So here we are, at the close of one year and the beginning of another one. I guess it’s time to think about the resolutions, right? That’s what it seems like everyone does at this time of year at least. I understand the appeal—a new year offers some kind of blank slate in the eyes of many. But I think just making resolutions for the sake of making them, or not actually thinking about the follow-through, is just a recipe for disaster. This is probably why I keep going back and forth on my opinion of New Year’s Resolutions, as well as whether or not I am successful in mine (if I make them). I could probably eat my words on this by the end of 2018, but I would like to give resolutions a serious try again. Well, no. Yoda might tell you there is only do—so I guess I have to think along the same lines! Time to get down to it then…in no particular order, here are my resolutions for 2018:
Physical, Digital, Mental Decluttering
This started out as different resolutions, but I realized they are about the same thing really, which is decluttering my life. The physical decluttering is obvious. I simply want to go around my home and throw out, sell, or donate the things I no longer want, use, et cetera. This includes going through my clothing (again) and actually evaluating if I wear each piece.
Digital declutter is very similar to the physical, in that I want to go through all of my computer files (both on my main computer and my older ones) and clear everything out. I need to run through all the muck and only keep what I want or need to.
Mental decluttering might not be something you are familiar with, unless you happen to be a fan of Sarah Knight’s books. I happen to own all three of them, and while I’ve only read them for fun, I think they hold quite a bit of solid advice. So I want to take this advice and really go for a mental decluttering. This includes only spending my time, energy, and money on things, people, et cetera I actually enjoy, getting my life together, learning to say no…you get the picture. I actually highly recommend you give her books try. For those curious, they are: The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck, Get Your Sh*t Together, and You Do You. I have a review up for the first two, just click on their respective titles, and you’ll get the third shortly into 2018.
Sleep Is Healthy, You Should Get More Of It
Somewhere in the past two years I started an extremely unhealthy sleeping pattern. I would consistently only get roughly 5 hours of sleep a night—6 if I were lucky. I would also find myself waking up during the night (for a variety of reasons). I’ve known this sleeping pattern is unhealthy for quite some time, but I also found I was unable to break the cycle. Thankfully, some of my circumstances are changing in the New Year, and they are forcing me to change my sleeping habits in a good way. I might not always get 8 or 9 hours a night, but I am hoping to achieve a minimum of 7 hours each night. It’ll take more than just the routine change coming up, but also the discipline and such to know I need to put things down at the end of the night and leave myself enough time to sleep. Maybe this means I get less done each night—but my body needs me to stick around.
Floss Every Day
Should we do it? Yes. Do we? Rarely. I always set out with good intentions on this one, truly. I know I want to keep my teeth healthy and granted they are for the most part (only one cavity from years ago), but I also know I need to do more in order to keep them healthy. This means actually flossing every day, or at least more often during the week than I do now. I’ll try for three times a week at the beginning and increase that minimum bar as the year goes by. Should make it manageable?
Simple, but effective. I know I need to hydrate more—not doing so has led to some killer headaches I could have avoided otherwise. So it’s just a matter of putting in a little more conscious effort. Maybe I start by drinking a glass immediately when I get out of bed in the morning. I won’t put a number on this one, because it depends on my level of activity on each day, but I figure an extra glass or two should be helpful as a beginning.
20 Minute Morning Yoga
Okay so I’ve tried meditation, however briefly, and found I could never settle into it. It was ineffective for me. Now, maybe I made some mistakes in it, I am open to that possibility, but I remain sceptical about its usefulness. But I know I do enjoy yoga, so why not use that instead? My new morning schedule will give me more time, which means I am fully able to fit in a 20-minute yoga session each morning. I think I’ll probably create it myself based on the poses I already know. I will also start by setting my success bar at three times a week in the beginning. By May though, I want to be up to every day.
2018 Is A Jar Of Good Things
At some point in January, I’d like to start a jar of good things. By this I mean writing down the good things that happen to me during the year on little slips of paper and putting them in the jar. Then I have two choices: I can either open a paper when I feel like I am struggling or just open all of them at the end of the year and reflect then. I haven’t made the choice yet, but hoping I will at some point soon so I can start this!
Time To Disconnect
I spend too much time on the Internet, watching television, picking up my phone but not actually doing anything with it, et cetera. I think it’s about time I actually carve out proper time without technology. My thought here is to choose one day a month (on a weekend, because I work) where I can completely disconnect from technology like my computer, phone, and television. I will obviously allow the appliances to make food, tea, and such in my home. The only concession I will make in regards to technology on these days is the alarm on my phone to wake me up in the morning, and the possibility of an emergency (e.g. if my parents call me). Aside from that? I’ll have to find something else to occupy me.
Did You Know I Speak French?
Seriously, I studied French for roughly eight years in school (including some time in university). Unfortunately, however, my French skills seem to have fallen to the wayside and, while I can still understand it and speak some, my abilities are definitely rusty. My goal for 2018 is to actually dust off these skills. I know I have a set of textbooks with formal lessons to help with this, but I’ve also decided to add reading French books to help. I plan to start with books I’ve already read in English, but hope to progress to ones I have not read in English by the time 2018 ends.
Get Out Of My House
I spend way too much time doing things on my one. It’s how I read so much, watch as much television as I do, et cetera. While I enjoy all of these things, I’ve also come to realize doing so much is a detriment to many other things I want to accomplish in my life. This realization has come up quite often in the last year, much to my mental health’s chagrin, so I know it’s time to shift things. I don’t know how much more I want to get out, but I want to do more things. I want to go places, eat out with friends, and maybe even go out for Happy Hour sometimes. I don’t have all the specifics laid out, but I do know I need to make more of an effort otherwise I am liable to end up a crazy puppy lady.
Visit The Farmer’s Market
I’ve known about a local farmer’s market for just about the same amount of time I’ve lived in my current place, and yet I have never actually gone to it. This year, partially in connection to getting out of the house more, I would like to make an effort to go on a regular basis. My current line of thought is to go once a month, except in the summer, where I would increase that to every week. I’m not going to force myself to buy something every single time—after all, I don’t actually know what the selection is going to be like yet—but I think this would be a lovely thing to try.
Catch A Live Play
When I was in high school, we took a class trip to see two plays at a famous festival (one musical, one Shakespeare). It was a wonderful experience. As luck would have it, I only live about an hour away from where this festival takes place. So why not pick a day and go catch a play this year? I have seen the playbill and there are a number of cool options—not sure what I will pick just yet, but I think it might be fun! Haven’t seen something live in a very long time.
Read For Quality
During 2017 I have been trying to read as many books as possible. I wanted to beat my previous record of 101 books in a year. I know it’s the last day of the year, but I still do not have a final count, though I left my record in the dust a little while back. Having said that, I don’t think I want to do this again. It’ll be a habit to break, I’m sure, but I actually want to shift my focus. I want to read books for their quality rather than their quantity. For instance, I’ve been putting off reading one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books simply because I know it will take up quite a bit of my time. It shouldn’t be like that. I should revel in what I read. Savour it. Thus, this resolution!
Well, I think this is it for my list this year. I might think of more, but who knows. Besides, I think this could be a pretty hefty undertaking. Not sure what I’ve gotten myself in for! But now I would love to know…are you making any New Year’s Resolutions? What are they? Why are you making them? Share all in the comments below!