As the new year approaches, most of us consider our personal objectives for the coming year.
Some people set goals that make them a better person, others to create a healthier lifestyle, and some to just start a new habit. What ever an individual’s goal is, it is unique to that person’s experience and needs.
Goals should always be personal, as in for one’s self. Do not make goals to change for another person (unless that person is your child or dependent).
If you plan to start a new habit or break an old one, be persistent and don’t give up. It is said that it takes on average 66 days to make a habit automatic. As far as breaking a habit goes, “it is very difficult. The easiest way is to control your environment so that you do not encounter the cue which triggers your habit” (UCL News).
This list excludes any book related goals, which will be in an upcoming post next week.
With that in mind, here are some of my personal goals for 2020 in no specific order:
I would like to get back into the habit of doing yoga every night. For about a year I did yoga at least every other night, but over the summer I fell out of the rhythm and haven’t started back up.
I will aim to do yoga for 15 mins just twice a week at the start, in hopes of reaching an hour every other day.
I will be satisfied if I continuously and pretty consistently do 15 minutes twice a week through 2020, but more than that would be preferred.
I have always had trouble sleeping, but this year I made a lot of changes to my life that have helped. I would like to make even more progress on improving my quality of sleep.
Some of the ways I will/have been doing that include:
- Go to bed and wake up close to the same time every day.
- Don’t consume caffeine or sugar after a certain point in the night.
- Do homework before my classes, so that my night is open and I am not feeling rushed.
- Wear clothes that don’t negatively impact sleep.
- Drink herbal tea before bed.
- Don’t oversleep.
- Do yoga most nights.
I really improved my diet this year, so I am hoping to do even better in 2020.
Here is some of what I mean by better eating:
- Limit meat and dairy consumption
- ultimately, consume no meat
- No Chocolate!!!
- I have a negative reaction
- Drink more water and tea
- Eat out only once or twice a week
- Eat at least 3 meals a day with two snacks
- eat breakfast
- Eat less sugar-y things
- Starbucks/Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf only once a week
- Eat more fresh foods, like veggies and fruits
Journal & Bullet Journal
I would like to write in my personal journal more often, because I would like to keep better record of certain stages of my life and keep checking in with myself emotionally.
I would like to add more images and such to my journal for memories and such. I just need to get a sticker printer that allows me to upload my own images.
Additionally, I would like to bullet journal more often. I am starting a new BuJo from Amanda Rach Lee in 2020, which acts as a daily/weekly/monthly planner with a mood and habit tracker and blank pages for my own use.
I am also going to start a book (and TV) BuJo from scratch to keep track of my opinions and stages of interest. I already do this in a way with Goodreads, but I would like something more physical and interactive to look back on in the future.
Be more Organized
I would like to be more organized in general. This includes my clothes, room, bags, work, and schedules. My planner should help with that, but also tidying up every night will help make this possible.
I wouldn’t necessarily say I am messy, but I am definitely not as organized as I would like to be. I am noticeably less stressed and more happy when I feel like my environment is clean and organized, so I really hope I can be better about this in 2020.
Let me know if you want to see more on how we stay organized and minimalist.
I would like to do two things in 2020 regarding my finances.
First, I would like to keep better track of my finances, like how much money I make and how much I am spending on certain areas of my life. I am now an adult who pays bills while being a student, so I can get a little distracted and not pay attention to my money in and out, which isn’t very much to begin with. So, I will start utilizing a tool my bank, SoFi, offers called “Relay”. This is just a financial tracking tool with categories and graphs and such that I will use to keep a better eye on my money.
Secondly, I would like to pay off one of my student loans next year. It is not a crazy big loan, just a bit of housing costs when I was a freshman, so it is very possible for me to do in less than a year.
There are a few reasons I want to get this loan out of the way early. First, it is a parent plus loan, so it isn’t even under my name. Second, it is gaining interest as we speak, and I have to begin paying it off when I graduate in June. Lastly, I am getting married next year, after I graduate, and we would like to consider expanding our family in the next few years. So, logically, I would like to not be in debt when we do so.
Downsize in the Reptile Department
As many of you know, I have a lot of reptiles. This is mostly due to the fact that I bred my crested geckos in 2019, so I now have almost 10 geckos, in addition to my two snakes. So, naturally, I would like to sell the baby geckos we have.
Ideally, I would like to have two snakes and one (or two) crested geckos. I never intended to keep the babies, and I still don’t. I will be amazed (and fairly disappointed) if I still have any of the babies by the end of 2020.
Please share some of your goals for 2020! Are any of them similar to mine?
I feel like a lot of people strive for similar things, so their goals are fairly similar as well.
Best of wishes for the end of 2019!
-Knight of Cups ❤
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