Monday 1st January 2018.
What a brilliant day to start the year on. It really appeals to the organized side of me. Especially a clean and fresh diary. Do you know what is the perfect way to start the New Year? No, I’m not suggesting a gym membership that you will only use most of January, some of February then one week before your holiday in July. Instead a perfect way to start 2018 is writing down your goals or New Years Resolutions, the kind you’re gonna want to keep. Also if it’s in writing, you kinda have to keep it, or at least try.
1. Spend more time doing the things I like.
Right so this one is easy, but I should stress that I want to do more things I like but are also productive.
I could say I am going to spend more time exercising, which is productive and leads to better health, mood etc but it needs to be an exercise I like. Chances are anyway if you do something you like you are more likely to stick to it.
2. Stick to a good skin care routine.
This year (oo my bad) last year in 2017, I found a skin care routine which actually helped me combat my teen woes of spots. I found that for my skin I can’t use anything that is too perfumed (it causes me to break out), I need to take my make up off properly (cleansing rather than face wipes), use moisturizer at night + day for face and eyes, and hydrate well by drinking plenty of water. All easy enough, just requires a bit of effort.
I find that Clinique works well for my skin as it is fragrance free
3. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
This is a toughie as it seems by default we all care to some degree what other people think. This year do more things that make you go outside of your comfort zone. Whether it is sharing your blog with others (not mentioning any names), singing on stage at Karaoke, going traveling alone or even speaking up about how you feel on a topic. No matter how big or small, go that extra inch to put yourself out of your comfort zone, you may be surprised just how good it makes you feel.
4. Save money by spending money wisely.
Whenever it comes to thinking about my holiday, a trip I really want to do, or an expensive car repair, I always wish I didn’t spend money on luxuries which one can deem as unnecessary things. Don’t get me wrong, overall I like to think I am quite good with my money but naturally I feel guilt for buying myself that 5th grey jumper I probably didn’t need. This year I am going to change my attitude and spend wisely. By making small changes such as bringing lunch into work more often and keeping track of my finances regularly, I hope that I can take more trips and make the most of my 2018.
5. Stop procrastinating.
Ultimately this year I know that I will revisit this resolution. Procrastination is just the biggest time waster. Each goal I set myself whether it is for the week, month or the whole year I am going to try to stop procrastinating and actually get things done. To do so, I am going to try to make my goals seem more interesting and less intimidating. Doing a spring clean? Play your favourite music or YouTube video and get on with it. Do you want to eat better but say you will start tomorrow? Start at your next meal. You want to read more? Buy, rent, download, borrow a book that interests you. Do you have an assignment or deadline? Get a cup of tea and JUST DO IT. Whatever it is that motivates you, find it and try to incorporate it daily. For me the simple things that help to motivate me is physically writing down my goals and tick them off my list.
Now it’s time to take my own advice. 2018, nice to meet you. Let’s see what you got.