New Years Resolutions can be hard to think of, and even harder to stick to. It’s the reason why I’m sat here writing this blog post in October, planning ahead for 2020 already.
See, earlier this month I started thinking about what I’ve actually achieved this year. In comparison to 2018, it’s not that much. I realised that it’s mostly because I experienced a couple of major changes in 2019, and all I really wanted to do was enjoy it. Despite not having as many achievements, I know that in 2019 I was the happiest I’ve been in a few years. So, it kind of balances out.
However, for the upcoming year, I want to be both happy and motivated. I started thinking about how I could actually stick to my New Years resolutions, instead of setting them and forgetting about them within a couple of months.
In my opinion, New Years resolutions can seem to limit you, or feel chore-like. I find it a lot easier to set goals to complete within the year, rather than ‘I need to change this about myself’. It’s important that these goals are manageable, so don’t set yourself too many.
Also, make sure these goals actually mean something to you. There’s no point in setting goals that don’t affect an aspect of your life that you want to change.
It may be beneficial to you to think of your New Years resolutions in advance, in case of any planning that may need to take place around this. Planning ahead is so important in order for me to achieve one of my goals for 2020, which I’ll explain in more detail right now!
At this point, it’s almost laughable how inconsistent I have been with blogging. My last post was made in September 2018, and since then I’ve said multiple times that I want to start again, and I can never actually get into it or finish posts for the deadline I set myself. I was wondering, how can I really get on top of blogging again?
I thought about how businesses are run; how everything is planned and created in advance. I used to kick myself for missing out on important dates and events during the year. Things that matter to me and things I think are important to spread awareness about. I realised, if I could write these things and plan my posts months in advance, I wouldn’t miss out on them anymore.
So, I started by making a little Excel document where I could keep a list of every Sunday in 2020. This way, I can see which weeks important holidays and events fall into and plan my posts that way. I also made my own little calendar for the year so I can see what the months are going to look like at a glance.
By planning ahead like this, I will be able to post consistently even when I’m busy. The posts will be written and scheduled in advance, so I only have to do minimal work on the day!
Talking about money, especially debt, for some reason seems to still be an incredibly taboo topic. After working in a debt charity for a year, I feel like I can openly talk about these things. Almost everyone has an overdraft or credit card and honestly, who cares?
I have both of these. My credit card has a limit of 500 so I feel comfortable using it and don’t feel stressed if it hits its spending limit. I’ve hit this limit once and paid it off fully once. Now I tend to use it only for emergencies and large expenses. My overdraft has a 1,500 limit and since I finished uni I tend to use the whole lot, and my monthly wages don’t even bring me out of it. This is where my goal is.
As it’s a student overdraft I currently don’t have to worry about interest or fees, but this ends in December 2020. Because of this, my goal is to pay my overdraft fully and have it removed from my account entirely.
If I can manage to pay my debts back, I can start properly saving for big things like a house, or a long holiday!
Mini goals are little habits I want to form. Nothing is tracked, and nothing is lost if I don’t keep up to it. I’m SO bad for setting myself too many big goals. When you work a full-time job, it’s hard to do all the things you want to do. I lose around ten hours of my day to work, including lunch and travel times. After a busy day, it can be hard to come home and feel motivated to exercise, read, or do something productive.
With that said, here’s a little list of my mini goals in no particular order:
Feel free to share some of your own goals either in the comments or direct message me on any of my social media channels! Remember that as you grow and change throughout the year, your goals will too. So don’t feel like you’ve ‘failed’ if your goals aren’t relevant to you anymore. That’s growth!
Also, accepting opinions on the broken brolly look x
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Love, Flossie ♡