April Small Goals

Writes Like a Girl started this monthly post & has a monthly link up for it on her blog.

Here is a recap of my goals for the month.

1. Catch up with Harry Potter 2&3. Done! I managed to read both books just in time to follow the #harreadpotter schedule and now I’m ready for book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

2. Clean my laptop. Nope, I’m a bad laptop mom.

3. Finish and use my bookish spreadsheet. Kind of. I finished it and I was pretty pleased with the result, but I ended up not updating it (LOL!), I mostly used my journal for that. Not sure if I’ll catch up with it or not.

4. Get a Warsteed in LOTRO. Yes!! I managed to get a nice Warsteed for my little Hobbit, now I just have to finish the training session.

March has been a looong and tiring month, I’ve got some issues with my thesis and they totally put me down, so I’ve spent many days just complaining about myself without taking action. Something I’m not very proud to admit. I hope April is going to be a happier month for me.

April Goals

1. Clean my laptop. This needs to be done!

2. Finish chapter 1 of my thesis. I usually try to keep University stuff private because I don’t like to share too much online, but I really need to get things done this month!

3. Stop caring about my posting frequency on Instagram. This isn’t an actual goal, it’s more a sort of resolution. I started using Instagram a bit differently during the first quarter of the year and, while I’m totally okay with it, I still feel too guilty for not posting sometimes.

4. Be more aware of the apps I use. Call me Bilbo Baggins (the only one who actually reads a full contract), but I’ve recently read this article on how Facebook collects data and I basically freaked out. I already knew most of the stuff mentioned, but I wasn’t aware of all the things and it’s insane! While I can’t give up to Instagram and WhatsApp, I decided to be more mindful with the things I share online, even if I’ve never posted anything private, so I started deleting the Facebook page for my blog, clearing out my About section and leaving some groups I never participated in. Also, I started logging on Facebook from the anonymous tab of my browser no more than once a day, rather than having the password saved in Firefox.

I’m not planning to quit social media, but I’d like to reduce the amount of time spent using them. I’ve recently read so many articles by people who are quitting Facebook and Instagram and I saved so many inspiring quotes, one of them is the following one:

Maybe the fact that I use Facebook to share my blog posts is a tiny tiny reason why others are still using it. It’s like I’m still visiting friends in the smoking area, even though I don’t smoke. Maybe if I quit going entirely, it will help my friends quit, too.

I’ve snapped out of the silly fear that people won’t find me if I’m not there. If they care at all, they’ll find me.

Derek Sivers

 

These are my four little goals for this month, I’d love to hear from you! What are your goals for April?


8 thoughts on “April Small Goals

  1. I need to start being a bit more aware of the apps that I use, mainly for distraction purposes more than anything. I have so many apps on my phone that I use that serve no purpose in achieving my overall goals. So I’ve either deleted them or hidden them away so I don’t get tempted to use them – this is often the case with phone games that I, embarrassingly, get addicted to. A lot of people feel that they need to be active on every single app to feel relevant, but I’m a firm believer that, especially if you’ve got a business or something, mastering one or two apps is a must rather than having a thin view of all of them…if that makes sense! I always enjoy reading goal posts, good luck with April 🙂

    Katie | in the life of dreams

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  2. First of all, that is just the loveliest photo! I’m so in love with that LOTR art print! Good luck on your thesis! And I agree re: social media. I unofficially quit Facebook years ago (I still have a page, mostly so my mom can see photos I’m tagged in lol!) but I usually only check it about once a year. The people that I actually consider friends text me whenever something is going on whether it be a get together or an important life milestone<3 I personally prefer getting my news directly from the source instead of seeing a post meant for everyone.

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    1. Aww thank you! A friend of mine sent me that card, the artist who made it is Erika Heins.

      Yeah, Facebook is useless, the only reason why I keep my “anonymous” profile is to manage the Middle Earth News page and interact in a Group. I don’t see the need of having to see your friends’ photos and posts there all the time as most people say to justify their Facebook usage. My friends and I use WhatsApp to stay updated and I don’t feel like I’m missing out. I completely agree with you.

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  3. I think social media is easy to quit once you actually quit it. I’ve gone a couple weeks not using Facebook, Twitter, etc. and it turns out that for the most part I didn’t notice. But while you ARE on it…you just have the idea that if you quit, you’ll miss everything. That said, I don’t think I can actually quit Facebook because too many of my friends will message me there but not email me. And too many events are planned there that people forget to invite you to if you’re not on Facebook.

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    1. OMG you’re totally right! I usually stay away from Instagram during the weekend and when I should check it out again on Monday I forget about it sometimes!

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