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Last Updated on October 19, 2023
I try my very best to be a “new month, new goals!” type of girlie. Any way I can add more structure to my life, I go for it! Because I need it.
If you’re in need of more structure too, then I highly recommend setting November goals this month. Lucky for you, I’ve got several ideas (that you can totally copy!).
I’ll share my personal goals, along with goal ideas for any busy ambitious woman who’s just trying to stay on top of it all.
Want to get serious about goal setting? These posts of mine are your go-to guides:
- Goal Ideas for Personal Growth You’ll Want to Set in the New Year
- Printable Goal Setting Worksheets to Help You KILL Your Goals
- Last month’s goals you can still use this month: October Goals – 12 Ideas to Change Your Life This Month
- New Month Journal Prompts for Goal Setting if you need more guidance on how to come up with the right goals for YOU!
Setting the Stage: New Month, New Goals for November
Time for a fresh start, a clean state, and an opportunity to crush new goals!
November is a particularly important month to set monthly goals because of the upcoming holidays. You know how busy life gets the closer we get to Christmas, so use your November goals to better prepare yourself!
Not only that, but we are closing in real quick to the end of the year. Can you remember your New Year’s resolutions? If those resolutions still apply to you, but you’ve lost sight of them, now is a good time to see what you can crank out before the year is up.
And honestly, breaking big year-long goals into monthly goals can make them far more achievable. You are so much better off building small, realistic monthly goals. Because you can envision them in the short-term, you’re going to be a thousand times more motivated to accomplish them!
So with all that in mind, let’s check out some good goals for November to make it your best month of the year!
My Personal Goals for November 2023
Just in case you’re nosy, (and actually, hearing real-life examples of other people’s goals is super helpful anyway) here’s some of my own good goals for November.
1. Eliminate the distraction of constantly checking stats
As a blogger, I’m always striving for more pageviews. Especially because I’ve got my eye set on getting into Mediavine ads, which only accepts blogs with at least 50,000 monthly views.
Problem is, I’ve noticed I’ve been pretty much obsessed with achieving this goal…to an unhelpful degree.
I spend WAY too much time checking stats of all sorts. Every single day (which is way more frequent than necessary) I am at least checking yesterday’s pageviews, yesterday’s product revenue, yesterday’s ad revenue…and sometimes even taking it a step further.
I might find myself distracted down a rabbit hole of “no no no, I’ve GOT to get to the bottom of why this blog post is suddenly getting less traffic!!” sigh 😮💨 All of this takes valuable time away from, uh, actually doing the things that would help my metrics in the first place!
So my ultimate goal for November is to cut these distractions out ASAP. I’m making a rule for myself that stats are only to be checked once a week. We’ll see if I break this pesky habit.
2. Stick to my good morning habits that set me up for the day
This is the one of those November goals I desperately need.
Some days, I’m so on top of my routines–including getting out of bed within 15 minutes of waking up, doing a 5 minute meditation, and simply being intentional with my mornings. This is how the start of the week goes.
But sure enough, by around Wednesday or Thursday…it’s like I just cannot.
It’s honestly almost like a block where my mind will not integrate with the world around me to get me going and on track. So I find myself laying in bed for far too long, feeling like I already wasted too much time to “earn” the “privilege” of self care activities. And it’s just not a good mental space to be in! My goal is to be more consistent in having intentional mornings.
3. Give myself time to actually shut off, no matter what
It is SO hard, as someone with ADHD, to feel like I can allow myself to shut off after a rough, unfocused day with procrastination sprinkled throughout. Again arises the cognitive distortion of not feeling like I’ve “earned” relaxation time!
But I need to remember that the more I forbid myself from having a work-life balance just because I “didn’t get enough done,” the more I continue the cycle.
If your brain is begging for a break and you refuse, your brain will inevitably find ways to “gain back” that missed break time. Usually in the form of procrastination.
I realize that if I just give myself balance, if I just honor dedicated rest times, I probably won’t struggle so much with procrastination to begin with.
So those are my November goals! They may or may not apply to your life, and that’s no problem. That’s exactly why I’ve got 11 motivating goals for November coming right up–and these are perfect for any planner!
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11 November Goals Examples for You to Set
If you’re feeling stuck on what types of monthly goals to set, feel free to use the following ideas as your November goals template! From self care goals, to organization, to working on healthy habits, there’s a little something for everyone on this monthly goals list!
Don’t forget about these November goals! Pin ’em to come back later!
Good Goals for November
1. Start a fall morning routine you’re actually excited about
Your morning should be your me-time, and I’ve learned the hard way that I won’t set myself up for a good day if I neglect this time with myself. I know how tempting it is to lay in bed until the last possible minute, but it never feels good in the end!
And hey, since it’s still fall, now’s your chance to make the picture-perfect cozy fall morning routine if you haven’t tried it yet!
Make your mornings slow and luxurious: complete with a soothing cup of tea, morning reflection in a journal, or anything that gives you that precious moment of peace to start your day feeling good.
2. Get your closet fall-ready
I don’t know about you, but I always procrastinate on the seasonal swapping of my summer clothes for fall/winter clothes. Depending on how many clothes you have, it can be a pretty time consuming task for sure. BUT, it’s another one of those things that feels fantastic once the job is done.
Take a day (on a weekend or your day off is ideal!) to fold and store your summer clothes away for next year, making room for your cozier stuff.
Another good idea is to take note of which clothing items you may be missing from your wardrobe, or if anything needs replacing. This helps you evaluate your fall wardrobe and assess if it’s time to do some seasonal shopping.
3. Start meal prepping
If this is already in your weekly routine, great! But for those of us who haven’t worked up the energy to get on the meal prepping train, this makes for an amazingly time-saving November goal!
Although it’s a lot of work upfront, everyone I know who meal preps says it is so worth it to not even have to think about cooking during the week.
You take the decision fatigue out of the equation this way! You’re also less likely to give into random cravings when you’ve got a plan in place and food ready to go.
4. Host a virtual friendsgiving
You know how hard it can be to make sure all your friends have an open spot in their schedule. So why not make it easy? Host a virtual Friendsgiving instead!
Get your friends together for a bountiful online Friendsgiving dinner. Go ahead and fire off those group texts, set a date, and maybe throw in a goofy turkey emoji while you’re at it.
5. Set up a relaxation nook in your home
This is one of the best November goals to cozy-up your environment!
Create a cozy corner of heaven where you can escape and unwind. This can include anything that soothes you. I’m talking comfy cushions, your fave plush blanket, string up some fairy lights, and maybe add a plant or two for extra Zen vibes.
Basically, make this a spot you’ll want to come back to every time you need to recharge from the stress of your day!
6. Start a daily photo diary to look back at
Snap one pic each day this month. It can be a picture of something that made you laugh, a good hair day, a fun moment with your bestie…anything that captures the little treasures you stumble upon in November!
It can be hard to remember to take a picture everyday though, so be sure to set a daily phone reminder (almost like a BeReal notification!) to stay on top of your photo diary.
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7. Cultivate a windowsill garden
Bring a touch of green indoors and make yourself a proud plant parent at the same time! This is a fun opportunity to hit up your local gardening store. Get yourself some pots, soil, and a bunch of seeds for beautiful plants you’d love to wake up to every morning.
Soon you’ll be watering your little green family with love, and how sweet is that?! 🪴
8. Launch a blog
Do you have passions you love, or maybe just lots of unique insights you’re itching to share? It can be so empowering to let your voice be heard, and one of the best ways to do so is by starting a blog!
I started my blog in December 2020 and it has been immensely rewarding. I even started making enough to replace my part-time job’s income in early 2023! And I am working toward growing that to a full-time income. It is not a quick and easy achievement, but consistency always pays off.
If the idea of starting a blog sounds awesome to you, you’ve gotta head over to my ultimate guide to starting a blog that makes money.
9. Spend more time in nature
Okay, depending on where you live, I know it may be a little chilly to be doing this in November. But if you can handle the chill, you’ll get to see nature from a beautiful, unique fall perspective. And that’s well worth it!
Step away from your day-to-day norm, immerse yourself in a forest, and feel totally and utterly zen. Schedule a couple free dates throughout the month that you can make your nature days!
10. Create an end of the year vision board
If you think about vision boards, you probably tie them in with new year’s and all the goal setting you may do for the year ahead. But who says you can’t do the same as the year wraps up? In fact, that’s a great way to get caught up on what you forgot about earlier this year!
Make one of your November goals be to create the most aesthetic, inspiring collage! What do you want to focus on in the next couple months? What do you want your holidays to look like?
Hit up Pinterest and print out photos galore to craft your perfect vision board. (Don’t forget to grab inspo from my list of unique vision board ideas!)
11. Get a head start on your holiday to-do’s
Think about those holiday tasks on the horizon: gift shopping, writing up your own gift list, decorating the house, buying a cute new outfit to wear for Thanksgiving or Christmas gatherings…it’s a lot!
Scrambling to do anything Christmas-related at the last minute is just a bunch of unnecessary stress. So get organized, map out a to-do list of what holiday items need to get done, and take the chaos out of the holiday season!
Oh, and if you’re stumped on what gifts to get your friends and family, browse these gift ideas to start adding to your Christmas shopping list!
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Why Set Monthly Goals?
Before you go off goal-setting the month away, let’s dive into the benefits of monthly goals, shall we?
Why set monthly goals, like these November goal examples? Setting monthly goals is like creating a practical roadmap for your life. They help you live in alignment with your ambitions–bringing you one step closer to where you want to be! It’s about breaking down your big year-long dreams into smaller, manageable tasks.
Not only does reaching a goal feel good after dying to achieve it, but you’ll begin to form new habits, better align your focus, and sustain your momentum in life.
And remember: it’s not just about the destination; it’s about the journey. Setting monthly goals keeps you on your toes without the overwhelm of giant daunting aspirations. Your monthly goals offer a chance to sprinkle self-care, adventure, and a whole lot of personal growth into your world!
November Goal Setting Tips
Make this month YOUR month to thrive! If you find yourself falling into the habit of setting goals only to forget about them by the end of the month, try these strategies to put a stop to that.
Things to Do When Setting Goals for a New Month
- Mix fun into your goals – Who said setting goals can’t be fun? When you’re brainstorming your November goals, blend them with things you genuinely enjoy. Let’s say your goal is to exercise 3 times a week. How about finding some fun, upbeat dance workouts on YouTube? Combining work and play makes the journey more exciting, and trust me, you’ll be much more likely to stick to it.
- Do a weekly journal check-in – and when I say this, I’m serious. That means pulling out your planner right now and scheduling journal reflection time once a week for your November goals! Not only will this hold you accountable, but you can reassess your priorities and adjust your goals accordingly if you find that something isn’t realistic right now.
- Team up with an accountability buddy – got ambitious friends who also love pursuing their goals? Make November goal setting a team effort! This is another opportunity for weekly check-ins, where you can share your progress with each other.
- Always celebrate the small wins! – don’t overlook these! Acknowledging your little victories will give you the sense of accomplishment you need to keep chuggin’ along.
Setting monthly goals isn’t just some routine you do each month, it’s a chance to take charge of your life. November is your next chapter waiting to be written. So fill that chapter with a happy mind, plenty of balance, and tons of memories.
I can’t wait to hear what you’re striving for this month!