Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December goals

 Can you believe it's already time for December goals? 2020, what a year! Without further ado, here's what I'd like to accomplish in the last month of 2020.

1) Financial

  • Stick to the budget, & lower our grocery budget (an ongoing struggle during COVID)
  • Pay down our mortgage to the next milestone
  • No clothing/shoes purchase for me
  • Make $500 in side hustle
  • Finish refi. We found a fantastic rate for our house, & locked in both a lower rate & better terms. We currently have an ARM, and had planned to pay off the house ahead of the ARM resetting, but this gives us more flexibility (15 year rate), in the event it's needed.
2) Family
  • Choose a few festive family activities - seeing Christmas lights, decorating the tree, wrapping gifts, working on puzzles, etc
  • Off the computer by 7:30 each evening (not counting reading)
  • Have a weekly half hour alone with M
  • Two hours of practicing Spanish or Farsi
  • Compliment M every day
  • Complete one project I normally wouldn't get to per day (taking advantage of work from home)
3) Fitness/health
  • Lose 1 lb
  • Work out & track calories every day
  • Complete 1400 minutes of cardio, 10 strength & 5 stretching workouts
  • Meditate 20 times
  • Run 15 times
4) Personal/creative
  • Do something social 2x
  • Work on volunteer job
  • Journal 25 times
  • Improve myself
    • Judge less
    • Listen more often
    • Reduce/eliminate swearing
    • One kind deed/day
  • Read one non-fiction book

And, that's it for December. What about you? What are you hoping to accomplish this month?


  1. You have a great list of aims! I am just hoping to have a wonderful December in spite of Covid and the lack of seeing people.

  2. With tackling a blog post a day, trying not to eat my weight in goodies, and getting outside on even the coldes tof cold days, I think that will be my goals. I'm just not ambitious right now, and am OK with trying to just maintain a certain status quo.

    1. Being in maintenance mode feels like an absolutely fine way to close out the month

  3. Sounds like a good list of goals. My goal is to eat healthier this month, which I've been doing. I would rather come out of the pandemic having lost weight rather than gain it.

    1. I'm with you there! I'll give myself a small break over Christmas to enjoy some festive food, but otherwise want to be on top of it.

  4. Hello. I'm new to your blog after seeing your comments on The Non-Consumer Advocate. Your list of goals is very inspiring and your honest recap of the previous month is a great example to follow. This month I am going to try outlining my goals in a similar way. I really like how you included a goal for complimenting a family member every day. I have already started that with my husband - thank you for the reminder!

    1. Welcome! And, thanks. I've experimented with a lot of different formats, but like this one. I have never accomplished all of my goals in one month, but am okay with that. It means I'm setting the bar high enough. ;-) I set the compliment goal in January at a retreat I went to, and it makes such a difference. It was actually in response to me not feeling appreciated, and when I evaluated how I could impact the situation, I decided to appreciate my husband the way I want to be appreciated, & see what happens. It's been really eye opening & so nice!