October Goals (and September Review)

October 6, 2018

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Well, this post is a little late isn’t it? We’re almost a week into October and I’m only now just finding the time to write up my goals for (what’s left of) the month ahead and to review the goals I set last month. But that pretty much sums up life for me at the moment. It just seems chaotic, I feel like I have a million and one things on my to do list and every time I tick something off, something else gets added in it’s place.

I went back to work on Monday, and although my working week has decreased from 5 days to 3 days, it was still a pretty big adjustment and I’m still getting used to the idea of leaving baby girl for so long. Not only that, but with hubby now in Uni and spending a lot of time commuting there and back as well, I feel like it’s going to take us a few weeks to settle into a routine and really know how the next two years are going to work for us.

September was a bit rubbish if I’m honest, so that’s two months on the trot where I’ve set goals and they’ve laughed in my face. I need to put more effort in but at the same time I just feel like I constantly have loads of plates spinning and if I focus on something else, they’ll all come crashing down around me. I’m struggling to find the right balance – between the baby, work, side hustles, housework and trying to find time for hubby and I (I genuinely feel like we’re passing ships sometimes)…not to mention the fact that he is studying and I need to start my own revision too – plus both trying to rekindle our relationship with the gym… there’s just really not enough hours in the day!

But anyway, that’s quite enough moaning and negativity for one post – goal setting is supposed to be a positive exercise! To recap my September goals were as follows:


  1. Make £150 on my personal eBay
  2. Make £100 from other side hustles
  3. Start 3 new side hustles


  1. Run 10k under 1 hour
  2. Gym 4 days a week
  3. Maintain morning/night skincare routine
  4. Get a haircut

I didn’t make £150 from my personal eBay – in fact the final number was a dismal £33.95. We did however, make £485.41 from Matched Betting and £68.42 from Surveys, so we more than made up for it and smashed my goal of £100 from other side hustles. I started one new side hustle (matched betting) and set the groundwork up for another – but haven’t put enough time into that to get the ball rolling just yet. The 3rd side hustle I’ve decided not to pursue for now – I feel like we have more than enough going on as it is.

Personally I did pretty badly too – I didn’t run the 10k – we were supposed to be doing a run but it didn’t happen, the baby had a viral infection and an ear infection and I had a 4 day migraine immediately followed by a cold for a week, so the first fortnight of September was a write off – for that reason I failed the gym too. Skincare also went out the window and I technically did get a haircut… though I cut it myself rather than going to the hairdressers – I was really pleased with how it turned out though and pleasantly surprised how simple it was. Only issue was I didn’t take enough off (it looked like loads when I did it) so I’ll have to have another go.

October Goals

I’m not going to put a monetary figure on my goals this month, we’re absolutely smashing the matched betting at the minute and I’m extremely happy with that, so my focus this month is instead to get more organised, particularly with ebay. I’ve started tidying the ebay room, so a goal is to finish that including:

1. Checking listed stock quantities match ebay

2. Trialing a new storage system

3. Sorting unlisted stock and developing a plan of attack for getting it all listed.

I also want to get more involved in Matched Betting as hubby does most of the legwork (he’s the expert not me) so I want to take it off his hands so he can focus on Uni.

I’d like to get my other side hustle moving this month too.

My main goal for October though is self care. I’m feeling extremely anxious and stressed lately, I’m eating like a pig and I’m not exercising. I feel awful and I need to get myself out of the slump I’ve put myself in. I’d like to get back to the gym properly this month and take half hour each day for myself and a self care activity, whatever that may be.

What are your goals for October?

I’m taking part in the  Monthly Goals (and updates!) Linky hosted by Charlotte over at CharlotteMusha.co.uk and Emma at MyDebtDiary.info

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Hi! I'm Katie

I started Katie Saves while on Maternity Leave to document our adjustment to living on less. Now back in work - I blog about making extra money, saving money, getting my life organised and being a new mum. Join me!