I originally didn’t intend on writing this type of post this year. Mainly because I’ve never personally been a fan of setting resolutions (I talk about this more in previous posts here and here), but also because of the simple fact I hadn’t made any time to myself to sit down and actually give it a thought!
Despite not writing down any resolutions, over the last couple of days I’ve been slowly adding to a list in my head of improvements I’m going to make this year, in order to make it the best year possible. And it was one of my favourite bloggers, Love Taza, who inspired me to share this list with you all after I read a post of hers yesterday. In her post, I completely related with Naomi when she mentioned how having a smaller list of a few changes and improvements is far less daunting than writing an official ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ list. You can have a read of her post here!
So, I decided to share with you my little list. Here it is:
be more selfish with my time.
This instantly sounds negative, but I don’t intend it to be at all. As I work from 9-5 Monday to Friday, my evenings and weekends are precious to me. Add training for a marathon, taking care of two puppies, attending events etc with work, spending quality time with my boyfriend/family/friends, maintaining some sort of social life, and of course, blogging (which includes meeting with my photographer each week either at the weekend or during my lunch break, editing, writing, staying present on social media, and everything in between!!) For the record, I’m in no way complaining, especially about the aspects of blogging because I absolutely adore it. I have always hated saying no to anything out of fear people would take it the wrong way without understanding. This resulted in a lot of anxiety and was one of the reasons I took a break from blogging/social media in December as I didn’t manage my time properly. This year, I’m not going to feel guilty saying no to certain things, and the people who understand this are the people that are worth having in your life.
manage my time better.
There have been so many times when I dedicate an entire weekend to work on my blog, but end up on a Sunday evening looking back and realising I’ve barely completed anything! This was due to poor planning, therefore I’ve started writing down what I need to get done, in order of importance, and even sometimes putting time limits on each task. This has allowed me to stay focused and motivated, and I’m now getting much more value out of my time.
I stopped reading books last year as I felt I could be putting those hours into something more meaningful that would in turn give back more value, but going back to number 2 above, it’s all about how you manage your time. I’ve started reading for an hour before bed each evening instead of spending time replying to comments etc on Instagram and Twitter, and making up that social media time in the morning instead. Reading instead of looking at a screen also helps my mind wind down, which in turn means I’m getting a better nights sleep too. Win win!
It’s easy to say to somebody “be patient”, when you want to see instant results, but I’ve recently learnt that I won’t get anywhere if I’m not prepared to wait for it. Gary Vaynerchuk (one of my fav people ever!), always reiterates the importance of enjoying the journey, otherwise you’ll never reach the end goal.
These few improvements may seem insignificant in some respects, but I do believe that by making small alterations to your life and attitude you’ll begin to see a huge change in both your happiness and what you ultimately get out of life.
I would love to hear if you’ve made any resolutions or have any improvements you’d like to make this year. Comment below and we can share ideas!