Setting goals: August update

setting goals

Do you ever feel like you are super busy all the time yet still don’t achieve what you want to? That is me to a tee! This is why I decided recently to start setting goals on a monthly basis to help direct my energies.

August’s goals were:

To develop the blog

I managed mostly to write three blog posts a week, which was my target. In addition, I spent some time talking to the lovely Sara at Debt Camel, who gave me some great advice on a redesign for the blog. I am working on this now and hope you will start to see some improvements. This is a long term aim as it is a big job!

To increase my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter following

I would like to reach 1000 followers on Twitter (@shoestringjane) and 2000 on Instagram (@shoestringcottage). I’m almost but not quite there yet! If you use either maybe you can help with this. Follow and retweet/like. Send me a comment and I will follow you back! A lot of you went and found me on Facebook as well, so many thanks if you did.

To increase the amount I sell on eBay

This has really improved and I have sold as much in the last 10 days as I did for the whole of July! This is partly I think because I am getting better at finding good stuff and I have been to several boot sales.

To get a new lodger

Yes! We have a new lodger arriving at the beginning of October. She is a masters student and plans to stay for a year. I have repainted all the woodwork in her room to brighten it up and will emulsion the walls as soon as I get time.

Continue with my grocery challenge

Regular readers will know that I have been on a grocery challenge to spend no more than £35 a week on food for three people per week. I have just about managed this, without feeling deprived in any way. Focussing on your spending in this way saves so much money! I am going to continue with the challenge in September, although I might relax it a little. This is where setting goals can be so motivating.

Setting goalsWe have a really great crop of Victoria plums on our tree for the first time. They are delicious and I have frozen a few to add to our stock of blackberries and greengages. I also tried Asda’s super cheap 22p sponge mix for the first time the other day. I cooked the plums and then poured the sponge mix on top to make a frugal pudding. it was really lovely with custard. You only need to add an egg. If I was using it to make a Victoria sponge, however, I would use two packs.

Setting goals for September

Mr S is designing a new blog logo for me and it looks great! I aim to get this onto the blog as part of a redesign this month. I just have to sort out the techie bit (I am rubbish at this!). Watch this space…

I will re-emulsion the walls in the lodger’s room.

The garden is starting to fade now that we are moving into Autumn. The plan is to tidy up and weed all of the beds and dig over the veg patch (with Mr S’s help, of course).

I will sort out a new broadband contract and possibly purchase a Freeview box, although there are other possible options I need to investigate. To this end, I sought advice on the Skint Dad Community Facebook group, which turned into a really long thread full of good ideas. It seems I am not alone in thinking that Virgin, Sky, etc. are over priced!

Are you setting goals for September? Did you achieve all that you wanted this month?

Monthly goals: Aims for August 2017

I have been really busy since I got back from Wales a few weeks ago. At the same time, I feel I achieved very little and mostly ran around like a headless chicken! I was reactive rather than proactive. So I am setting myself some monthly goals.  Here are my aims for August.

Develop the blog

To write 3 blog posts a week. I have struggled to do this over the last few months and I am aware that my posting can be a bit sporadic at times. I want to develop the blog a little more. One day I hope to make some money blogging! In order to do that I need to increase my page views and that will only happen if I post as often as I can. I also want to add a subscribe button so that I can notify readers of new posts. I am not very technical so I find this kind of thing a real challenge.

Increase my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter following

Personally, I am all over Facebook. I keep in touch with friends and family and belong to various groups. I do have a separate Shoestring Cottage page but haven’t paid it enough attention. I currently have a few likes but zero followers! I need to start posting more interesting stuff and hopefully I can get a little Shoestring community going. If you use Facebook you can find me here.

I would like to reach 1000 followers on Twitter (@shoestringjane) and 2000 on Instagram (@shoestringcottage). If you use either maybe you can help with this. Follow and retweet/like. Send me a comment and I will follow you back!

Increase the amount I sell on eBay

I only managed to list about 5 or 6 things during July. There is quite a lot already for sale but it seems to be moving quite slowly. I would like to source and list at least 30 extra items during August. This might be a stretch as we seem to be busy almost every weekend, so getting to boot sales and the charity shops could be tricky. I will do my best.

Get a new lodger

My lodger is leaving in three weeks. This is a shame as the extra income makes a huge difference. I have an ad on spareroom.com and have had a bit of interest, but nothing concrete yet. I will begin to approach prospective tenants and perhaps sign up with another website to increase my chances of getting someone in quickly. It did take several months last time as most people want to be near the university or prefer to share with other young folk. I hope to have something arranged by the end of August.

Continue with my grocery challenge

I am currently on a grocery challenge to spend no more than £35 a week on food for three people per week. I will keep this up until the end of August at least.

I think that will do for the month as I don’t want to set monthly goals that aren’t achievable. How about you? Do you set monthly goals and what are you aiming for?