Be More Aware Of My Money
What? Quite honestly, I've always been good at saving money, I don't spend out with my means and I know where I can cut costs when I need to, but towards the end of 2017, my sister bought her first house and although she's both older than me and makes more money then I do, it's set a fire under me that I want to do the same. I'm paid better in my current job than I ever have before in my life and I've decided I'm going to start not only putting a set amount of money away each money, but also being more aware of my spending. This was also spurred on by the fact that I had a massive, massive clear-out towards the end of 2017, with more than 20 bags worth of clothes, shoes, accessories and just general junk being shipped off to the charity shop. That in itself just goes to show that I could do with curbing my spending on unnessecary purchases and properly evaluating what is a good use of my money.
How? One thing that's really been helping me save over the past few months is my new job. Sounds obvious as I'm making more than I ever have before, but my office is pretty much in the arse-end of nowhere and my lunch break is barely long enough to eat never mind do anything else. Compare that to my own job, right in the middle of Glasgow's busiest shopping street and you can see how I used to spend money unnecessarily out of boredom. I also recently smashed open the piggy bank I'd been popping my spare change in for the past year or so and was pleasantly surprised to see I'd saved more than £250. My mum bought me a new one for Christmas but this time, I've decided not to put anything less than 50p's in it and I'm hoping I can fill it by the end of the year.
Maintain Consistency In My Routines
What? One element of my life I really struggle with a lot with is maintaining consistency in even the most basic things. I'll get myself in a good routine of looking after my skin, remembering to take my medication every day, preparing lunches for work, drinking enough water, washing my make-up brushes weekly, the list goes on and on. I'll stick to it religiously for a few weeks, maybe even a few months, then I'll start to slip and eventually I forget all together and it's been weeks before I notice. Something I'd really like to work on this year is getting to a point where these things are part of my routine every day. Every single day.
How? I've written myself a daily to-do list. I think what I'm going to do is type it up, print it and laminate it so I can tick it off every day and reuse it. To many people, it sounds absurd to have to tick 'drink water' off a list, but I'm a self-confessed list lover and they work for me. I also planned on joining a gym in 2017 but was unable to after I torn ligaments in my knee so I'm planning on starting going swimming regularly this year too. I am the first to admit that I don't find most forms of exercise fun, but I do enjoy swimming and know that it will serve as some much needed me-time.
Get Back Into Journalling
What? When I was a teenager, I was really into journalling as a means of dealing with my mental health. It helped me to express my feelings in a proactive and unfiltered way and I found the physical act of writing them out elevated that 'bottled up' feeling. It's also a good habit to get into as a writer as it promotes writing how you truly feel rather than what you envision others would enjoy reading.
How? I've bought a new journal. Obviously...! I want to try and set aside some time each evening to just sit and right down some thoughts from my day. Some days will be longer and more in-depth than others I'm sure and I'm going to try not to beat myself up if I miss a day here or there either.
Be More Productive With The Time I Spend Online
What? We're all guilty of it. Aimlessly scrolling through Instragram or Facebook or watching videos you're only half interested in on YouTube when before you know it, an hour has passed and you have absolutely nothing to show for it. In 2018, I want to make better use of the time I spend online. I guess you could say this falls into the heading of maintaining consistency, but I really want to try and focus more on my blog this year. If I'm completely honest, my heart just hasn't been in my blog for a long, long time now but having barely touched it in 2017, I'm finding myself really missing it. I also developed a love for Instagram last year and would love to continue to post regularly on there too.
How? In putting this out there into the world, I may be setting myself up for failure but I'd like to post on my blog once a week at minimum. I've decided on a Saturday but I might also post extra posts every now and then too. As for Instagram, I want to post more on my Instagram stories as well and a bigger variety of photos. I only posted a whole 3 photos of myself throughout the whole of last year! I also am going to try sleeping with my phone charging on the other side of the room. I used to do that at my ex's house as that's where the nearest plug was and it not only helps you sleep better without the constant tempted to check Snapchat, but it also forces you out of bed in the morning to turn your alarm off - win win!
What, if any, New Year's Resolutions have you made for 2018? I'd love to hear all about them!