The beginning of the new year brings the beginning of many new year’s resolutions that more than likely will not happen. There’s all the potential that ‘this year will be different! It’ll happen’, but it never does. The false promises that we make to ourselves to ‘eat healthier’ or ‘get more organised’ always become lost and forgotten throughout the year.
Well this year, I’ve turned into one of those optimistic people that are determined to fulfil all of their new year’s resolutions. Without the stress of year 12, I’m hoping to fulfil every single new year’s resolution. So here is my list of new year’s resolutions and why.
1. Update ‘Blissfulness Is The Key’ regularly on Monday’s and Thursday’s at 5pm.
I’ve decided to continue this blog with a more regular schedule so you are all able to see more content on this blog. I feel as though a schedule will help myself insure that content is regularly posted in its best form. Therefore, on Monday’s and Thursday’s a new post will go live on this blog at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
2. Read at least 50 books this year.
50 books use to be easy for me to read in a year; it’s just under a book a week. With schooling commitments it’s been very hard for me to even finish one book a year (that I choose to read). This year, 50 books may be a challenge as I usually only read books about 300+ pages long but I am determined to read all the books that I have sitting in my bookshelf collecting dust, and more! If you would like to follow my progress, you can follow it on GoodReads here.
3. Keep a ‘happiness jar’.
A couple of years ago, I had a jar decorated with quotes about being happy. Each time something exciting or an event I wanted to remember occurred I would write it down on a sticky note and place it in the jar. On New Year’s Eve, I went through every single sticky note, reflecting on the year that it had been. And so, I have decided that this is certainly something that I want to do again. It was such a fun thing to do throughout the year and it’s something I’d certainly recommend for anyone!
4. Keep up a skin routine.
My skin is shocking. It varies between dry and oily, clear and completely clogged, rough and smooth. Keeping a skin routine is something that I feel will help clear up my skin from its imperfections as well as take care of my skin. I am also hopeless with keeping up a routine, I often forget or feel too tired and just long for my bed. This year, I am going to take control of my skin and look after it as much as possible.
5. Drink water regularly.
Water is an essential aspect to keeping healthy, and I am known for not drinking enough water. In the past two years I have been hospitalised twice for not drinking enough water (as long as other things). Clearly, I have a problem with forgetting to drink water. So, in order to take care of my health and in particularly my kidney’s I am determined to drink the recommended amount of water each day.
6. Write more.
Writing is my passion and now that I’ve finished having to write multiple essays a week as well as numerous assignments, it’s time that I begin writing not only more blog posts but also more creative writing (especially considering my English University course will hopefully be completely English based….)
7. Stop being so harsh on myself and others.
We are the biggest critics of ourselves. This is a saying that is so true to myself, it’s uncanny. However, I am also quite often catching myself either jumping too soon to conclusions (which leads to me being too harsh on people), or taking things further than I should (emotionally). Following the words of Taylor Swift, ‘Kindness is a beautiful legacy to leave behind’ and that is something I am determined to live by.
Telling you all what my new year’s resolutions are is not extremely beneficial for you all, therefore, I have decided to give you my top four tips to keeping your New Years Resolutions in 2016!
1. Map your progress towards your goals.
Every month if you reflect on how far you have come towards your goal in the past month it will help you realise what resolutions you need to work on as well as notice how much progress you have already made and why you shouldn’t let all that progress go to waste by giving up.
2. Use applications to help achieve your goals.
There are so many applications out there to help you track your progress towards your new year’s resolution goal(s). This year I am going to be using ‘GoalTracker’ by Mobillion in the app store. This application is able to track your progress day by day, give you updated stats, set an alarm to remind
you about your goal (this feature is particularly good if one of your new year’s resolutions is based on a time eg. Update ‘Blissfulness Is The Key’ at 5pm Mondays and Thursdays – I have set an alarm for 4pm to remind me to check that the post is ready to go live).
3. Make a brief timeline to achieve each goal.
Think about when you want to achieve each goal. Is your goal(s) something that you can achieve in one day? If so, what month will that day occur? If your goal(s) are longer, what month do you want to completely them by. For example, if you say that you want to plan an adventure and go on it, maybe you want to complete this resolution by March of 2016. If you plan this out before hand, you are more likely to successfully achieve each goal, and not leave it till the very last minute of 2016.
4. Write down your goals and why you want to achieve them – display it where you’ll always see it.
This is really important. When you feel like giving up, think about why you started. Why in the first place did you decide that in 2016 this would be your new year’s resolution? If you write down each of your new year’s resolutions with an explanation about why it’s a resolution for this year (just as I have done above), and display it where you will see it every day, you will be more likely to follow it and feel inspired.
Good luck for your New Year Resolutions; let me know what they are down in the comments!!