Saturday, 31 December 2016

My 2017 goals (because resolutions suck)


New Year's resolutions suck. 9 times out of 10 they involve saying what we won't do, rather than what we will do. Resolutions also tend to be huge, far-stretching targets like stopping smoking, loosing X stone, buying a new car etc. They don't take into account the journey to achieving those aims, or the incremental steps to success along the way that should be celebrated, and that sets us up to fail. That's why this year I've set myself a series of smaller, more achievable goals that when put into action should yield better results.

The Blog

  • I'm going to be making sure to schedule my posts and tweets - I get busy at times and actually forget to promote my posts to my followers which isn't doing the work I put into the actual post justice!
  • I'll be making a conscious effort to create more chatty, opinionated content. In the past I've been afraid of putting too much of my personality out there so it'll feel weird, but I feel more confident about doing it now.
  • I've kind of cheated on this one since I ended up doing it yesterday!! I've now created a media kit for my blog, and will be keeping it up to date.

Life

  • I'm making an effort to call and text my friends and family more often. I'm terrible at this, especially during the week when I get home from my long commute (a 104 mile round trip) and just flake out on the sofa. 
  • I fell off the reading wagon hard when I finished university and although I do still read, I don't make much effort to set time aside for it. Instead I end up scrolling Twitter and Instagram. In 2017 I'm going to read a book a month (something I know I can achieve if I put my phone down for a couple of evenings a week). I'll also review them for you on here.
  • I've tried hard over the last year to drink more water, but lately laziness has gotten the better of me. Not this time! 2-3 litres a day, every damn day.
  • I've already mentioned my long commute into work, and getting up so early has really taken its toll in the winter months. Getting up 15 minutes early will be painful at first, but hopefully it will stop me from rushing around, allow me to eat breakfast (I never used to skip it!) and I'll actually look put together when I leave the house!
These are modest goals and I have the best intentions, but I'll be sure to post an update in a couple of months to keep myself in check!
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