Setting myself some New Year goals
Happy New Year, everyone! I was going to say here's hoping 2021 involves fewer COVID restrictions but then Boris Johnson and other world leaders had other ideas.
Have you made any New Year's resolutions? Maybe you've made some and they've been thrown out the window already.
Dry January? With a return to homeschooling for many, not bloody likely!
Lose the Christmas pounds? Oh well, gyms are closed, maybe we'll finally get that holiday beach bod by summer 2022. But Joe Wicks is back, you say? Oh, fuck.
Or maybe you find yourself in need of some help setting those New Year goals. In this post, I've detailed my three New Year's resolutions but if you need further inspiration, check out my post on 40 things to do before turning 40 and see if you can adapt some from there. Here are my goals for the New Year.
With baby number two due later this year, I won't be getting started on this goal until summer but it's something I'd like to keep in mind as I attempt to maintain a healthy pregnancy weight. I'll have to step away from the Christmas chocolates and try not to eat my (increasing) body weight in sweets.
I haven't set myself a weight target per se, but it would be nice to get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes by the end of the year and I think this is a fairly realistic goal for me. In an ideal world, I'd get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and then lose a few kilos more but I think that might be ambitious with two kids to run after and limited free time to exercise!
Read 5 books
I fell embarrassingly short in my reading challenge for last year so I'm setting myself a completely doable challenge of five books.
As a formerly avid reader before having my daughter, I'm sad I don't get as much time to read these days. Hopefully, if I manage to read five books this year - with a new baby to contend with as well - then that will help me get back into reading and start me on my way to completing my challenge of reading 100 books during my thirties. I'm currently sitting at a woeful 2/100 books eight months into my new decade. Ugh.
Spend less time on social media/screens
My job means my entire working day is spent in front of a computer and I'm guilty of often having my social media profiles open in the background, just so I can check in once in a while during a brief break from work.
And like many people out there, I'm then guilty of sitting down in front of the TV during dinner, or watching something on Netflix in the evening, or even just aimlessly
scrolling through social media or browsing the internet on my phone. You start off by checking the population of Ireland and before you know it, you're three years deep into photos on the social media profile of your ex-boyfriend's wife's sister's mother's distant cousin of her holiday to Bali.
So this year I'm going to try and break that habit. I think my reading challenge will help with this as I'll try to pick up a book in the evenings, rather than reach for my phone. I'm also going to keep a book by my bedside as I'm prone to having a quick flick through my phone before bed, and screen time before bed isn't ideal for relaxation.
Or I could put my time to more productive use and research or sketch out some blog posts.
With three New Year's resolutions that I think are attainable, I'm hoping to have a productive 2021. What are your goals for the New Year? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to subscribe to my blog to find out when I upload new posts.