As you may have guessed from my previous post, I’ve decided to approach goals a little bit differently this year. Last year, I made a massive list of goals, most of which required hours and hours of hard work to be achieved. It was incredibly daunting, and I actually found the list to be more stressful than helpful.
This year, I’ve decided to go for things that are more challenging than time-consuming. I’ve decided to make goals that will help make my life better, easier or happier, rather than just trying to cram as many tasks into the year as possible. I’ve decided to make goals that are possible to achieve, even if I don’t look at them for a month.
Without further ado, here are my goals for 2018!
1. Go one one coach journey, one long bus journey and one train journey
In 2016, I started getting really travel sick on journeys, and it made me too anxious to go anywhere far away. This meant saying no to lots of events and plans, and missing out things I really wanted to do. In 2017, I managed to go on quite a few long car journeys, even though I was terrified, and make some amazing memories.
In 2018, I’d like to get over my fear of travelling long distances on public transport, so that I can stop missing out on amazing events, days out with friends and work opportunities. I used to be able to get on a coach or train without batting an eyelid, and I’d really love to get back to that.
2. Write a novel
This has been a goal for years and years and years, and I hope that 2018 will be the year I finally achieve it! I’ve been getting better and better at finding time to write recently and I definitely have a lot of ideas, so hopefully I’ll be able to do it.
3. Read at an open mic event
In the last three months of the year, I finally started attending poetry/prose/comedy open mic nights, after years of being too anxious to go. They’ve had one at my old university for years now, and, even when I was there, I only managed to brave it once or twice. I still haven’t read at one yet (except three years ago when our lecturers forced us to) and I’d really like to start getting my work out into the world. I have a lot of anxiety when it comes to reading aloud, and a lot of anxiety about anything uni-related (even open mics that weren’t run by the uni initially terrified me), so I’d love to be able to overcome this, and finally get to do something I’ve always wanted to do.
4. Go a month without spending anything at/on the way to work
At the start of this year, I was pretty good at keeping track of my money and not watching it slip away into the dark depths of the Asda self-scan tills and the staff canteen.
Now, however, I spend most mornings wasting all my money on unnecessary Asda snacks and my afternoons in the staff canteen buying expensive coffees. This might not seem like a problem, but, when it’s happening most days, it really does add up. I thought that setting myself a challenge like this would help to remind me that I really don’t need to be buying these things.
5. Buy less stuff
This sounds very vague, but, as you’ll probably have noticed from all my haul posts, I’ve bought a lot of things this year. I don’t regret buying so much, but I don’t think I’d have been any less happy if I had bought less. This year, I’d like to be more sensible with my purchases, especially on holidays and at events.
Don’t judge me if I end up doing tonnes of haul posts again though…
6. Eat less chocolate
While I consider eating a family-bag of Twirl Bites in one evening a talent, it is not good for my health or my bank account, so this year will be the year of not rolling around in a bed of Lindors.
Ironically, I’m in bed eating Lindors as I write this. Do with that what you will…
7. Get up earlier
I currently wake up for work half an hour before my bus is due, which means getting ready involves a lot of running, panicking and stressing, and not a lot of preparing myself for the day ahead. It’s really not the best way to start the day, and I always end up in a worse mood because of it. Plus, I’d really love to have time to sit down and eat breakfast like I used to do when I was at uni. I want my Coco Pops!
8. Get more confident with driving
Over three years ago, I had a minor bump and it made me absolutely terrified to drive anywhere. Since then, I’ve only driven once or twice, and I definitely haven’t been confident enough to drive on a regular basis. I’d love to get some driving practice in this year, so I can eventually feel comfortable enough to get a car again, and finally get away from all the late buses, cancelled buses and teenagers pulling my hair.
9. Get a passport
This has been a goal of mine for the past two years, so hopefully I’ll actually bother to fill the form in this year. This requires so little effort in comparison to the other goals I’ve made over the years, so it should be an easy one to cross off!
10. Give myself more time to relax
I’ve been trying to do this in 2017, but I’m still not quite able to switch myself off for an evening and just have fun. I always end up finishing off a blog post, or doing a little bit of ironing, because for some reason I’m programmed to feel guilty about spending entire evenings watching TV or playing a game. My aim is to have at least four evenings a month where I’m not trying to get shit done. Hopefully this will make me a lot happier, and make me more positive and productive on the days where I am trying to achieve something.
So there you have it. Ten goals that are not just about trying to write as much as I can or clean as much as I can. I’m actually excited for the year ahead, and feel very positive about this list, which is a big change from last year. I’ll be honest, last year’s mega list filled me with dread, and I didn’t enjoy trying to complete some of the tasks that were on there. This year, I’m all about improving things bit by bit, and not trying to be superwoman.
I am only human, after all.
What are your goals for the year?