So the beginning of February is the perfect time to formalise my New Year’s resolutions, right?
I’ve had a month to think them over, test the waters and decide on some achievable goals for 2019. Nothing wild, just a few areas of minor improvement, and a little more effort all round.
1. Make plans
It sounds so cliched, but life is busy and so often I find myself saying ‘we should meet up’, ‘let’s go for a drink sometime’, ‘I need to come and visit’.
One of my main goals this year is to actually make those plans, pin down a time and place, and meet up with the friends I haven’t seen in far too long. I’ve started this by getting my diary filled in, working out when I’m free and making a plan.
2. Send the first message
This one ties in with the previous one, but I find it hard sometimes to actually just message someone and ask if they want to do something. I have a bad habit of assuming that people will be busy, or just won’t want to hang out with me. So this year I’m really going to try and get over those doubts, and just ask people. I need to keep in mind – what’s the worst that can happen?
3. Stop hoarding
I am a hoarder. I keep hold of the most ridiculous things; receipts, clothes tags, and pretty much every birthday/christmas card I’ve ever received. Slowly, very slowly, I am starting to clear out all the corners that I’ve stuffed with various crap but I also need to learn to throw stuff away in the first place!
4. Buy less
I’m really, really trying to buy less clothes. I’ve cleared out so many things that still had the tags in, or I wore once. And while I’ve managed to make a bit of money selling them on eBay, it is such a waste, and I’m not proud of it. My new rule is, will I wear it at least 15 times? If not, why am I buying it?
- Put more effort into this blog and write more!
- Set aside time for studying each week (also never sign up for part time studying again)
- Read a book a month (that’s not a marketing text book!)
- Be a little more active (maybe even go to the gym once a week?!)
- Prepare lunches for work and stop eating noodles everyday!
- Visit lots of new places and explore more of the world (the same goal every year)
None of these are groundbreaking, world changing goals. But hopefully if I can make a little bit of progress with them, I’ll make some positive changes.
– Verity May