Hello to 2016

happy new year

2015 was a great year. It was a year full of new adventures and exciting opportunities. I got married to my best friend, started a new job that I absolutely love, and in a lot of ways, I feel like I’m finally starting to be an adult. That sounds kind of weird, but what I mean is that everything is starting to fall into place in my life. I’m excited about what 2016 will bring.

Everyone always makes “New Years Resolutions”. Everyone thinks that things will automatically be different just because we get a new calendar and it rolls over to January. I realize that resolutions aren’t wishes you make to a genie. I realize that these goals I’m making for myself are going to require a lot of hard work and dedication on my part. But that’s what’s going to help me grow into a better person. I think that’s part of the purpose of setting goals. The important part isn’t just the destination, but the whole journey there.

My first and foremost goal for the upcoming year is to become more organized in my life. I’m a new wife and one day, I’d like to be a mom. This  means that I have got to get some sort of structure to my life now, while I still have the opportunity. I’ve always wanted to be an organized person. I’ve researched and studied it, I’ve just never implemented it. I’ve never put thought into action, at least for a long period of time. So 2016 is a clean slate, let’s do this thing.

One of the things that makes goal setting so unachievable for people is that they set all these lofty goals, but they don’t break them down into smaller, more manageable ways of achieving that goal. So, here is what I am going to do to work on being more organized this year:

  • Stick to my editorial calendar and utilize its resourcefulness.
    • A calendar that sets everything out for a month is a huge stress relief. I know what exactly I’m wanting to write about for the next 30 days. Which means that I’m not scrambling for something to write just because “I haven’t written in a couple days, I have to write SOMETHING!”. This way my blogs will be higher quality, and I’ll have more time to prepare. It also can help alleviate writers block, because I can write multiple posts at a time and just save them to publish when they’re scheduled!
  • Really use my life planner
    • A few months ago I wrote about my new life planner that I was creating. It worked great! I just wasn’t dedicated to keep up with it… I stopped printing the sheets after the end of the month, and didn’t fill it out so that I was getting the best use out of it. So I’m going to change a couple of things that I think could be tweaked on it, just to fit my lifestyle, and really start using it again!
  • Use my time off wisely
    • While it’s true I do have a lot more time than I used to, and I actually still have energy left when I get home every day, I need to start being more productive with the time that I have not at the museum. One way I can do that is to write my blogs for the whole week on my days off, instead of hoping I have the creative juice left at the end of the day to make sure I’ve got that post done. I’d also really like to start meal planning, which is time consuming but can save a lot of money and is healthier.

By-products of organizing my life: (Secondary resolutions)

  • Read more! I’m not one to pick up a book just because. If I start reading something I’m always thinking “Oh, but I need to do this” or “are the dishes done?” If I’m able to carve out part of my day simply for me, then I’ll be able to focus on a book, knowing that either it’s already been taken care of, or there’s another hour in the day dedicated to that task.
  • My house might actually stay clean! (well, as clean as possible with two dogs!) With a structured plan of what gets cleaned every day, and time carved out in the day to do it, my house might not get away from me every week!
  • I might actually have time to blog more!
  • I’ll have time for me. Which brings me to my next goal. I want to run a 5K this year, and carving out 1 hour to run or hit the gym is going to be really important to me. Not only will it be training time, but it will be 1 hour that is mine. Nothing to bother me, no work, no phone calls, nothing. Just me and my music. Even though it will be technically “working out”, I’m actually trying to see it as “de-stressing time”.

yet to come

My final resolution for this year, I’m hoping will kind of be a by-product of everything else, but I know, simply because of my personality, it will be something I have to consciously work on. I want to be able to not stress the little things. I tend to get all worked up over things that really aren’t a big deal. And then my anxiety gets worked up and nothing good comes from that. So for me personally, I know that needs to change.

What are your resolutions this year?

the year is yours

Cheers to all my readers, I hope your 2015 was great and I hope your 2016 will be even greater. Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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