Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? I’m spending my new year reflecting on what was and what may be for 2021.
It’s been a wild year, filled with so much chaos, it’s hard to believe we all actually made it this far. And hasn’t it been a struggle? Both emotionally and financially, this year has really tried and tested us all. And the reality is, although there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, there is no real assurances that when the clock strikes midnight on the 1st January 2021, that all of our problems will just go away. There are so still so many uncertainties laying in wait in the future.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, and you can still set some goals to achieve in 2021.
They don’t have to be job related, or money related, they can be focused on life in general. Perhaps you out a little stress weight on this past year (god knows I have), or you want to spend more time doing the things you love more, like walking every morning or getting crafty and creating something to sell online.
Whatever, it is you want to do, now is the time to start setting those goals and working towards doing something that makes you happy, to help you get through the tough times and focus more on the good times instead.
Last year, I made a resolution list of seven key things to help me focus on throughout 2020, and for the better part of the year, I managed to achieve them. They were:
- Alkaline Diet
- Meditate More
- Reduce my Tech Time
- Learn to Say No
- Spend Less Money
- Travel more
- Take morning Walks
I managed to achieve the following, meditation, reduce tech time, learned to say no more and travelled more.
Though the travel was a little difficult throughout Lockdown, I managed to find some great locations where there were no people in my home time, which enabled me to travel more in 2020 and explore a lot of what is hidden in the Greater Sydney regions. Places I never knew existed.
I did attempt the alkaline diet, until COVID happened, and then life was able baking banana bread and eating pancakes most mornings LOL. Still feeling this effects later on in the year now. I wished I could have spent less money. In some small part, I did actually manage to reduce my spending compared to 2019, but I should have reduced it even more. As for morning walks, unfortunately this just didn’t happen. But I did manage to find my yoga routine again, practicing at least three times a week, where in 2019, I had dropped dramatically to hardly once a week.
For 2021, I would like to attempt to do the alkaline diet more, as for most of 2020 I have been drinking alkaline water only, and I do believe it has made a difference in my health. So adopting a alkaline diet, I feel my health would really benefit from that.
Walking is a must, I need to start creating a better morning routine. Of course like the rest of the world, tiredness overcame me this past year, and although I do rise fairly early in the morning. In order to reduce my tech time throughout the day, especially with social media, I adopted a routine of spending the first two hours of the morning enjoying my morning coffee, managing all the social accounts I work with, so it was done for the day and I could then get started with whatever else I had planned.
For 2021, I think I will develop a new routine of walking in the morning before having a coffee. And it doesn’t have to be too early in the morning either. As long as I get the walk in before I start settling in for social media management and then work for clients, I know I will achieve far more in the day knowing I have started my morning with a walk to clear the head for the day.
Spending less money is always a challenge, at any given time. Especially when prices go up and up and up all around you. Though I have made some significant improvements this past year, I will be focusing on 2021 being a little more savvy with my spending, by staying away from cute little insta stories which make me buy stuff I truly don’t need LOL.
Outside of these key resolutions, I strongly believe that although you may not have achieved something this past year which you had hoped to work on from your past resolutions, you can still work on them in the following and upcoming year.
Think of resolutions as goals and targets to help you become a better version of yourself. It’s not always about getting better at a job, or becoming wealthier. Sometimes, it’s about focusing on the things that help you get through the days better, to help you support yourself and loved ones better, and to build better relationships around you.
Don’t get caught up with resolutions which are too hard to achieve either, but of course, don’t sell yourself short. Because setting goals, which may help you achieve more and bring you closer to be more financially successful can also help you support yourself and loved ones better too. Though that sounds a little contradictory to what I stated just before. What I’m trying to say is, work towards resolutions which will bring you the most wealth within yourself, with health and happiness. Because without those, the other stuff will never bring you the ultimate happiness – trust me.
Happy New Year X