Aims for July 2020 – Find out what I want to achieve this month

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Good morning, happy July! I’m excited for a few small things this month, and as always I’m looking to a fresh month of aims to keep me motivated. Here are my aims for July 2020!

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Home aims for July 2020

Meal plan all month. I’ll be using my mealtime inspiration post to remind me of some of our favourite dinners. Also, I’ve updated my meal planning tips recently if you need some inspiration!

Slow cooker Chicken Tikka Masala in a serving dish with handles and a side dish of rice with coriander on top

Try 2 new recipes. I have been LOVING sharing new recipes here, but also I like to try new recipes not for this website, recipes from other content creators. This month I’d like to try two recipes from people I follow on Instagram!

Use my *breadmaker at least 4 times. I’ve been using my bread maker so much more lately, and feel so happy that I had it to keep us stocked up throughout lockdown!

Use my *pressure cooker for 3 cooked lunches, soups etc. I’ve been loving vegetable chow mien lately, and rice dishes, to keep me going until dinnertime!

A bottle of Zoflora with a yellow microfibre cloth

Complete TeamTomm each day in July. This has been a real win for me during the last few tough months, as having a clean, tidy home makes me feel at my happiest mentally.

Write up list of snagging style jobs in the house. We’ve got a LOT of small jobs to do, that feel really overwhelming, so writing up a big list, room by room, will hopefully help us to get started with crossing things off.

Spend at least 10 hours on DIY related jobs this month including paint touch ups, caulking, decorating a couple of areas and painting outside. There are lots of little bits that need doing, and some large jobs still, and we’ve lost momentum during lockdown. Also, it didn’t feel right to be ordering paint, and non-essentials, so that went on hold, but now is a good time to start it back up I think!

Financial aims for July 2020

Horses racing and a text overlay that says the pros and cons of matched betting, find out more about the good and bad sides of matched betting

Achieve at least 2 hours matched betting each week. I’m not going to set a financial goal this month, because it has been a little slower, but things seem to be picking up now. I’m going to just use the better paying offers, and probably stick to the 2 hours really.

Add £100 of Amazon vouchers to my account. I’ve got quite a few Birthdays coming up, and have some little house purchases I’d like to make.

Spend £250 or less on groceries. I’m going back to shopping at Lidl now, even if I do have to queue for a while, because it is a great way to save some money. I’m going to use my (past AD) HyperJar card too.

Add £100 to my round-up pot. This is filling up my Christmas 2020 fund, among other things, and so I want to work a little harder this month!

Put back the other £750 from the new MacBook I purchased in June. I used savings, which I had specifically for this purchase, but I’d like to put the money back and then use some of that to increase my emergency fund a little further. The last few months being quiet have really reminded me how important it is to have an emergency fund to rely on.

Online aims for July 2020

Update 10 old posts. I’ve been enjoying this, as some of the posts are 4-5 years old. Also, there are great benefits to my traffic from doing this, so I hope that scheduling in the time each week will make me work a little harder at this!

50+ recipes for mealtime inspiration. Frugal dinners, slow cooker meals, side dishes in your slow cooker, easy bakes & delicious desserts. #slowcooker #cheapeats #frugal #dinner #sidedishes #mealplan

Write up 3 new recipes. I have about 30 recipes in drafts that I want to test 1 or 2 more times, so this month I’m going to aim to just get 3 of those published.

Complete 5 random acts of kindness. I love this, it gives me real feel good vibes. I don’t really publicise things, but I often just look for charities to donate to, Amazon wish lists to purchase from or just little ways that I can do something nice for someone I love, or someone online I enjoy chatting to.

A selection of my favourite random acts of kindness related quotes

Grow Pinterest stats by 20% versus June. It’s been a hard few months for me with Pinterest. I just haven’t had the time to dedicate, and as work has been a bit quieter I didn’t really want to commit to paying a freelancer. Also, I secretly love producing all my own content myself as it gives me a good feel about what I’m putting out being all my own words/creations.

Personal aims for July 2020

Walk 8k steps every single day. I’ve been gradually increasing this around 500 extra each day per month, and it has been working out well. I’ve got a new Apple Watch, that actually tracks properly too, so that should help me start to see some good results. I have been committing to more exercise, enjoying more family walks and will be walking to the supermarket sometimes too.

Four books: Julian Is A Mermaid, Whoever You Are, More More More Said The Baby, Baby Goes To Market

Read 2 books. It may sound odd to need to schedule time in to read, but if I don’t there is always something ‘better’ that I could be doing. I’ve been aiming to read for 30 minutes a week, something educational, and then 30 minutes a week something that is just to relax into a little.

Exercise at least 3 times a week all month. I’m feeling fitter, stronger and healthier which is great. Most of all my mental health has taken a real boost from all the extra exercise, so I’m going to keep this up and hope to work up to 4 guaranteed days a week later this year too.

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