May Goals 2019

April has been a month which I have enjoyed so much. We have managed to do so much and spend a lot of time with family. This is one of the bonus you have when Easter is later in the year, you can have nice weather and get to do more with the family. Today I am going to reflect on the goals which I set for the month of April. It has been such a busy month have I managed to achieve what I set out to at the start. As well as setting some goals to smash in the month of May.

Last Month

Personal- We have managed to finish the garden this was a project which we wanted to get done. I have actually shared the pictures however, it did manage to get a little bit damaged in the storm.  Hopefully, we will be able to get some bits sorted. I have managed to sort out my clothes draws. I did not get rid of a lot only three pieces however, I do now know what is in them which is what I wanted. Even Joe went through his and got rid of some stuff. Deep cleaning the house is something which got away from me and it is unlikely it will happen in May. As I have to rest because I have damaged my Knee so at some stage this will get done. We managed to host a couple of family events successfully. We had Mother’s Day Lunch and then a BBQ on Easter Sunday. I am sure these are not the only events we will be hosting this year.

Work–  I have not managed to do the changes on my site this month which I wanted to. Instead, I have been getting ahead on writing posts so this is something which may actually happen in May. Sorting out the SEO on my old posts is partly done I think I failed to realise how much time this was going to take. I still have around 360 posts to sort out so this is going to take a long time. I am sure that this is going to be one which I have running in the background for a few months.  Doing bits as and when I have some free time. As I write this I am 5 short of hitting my Facebook total of 200.  It is getting ever closer though. I know this is a platform a lot of people struggle with, I am glad I have managed to grow on some of my other social media this month considerably. I have made a couple of pitches to brands this month so we will see how this works out. It is soon going to be Father’s Day and this is something I am working on already.

Money- I have made the emails about rejoining scentsy this is something which may come off. I always this that it is important to have a number of income sources. It can never do you too much harm more so when you are self-employed. I have even been neglecting the surveys which I had been doing in March. There is no reason why this has happened as well. I could always do with some of the extra money. Of course, because I have not earnt a lot of money this month it does mean that I have not been putting anything away for Christmas yet. This is something which I am sure we will do this month. Truthfully we have not been purchasing a lot this month we have been more aware of what we need but I have been shopping around. Instead of going to pets at home for something we needed for the bunnies we used Fetch and it was cheaper.

Now on to the goals which I want to achieve in the month of May

Personal-

Clean the offices- They are both in a bit of a state there is so much stuff in them both. The floor in both of them really need a clean. This is something I am going to do when feeling better. Obviously, this is going to include a lot of bending which is not going to be great at the moment.

Start Couch to 5k- I was watching the London Marathon and it inspired me to want to up my running. 5K is something which I want to be able to run in under 30 minutes by the end of the year. I have stopped actually running on the treadmill a lot. I am hoping this will motivate me to start it again. In October I am thinking about doing a 5K at Yorkshire Wildlife Park so I want to get in for training for this.

Plan more days out- I had a number of days out planned up until Easter.  We have nothing planned now. I am one of these people who love to have days out planned and weekends ready for memories to be made. We want to be able to get some days out planned now for the next couple of months. I am actually unsure where we are going to end up going but no doubt we will end up having a lot of fun no matter where we end up.

More time for me- I again want to be able to work on my self care this month. I want to make sure that I do at least 30 minutes doing something for myself.

Work-

Increase my use of Pinterest– Pinterest is something which I was using a lot and in the past couple of months I have neglected. It is something which I want to get back on. I have gone from getting around 44k monthly unique views and this has now dropped to under 20k. This is something which I want to improve on. I used to so enjoy pinning things however, I know it is finding the time so this is why I am making it one of my goals this month.

Sort out my comments– Currently, I have about 17,000 comments which I need to sort. I seem to attract a lot of spam bots so I need to report them and not allow them on my site. I would love to get this down, of course, it is going to be a long job but for sure one, I will feel better about once it is done. The way I am going to tackle it is doing small amounts regularly. Even if I make a dent into it this month I will be very happy about that.

Keep scheduling tweets- I know this is something which a number of people do not like. As it does mean social media may not seem as social, however, I notice a massive drop in my page views if I do not do this. The weekends are a time when I seem to try and keep off twitter because I want to spend time with the family. These days can be sometimes the days where I get the most views. I need to make sure that I do this all of the time because it will help me in the long run.

Schedule some of the drafts– I think I have 10 blog posts which are completely written. Some are waiting for the pictures to be added some the SEO done. I want to get them out of the drafts and actually scheduled for you to be able to see them. I will be replacing them in my drafts for sure. At the moment I seem to have the bug and want to write so much. For sure this is something which I can not complain about at all.

Money-

Earn more money through my blog– April has been a month where I have not had a lot of opportunities. I know this is the same for a number of bloggers. I would love to increase the amount of money I earn this month compared to April. Hopefully, this is something which is very achievable this month. I know for sure I am going to be emailing a couple of contacts which I have to try and make this happen.

Check the bills- This is something which we did a couple of months ago however, this is something I like to do regularly. I know I can get a better deal using Sky for Spotify, I seem to remember I get 3 months free. This does mean that I can save £30. I am sure there are other elements which we can save on which is something which everyone wants to do. Usually, I check the bills when work has been quiet. I know we need to start building a buffer for August when we have to pay all of Jess’ fees as she does not get her childcare hours when it’s holidays.

Sell Some of Jess’ Summer Clothes-. There are some of her clothes which are going to be too small for her this summer. I want to sort them out so I can sell them and purchase her some bits which she may need for this summer. I like to be able to organise her wardrobe every season and sell things which are too small. Usually, I sell them on eBay and then reinvest the money on new clothes to us.

Get back into survey’s and apps- There is a number of ones which I am very close to the cashout amount. I have been neglecting them for a while and this is stupid of me. I hope to be able to cash out on some of them very soon and this means that I may be able to build our savings pot up a little bit more. If you use any can you tell me which ones you do because I am always finding more. I spend about an hour a day doing them .

What would you like to achieve this month? Let me know in the comments

 

Charlotte xx

April Goals 2019

March seems to been one of those months where everything seems to have gone so quickly. This could be due to having Joe off for the last week and it has seen us crack on with the garden. We have needed to fully sort it out in order for it to be a place we want to spend a lot of time out in this summer. Today I am going to reflect on the goals which I set to achieve for March as well as set some for April.

Last Month 

Personal– Do more for me, this for sure is something which I have failed on this month. I have spent a lot of times doing things for others this month. This is not something which upsets me but I do need to take more care of myself. I think I managed one bath where I did a facemask last month. Bake more well we managed a couple of bakes this month I am sure this this is only going to increase as we get closer to Easter because there is some amazing bits which I want to do. Sorting the garden out for the summer well we are half way through this job I am sure by the weekend it is going to be fully done. I am looking forward to been able to work outside. It has took a lot of work but it is looking a hell of a lot better. Spring clean well this is something that did not happen because of all of the dirt which we have had because of doing the garden. I think this is going to be an April goal.

Work– I ended up been about a week and half ahead of schedule which I was proud of I want to keep this up. In case I become ill or something ends up coming up. I am enjoying being ahead because it does mean that the pressure is off I do not have to do as much each day. I have been trying to Instagram story more of course, I need to speak more in them but I think it is actually something which I am enjoying at the moment. Sadly I have not actually managed to hit my goal of 10% more page views. Actually as I right this I have had lower page views than February. I have not been sharing my friends content however, I have been engaging more with them and hopefully helping them.

Money– earn money every day in March this is something which I have managed to do so far this month and it is the 28th. I am sure this is going to be something which I am going to achieve. This for sure is something which I am very proud about. I have been so busy that matched betting is still some which I did not get time to have a look into fully. There is a number of reasons why I did not manage to do this.  I did manage to have a couple of no spend days per week however, all the money which I did save has gone on the garden because as you can imagine the job has not been cheap.

Now on to the goals which I want to achieve in April

Personal

  • Finish the garden. This is one which should actually be done this week hopefully. There is so many little bits which need doing now and it is a case of making it look nice. I am going to do a post which shows you the before and after.  They maybe a couple of bits which get added after this month but it should not be anything major.
  • Sort out my clothing draws. They are so full and I want to sort them out so that anything which I know I am not going to wear gets a new home. Whether this be the charity shop or for me to sell on eBay. I am sick of not knowing what is in the draws. Plus it may mean I discover some new pieces.
  • Spring clean the house.  This is something which I did not not achieve in March so I want to achieve this month. I want to steam the tiles in the bathroom and carpet clean a couple of rooms because I think they are going to be very dirty. I am sure I am not the only one when the weather comes nice who just wants to clean.
  • Host a couple of family events. We want to host a Mother’s Day Roast which is very close to been April this is the first time we will have hosted a meal in our house since we moved in. I think we are also planning on doing something at Easter as well. I will report back on how these go I am sure it is going to be very fun and challenging.

Work

  • I want to do some changes to my site this month. I want to try and make it a lot more user friendly. There is some of the changes which I have in my head which I want to do. I have not been playing with the layout for my site in about a year so I feel like it time. This may be a lot of time on tutorials finding out how to do things. Hopefully this is something which I get done this month.
  • Sort SEO on all my older post. I know this is one which is going to be time consuming. There is going to be so many benefits of doing this. There is so much content on my site which I am not proud of and do not think is the best so it is time to sort it out.
  • Hit 200 followers on Facebook. I am about 7 away from this for some reason I find Facebook the hardest platform to grow on. I would love to hit 200 this month because it shows me I am growing on it. Of course, I need to post more often on it something which I have semi neglected this month. If you do not follow me already click here and help me.
  • Pitch to brands-  I want to work with. This is something I am terrible at doing I think this could be to do with the fear of rejection. I want to contact a handful of our favourite brands or brands that I would love to work with. What is the worse that they can say NO. Who knows this could be the start of a good relationship with a number of them. We already have the Baby and Bump Expo this month this is going to be a good place to start some of these relationships.

Money

  • I want to get back to scentsy this month. If you do not know what it is its a candle business which sell some of the most amazing scents. You purchase them for your wax burner. I used to sell them a couple of years ago however, I got so busy. I think having another bow to my string would help. They have a free offer for me to rejoin now so I have nothing to lose.
  • I want to do more survey’s. They are something which I have been doing more in March and for some of them I am close to cashing out.  This would of course help because some of them are £50. I spend about an hour a day doing some of the surveys and have found the benefit.
  • Start the saving pot for Christmas. I know it is super early but I want to start to put money away anything extra we have at the end of the month. This means that then it is not a huge expense at the end of the year. Of course, we have Jess’ birthday only 3 months before as well. Even if it is only something small like £5 it is all going to help.
  • Shop around more. I have been at the moment just using Amazon for things which I need because it is more convenient when you have prime. However, sometimes this does not mean that your getting the best deal. I need to start shopping around again more for things we need in order to look after the pennies. This is going to massively help when it comes to starting to prepare for events coming up.

What are you hoping to achieve in the month of April?

Charlotte xxx

 

Goals For March 2019

I can not believe that it is March already because February seemed to go super fast.  I did not manage to completely hit all of my goals which I aimed to do maybe because it went so fast.  This month I want to smash it and get a lot done before Joe has some time off in April.  I am going to actually to reflect on the goals which I set last month before I set the goals for March.

Last Month

Personal– I managed to work out 3 times a week which managed to see me lose 2.5kg. I do feel a lot better for this I am trying to tone up but losing weight is a bonus. Start Planning some days out I have a few pencilled in. I have done some up till the end of March which is a bonus. I can not wait to get out and explore more places. Reviews of where we go will be shared on the blog because they are some of the most popular posts.  Cook more is something which I have been doing  I have enjoyed.  It has meant that I have been able to spend time in the kitchen and reducing my stress levels which is a bonus.  I did not manage to make a list of the freezer or the cupboards however, I do now know what is in the cupboards.

Work– this is an area which I managed to fail as such in however, I did manage to achieve one. I managed to double the amount I earnt from my blog this is something I am proud about. Thought I have not been paid for all of the work yet it is more money I earnt this month.  I did not manage to use tailwind a lot this month though I have been pinning a lot more which has seen my traffic go up. 100 followers was not something I achieved either I think I am around the 65 mark so still a little bit off . I pin daily so if you would like to follow me over there my link is here.  Facebook I did not hit 200 followers but I have been posting more often. I have found this has been helping. More people are now engaging which is a bonus I may hit this goal in March. I am only 10 followers away from this goal.

 

Money– Sell 20 items I actually managed to smash this one and sold on eBay alone 26 items. I still have a lot more which I need to list some of these are only low-value items but all help.  Looking into additional income streams this is something which I have started to do more this month. I still have a way to go because there is so many. Today I  cashed in my first payment from an app which I have been using. Hopefully, March is going to be the month when I look more into matched betting with Cheltenham coming up.  We kept the weekly food bill overall under £35.  There was one which was closer to £40 but some just £25 a week.  I am very proud of this and this is something which I hope to keep this down. My phone bill I managed to reduce by £6 for the rest of my contract. I had actually banked 35GB of data so I can use this if I find that I am not getting enough. I am going to be looking at my gas and electric and see if I can bring these payments down. We currently pay more than we use so are in a bit of credit.

Now on to the goals which I want to achieve in the month of March.

Personal-

Do more for me– this is something which I have been neglecting in the month of February. I did not manage to even finish a book at all after finishing I think I read 5 in January.  Skincare is another element which I neglected, I could not even tell you the last time I did a facemask. For me, it does not have to be a lot just having half an hour.  To read, paint my nails or something like that in the evenings is what I want to do more of. I think this is an element I struggle with because of the fact I work from home.  I know I need to make more time for myself so I do not burn out or become ill again.

Bake more– this is something which I did a lot in December and January however, I have not done one since my heart cookies for Valentines.  I want to really get back into this so I am not tempted to by as much sweet stuff when we do the weekly shop.   Jess also loves it so I am sure that she will be glad if we get to bake again.  I have been finding some amazing Easter bakes on Pinterest. I  might have to try them and share some of them with you if they’re as good as they look.

Start sorting the garden out for summer- since we moved it has been autumn and winter.  Now it looks like spring hopefully I can transform it into the garden I want it to be.  Somewhere where I can work and Jess can play.  Of course, this is weather dependent.   I am going to do a whole post about the garden when it is done but you can read about my plans for it here.

Spring Clean– this time of year makes me want to sort out and clean the house after the winter months. This could be due it been lighter which makes me want to sort out. I want to clean the carpets this month this is one of the final steps in getting Jess’ room finished.   I may do a room tour at some stage her room is the only one I am fully happy with at the moment.  Currently, I do have a huge urge just to gut the house clean.  It could because I know soon I am going to be putting my own stamp on the house for the first time. I am hopefully going to be sharing the journey on Instagram.

Work-

Get two weeks ahead of schedule- this is something which I had achieved at the start of the year however, I got ill at the end of Jan and this went.  I know Joe is going to have some time off work at the end of this month start of next. I want to be able to be spending some of the time with him rather than working all of the time. Even if it does just mean that I have to work half of a day compared to a whole day.  If I have some content scheduled it will mean I do not have to do as much and gives me a break as well.

Use Instagram Stories More- this is something which I have in the past I find that I get better engagement with my followers.  In the month of February, I did actually lose a lot of followers on Instagram. I also think this does give you an insight into my life as well. I do not always show a lot on here. However, I will share a lot of random things on my stories and even some bargains which I have found. If you do not follow me already I am @cupsofcharlotte.  I  aim to upload at least 2 stories per day we will see if this is something which actually happens.

Increase page views by 10%– slowly I have noticed by page view increase.  This does mean that there are more of you reading my content.  I would love 10% more page views this month and I think it could be doable with some work. It is nice to see your blog going somewhere and for more people to be able to read the content that I do create. I have been increasing my page views for the past few months but not as much as 10%.

Share other bloggers work– After all, sometimes we do need a little love from our friends. I want to share work from other bloggers which I have enjoyed reading or similar. It may allow people who follow me but not them to find some new people to follow. Sometimes people see it as a competition to have the most followers but I have found the community to be amazing.  This is something which I want to focus on this month because why shouldn’t we spread the love. I am aiming to share them on different platforms because this may attract different people.

Money-

Earn money every single day in March.  I know this is something which may sound crazy however, I do not mean a large amount of money every day. This is going to help having more money to spend on my family and the home. If I earn £1 a day at the end of the month that is £30 extra. I do not earn the majority of the money in this house however, I do like to contribute to the bills and days out having more money always helps.

Completely Look into Matched Betting. This is something have been meaning to do I have just not got around to it.  I know there are some big racing festivals coming up in March and April and this would be a great time to start earning some more money.  It looks pretty simple to do I think I just need to find some time to sit down and dedicate to this.

Have at least 2 no spend days a week- spending little amounts is something which I can end up doing and then I wonder why I have spent so much. I am aiming to do a no spend not taking my cards out with me for a couple of days a week. This will stop me making purchases which I do not need. Then we can have more money for things which we actually do need.

I am only going to do 3 money goals this month I feel like some of them are rather large goals.

 

What do you want to achieve this month?

 

Charlotte xx

 

 

 

Goals For February 2019

After what seemed to be the worlds longest January it is finally over and we are in February. I know now this is when the days and the year is going to start to fly this always seems to be the case. I found myself to be really motivated by making some goals for January. Let’s look back and see if I achieved last months goals.

Last Month

Personal- I managed to meal plan all month which is amazing because it did mean that some money got saved. Always a bonus at this time of year, I think I managed 2 veggie meals a week for most of the month. I think I may have failed last week however, I am blaming that on been poorly. Another thing I am blaming been ill on is failing to go to the gym 3 times a week. I managed to what I think was flu and had no energy for a couple of weeks. I am hoping to get back on it this week. A massive success for me was reading I had planned to finish just two books but I managed 5. I have cut down the amount of TV time in order to read. I have reviewed the book I think was best this month.

Work- I wanted to engage more with my followers I think it is something which I managed to do. Well before I fell of the face of the earth. I managed to maintain both Instagram over 1000 and twitter 1500 followers. This is amazing because instagram has been hard to maintain recently. Pinterest I have grown from nothing to around 10k views per month which I think is amazing. I want to grow this even further this month.

Money- I managed to earn the money to cover my phone bill. I actually managed to cover half of the nursery fees which is amazing. I want to be able to cover them all the months when there are not school holiday by the end of the year. This was achieved by selling at least 20 items which boosts out income. I also looked into additonal income streams but I need to look into this more next month. Purchases this month where only the essentials as I was on a spending ban. This is something which I may do again in the future.

Now it is time for the goals for February.

Personal

Make lists of freezer and kitchen cupboards– I have a lot of food in the freezer and in the cupboards. One of them is that full it is barely closing so I would love to make a list and know what food we have to use up. This will help me meal plan and of course, save some money this month.

3 Work outs a week- I do not want to end up undoing all the good work which I did before I became ill. I want to make sure that I keep it up because I have already had to get rid of a couple of pieces which were big for me anyway which are now too big for me to wear them. I am going to aim for 3 gym sessions but they may be home workouts sometimes depending on my life.

Start Planning some days out- Planning where I would like to visit this year is something I want to do this month. They do not have to be expensive weekends away they could be simple things like visiting some local attractions. I always feel better if I have something pencilled in I love to look forward to things so I think this is something which I need to do.

Cook more– this may sound stupid because I am rarely eating out and ready meals. However, in the last couple of weeks I have barely been cooking meals from scratch they instead have been coming from my freezer. Now Joe is home I want to be cooking more again because this is a great bonding time for us.

Work

Double what I earn though my blog last month- last month I did not have the greatest when it comes to earning through my blog. There was a lack of money to be earnt. I would love to increase what I earnt this month or have the work lined up for the next couple of months.

Use Tailwind- This is an element which I need to get using, even more, this month. It helps schedule pins for Pinterest which is always a bonus. I have found when I have been using for my impressions to go up which is always important on Pinterest. You can also support and help other bloggers which are always a nice thing to be able to do as well.

Hit 100 followers on Pinterest– This would be crazy seen as I have only been taking it seriously for around a month. I have noticed an increase in the amount of traffic to my blog as a result. Currently, I am on 50 followers so this could be a challenge but one I am looking forward to trying. I am loving this platform so much for finding inspiration as well which helps. If you do not already follow me I can be found here.

Use Facebook Page More- my facebook page is an area which I have been neglecting for a while. It could be due to me rarely using facebook personally but this is something I want to change as I know people love it. I have found that I can get some good engagement from it as well it if I post regular. I am only about 19 followers away from 200 to. If you want to you can follow me over there too

Money

Sell another 20 items- I have been sorting out so much and found items which I no longer have a need for. I need to either sell some of them and get the money for them or donate them to somewhere relevant because if I do not do this then the house is going to end up clutter which is never a good thing.

Looking into additional income sources– this is something which I started to do last month. I do have a couple of ways of making money they are very small income streams. Everything adds up and of course, I will be looking into more this month I would have last month but due to being unwell for a couple of weeks I did not get around to it.

Keep the weekly food-shop to under £35 – This is something which I want to keep an eye on this month. Since we have been meal planning a lot more we have been saving money on food. I do not want it to slip and we end up spending a lot more than this a week. I think this should be easy obviously some weeks will be more expensive than others.

Check if we need things- this may seem stupid but currently, I have Netflix on trial. I need to make decide if I want to keep it and if I do I want to cut back somewhere else in order to make sure that I am not spending too much. I am going to check the sky bill make sure we are getting the best value for our money. This is something I try and do every few months to make sure we are not wasting money.

What do you aim to do this month? Please let me know in the comments below I love to see what people want to achieve this month.

Charlotte xxx