2019 New Year Resolutions

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It’s the start of a new year and – you know it – the time for some new year’s resolutions!

People always drag new year’s resolutions because we’re so bad at sticking to them. But honestly I enjoy making new year’s resolutions. I always get a lot of fun out of making them, even if I don’t end up keeping them. And I thought I’d share my resolutions this year in the hopes that making them public will keep me accountable!

This year, I’m focusing on four areas in particular –  Health, Creativity, Social Media, and Self-Improvement.

HEALTH

Work out regularly/eat well:

I’m actually not too worried about this one as I’m already fairly good about working out regularly and eating healthy. The main thing will be to keep it up in 2019 – and less Uber Eats!! 2018 was the Year of Uber Eating.. and I need to cut down on that for the sake of my wallet and my health!

Work on upper strength.

2019 will be the Year of the Bicep!

I used to have really terrible upper arm strength, but ever since I started weight training regularly over the last couple of years, that has been improving by leaps and bounds to the point where I could do push-ups on my toes! However, I was away a lot travelling last year, so I wasn’t able to work out as often as I’d liked, hence my muscle definition has dropped off somewhat. This year, I plan to get back to where I was and then some more, including finally mastering the tricky tricep push-up. The aim? To perform a set number of regular and tricep push-ups each day, gradually increasing the number until I’m able to do 50 reps each in one set!

The Rock better watch out!

 CREATIVITY

Finish my current WIP

I have been majorly struggling with this story over the last two years – this is by far the longest I’ve ever spent on an MS. There have been so many times where I just want to give up and throw this in the too-hard basket. However, I’ve invested so much time in this MS and I’ve worked so hard on it, I can’t just bear to walk away from it now. I am determined to finally finish my story this year and know that come what may, whether I achieve my publishing dream with this one or not, when I do shut the lid on it, I would have given it my very best and greatest effort.

 Write the first draft of a new story.

I am also keen to start a new story after I’m done with my current MS – I have so many new ideas bubbling in my head and I cannot wait to get started on one of them!

Complete at least two 20-minute writing/editing sprints a day.

I’m a huge fan of the Pomodoro Method for getting work done, especially when it comes to writing! This year, I plan to set myself a goal of at least two 20-minute writing sessions a day. I’m starting small with only two, so as not to psyche myself out, and if I’m able to put in more than just two sprints a day? It would be an excellent writing day instead!

I’ve also drawn up a bullet-journal type list (see below) with boxes to tick off each time I complete a session. If I’m able to complete more than just two sessions, I’ll add in more boxes and at the end of each week, I’ll tally up the lot. I have a feeling this might bring out the competitive streak in me and hence increase my productivity!

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Do more beta reading/critiquing for other writers.

I started beta reading/critiquing for fellow writers a lot more in 2018 and I’m finding I really enjoy it! So in 2019, I want to be able to do more of this and hopefully improve my editing skills as well. A bonus? I find that writing critiques for others has also helped me see which parts in my own work need improvement and how to go about improving it. Win-win!

Try my hand at writing some short stories this year and submitting them for publication.

2019 is the year I’d like to try writing short stories. It’s not a format I’m familiar with (my word count tends to run high, rather than low), but I’m keen to try my hand at mastering it, and hopefully I’ll be able to come up with something good enough to shop around!

Read and review a writing craft book a month.

I bought a huge stack of writing craft books last year, but I must confess I only managed to read maybe one, two of them. This year I hope to tackle them all, one a month, and review them for the blog as well!

A Sketch A Week

Last year, one of my resolutions was to draw a sketch a day. Well, as you can guess, that failed miserably. I just didn’t have enough time to draw every day so I’m hoping that by reducing the number to just one a week, I’ll be able to keep it up over the next 12 months!

 SOCIAL MEDIA

 Blog more regularly

Okay, okay, as you can tell, I’ve been failing regularly on this for the last few years! However, when you don’t succeed, try, try again, right? This time, like the Sketch A Week, I’m hoping that by pulling back on the number of times I plan to post, I’ll be able to finally nail this resolution. Will I succeed? Time will tell!

 Spend less time on social media

I know, I know, this is at odds with my last resolution – but hear me out. In 2018, I spent an inordinate amount of time on social media, especially on Twitter and Facebook (ironic, since 2018 was the year everyone hated Facebook. Even more ironic when you consider that in previous years, I was rarely ever on Facebook). I would lie on the couch, constantly scrolling, refreshing, reading the most inane posts, and just wasting hours doing that. So. Many. Hours. In which I could be doing far more productive things. And I hated that. So my goal this year is to greatly decrease the amount of time I spend on social media. However, I don’t want to cut out social media entirely as I do use it a lot for awesome things like interacting with other writers. So in addition to spending less time on social media, I also want to:

 Be more intentional about my time on social media.

If I’m on social media, I really want to be intentional and make use of my time on it, rather than just scrolling for pictures of cats on skateboards or taking quizzes to find out what kind of cheeseburger personality I am. I want to be able to use social media productively (stop laughing!). This year, I shall run social media. Social media shall not run me.

 SELF-IMPROVEMENT:

Be more intentional with my time.

This relates back to my resolution to be more intentional with my time on social media. Basically, I want to be really intentional with my time in life, overall. I’m a major Procrastination Queen, but I really want to stop that this year. I want to stop spending time faffing around and actually get around to doing things. So – less time watching inane shows on TV, on social media, etc., and more time doing things I actually care about. As Epictetus says, “You become what you give your attention to.”

Be more disciplined with my time.

Again, it’s time to dethrone myself as the Queen of Procrastination. Over the last couple of years, I have experienced a great deal of anxiety and guilt when I’m unable to accomplish certain tasks I’ve set myself – particularly when it comes to writing – so much so that d I’ve actually started to have panic attacks over the issue. And I know I only have myself to blame. I know when I’m being lazy and procrastinating, and I know that I can do so much better. So this year, I really do want to do better and accomplish the tasks I set myself in order to ease this burden of guilt.

 Stop caring so much about what others think.

It never ceases to amaze me,” wrote Marcus Aurelius, “We all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own.”

I read this quote in 2018, and lemme tell you, it really stayed with me. Ol’ Marcus was right! Why do we care so much about what other people think? What matters is what we think of ourselves. We are the person we spend the most time with, we are the person we live with every day. So many times, I’ve stopped myself from doing something I want to do because I’m scared of what other people might think. So for 2018, I want to stop caring so much about what others think and to live my life for the only person that matters – myself.

Keep a budget – and update it weekly.

Another failed resolution of past years! But this year, I am really, truly determined to nail this. I have my budget worksheets set up (I refuse to have a budget app that links automatically to my bank accounts, for security reasons) and I am ready to go! And I’ve included this task in my bullet journal list of things to tick off weekly, and I’m hoping that having this visual system will keep me accountable. Again, will I succeed? *inserts spooky voice* Only time will tell….

So these are my New Year’s resolutions! What are your New Year resolutions? Tell me below!

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