Happy New Year everybody! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful celebratory time and you’re ready to kick start this fresh, new year. I’m always unsure about New Year’s resolutions as they get such a bad rep for being extravagant, often unachievable changes that try to change who you are as a person, as if you aren’t enough as you are. Although at the same time, they can be great for making small changes in your habits and routines to try and improve your practice.
So with that in mind, here are some of my small New Year’s resolutions that I’m going to try and implement this year in order to make 2019 the best it can be.
1.To be more organised and efficient with my time
In 2018, especially with the introduction of university work, I found that I struggled to make time for my business. The time was there, but I struggled to organise it efficiently which meant that my business suffered and I wasn’t able to do everything that I wanted for it. So in 2019, I want to be more organised, work more efficiently and plan my time better in order to work smarter, not harder.
2. To not spend as much time on my phone
This stems back to the previous point, I want to try and spend less time on my phone this year. Part of the reason why I struggled to organise my time and get as much done as I wanted to last year was because I spent way too much time on my phone, either claiming it was for business or aimlessly scrolling. Whilst I do have to use my phone for business, I’m going to try and give myself dedicated time to use my phone and try and use apps for periods of focus. I’ve used the Forest app before but only halfheartedly, so I’m determined to try and have more productive, phone free work blocks next year and have less phone screen time.
3. To pre-plan and prepare as much content as possible ahead of time
This is the key one for me. As I’m now so busy with uni work, my plan is to pre-plan and have blocks of content for my blog and social media planned and written or photos taken in advance as much as possible. I’m not going to plan every single thing on socials but having photoshoot days when i’m free so that I have nice photos to post will be helpful to avoid long, dry spells. For the blog though, I have planned the majority of my blog posts for the year and will try and write and schedule big batches of them, when I have the time. This is so there is always something ready so that I feel more organised and am still focusing on my business. See, that working smarter not harder thing is coming in again!
4. To try and get out of the house to work more
I love being at home, i’m a real homebody so I do most of my work from home. This year i’d really like to take my work to some coffee shops and work in different environments. After the break in, I feel like it’d be very easy for me to become a bit reclusive in my habits and i’d like to change that this year. Plus working in different environments is supposed to help mix things up and fire up that elusive creativity bug, so i’d like to experiment and see what that does! It’d also just be nice to people watch and be surrounded by chatter and buzz.
5. To try and go on a long walk at least once a week
Again with the getting out of the house thing and doing most of my work indoors, I haven’t been getting out as much as I would have liked to last year. So, this year I’m going to try and get out of the house and go on nice long walk in nature somewhere at least once a week. This will probably end up being maybe once a fortnight, but if I can’t get out to a forest somewhere each week, then at least a nice walk around the seafront will do. I don’t appreciate the seafront as much as I should do, considering how close we live to it. That’s another sub resolution for this year. Spend more time by the sea.
6. To spend more of my money in independent and local places
Since becoming a small business owner, I’ve been trying to shop mindfully and spend the majority of my money in local and independent places as much as I can. I try and buy all my cards from indie designers and eat in independent local businesses but this year I want to try and increase that amount even more. I want to do all of my gift giving this year from indie businesses and make more of my purchases from local businesses too.
7. To continue doing yoga each day
This is a relatively new one for me and at the risk of sounding like one of those people who have their shit together and do yoga at 5am everyday, I never thought I would enjoy yoga. (If you do have your shit together and do yoga at 5am, good for you btw). I’ve tried to start yoga a few times in the past but i’ve never really stuck to it long enough to really get into it. However, over the Christmas break i’ve had from uni, I started a 30 days to yoga video practice and i’m really getting into it. I realised I was getting into it when I stopped checking how long was left of the video and actually started to be sad when it was over so quickly!! It’s quiet time with myself and i’m finding it’s actually helping with relaxation and inner calm. Fingers crossed I can continue it in 2019.
8. To try and express more gratitude and thankfulness
I am generally an optimistic person anyway, at least I try to be as much as I can but there is always room to try and do better, so that’s what I want to do this year! Consistently try and spin even the worst of times so that I can be thankful. Of course it doesn’t just apply to bad times, I want to try and practice being thankful at the end of each day for things that have happened that day. Perhaps I should get a gratitude journal. If you know of any, please comment them down below!
9. To try and help more charities and people in any way I can
I try to be as charitable as I can. For my birthday last year, I had friends and family donate to Chester Zoo’s Elephant virus research foundation to try and find a cure for a deadly virus that kills young elephants. I try to donate small amounts whenever I can, mainly to animal charities but sometimes to others. This year I really want to try and donate either through money or time to more charities and campaigns. I think if you’re in a position to do so, even the smallest of donations can mean the world to these charities and it always feels good to give something back to the less fortunate in the world.
10. To practice more self-care
I know this phrase gets bounded about a lot but it really is important and it’s something I don’t do enough of. I realised this over Christmas when I found it so hard to just sit and watch films or actually relax. I find passive activities really hard to do, I always feel the need to be doing something. I’m really going to try harder this year to take more time for myself, yoga will help with that, and give myself time to do the things I enjoy and aren’t for uni or work.
So, there are my ten resolutions for 2019! Although it would be nice to achieve them, i’m not going to worry too much or beat myself up if I don’t complete them all. Nobody is perfect a human being and all we can ever do is try to improve, learn from our mistakes and create better habits. These things take time though, so go easy on yourself.
Have you made any resolutions this year? What are they? Let me know in the comments below and i’ll see you soon!