What Are My Goals For 2020?

by The Violet Journal
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We’re almost half way through 2020 and it’s safe to say that this year has been completely unpredictable.

None of us have the same priorities as we did at the start of the new year. Everyone’s lives are completely different to how they used to be, and I for one am working towards a different set goals than I was at the beginning of the year.

So I figured that now would be a good time to reassess my goals for 2020 and I’d encourage you to do the same! I would love to know in the comments what goals you’re currently working towards and how they have changed since the beginning of the year.


1. Work on my mental health

My mental health has been slowly but surely improving over the past few years and it feels great. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and I’m finally learning what it’s like to live a slightly lighter existence.

But still, my mental health continues to have huge impact on my life. In particular my anxiety has been completely out of control since the start of the pandemic and as a result I’ve been struggling to carry out some day to day activities.

Throughout the last few years I’ve learned that it’s much easier to maintain good mental health than it is to pull yourself out of a dark hole, so this year my main goal is to take actionable steps to stay healthy and happy, so that I can have the energy to keep on doing the things I love.


2. Complete my degree and online courses

I’m about to finish up a maths degree, and completing it is one of my biggest priorities for 2020. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into finishing this degree and if the only thing I manage this year is smashing my final exams, I’ll be able to class 2020 as successful.

On top of my degree I’m currently working towards a few online courses for career development, which I intend to finish this year.


3. Keep my living space clean and tidy

Anyone who has experienced a major depressive episode will understand exactly how difficult it is to keep your living space clean when you’re in the middle of a mental health crisis.

Since I’ve spent so much of my life depressed, I never really got into the habit of cleaning my room regularly. But having a tidy room helps me feel more relaxed and makes it easier for me to get productive work done, so one of my goals for 2020 is to clean my living space regularly.


4. Continue to work on my blog

I’ve been really enjoying blogging and I know I want to do it long term. My main goal for this year is to stay consistent and upload a new post every week, but you can read about more of my specific blog goals for the year here.


5. Refrain from buying new clothes

New clothes are my weakness. I love expressing myself through what I wear and I love the rush I get when a parcel full of goodies arrives at my doorstep.

I generally only buy clothes second hand anyway, but you know what? I don’t actually need any new clothes. This year I want to help do my bit for the environment and for my bank account and stick with the clothes I already own.


6. Minimise my alcohol consumption

One of the biggest goals I set myself in January 2020 was to stop drinking, and this remains as a goal for the second half of the year. In January I had just quit my job as a bartender and had been drinking almost every night for a year. The effects on my mental and physical health were rough – I was depressed, couldn’t think clearly and was overweight for the first time in my life.

I completely cut out alcohol for the first few months of 2020 and I felt brilliant. I’m now ready to reintroduce alcohol into my life but the effects of being sober have been huge, and I still intend to minimise my alcohol consumption for the rest of the year.


7. Commit time to dedicated learning

I love learning. I love learning about anything and everything, it’s one of my favourite ways to spend my time.

My two favourite forms of content are nonfiction books and podcasts. I would love to dedicate some time every day (even just 5 minutes a day!) to reading or listening to podcasts, but I also recognise the importance of time off and so my goal for 2020 is just to commit to dedicated learning.


8. Launch a platform to share my art

I’ve recently made the switch to digital art and I’m loving it. The issue is I suffer from severe self doubt and I’m absolutely terrified of sharing my work online. I would love to one day make money from selling my art and the first step towards that goal is to just get my work out there. So my final goal for the year is to fight through the self doubt and build a dedicated platform to share my art on.


Comment and Subscribe!

These are all my goals for the rest of 2020! I initially questioned whether I wanted to share this with the world, but I believe that sharing your goals is a brilliant way of holding yourself accountable and turning them into reality. Again – I would love to know what you’re working towards this year so don’t be afraid to let me know in the comments!

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Kathryn May 29, 2020 - 4:28 pm

Reassessing our goals is such a good idea, especially given this situation. I think it’s important as well to realise that reassessing our goals doesn’t mean we’ve failed in anyway (especially given what’s happening in the world), but it’s a positive thing to give us some goals to move forward.
Good luck with moving forward with your goals for the rest of the year 🙂

Kathryn x

Violet Jones May 29, 2020 - 5:56 pm

Exactly! In fact I sometimes enjoy scrapping goals and taking on new ones – it’s fun to change things up every once in a while.

Mrs. P&P May 29, 2020 - 4:36 pm

That sound like some great goals! Looking forward to reading about how they go!

Jenny in Neverland May 29, 2020 - 5:24 pm

These are all great goals and you’re so right, we really do need to re-asses our goals. I have a few travel related ones on mine which I’m going to have to get rid of now. But this year was incredibly unpredicatable so we can only do what we can!

Violet Jones May 29, 2020 - 6:02 pm

I was planning on doing some traveling too but that’s out of the question now! Still, I’m trying to remain grateful and just move on to the next thing.

Aimsy May 29, 2020 - 9:13 pm

These are great goals, and whether this situation happened or not, I agree it is important to review them regularly. I think the whole lockdown and everything really does put life into perspective doesn’t it?
Good luck with your goals for the rest of the year (how is it nearly June?!)

Aimsy xoxo

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Violet Jones May 29, 2020 - 9:23 pm

Exactly! I love a new year as much as the next person but it’s important to keep checking in on yourself throughout the year.

Lauren May 29, 2020 - 9:25 pm

I definitely need to reassess my goals for this year, I’ve started setting monthly goals instead which I’m enjoying more 🙂 Your goals are great!

Violet Jones May 29, 2020 - 9:28 pm

I love setting myself monthly goals! They always feel much more manageable to me 😊

Jodie May 29, 2020 - 10:14 pm

I would love to see some of your art! The only way to get over your fear of sharing it is to do it.

This post has totally made me re-think my own goals for the year.

Violet Jones May 29, 2020 - 10:22 pm

Oh thank you so much! This made me really happy. I may actually be planning a blog post about my art 👀

LoveMy Makeup NZ May 30, 2020 - 9:02 am

Goal setting is one of those things we all know we should be doing but often put it aside for later. Good to see you have set goals and all the best with the blog and your other goals!


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