Can I really call myself a blogger if I don’t write at least one post on new year’s resolutions? I’ve done it every other year, after all.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted how I tackled a major anxiety issue and the inspiration it left me feeling. While I had plans to start making changes last year, I was hit with that horrible cold that wipes you out and takes weeks to get over. Determination be damned – getting out of bed was hard enough.
For a while, I didn’t plan on having set resolutions this year. But chasing a feeling doesn’t work for being productive and I’ve realised that I’m much better when I have something solid to strive towards. Give me a to-do list any day of the week!
In 2019, I finally completed my first draft of my novel. The editing is proving tricky and I’m finding it hard to get consistency. But there’s a simple reason why: I’m not working on it enough.
I’ve stopped putting writing first, stopped focusing on my dreams and letting other things distract me. My resolution is this: I will put writing first again.
Currently, I’m not certain how. Set word counts, set time, just doing at least some every day… I need to find a way that will make it work, but one way or another, I’m going to remind myself what my passion is.
I know this seems a cliché resolution. But towards the end of the year, I was getting far too good at making excuses and talking myself out of it. Again, I need to find a realistic target, but I’m determined this is the year I go from being sporadic to actually improving my fitness and body confidence. I know it will help with my mental and physical health and I want to make a difference.
2019 was a phenomenal year for me for blogging. I doubled my views, more than doubled my engagement and really found a routine and a passion for it again. But I still need a way of making it sustainable around everything else and my target this year is to at least maintain the 1k views a month as it’s a way of knowing that I’m putting the work in.
The Goodreads challenge is always a good incentive for me to keep my reading levels up. But this year, my target is slightly different. I want to catch up, and stay on top, of my ARCs so I’m not a year behind the publication date. And, more than anything, I want to clear some of my TBR pile so I can return books to friends where I’ve had them far too long.
Maybe some of these are ambitious. But – blog aside – I can’t tell you how I progressed in 2019. I fell into bad routines, lazy habits, and forgot what it is that I’m working towards.
No more excuses in 2020: it’s time to start fulfilling dreams.
Have you got goals for 2020? Do you set New Year’s Resolutions? Let me know in the comments below.