My Top 10 Personal Goals for 2018
Whenever I discuss goals on my blog it always seems to be career/blogging/travel goals as opposed to the little ways I can improve myself as a person. The big career/etc type of goals are generally quantitative so it is easy to determine whether I have achieved them or not. I don’t tend to set personal goals because (without sounding too up my own arse), I think I’m pretty alright in that department. I’m a huge advocate of self-love and positive thinking, and I’m generally a pretty confident person (though one of the most introverted people you’ll ever meet!) so my attitude definitely helps me tons.
But despite this, I definitely have some bad habits that need to be shifted and there are always ways to improve yourself as a person. My big goal for 2017 was to lose weight and after losing a heckuva lot of it (37 lbs to be exact), whilst all my hormones and whatnot were fighting against me, I think I can achieve anything this year. Yes, that includes sorting out your sleeping pattern, Lucy. You WILL do it.
1. Stop biting my nails
I think this has always been one of my New Year’s resolutions in some form or another. Growing up, I always bit my nails. It was as natural to me as breathing. Until I was, I’d say, fourteen, I never had nails. Over the last seven years, however, I have gone through periods of biting my nails and then not biting them.
From the beginning of 2017, I had long, gorgeous, healthy nails until I went back to university last September. Then I started biting them again thanks to stress. It’s a nasty habit, it looks gross and is probably one of the reasons why I get ill. Whenever I have long nails, I look at other people’s bitten-down nails, think it looks so disgusting and swear to never bite my nails again. And yet here we are…
2. Sort out my sleeping pattern
Throughout high school, and even most of sixth form, I had an amazing sleeping pattern. I was asleep by half nine every night and up at half six every morning, giving me a solid nine hours of sleep every night. But since starting uni in 2015, my sleeping pattern (like most uni students) has completely messed up. On a normal night, I will be going to bed at 2 am and waking up at 9 am. Yeah sure, most nights I’ll still be getting a solid seven to eight hours sleep, but I’m really not seeing enough sunlight or being my most productive. Of course, I want to make the most of the flexibility I have right now because when I graduate those nice long lie-ins will cease to exist, but that doesn’t mean I can take the piss staying up until 4 am binge-watching Netflix.
3. Continue to read for pleasure and read more non-fiction
I have spoken about how I had fallen out of love with reading on my blog before. Which isn’t too good when you’re doing a degree in English Literature. When you have to read at least two novels a week for your course, and thus have no time for reading for pleasure, it’s easy to fall out of love with reading. This is a situation most English undergraduates will find themselves in.
However, over the last half a year I have really got my reading mojo back and I am loving every second of it. I have done this by trying to read for pleasure more, especially books which are gripping and easy to digest, a.k.a not early modern poetry. I want to continue to read for pleasure more in 2018 and maybe read some more non-fiction as that’s not something I tend to do much. This could be anything from biographies and business books, to self-help books and social/political/philosophical books.
I also began listening to podcasts a lot more since going back to university and that’s something I want to keep up in 2018. It’s a half hour walk to university from my place so I use the hour walk there and back to listen to a podcast or two.
4. Be kinder to Gaz
When you’re so comfortable with someone, you talk without a filter and say anything that comes into your head. Since Gaz and I talk to each other quite literally 24/7, if one of us is stressed or generally being negative it really brings the other person down with them. We are generally not an argumentative couple at all but when we do fall out it’s always over something stupid and it probably could have been prevented if we both just thought for a second before we said stuff. So this year I want to be even more kind, loving and gentler to both myself (self-love y’aaaall) and to Gaz.
5. Do more yoga
I want to do more yoga in 2018! Not necessarily for the meditative side of it (though that is a great benefit too!) but simply because I need to stretch my muscles more and become more flexible. I live on the computer whether that’s at university, at work or at home and I permanently have an achy back because of it. My posture isn’t great, I won’t lie. So that’s another thing I want to improve upon in 2018.
6. Experiment more with cooking
Whilst I do cook every day (and never have ready-made meals/barely order takeaway, aka a student’s two best friends), I do fall into the pattern of cooking the same few meals over and over again because they’re easy. This was especially the case in November and December of last year when I was up to my eyes in deadlines and commitments. This meant I didn’t have time to mix it up in the kitchen. I recently treated myself to a load of lovely recipe books which are already inspiring me to cook up some delicious grub.
7. Start a gratitude journal
I’m a serial planner. My planner is like another limb to me. It keeps me organised and sane. Plus, ticking things off your to-do list is just so satisfying. But one thing I haven’t done for years is keep a diary or journal. I guess this blog is a diary of sorts, but it’s not exactly the same. I want to start a gratitude journal because whilst I am already a very positive and grateful person, I don’t think there’s anything wrong in self-awarely exercising more gratitude. And believe me, I have so much to be thankful for.
I recently treated myself to this b-e-a-utiful gratitude journal from the ever so lovely Kikki K. I am eagerly awaiting its arrival and to start jotting down all the things I’m thankful for! It only takes a couple of minutes to do before you go to sleep so I can easily fit it into my pretty hectic schedule.
8. Spend less time on social media
It’ll come as no surprise to anyone that I am glued to my phone 24/7. This is definitely one of the reasons behind my poor excuse of a sleeping pattern. I can easily spend hours at night just lying in bed scrolling on social media and it’s not good. Not good at all. I could be spending my time doing so many other more productive things. I recently downloaded the app Moment which monitors the amount of time you spend on your phone each day, and the results are pretty shocking (but no by means surprising!).
9. Exfoliate and moisturise more
Not much to say about this other than the fact I’ve started doing it more in the last few weeks and my skin feels like a baby’s bottom/silk/velvet/any other soft thing you can think of, and I am well and truly LOVING it.
10. Sort out my graduation plans
I know this is a career point but it’s also personal because past 2018 I don’t know what the fuck I am doing with my life. By the end of the year, I want to have a rough idea of my graduation plans. By this time I should have applied to grad internships/jobs/schemes or whatever route I go down. This will also give me an idea of where I will be living when I graduate, which (if the world is nice to me) will align with Gaz’s plans *crossing all my fingers and toes*. After what will have been almost six years of dating it would be amazing to finally move in together ‘cause this whole long distance malarkey isn’t too fun.
So what are your personal goals for 2018? Any little bad habits you want to kick outta your life or things you want to achieve? Remember, comparison is the thief of joy, and if you don’t want to set yourself any big goals for the year, that’s cool! Just keep doing you boo.
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