New Year may be just a prosecco fuelled memory by this point, but it’s not too late to start setting those achievable goals for the year ahead! I spoke at the start of the month about setting realistic, achievable goals for 2019 that revolve around bettering myself as a person and using the foundation I’ve already built through a year of self-discovery in 2018 as a stepping stone for building the life I want to be living. In this post I’m going to give you 10 easily achievable goals for 2019 that you can get on board with too.
- Spend more time with friends and family. While I have moved back in with my family, when I was living in London I missed them so much. It’s not always easy to spend time with them in person when you’re not living at home, but a FaceTime session once a week or even setting up a family WhatsApp group so you can chat throughout the day can make a world of difference. Likewise, making the time for your friends is so important. This is something I definitely didn’t do enough of last year as when I’m going through a tough time I tend to retreat into myself and avoid socialising, so I’m determined to make up for lost time in 2019! It doesn’t have to involve fancy get togethers either – even chilling on your friend’s sofa with Netflix and a bottle of wine can do wonders for the soul!
- Recognise when you need a break – and take one! We live in a fast-paced world where everybody is always go-go-go and being busy is rewarded. While this can be exhilarating and goes a long way in keeping you motivated, at the same time it can take a toll on your mind and body as I found out to my detriment last year. If you feel yourself struggling, or recognise that you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, make sure you take a break to recharge those batteries before you go flat! Book a few nights away, take a weekend off, or even just spend an evening at home with a book and no screens – do whatever you need to do to switch off.
- Read more. I know reading isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and I’m biased because I read a lot, but in my humble opinion there is nothing better than curling up with a book to take your mind off the world. Whether, like me, you love a bit of YA fantasy, or if a thriller is more your vibe, losing yourself in a good book can uplift you, distract you and teach you so much! I always feel so much better about my writing and my creativity when I have a book on the go too – try it, you may be surprised!
- Set yourself a realistic to-do list each day. I’m so guilty of writing down every single little tiny chore I have to do on a Monday morning and then staring at my list in horror feeling totally bogged down by the whole thing and unsure where to start. It doesn’t leave you feeling productive (unless you manage to tick it all off) and often you end up adding to it as the day goes on and feeling worse. In 2019, I’m going to be making weekly to-do lists with all my tasks listed and then segmented into smaller daily chunks so I know I don’t have to achieve the impossible on Monday morning – if you want to know more about how I’ve set up my bullet journal for the year ahead, let me know in the comments and I’ll make a video!
- Travel more. Travel is good for the soul, and while we may not all have the budget to swan off to exotic locations several times a year (myself included) there’s a lot to be said for staycations too – a change of scenery can make a huge difference after all! While I fully intend to leave the country at least once this year, I also want to explore a lot more of what the UK has to offer. The past few years I’ve not seen more than London, Chester, Manchester and Leeds and while all four cities are undeniably fantastic there are many more out there to be seen. This year I’d love to spend some time in Edinburgh, York and Bath to name but a few so keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram to see if I manage it!
- Embrace positivity into your life. For some people, this comes fairly easily but for others (like myself) this can be quite a bit trickier and take a lot more effort. I am, by nature, a pessimist and I quite often find myself dwelling on the negative rather than trying to see the positive in every situation. I’ve been having a few conversations about this recently and I know a lot of people are wanting to work on this mindset for the year ahead – at the end of the day positivity breeds positivity and we all know we’d rather be attracting good things into our lives. There are so many good books out there to give you a helping hand along the way if you’re struggling so pick one up and give it a go!
- Be more financially aware. Last year was a tricky one for me when it came to finances for a variety of reasons, so this year it’s time for me to really knuckle down and make my money work for me. I want to buy a house, I want a new car and I’d like to have some savings set aside for a rainy day so I need to stop making frivolous purchases and start looking after my pennies! In 2019 I’m vowing to (try) and shop less, spend only on things that I really need or are going to give me new experiences (such as holidays) and try to get as excited about saving as I do about spending. That’s not to say I won’t buy the odd treat or go on the odd shopping trip, but I need to be doing this much less than I did in 2018 in order to achieve my goals.
- Take some time away from your screen. I spend the majority of my day staring at either my phone, my computer or my laptop and it feels like I’m never away from technology. Recently, I’ve been trying to put my work down no later than 7pm/8pm and spending my night reading or relaxing with friends and family instead. This is meaning I’ve started going to bed that bit earlier and I’ve already noticed a difference in the quality of sleep I’m having. While it’s not always possible to switch the screens off so early, if you can give yourself a night off once a week it will do you the world of good.
- Drink more water. I’m useless at this but seriously, just do it. It will make you feel so much better, your skin will be so much clearer and just do it ok? Ok.
- Believe in yourself and your ability to achieve anything you put your mind too. I’ve learned a lot over the past 12 months, but one of the biggest life lessons I’ve taken away from 2018 is that I truly can achieve anything I put my mind to so long as I’m 100% invested in it and really work hard. Whether you want to launch a new business venture, achieve that promotion, or just want to hit a new milestone on Instagram you really can do it! Focus on that end goal and never lose sight – you’ve got this!
Do you have any achievable goals you want to smash this year? Let me know in the comments below!
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