Monthly Bucket List: January 2018

Monthly Bucket List: January 2018

I’ve been really enjoying doing a monthly bucket list for the last wee while. It’s a great way to keep me accountable, and quite honestly to get more done than I might without. So let’s get started!


First off, let’s see how we did with last month’s bucket list:

I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t get a huge amount done last month from my bucket list. With Christmas and uni deadlines it was pretty frantic, and that’s without even taking into account the extra time and support Max needed to get through the run up. It can be quite difficult for him, though he did amazingly well this time and managed to stay in school right till the last day – a huge achievement for my boy!



  • Take Max to meet Santa somewhere. – this one didn’t happen unfortunately… like I said above, Max did amazingly well with staying in school right to the end of term, but the downside was at the weekends and after school he was absolutely exhausted!
  • Have all Christmas presents wrapped BEFORE Christmas Eve. (I seem to panic-wrap every single time!) – DONE! I’d wrapped all but a few wee bits and pieces by the time the school was out for the holidays. Woot!
  • Visit the Christmas Markets with the boys. – another no go here, for the same reason as Max didn’t meet Santa this year. Still, there’s always next time! 



  • Kitten-proof our Christmas decorations (HA!).  Well, I don’t think anyone who’s ever been owned by a cat will have thought this would happen. Deenah managed to climb right up the middle of our tree daily, and ended up being shut in the kitchen at night so she wouldn’t do herself or the decorations any damage! 
  • Have decorations down by Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve for those who aren’t Scottish!). DONE! You can bet your bottom dollar that I had the tree and decorations away on Dec 27th – I was so over constantly chasing the kitten! LOL
  • Finish gutting the toys from the boys’ room. Erm… nope. That IS going to be tackled this month though, even if it’s just one bag-full at a time!



  • Write at least one post a week, every week, for December. For the love of god it shouldn’t be that difficult! AHAHAHAHAHAHA. Nope. I had fallen behind with uni and so it had to take precedent. There just wasn’t enough time for everything and at the end of the day, kids and uni deadlines had to come first. 
  • Write that damn Work With Me page. Yeeeah… nope. Totes gonna do that soon though!
  • Join in properly with Aby’s Wrap PartyDONE! Absolutely loved doing the Wrap Party. So many ideas and tips that are being implemented behind the scenes now. 



  • Start meal planning – it makes life SO much easier. Not exactly, but I had more of an idea what to buy meals-wise with shopping than I have previously, so I suppose I sort of did?
  • Finish my next uni assignment *before* the Christmas holidays, instead of panicking about it the week before it’s due, at the start of January. Hell yeah! DONE! I was pretty proud of myself managing to get this finished before the end of the term last month. Had a look over it yesterday, polished it up a bit, and submitted with four days to go. 
  • Take time out to switch off properly. I am allowed to not be productive all the time. DONE! I imposed a no uni and no blogging rule from Friday the 22nd till Wednesday the 27th, and it helped a lot! I properly unwound and enjoyed spending time with my boys. 


And now we move onto January’s Monthly Bucket List!


  • I’m declaring the rest of this month a spend-free one. Other than bills and food, we don’t need to buy anything after Christmas and the New Year sales!
  • More time spent outdoors – getting ourselves wrapped up and out for a walk. This one can be tricky with Max but so long as I encourage him to take photos with his iPad, he seems happy enough to go along with it now!



  • The kids’ room. Toys all decluttered. Really.This month it will get done!
  • Basically just keep on top of the housework here… no spend = nothing new here.
  • Again with the menu planning. As in actual meals planned and written out in advance so I have less to think about!



  • Get that Work With Me page done once and for all, along with a Disclosures page.
  • Sign up for affiliates to use appropriately.
  • Prepare posts a week in advance, to go live on Mondays.
  • Join in with another linky.



  • Get back into a better sleep schedule – it’s gone all over the place since the holidays! But hey, that’s what they’re for, right? Bed by 10pm-11pm every weeknight.
  • Figure out a better balance between uni work and blogging. Uni has to take precedent at the end of the day, so if I can start my week off by getting it done first on Mondays and Tuesdays that leaves the rest of the week for blogging. Sorted, yes?
  • Making sure I switch off properly at the weekends. If there’s one thing that I really loved about this Christmas it was enforcing a no-uni-no-blog period from when the kids finished school till the 27th. Having that time away from the headspace of “must do ALL THE THINGS” really helped. So Saturdays and Sundays are NOT to be used for anything but family time and me time.


I guess that’s it for this month… I hope I can manage all of these. It’s really helped me get things in order over the last few months which is fantastic, so fingers crossed January 2018 goes the same way.

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  1. January 8, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Love this, so positive! I have a new diary with places to write monthly targets so this has inspired me to keep up with them monthly!

    • January 8, 2018 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks lovely! It’s been a great way to keep myself accountable and focus on the positives! <3 It's so important isn't it? Go you!!

  2. January 8, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Decembers a hard one isn’t it as there’s so much to do and sort and children react in such different ways to it all. Love your January list. I should really do something like this to organize my life haha x

    • January 8, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      So true! It helps knowing that *everyone* finds December to be a hard one sometimes, ya know? DO IT! It’s really helped to focus me and also helps me to not be too overwhelmed which is always a winner in my book. 🙂 x

  3. January 8, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    I love this & I’m going to pinch the headings idea of you don’t mind?!
    I’d been trying to think of ways to be more organised & had thought of doing the the meal planner – just need to get down to it now lol!

    • January 8, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      Yesss do it!! It’s made my goals a little easier to digest, and at the same time gives me a bit more focus, which is always a good thing! <3
      Meal planning and I haven't ever really gone well together, but I want to change that, so fingers crossed 2018 becomes the year of meal planning! x

  4. January 8, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    What a great idea to do a monthly list… you’ve achieved loads x I really loved the fact that you had some time out to chill goals in there too!

    • January 8, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      Thanks Lynne! I’m finding the monthly list is really helping with my focus, but not overwhelming me either! And as for the chill out goals – if I don’t make a conscious effort then they won’t get done! 😉 x

  5. January 8, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    I’m very impressed that unlike me you weren’t still wrapping on Christmas Eve. Good luck with this month’s list.

    • January 9, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      I had a few bits and bobs to do but not much! This is the first time I’ve managed to have everything wrapped by the time the boys finished school for the holidays, and they’re 12 and 10! LOL 😉 Thanks lovely xx

  6. January 8, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    I hope you manage to do your list this month. I really need to do one myself…top of the list…sort the girl’s room out, it’s a tip!
    (or rather nag the husband and kids to do it because I can’t bend or stand for very long!)

    • January 9, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      It’s always the kids’ rooms isn’t it? *eyeroll* Definitely get them to do it – it’s their room after all! 😉 Thanks for visiting lovely xx

  7. January 9, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Well done lovely, you did so many things on your list. I did a few of them too and the cat trashed our tree too. Happy New Year and here’s to a great 2018 x

    • January 9, 2018 / 12:56 pm

      Cats are wee gits aren’t they? lol! 🙂 Happy New Year sweety! I know it’s gonna be a good year! xx

  8. January 13, 2018 / 7:17 am

    Not only did you do that uni assignment, but you smashed it! Well done! Love that you’re so honest with what you’ve managed to achieve – and not. Thanks for sharing with #TheMMLinky – hope to see more of you this year! x

    • January 13, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! I’ll do my best to join in more! <3 Still can't quite believe it tbh! 😀 xx

  9. January 14, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Great list! I plan to declutter too. I also plan to sort my work with me page. When are you planning to go live and what are you talking about? I’ll be sure to tune in x


    • January 15, 2018 / 9:24 am

      I meant for the post to go live, not to go live on FB! 😉 Don’t quite think I’ve got the confidence for that one yet, lol! 🙂 Good luck with the decluttering and work with me page! <3 xx

  10. January 15, 2018 / 10:04 am

    Such a great idea to do a monthly list, I might have to poach this for February onwards. Well done on getting done what you did! X

    • January 17, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      Do it!! <3 Thank you lovely! I got done more than I thought I would to be quite honest. 🙂 x

  11. January 15, 2018 / 10:46 am

    Yay, hopefully a blog goal achieved with joining up with PBE linky. I constantly declutter toys and clothes but have had a big shift since Christmas and got loads done. I love the new year.

    • January 17, 2018 / 3:41 pm

      Thanks Jenny, it is indeed! <3 I've not had as much done as I'd have liked but we're getting there! It really does feel like a constant cycle of decluttering and purging doesn't it? When will it ever end?! 😉 x

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