I’ve always been a big fan of new years resolutions and set some for myself every year. In the past I have always set very specific goals and while that is great I find that I get very discouraged when I don’t meet the goal and end up giving up completely. This year I took a different approach, I thought about the life that I want to be living and made my resolutions suited to attaining that. These aren’t goal oriented resolutions they are more like long-term habits that I want to continue to work on over many years. I’m hoping that this new style of resolution will help me to stay motivated all year long and for years into the future.
- DEVELOP BETTER STUDY HABITS
At the beginning of every term I have fantastic study habits but slowly I always fall off the wagon and end up cramming for my exams and finishing my assignments the night before. This year I want to work hard to keep up with my course work and put my grades higher on my priority list. Later this year I will be starting my last year of my undergraduate degree and my grades will determine what programs I am able to get in after I graduate.
- DEVELOP A HEALTHIER DAILY/WEEKLY ROUTINE
I want to spend more of my time focusing on my health, both physical and mental. This resolution can be further broken up into a couple of parts. I want to make sure that I’m doing more physical activity, even if it’s just going for a walk or a 10 minute yoga flow. I also want to be more conscious of what I’m putting on and in my body, this includes food, drinks, skin/hair products, etc. And last but not least, I want to work on my mental health by meditating, seeing a therapist when needed, and getting into a routine that makes me feel happy and productive.
- SPEND MORE TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
I feel like I didn’t see my family and friends as much as I would have liked to this year. It’s hard to visit my family when I live an hour and a half away from them and don’t own a car but this year I’m going to try to make more trips home. I also want to spend more quality time with my friends, even if it’s just studying together. I think that being around people I care about more often will also help with my mental health.
- REDUCE MY IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
This resolution started about 2 months ago when I started researching a zero-waste lifestyle. I’ve already made quite a few switches to reduce my impact and I want to continue on this path throughout 2018. I hope to find new ways to produce less waste and write about it to encourage others. Stay tuned for many blog posts about this topic in the future!
- CONTINUE TO BE CREATIVE AND TURN MY PASSION INTO A CAREER
In 2017 I realized that I like to write (when I get to choose the topic) and I think I’m fairly good at it. In 2018 I want to continue to work on this blog and turn it into something I’m proud of and something I can possibly make an income off of. I also want to explore other areas of creative expression that I haven’t tried before. I would love to learn how to draw and I plan to start playing the guitar again.
I plan to write all of these out somewhere that I can look at them daily to remind myself what I am working towards. There are many little things that I can do in order to make these resolutions a reality and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to figure them out as I go. Overall, I want to be healthy and happy, and I want to truly enjoy this year. 2017 was a great year for me full of fantastic changes and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. If you set new years resolutions for yourself do you make them goal-oriented, habit style, or a combination of both?
“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret B. Runbeck