We’ve all made resolutions we didn’t end up keeping, some of the worst offenders for me are things like ‘Drink more water’, ‘Exercise 5 days a week’, ‘Read 1 book a week’. The problem with resolutions like these is that they’re either too vague (how much is ‘more water’?) or too naive (you don’t know what your life is going to look like in a few months time, maybe exercising and reading won’t be able to take up that much of your time).
Rather than tell you how to make your own resolutions that are going to stick, instead I’m going to show you mine (it’s always easier to learn my example).
In yesterday’s post, we talked about my ‘theme for the year’ and how my resolutions all link into this one big idea that I’d like to focus on in 2017. In today’s post, I’ll be breaking down those sub-categories into small, easy to achieve tasks that I can try to complete throughout the year.
1. THIS BLOG.
- Get to 100 followers.
- Have my first guest post.
- Write 100 posts.
- Establish (and stick to) a morning routine.
- Establish (and stick to) an evening routine.
- Create a monthly cleaning/housework schedule.
- Have a spending freeze.
- Create (and stick to) a monthly budget.
- Get out of my overdraft in my checking account.
- Save £1000.
4. ADOPT A CHILD.
- (There aren’t really a lot of sub-categories in this one, I just have to do it!)
- Try a new recipe once a week (I know I said not to set goals with strict time limits, but I have to eat every week, so this shouldn’t be too unrealistic!)
- Use cruelty-free cosmetic brands.
- Eat more vegetarian meals.
- Buy at least 75% of my clothes second hand.
- Go for at least a 10 minute walk every day.
- Establish consistent meal times and stick to them.
- Include a short workout in my morning routine.
- Watch at least 1 documentary per month.
- Watch 10 new movies off the IMDb Top 250.
- Read at least 1 news article every day.
- Start listening to a podcast.
- Use some bible notes to direct my reading.
- Start a prayer journal.
- Start helping out more in Sunday School.
Not all of these things are going to start happening on January 1st, as with all things, it’s a gradual process that is going to build throughout the year. The idea is that by 2018 I’ll be a more independent person who has worked hard at getting their shit together, not that on January 1st I do a full 180 and wake up a different person!
What are some of your goals for the new year?
(If you liked this post, be sure to check out the rest of my Dear January series)