I’m not really a fan of New Year’s resolutions like “I want to eat healthier.” “I want to go to the gym ever day.” and so on because in my opinion it doesn’t need January 1st to start with these kinds of things. If I want to change something I can change it right now. Why should September 29th be a worse day for change than January 1st?
But what I do like is to set goals. Not just for each year but I’m actually setting goals for each month and sometimes even each week. When I’m thinking about things I want to achieve in a certain period of time I get really excited and motivated to work towards them.
Since a year is quite a long time I always try to break down my goals into smaller goals for each month.
Here I’m sharing my top 8 goals for 2018:
Journal more often
I know it’s good for me to write down all my thoughts in the evening before going to bed. As I told you in my blog post 5 tips to help with insomnia I am trying many things to help me sleep better and writing down whatever is on my mind in the evening is something I know helps me falling asleep I just don’t do it often enough.
Goal for January: Journal two times a week
Learn how to do a handstand
This is something I’ve been wanting to be able to do for such a long time already and I’ve practicing on and off for 2 years already. 2018 is going to be the year when I will finally master it.
Goal for January: Practice for 5 minutes 5 times a week.
Stop using my phone first thing in the morning and last in the evening
I’ll have to admit it, I’m addicted to this little device. Nomophobia is not just a funny new word creation, it’s actually something I’m experiencing. And I want to be on my phone less especially right before or right after sleeping.
Goal for January: Simply be for a few minutes after waking up before grabbing for my phone.
Meditation is such a powerful tool to deal with stress and anxiety and I know it’s actually helping me. Unfortunately I still don’t take the time to do it regularly.
Goal for January: Meditate twice a week of 10 minutes.
I am such a procrastinator which is a huge problem because I’m also a perfectionist. So I often find myself working day and night right before deadlines. I could be so much less stressed out if I just finished some work ahead of time.
Goal for January: Work on something that’s not yet urgent for 30 minutes a day.
Keep my room clean
There are two states my room can be in: super clean and tidy or a complete mess. I don’t know how I do it but just a few hours after cleaning up my room is a mess again. I want to start to put things back to where they belong right after using them.
Goal for January: Clean up for 5 minutes each night.
Produce less waste
Waste is such a big problem, especially plastic. I try to avoid it whenever possible but often it’s just either way more expensive or it takes a lot more effort to buy things that aren’t wrapped in plastic.
Goal for January: Avoid buying fruit like apples, bananas, clementines,… in plastic.
Get back into a healthy exercise routine
I used to be addicted to exercising so to get away from my addiction I had to stop exercising completely. And now I’m at a point where I rarely ever exercise which I can totally feel in my fitness and overall motivation to do things. When I used to exercise I just felt so much more motivated for anything. So I want to get back into regular exercise. But I definitely don’t want to fall back into this unhealthy relationship with exercise so I need to find a way that’s sustainable and good for my body and my mind.
Goal for January: Do some light exercise 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes.