Monday, 30 December 2019

Why I'm no longer setting new year's resolutions

A photo of me holding a plastic cup of strawberry beer wearing a beige hat and navy teddy coat
It’s that time of the year again, where the entire blogging community rushes to get their resolutions posts published before the new year, this year, I won’t be part of that rush and any year going forward.  After reading Lucy's post on why she's decided not to make goals for 2020, I was inspired to write my reasons for ditching the trend. I am no longer going to set resolutions because of the pressure I feel to achieve unrealistic goals. Sure, it’s good to have a few unattainable goals to work towards but when you get halfway through the year and realise you can’t keep up that fitness goal or your source of income has declined so you can't afford to travel so frequently, you're left feeling unaccomplished. 

At the end of last year, my goals for 2019 were to publish more quality blog posts rather than churning out half-hearted rubbish, migrate to WordPress and show my face more instead of hiding behind the camera. Of the three, I managed two of them and I have no plans to migrate to WordPress any time soon, the price is just something I can't justify on a student loan and minimum wage. 

I’m at a point where I’m feeling accomplished with my life and I don’t think I need to set resolutions anymore. Of course, there’s always room for improvement and change but I’m not going to use a new year to do that, we’re going to work towards these unsaid improvements and changes week by week. I’m also a huge control freak and I like to plan every detail of my life, I want to be more relaxed with the scheduling of my life and allow for spontaneous events to happen. The only events I'm certain are happening next year are moving into my own house and turning 21, unlike previous years, I have nothing prebooked.

For 2020, I’m going to try something new, setting weekly and monthly goals. I’m yet to buy a diary but I'm going to slot in a sticky note on each page with my goals for the week. For example, things I’d like to work on in that week and monthly goals, things I want to have achieved by the end of each month. 

Happy New Year!

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