It’s almost time to wrap things up and say goodbye to 2017. And what a wonderful year it’s been. Full of laughter and good times with family and friends. Of course, there were tough times too. But we got through it, and that’s what matters.
To set myself up for a good year, I’ve decided to set some new goals (call it New Year’s Resolution or what you will, but really it’s just goal setting). Since we’re nearing a new chapter in our lives, I encourage you to do the same. After all, a fresh start is just the kind of motivation you need. With that in mind, I will offer some New Year’s resolution ideas. But before that, allow me to share my own New Year’s resolutions with you.
My first New Year’s resolution is to produce more posts. This year has been quite hectic and I haven’t really had the chance to catch my breath or write as many posts as I would have liked to have written. So my first goal for 2018 is to bring more fun, inspiring posts for you to read! Another thing that’s kind of taken a backseat this year is my diet and exercise plan (or lack thereof). I understand the importance of taking care of myself so in 2018, that’s something I’d like to work a lot harder on. This means eating healthily and incorporating a lot more movement into my schedule. Speaking of healthy eating, I’ve also consumed too much convenience food e.g. microwave and ready made food, and I am not particular happy about that. So the focus for me in 2018, in regards to my diet, will be to try to eat as much homemade food as possible.
One thing I’m proud of is the number of books that I have read this year. Although it’s not a huge amount, it’s a lot more than I used to read. As reading was one of my goals for 2017, I’m quite proud that I’ve managed to make it a regular part of my life. Now I don’t have to force myself to read, it’s simply a part of me, something I must do to stay sane. In 2018, I hope to read even more books, as well as plays (which I count as separate)! And, as always, I plan to be more productive than I was this year. It’s easy to procrastinate but in the end you’re the one who suffers. Before the year ends, I will endeavour to create a plan and stick to it!
Now that I’ve shared what some of my goals for 2018 are with you, it’s time to offer you some ideas for creating your own.
New Year’s Resolution Ideas:
Read – I cannot overstate the benefits and rewards that come from reading. So I encourage you to make reading more one of your New Year’s resolutions. If you’re just starting out, don’t assign yourself a number – simply choose books that you think you will enjoy and read them at your own pace. If on the other hand, you’re already accustomed to reading, and have read a number of books this year; your New Year’s resolution could be to beat that number.
Exercise – A very common New Year’s resolution. We are all aware of and understand the benefits of exercise but seldom do it. It can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise. If you struggle with exercise, perhaps you should join a class or club in 2018. That way all the hard work is already done for you; all you have to do is show up and move. Or better yet, get a personal trainer. If your budget doesn’t allow for that kind of spending, you can also exercise in the comfort of your own home. I recommend sites such as ToneItUp.com or kaylaitsines.com which have programs and workouts that you can follow. Nike Training Club is another great app that you can use for workouts at home.
Cook – Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore, it can actually be enjoyable and therapeutic. The trick is to cook new and exciting dishes, perhaps from a cook book or from a borrowed family recipe. A New Year’s resolution could be to learn to cook or to cook more, depending on your level of expertise.
Learn – One of my goals for the year (though it didn’t quite pan out) was to learn a new language, and with learning tools like Duolingo and Rosetta Stone, it’s never been easier. I would, however, recommend using other sources and ways to learn a language, such as talking to locals in the language, writing letters in the language, etc… Speaking of learning, you could also expand your knowledge in a chosen field, such as astronomy or revisit an old subject, such as maths, to refresh your memory on things you’ve long forgotten but think are worth remembering.
Lastly, when you have too many goals, some of them can end up taking a backseat and never seeing the light of day. To counteract this, I suggest keeping some sort of log or chart where you keep score of your progression. One of the things that encouraged me to read more was seeing how far I’ve come so far, and of course nothing could beat reading for the sheer pleasure of it. Make sure that the things you choose to do are ones that you enjoy – otherwise you won’t stick with them – and keep some sort of progress chart.
Well, that’s it. There you have it – some great goals to set for 2018. I hope you have a great New Year’s Eve!
Wishing you a spectacular 2018!