Goals for 2020 – The Final Check In

Let’s see how I did on my goals for 2020, remembering that the only meaningful goal for 2020 end up being to survive. Anything beyond that is gravy!

The ones I accomplished!

  1. I’ve KonMari’ed all the bathroom stuff (including toiletries, make-up, and towels).
  2. I’ve KonMari’ed all the kitchen stuff

6. I’ve made 20 new foods and/or beverages that I’ve never made before – and blogged about each of them.

Crushed it – I completed more than three times that many!

18. I have baked 20 times this year. I barely did any baking this year and I really enjoy baking. Bonus points if I bake some sourdough bread!

I actually stopped counting once I hit 20, as it’s less interesting to catalogue baking things I’ve baked a million times before than it is to do so for new and exciting foods!

15. I have fixed my laptop situation (either by doing a factory reset or, if that doesn’t make it run well enough, by buying a new laptop).


19. I have made a list of 100 things that I’m grateful for. (This is from my 101 things to do in 1001 days list – on which I haven’t completed very many items and the 1001 days ends in 2020!)


17. I have bought and installed new blinds in my condo. Here are the solar shades in the living room:


8. I’ve written in my journal at least one time per week, on average.

Just counted them up and I journaled 88 times in this year, so I completed 169% of my goal. Tthanks pandemic, for giving me the time to journal and also the need!

Partially completed

7. I’ve read 20 books – and blogged about each of them.

At 15/20, I completed 75% of this goal. I’m OK with that.

12. I’ve canned/jammed 5 new food products that I’ve never made before (in addition to the 20 new food items mentioned above). I hardly did any canning in 2019 and I want to get back into it this summer.

I did 3/5 (or 60%) of this goal: applesauce, canned pears, and strawberry jam. I’m OK wiht that too.

14. I’ve published 80 blog postings (that’s a bit more than 1.5 per week, but I like that it’s a multiple of 20).

I managed 73/80 (91%). Now I wish I had check that number a few days ago rather than leaving it until just now, as I probably could have banged out 7 more postings to meet that goal! Oh well, 91% is still an A+, so I’ll take it.

Then there are all the ones I haven’t done.

3. I’ve painted the inside of both the front hall closet and the office closet.

4. I’ve compiled a list of all my accounts and other relevant information for my executrix.

10. I’ve slept an average of 8 hours per night.

As you can see from this graph from Fitbit, which tracks my sleep, I did not reach an average of 8 hours sleep any month this year. It looks I probably got an average of 6-7 hours, which is actually kind of surprising. I thought I was getting more sleep by not having to commute, but apparently not!

Sleep 2020

11. I’ve learned 20 new things and blogged about them.

There are a few things I’ve learned this year, but I can’t be bothered to sit down and blog about them, so I’m calling a mulligan on this one.

13. I’ve made 20 things (not counting food products). It could be sewing projects, painting, knitting – just anything creative.

Zero. I have made zero things. Unlucky item number 13!

15. I have done an average of 20 mins of mindfulness meditation per week.

According to the Headspace app, I managed 18 meditation sessions. They are usually about 10 mins each, so that’s 180 minutes, which works out to a meagre 3.5 minutes per week. I think this is something I want to work on doing more of in 2021.

The following ones I blaming squarely on COVID for my not completing them:

5. I’ve squatted 100 kg (220 lbs).

Gyms got closed in the early pandemic and in the few months where they were closed, I lost a lot of my strength! So I’m not too upset that I didn’t get this one done – I’ll get there someday.

9. I’ve had people over for dinner 10 times.

Unless I can count my birthday party (which was in January, before the pandemic) where I had a lot more than 10 people over, this one was not a thing that one would want to do in a pandemic, so I’m totally OK with not achieving this goal!

So that’s 8 out of 20 complete and 3 on which I made a reasonable showing. In a pandemic year, I’m calling that a win.

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