It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Not Christmas (though mine this year was lovely and quiet), but the start of the new year, which means a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and decide what I want to prioritise in the coming year. I know that this is something you can do on any date, but it’s nice to feel like you’re starting again with a new year, full of possibilities.
I know I set resolutions for 2015, but I definitely didn’t go about it right. For one thing, I already had my 25 Before 25 list going, so extra resolutions weren’t a priority. For another, I didn’t make very good goals – they were too vague, which made them much harder to work towards. This year I’m going to do things a bit differently. Rather than having a list of things to achieve over the course of a whole year, I’m going to consider each month in turn, since that’s a more manageable time frame for me. I’m also choosing to structure the resolutions as a list of small things I’d like to achieve each month. Here’s what I have at the moment (though it probably won’t change too much):
- Bake once
- Cook one new dish
- Read five books
- Visit a new place
- Watch four new films
- Write two blog posts
- Have a date day/night
- Keep on track with my savings goals
- Lose at least two pounds overall
- Get up to date with book reviews
- Get up to date with my study timetable
- Volunteer twice
- Go to the gym four times
- Do some work towards a WordPress theme design (however little)
I’ve deliberated set the goals quite small, making them easier to complete and thus hopefully encouraging me to do more. This has worked for me previously when using the language-learning website Duolingo – my official goal means I do at least a little bit of work every day, but many days I end up doing more.
I’m actually also working on a “life list” type thing, as well as having a few other projects of varying sizes that I would like to work on. I know I can do a good proportion of the things I’d like to – it’s about making myself do them, in spite of everything else going on in my brain. This year I think I realised how much I’ve missed out on because of the actions of other people, so I hope that I can be more proactive in 2016 and rise above their actions of those people – all of whom were either mentally unwell, not mature enough to realise the consequences of their actions, or both – and how they made me feel. It would be silly not to, really!
(Edit: My boyfriend Gord also pointed out that these things happened a number of years in the past, so even more of a reason to let them go.)