New Year's Resolutions: Welcome 2020!

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!

New Year's Resolutions: Welcome 2020

Writing

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.

Gym

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.

New Year 2020

Blogging

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.

Reading

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.

A Rambling Reviewer

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31 thoughts on “New Year's Resolutions: Welcome 2020!

  1. Love the idea of no more excuses. I’ve been working on a YA novel since forever and the truth is I don’t put nearly enough time into it. You’ve definitely reminded me to invest in it if I truly want to achieve it.

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  2. Happy New Year! I hope you can reach your goals this year, it might be cliche to include the gym but there is no harm in it! I try and set my goals in the last week of the previous year. I am trying to get back in to reading again and have set myself a low target of reading 10 books this year but I am hoping to read a lot more than that.

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  3. Wow, I think you and I have the exact same goals for this year. I also finished the first draft of a novel in 2019 (!!!), but haven’t been prioritizing it. In the new year, I’m going to focus on rewrites, hit the gym, continue blogging, and read read read (so many books, so little time). Wishing you the best in 2020!

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  4. It’s good to push on with your goals. We all either go off track for a while, but the important thing is to get back on and keep going. I wish you all the best with your goals.
    My one-word resolution for 2020 is Focus. I get easily distracted by other things and forget about my goals sometimes. I want to work harder at remaining focused and committed.

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  5. Congratulations on finishing a draft of your novel. I know how wonderful it feels to know the story has reached an end, before you take it to a new beginning.
    I loved seeing personal and blogging goals mixed together, and wish you the best of luck in upholding all your resolutions. 🙂

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