The start of a new year always brings an abundance of unrealistic goals, forgotten self promises and idealistic expectations. Many have the annual “self reinvention” period, where they decide that “this year will be different” but the overambitious goal of going to the gym every morning before work is forgotten by mid January. In an effort not to fall into that routine, I’m going to be picking about 10 small, specific goals which actually involve doing things I’ve been putting off, as well as a few big things to keep in mind throughout the year, as a sort of self improvement rather than reinvention.
- Work on my Organisation
Anyone who knows me knows that I am either the most organised person you know, in order to combat my natural disorganisation, or I am completely all over the place. Since finishing secondary school – where I had more rigid organisation systems – I have been in the second category, and it’s time I change that. This means being tidier, finishing projects I’ve started and abandoned, and stay on top of college work and blog schedules. This semester particularly has seen a drop in my academic organisation – most of my assignments were strung together at the very last minute and I know I’m capable of a lot more. This caused maximum stress, which I’m also going to make a huge effort to cut out of my life.
- Be more confident
A lot of the best things I’ve done this year have been outside my comfort zone, but I’ve also avoided doing some things due to lack of self confidence and belief. I’ve been trying to work on it a bit already, but this year I’m going to continue trying to say yes to things that scare me, and take opportunities that will lead to more good things. This involves talking to more people and going to more events both in college and blogging – as well as being generally more outgoing. I always tend to think that people will react in the worst way possible, when in reality I know that most people out there are happy that you’ve talked to them, and react for the better!
- Work Harder
This also relates to being more organised – I feel as though since the Leaving Cert I haven’t wanted to work that hard on anything, and I’ve been really slacking with both college and blog work. I’ve become more motivated since December though and I’m definitely going to channel this motivation and put more effort into all aspects of my life that I’ve been neglecting. Even in the last few weeks that I’ve started doing this I’ve already had rewarding results, so I definitely hope to continue that throughout this year.
- Be Healthier
I’m not going to be unrealistic with this one, because it’s always tempting to say “I’m never going to eat junk food again” and then feel guilty when it doesn’t work. I’m going to try to cut down on bad food, but also get into the habit of eating fruits like mango and pineapple instead, as well as other nice healthy food. I’ve also let regular exercise go towards the end of 2015, which I need to get into a routine with again at the start of 2016.
- Travel more
I feel like this is the one every blogger says, its almost becoming a cliché, but it’s definitely something I want to do over the course of 2016. I already have some extremely exciting plans, which I will be blogging about in my travel section, and I want to see as much as possible. I’d love to experience Rome, Milan, more of France, Barcelona and so many more! I know I won’t be going to all of these in 2016 but I’ll definitely be taking as many travel opportunities as possible.
As for my smaller goals;
- Paint/ decorate my bedroom wall, as it’s currently covered in bluetack.
- Finish the cross stitch projects I started and abandoned three years ago
- Practice music for at least 2 hours per week
- Speak French more often
- Clear out my wardrobe
- Read more – hopefully a book per week
- Get my ears repressed (2 lobe piercings closed up due to infection, and I loved them so I want to get them redone.)
- Improve my photography and get out with my camera more.
- Get more sleep, and get up earlier.
- Start an Etsy shop, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while.
I know resolutions only exist in January and lie forgotten for the rest of the year, but I’m going to give it a go nonetheless!