Because we’re just past half way through the year, I thought it would be good to review the goals I made in January and see whether I’ve made any progress. Honestly, as usual, I completely forgot that I’d made some of these goals, so hopefully this recap will jog my memory so I can actually start getting shit done. That is, until I forget again… sigh…
It’s been quite a busy year so far, and everything feels like it’s gone by faster than The Flash at the Grand Prix. I can’t believe six months of the year are already over, and summer is almost over, and that soon I’ll have to start buying Christmas presents and planning for 2019 and getting my blue rinse at the old lady hair salon. Where is the time going?!
Anyway, that’s enough melodrama for one post – let’s see how well I’ve done!
1. Go one one coach journey, one long bus journey and one train journey
Unfortunately I’ve not had the opportunity to do this yet. Because we’re trying to save up for a mortgage, we haven’t been on any planned trips. We’ve been on a lot of long car journeys with family though, and I’m finding those much, much easier than I used to. I’m going to try and do a couple of trips later in the year when life’s a bit quieter!
2. Write a novel
For the first two months of the year, I was really focused on writing more, and was regularly planning novels and writing short stories. Unfortunately, as the year’s gone on and I’ve gotten busier, I just kind of forgot about writing and stopped making time for it. I’m hoping to get back on track with this in July, as I feel like my plot’s almost there and I can defintely finish this novel!
3. Read at an open mic event
In March, I read a joint piece with a friend, so technically I’ve done this, but I’d still like to read a piece completely solo. I actually planned to read something on my own at the next event, but I haven’t actually been to one since, as I’ve always had conflicting plans. Hopefully I’ll make it to the next one!
4. Go a month without spending anything at/on the way to work
I haven’t actually attempted this yet, as I forgot it was one of my goals, but I’m fully confident that I can manage it. I’m actually thinking about doing a month where I ban spending entirely, because I’d like to see if I’m up to the challenge!
5. Buy less stuff
As this is a goal for the entire year, I can’t really judge whether I’ll pass/fail this one overall, however I do think I’m doing quite well with buying less this year. I’ve spent a lot more time thinking about my purchases this past six months, and I’ve successfully managed to talk myself out of buying things I didn’t need at multiple events. I went to a comic convention in February and didn’t buy anything, which is incredibly unusual for me.
There have been a few slips where I’ve bought things on impulse, but I do think I’m doing really well with this!
6. Eat less chocolate
Even though I’ve not been consciously trying to do this, I don’t think I eat as much chocolate as I used to do. I still eat more than the average human does, but it is gradually reducing. I’m going to be more focused on this for the last six months of the year, however, as I’d really like to get it down to a healthier amount and not feel like I need to have it in the house at all times. Let’s do this!
7. Get up earlier
I did this for about two days, then decided I really liked sleep. I definitely need to attempt this again though, as my morning routine is so rushed and I never have time for breakfast. Oops!
8. Get more confident with driving
I’ve not even attempted this, because cars are expensive and I’m also terrified to get back behind the wheel again. Because we’re saving for a mortgage and a wedding, this goal might not be financially viable this year, but I’m still leaving it on the list just in case. I’d like to be a confident driver again, but I’m not going to stress too much about which year it happens.
9. Get a passport
Similar to the last goal, I just haven’t had the spare money to pay for the passport application. However, as passports are much cheaper than cars, I’m still hoping to get this sorted in 2018. I will have a passport!
10. Give myself more time to relax
The original goal I set was to have at least four evenings a month where I switched off and didn’t try to achieve any of the tasks on my to-do list, but I’ve actually spent more nights relaxing than not-relaxing this year. Although this has been great for my mental health and overall happiness, I am going to try and get more shit done in the second half of the year, but without compromising my chilled-out evenings playing The Witcher and binge-watching Netflix. I think going from one extreme to the other has helped me to understand how important balance is, and I think I’m much less likely to go overboard with to-do lists in future.
So that’s it. Ten goals, some that are going well, some that have barely been thought about. As it stands, I still want to aim towards most of these, but I’m not pressuring myself to achieve everything on this list by the end of 2018. Things change, and goals can be altered to accommodate that. While I’d love to achieve all of these as soon as possible, I’ve realised that I might not be able to and that’s fine. It doesn’t make me a failure.
Did you make any goals for this year? How are they going?