This is always my favourite post to write each year. I don’t know what it is about a new year, but it always makes me feel more motivated to get things done. From October to December, I’m basically in hibernation mode, hiding from all my responsibilities and putting them off until 2020, but in January I’m ready to read 300 books while running a marathon. I think this is the same for a lot of people, to be honest. There’s something about a new year which makes you want to reset and start something new.
But before we go onto something new, let’s take a look at how I did with my 2019 goals…
Reviewing Last Year’s Goals
Last year, I made ten goals, focusing on things which would make me happier and healthier. While I didn’t achieve everything on my list, I’m very happy with what I did achieve, and think 2019 was a very successful year for me. There were some things I could’ve done better, but overall I feel pretty positive about how it went. Here’s how I did:
1. Keep my house tidy – I definitely achieved this goal in 2019. Since buying our own house, I really love making the house look nicer, so tidying is just a given really. Plus, we now have a hallway, so I can hide the messy living room if anyone ever knocks without warning.
2. Eat better – Sadly, my swallowing hasn’t got any better, but I have improved my diet slightly. As in, I occasionally eat an avocado. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?
3. Be more positive – While I was a bit more positive, there were certain events that caused me to react quite negatively and have quite a miserable outlook. I think this is a strange goal to judge, however – life is full of ups and downs, and we can’t be positive all the time – and as long as I’m not spreading gloom and doom wherever I go, I think a bit of negativity is okay.
4. Write something on at least 200 days of 2019 – I actually stopped counting at around 130 days, but I know I didn’t quite achieve this. I’m really glad I made this goal though, as it pushed me to write more often than I usually would.
5. Sort this blog out – At the start of 2019, I went through all of my blog posts, proof checked them, and deleted the posts I didn’t want on here anymore. I also decided that I’m not going to have a big plan for this blog, I’m just going to post as and when I feel like it, and not worry about any sort of consistency. It’s a hobby, not a job, and I’m fine with that.
6. Make progress with learning Japanese – I learned to count to a thousand, then life happened and I forgot. In hindsight, I think imagining I’d be fluent by now was probably a bit ambitious.
7. Buy less stuff – Yes, I definitely achieved this in 2019. I still had a few splurges and still bought more than I needed, but I did way better than any other year of my adult life. Go me!
8. Make more of an effort with my appearance – I sometimes plait my hair before bed now, does that count?
9. Get up earlier – Absolutely not. My bus comes earlier now, but I’m still rolling out of bed at 6.45 then running round the house like an idiot who can’t get up on time. I get to sleep a lot though, so it’s not all bad!
10. Read at more open mics – I completely forgot about this goal. I actually only went to two open mic events last year and didn’t read at either of them. There was a point in 2017 where I was going to a few every month, but with catching-up with friends and everything else, it just got too much. I won’t be remaking this goal, as it’s just not one of my priorities right now.
Overall, I’m really proud of how much I achieved in 2020. I might not have done everything on this list, but I’m so happy with what I did do. Plus, I get to make more goals now and forget all about these ones. Hooray for 2020!
This year, I’ve chosen to make some of my goals more open, as I want to be able to explore what I’m interested in at any given time. I also plan to make “mini goals” at the start of each month, to keep the momentum going. I always do really well in January then completely lose motivation, so I’m hoping a monthly reset will stop this from happening.
Again, I’ve chosen to make goals which I think will make me happier and won’t stress me out too much. I don’t want to spend 2020 feeling burnt out and miserable.
1. Eat more fruit and veg
A few years ago, weight loss was a huge goal of mine, and I started Slimming World in the hope of getting my 18-year-old body back. Since then, I’ve become a lot more comfortable with my heavier self and realised that weight loss isn’t everything. Also, restricting yourself can be mentally draining and can result in rummaging through bins to find chocolate…
I once did this in my sleep and Andy won’t let me live it down.
However, I currently live on a variety of beige foods and it’s not doing my stomach any good. Before going back to the doctor’s and demanding a cool, new digestive system, I want to try eating more fruit and vegetables in the hope that I’ll feel better. I’m still going to allow myself to eat basically anything I want, just as long as I eat fruit and vegetables as well.
bananas aubergines cucumbers vegetables that don’t make this sentence an innuendo.
2. Take care of my skin
Apart from washing my face with soap and water, I’ve never really been one for skincare. However, this year actual wrinkles started appearing all over my forehead, so I had to immediately run out and purchase a night cream.
Six months on and I’m still forgetting to actually use it. Which is why I’m making “rub stuff all over my face each morning” one of my goals. Because wrinkles mean I’m a real adult and I’m not ready for that commitment yet.
3. Continue tracking my spending
In November 2019, Andy helped me set up a spreadsheet to track my spending, and it’s made it really easy to track where my money is going. Because of this, I’ve managed to save more than I usually would in the lead up to Christmas and stop myself from making weird, impulse purchases. This year, I’d like to continue to track my monthly spending, so I can hopefully save more money.
4. Don’t buy things I don’t need
I own a lot of stuff.
Just before Christmas, I decided to count all my unread books and was incredibly shocked at the total. I’m not going to mention it here out of pure shame, but it was a lot. I also have lots of unplayed games, unwatched DVDs and way more clothes than one human actually needs.
Because of this, I’m challenging myself to only buy things I really want and stop with the stupid impulse purchases. I want to be more mindful of what I spend my money on, because I spend a lot of my time earning it.
BRB, off to start reading a bookcase full of books.
5. Be more creative
Since becoming a full-time-working human, I feel like I’ve become less creative. I’m not sure whether this is because I have less free time to explore new projects, or whether my creativity has been stolen by a band of killer badgers, but either way I’d like to make more time for creativity in 2020. Whether that’s writing sonnets or turning all my egg boxes into monsters, I don’t mind, I’d just like to reinvigorate my creativity.
6. Spend less time on social media
I made this goal last August, but I’m bringing it back for 2020. I spend a lot of time casually scrolling – time that could be spent crying because I’ve accidentally bumped into a tree and killed my horse on Red Dead Redemption* – and I’d really like to use my time for better things. I’m not banning myself from posting every day on Twitter, I just want to stop spending hours scrolling through the same ten tweets.
*I accidentally kill my horse a lot on Red Dead Redemption. Clearly I wasn’t a horse-rider in a former life.
7. Write on at least 200 days of the year
I made this goal last year and it really pushed me to write more, so I’m going all Backstreet Boys and bringing it back again. Hopefully, I’ll remember to keep track of the days this year!
8. Learn new things
And that’s it. I’ve made less goals than usual this year, as I don’t want to stress myself out too much this year. One year, I made 24 goals and it was just too much. Hope you’re all enjoying 2020 so far and thanks for reading!
What are your goals for 2020?