What are you hoping to achieve in 2020?
Do you enjoy making New Year’s Resolutions or prefer not to make them?
Do you have any tips to help keep your resolutions?
Every year, when the Christmas decorations have disappeared from the shops, books about healthy eating, cleaning products and organizational aids fill the shelves instead. New Year, New You, promise the ads and lots of people begin the year with promises that *this* will be the year that they achieve their dreams.
I feel that New Year’s Resolutions can be helpful, in allowing you to evaluate the previous year and think about what went well and what went wrong, but they can also be a source of stress if people beat themselves up and over-commit in an attempt to change everything at once.
How do you feel about making resolutions?
Is it something you personally find helpful or stressful?
I welcome the chance to look at my achievements and next steps, whether that is in reading, work or other areas of life. I talked a bit about some of my bookish resolutions last weekend, but I have some ideas for personal goals too.
Here are my goals for 2019, plus an evaluation of how I did:
* Get a bit fitter – started off well, with walking to work and doing yoga and pilates every day. Has definitely tapered off these past few months…
*Move into our new (old) house and fix it up – we did this! There are still lots of jobs to do and our kitchen looks like a building site, but overall I think we’ve done pretty well since we moved in ten months ago.
* Get a dog – we were going to do this, but then discovered that we’re expecting a baby. So the dog will have to join our family a little later!
*Spend time being creative – this is one I feel that I’ve been pretty successful with – I really enjoyed making DIY peg doll animals and am hoping to post more about my DIY on the blog in 2020.
*Fit in more language learning – this has been a fail, unfortunately. While my passive understanding hasn’t decreased that badly as I still watch TV in multiple languages, I haven’t really used or improved my language skills this year – come on 2020!
*Read more about CBT, mindfulness and Emotional First Aid – some, but continuing with this is going to be a goal for this year too. It isn’t easy to unlearn some of my own self-destructive behaviours.
*Make an effort to connect with friends – mixed success here, as I have tried, but also found that being busy with illness and sorting out the house has taken a lot of time and energy. Need to continue with this one too!
*Get a better work-life balance – again, mixed results. I started off well, but slipped up more and more as the year went on…
*Read and interact with professional community more – limited success in this one – need to keep this as a focus!
*Schedule more to prevent breaks – epic fail on this one I’m afraid. I took several long breaks form the blog this year, as shown in my 2019 Blog Stats. Starting this resolution again in 2020!
*Put more of a spotlight on diverse books – some success with this one, but could definitely do more!
*Improve photography – again, mixed results. Having a garden meant better photos in the summer, but I wasn’t consistent, especially once winter hit and natural light became scarce.
*Link to other bloggers’ posts more – some success with this. I now include a section in every review where I link to two or three other bloggers who have reviewed the book and I want to continue doing that. I would also love to do a weekly or monthly round-up of posts I have enjoyed because there is so much amazing content out there.
Wow, I was ambitious in 2019, wasn’t I? So many goals!
For 2020, I feel like I will be setting my sights a little lower, mainly because I have now experienced how much ill-health can completely knock you for six and I have yet to experience life with a newborn but I am anticipating it being very busy!
Here are my goals for 2020:
*Be the best mum I can be – looking after another human being feels like a massive responsibility, especially when that human being is so tiny and helpless. I am sure that I will make lots of mistakes, but I am determined to do my very best!
*Stay connected – it can be easy to become isolated or fall out of touch with friends, so I want to make an especial effort to nurture those relationships which are important to me.
*Continue to make time for creativity – I am excited to try out lots of different DIY projects, especially making things which could be useful in our home or for our baby.
*Make a dedicated effort to record three achievements and three happy things every single day. I’m not sure where I heard it mentioned, but I recently came across the idea of a ‘ta-da!’ list rather than a ‘to-do’ list. Being an inveterate list-maker, I am going to continue making ‘to-do’ lists because I find having them helps keep me organized, but I also love the idea of recording three achievements and three good things about each day, no matter how big or small. Hopefully this will tie in to me continuing to learn about CBT and breaking out of destructive behaviour patterns.
*Try to keep in the loop, so I don’t feel so lost when going back to work – it feels strange that I won’t be in the classroom for at least 9 months, so very strange. I have nightmares about forgetting how to teach during school holidays so I can only imagine how it will feel going back after several months at home.
*Do some reading – there are so many great education books out there that I should read and want to read!
*Plan ahead, schedule posts where possible and don’t beat myself up if I do have to take a break – life happens and it can be tough. I was really hard on myself for missing days, weeks and even months of posting this year, but it is no good forcing yourself to blog when you have other things on your plate. I have come back to blogging this year with a refreshed attitude, as allowing myself some slack is really important to this.
*Continue interacting more with the community, from commenting regularly to linking to other people’s blog posts, etc.
*Continue to improve photography and attempt to post more regularly on Instagram.
Will I achieve all of these goals?
Who knows, but I figure that there’s nothing to be lost by trying!
Hope everyone is having a great start to their 2020 and that this will be the year that you get a step closer to where you want to be, no matter where that is or how small the step.
I would love to hear about your resolutions or goals for 2020, so please feel free to drop a link to your post below and I will visit and comment.
What do you think of my goals for 2020?
Are they similar or different to yours?
What tips would you give someone on sticking to their resolutions?
Thanks for reading!