud of all you’re accomplishing. I’m in that class with you too I think (List Surge?) and like you, I want to do it on my timeline that I can do it right. I just haven’t had time to make much progress! Just give yourself grace; I felt like I could have wrote the part about going 110 % or crashing though!!

  39. Clare Speer

    I love how you “group” out your goals and post them – accountability! I love reading about your goals and what you have accomplished because it is quite encouraging! Blessings!

  40. CAROL CASSARA

    It’s always good to set goals. Without a road map, we’d never get to our destination!

  41. Dia

    Thanks so much Clare.

  42. Dia

    Kusum, I always love your comments and your blog.
    Okay I’ll tell you my secret I’m a triplet. Lol jk I wish I had an extra me. I literally just make myself. I’ve always been the type of person who gets bored easily so I kind of thrive when busy but it’s not always simple I also refer back to my monthly goals when making to-do lists for my work sessions.

  43. Dia

    Yes! List Surge is amazing as is The Nectar Collective but it is a lot to take in and implement with everything else going on but it does seem to be working for a lot of people.

  44. Dia

    It helps a lot!

  45. Dia

    Or it would just take a hell of a lot longer lol

  46. Carrie

    Great goals!! I need to set my goals for this month even though it is a bit late!

  47. Amy Scott

    You’re so organized! Posting like this is great for accountability. I am terrible for adhering to my goals. Or maybe I’m just not clearly defining them! You’re inspiring a change in my ways!

  48. Julie Syl Kalungi

    Okay Dia,

    I am gonna be Auntie Jules Here as Say GIVE YOUR SELF A HUGE PAT ON THE BACK GAL…And I Mean Right Now!

    a, You accomplished a heck of a lot holding down 2 jobs did I surmise, blogging and keeping it all together. Not Allowing yourself the Pleasure of enjoying your achievements However small in your view is a BAD BAD recipe for Success. Lets just say I know that feeling. SO Right now I am tooting and hollering go gal go gal coz You have accomplished more than most.

    b, Its the repetitive nature of perseverance & consistency that creates results and SUCCESS. Yes it may sound mundane and same as yesterday, last week, month,year, but thats the way the cookie is built. This cookie aint crumbling by the sound of things. Give your self some credit gal. You are crushing your goals!

    c, Regarding a Podcast editing service….None beats libsyn.com hands down. You can try it for free and see how that works out for ya. Otherwise You can try SoundCloud, My fav Podcasting hosting service for all kinds of reasons. Check out Spreaker as well for recording. But Libsyn is best for EDITING. Can I ask what you will be focusing your podcast on? Feel free to chat on Facebook if you like. I am happy to. You might like to check out The weekly Free Entrpreneur on Fire Podcasting Webinar, JLD drops nuggets like they are running out of fashion!
    You can check out my Podcasts at “Your Power Echoes with Juleskal” on Soundcloud and iTunes of course.

    Keep rocking and celebrate every win, YOU will attract more wins in your life.

  49. Dia

    Better late than never.

  50. Dia

    Great Amy. Seriously just making them clear, with clear ways to determine if you hit them.

  51. GiGi Eats

    I cannot even believe it’s APRIL! HA! Man, soon enough I am going to be sprouting grays and pushing baby carriages….. Or not – cause I mean, I’ll hit the salon and… Well, no kids for me! LOL!

  52. Emily

    You rocked March!! I keep telling myself to start posting on my blog twice a week, but I think I gotta make it a REAL goal and DO it! Has it been boosting your traffic? Are your readers enjoying having more content?

    I love using MyFitnessPal on my phone to track my meals 🙂

  53. Kerry

    Wow girl! You are so organized with your goals. I’m over here like ‘keep my child fed and dry and maybe post on blog!’ 🙂 It’s really important to engage on social media though. I need to work on that as well.

  54. Courtney

    It seems like you absolutely rocked your blog goals last month so I can only imagine you will do it again! I would love to see a post on how you have enriched your Facebook and pinterest traffic!

  55. Barely Vegan

    This was so motivating!! Congrats on all the goals you accomplished in March. My goals for April are to make it to 1750 instagram followers and to become more organized with my blog. Right now I have no schedule and just post whenever. I want to have a more consistent schedule. Thanks for this post. You seriously motivated me!! 🙂

  56. suchi

    its great to jot down your goals! sometimes you tend to make up goals and make a note in your mind and absolutely forget about it!cute post!

  57. Julie Syl Kalungi

    I am 100% sure I left a highly constructive comment on here yesterday including a recommendation for a Podcast editing service! But here goes again.

    Well done for keeping to your productivity list, Yo have done well in March, and April will be even better Keep doing!

  58. Dia

    Thank you so much for the awesome tips for starting my podcast and the words of encouragement. You have no idea how much I needed it.

  59. Dia

    You did!

  60. Dia

    My life is a series of making notes lol

  61. Dia

    Yes! I love my fitness pal! It does help and I didn’t realize how much until I only did one post, that one week. Each blog post gets about 3 days of high traffic as a new post for me so the second half of the week I had a lull 🙁

  62. Dia

    Kerry, can I be honest? I feel like were friends so I’m going to be honest. You are rocking it. Parker is adorable and if I had a tiny human my to do list would probably be make sure we both eat and there is wine in the fridge 🙂

  63. Dia

    It really helps me know what I can and I can’t do social wise. It keeps me in check. Good luck with Instagram. I’d love to know how you do it.

  64. Dia

    That will be in the works for sure.

  65. Dia

    Gigi you get my life lol

  66. Leigh Anne

    It is so important to set goals. We are also bloggers and I need to do this.

  67. Dia

    Thanks Leigh I hope April is wonderful for you.

  68. Jennifer L. } Modern Chic

    you’re just hitting those goals out of the park! COngratulations! Here’s to many more great things!

  69. Liz Mays

    Your social accounts are really growing well. I’d be thrilled with that. I need to set more concrete goals myself.

  70. Dia

    Thanks Jennifer

  71. Dia

    It really does help me 🙂

  72. Elizabeth O

    Congratulations on achieving your goals for March and aiming high for April. You’ve done very well to date and I can see more successes coming your way! 🙂

  73. Valerie Robinson

    Goal setting is the best way to stay on track and focused on the end goal. So neat that you laid everything out. Good luck

  74. Dia

    It helps me so much 🙂
    Thank you Valerie.

  75. Dia

    Thank you so much Elizabeth 🙂 Have a wonderful month!

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