New Year’s Resolutions 2018
Another year, another chance to set some resolutions for myself that may (unlikely) or may not (much more likely) last. As I said in last year’s New Year’s Resolutions blog post, I always approach my January resolutions hesitantly. I know I probably won’t stick to them for long, but if they help me for a bit they have achieved their purpose.
Unfollow social media accounts that I don’t enjoy following any more
I’m part of the generation that has been on social media since not long after leaving Primary School. In the last 10 years that I’ve had social media I have followed a LOT of accounts, and not unfollowed many of them. My tastes and interests have changed exponentially between the ages of 11 and 21 so its about time I went through all of my accounts and unfollowed any accounts that I do not gain anything from following. If I can hardly remember who the ‘friend’ I followed on twitter in Year 9 is, I’m unfollowing. Regardless of whether they still follow me or not. Life is too short for a social media newsfeed so full of people you hardly know that you miss the updates from the people you actually care about.
In 2017 I started to get back into reading in a way I have not done for years. Growing up I was always a ‘reader’ but I lost that part of me in sixth form when reading suddenly became something I did as a requirement, rather than for enjoyment. As I am currently working rather than studying, I’ve been using my train commute to get back into reading and I have to say, its working. I have rediscovered my love for reading and in 2018 I want to expand that. I want to find time to read outside of my commute. I don’t know yet whether that will mean reading in the evening every night before I go to bed or dedicating a few hours on a Sunday to reading, but either way I am going to find more time to read.
I love writing. I have a blog purely because I love writing. I’m constantly setting myself little writing resolutions, not just in the new year but throughout the year too. In 2018 I want to grab that love for writing and run with it. I made the resolution last year to keep up with my blog and although I wanted to, there was a lot of time last year when I wanted to write but didn’t know what to write about. In 2018 I want to find new ways of finding motivation for blog posts. The motivation to write is there, its the ideas that are not. I’m not letting that be my excuse any more.
Use my time more effectively
Time is precious and its about time I started acting like it. During my typical day at work I have a lot of free time. Since September when I started working I’ve been using most of this time to sit at my desk scrolling aimlessly through the BBC News website looking for articles to read. Whilst I might be able to convince myself that this is a somewhat productive pastime, it is actually nothing more than productive procrastination. I want to find ways to use this time more effectively. I want to use it to write blog posts or practice my German. Whatever it may be, I want to get off BBC News and start doing things that will directly benefit me in the long run, especially considering this time next year I will be applying for graduate jobs.
Trust myself more
I’m a fairly confident person. I’m not scared to go up to someone and introduce myself or to chat to strangers. Despite that, I have absolutely no trust in my own decisions. This has been highlighted recently with me starting to drive outside of driving lessons. I passed my driving test in November 2016 and then didn’t drive for a year. When I then started driving again I realised how little trust I have in my own decision making. In 2018 I want to start trusting myself to make decisions more. Be that about driving, buying things or anything else, I want to learn to stop asking other people and just trust myself.
Limit negativity, maximise positivity
This one is linked to reviewing the social media accounts I follow, but I want to expand it to cover all aspects of my life. The world is full of both positive and negative people and things, and in 2018 I’m going to make more of an effort to weed out the negativity in my life and replace it with positivity.
Review my resolutions monthly
I gave last year’s resolutions a good go, but I didn’t quite stick to them fully. One of the main factors in that was that I sort of forgot I was doing them. To keep on track this year I want to try to review my resolutions monthly and check how I’m doing. This doesn’t need to be a formal process at all, but I do want to come back to this blog post once a month and at least read through the headings to remind myself of what I want to achieve this year. It will also allow me to edit them as I go along if I need to. For example, if I unfollow all of the social media accounts I no longer have any interest in before January is over, I might choose to set myself a different resolution instead from February onwards. I think this will help me keep on track, and it will hopefully make it much easier to do so than last year.
So there we have it, my 2018 New Year’s Resolutions. As mentioned previously, I may stick to these, I may not. The most important thing in my mind is that I use them as a starting point to kick back into gear after a very relaxing Christmas break.
Have you set yourself any New Years Resolutions? What are they? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!