New Year’s resolutions are rarely kept. Well, based on personal experience anyway! So when fellow blogger and YouTuber Leah suggested an alternative for 2016 I jumped right on board. 10 Achievable Tasks is exactly how it sounds. Set yourself 10 goals for 2016. I’m not talking deep and meaningful here, but 10 simple tasks that are achievable, yet would still make you feel good about yourself if you were able to tick them all (or most of them) off by the end of the year. Leah will be revealing hers on her YouTube channel (linked here) where she will also link everyone else who is getting involved. As for mine? Read on…
1. Contact friends and family every day
I don’t mean all of them, but at least one per day. I’m pretty good at staying in touch but when you are busy with work and home life it can be easy for a few days to pass before you realise you haven’t spoken to anyone apart from work colleagues and the person/people you live with. A quick catch up with someone you love can sometimes be the best medicine.
2. Reach 200 followers on bloglovin
I’m not in the blogging game for the numbers. If I was, I’d be much better at social media networking and I would have a ‘one subject blog’ (if you read any articles about how to be successful at blogging they almost always tell you that you need to find a niche). Still, it’s nice to see numbers grow, receive more comments and interact with readers and other bloggers. 200 may be a modest number, but one that would make me smile 🙂
3. Start a weekly make up rotation
I don’t think my make up collection is too excessive, but I probably have more than your ‘average Joe’. I am also guilty of using the same products for months at a time when I have so many other gems in my collection. By having a drawer/box/basket of make up to use every day, and rotating this every week I hope to start using products up and discovering old favourites.
4. Renovate our bedroom
When we moved into our first home together we chose a bedroom and planned to renovate the ‘spare’ room, giving it a complete overhaul to make it into our dream bedroom. That was 8 years ago! 2016 will be the year we finally get around to it.
5. Make time for Headspace
I started using the Headspace app during Vlogmas, after it was recommended to me. It’s a guided meditation app, and it’s absolutely brilliant. It only takes 10 minutes and is a great way to get some ‘me time’. I want to make sure I make time for it at least 4 days per week.
6. Visit a different UK city
There are so many interesting cities in the UK and I feel like I have barely visited any. Suggestions in the comments please!
7. Re-start social media free nights
During the summer in 2015, we (my husband and me) got into the habit of having one evening after work where social media and smart devices were banned. I’m no social media hater, I enjoy it, definitely see the benefit of it and without it I wouldn’t be writing this post! But one evening a week taking it old school was so refreshing and I want to start doing it again.
8. Listen to 5 albums
Talking of taking it old school I miss the days of buying an album (on CD of course!) and sitting listening to it from start to finish. I just don’t do it now and I have no idea why.
9. Eat less takeaways
I could pretend that I plan to eat clean and totally overhaul my diet in 2016 but I know it would never happen – I just love my food too much! I eat plenty of healthy food and despite loving my chocolate and other junk too I do feel I achieve a reasonable balance overall. But, I do need to cut down on the takeaways. Long work days, laziness and a dislike of cooking means I eat too many and that needs to stop this year.
10. Try a new class at the gym
I had a little lapse in the latter part of 2015 but before that I had been exercising regularly and consistently for a couple of years. So now is definitely time to mix it up. There are so many classes at my Gym and I have only tried a couple of different ones (Spinning and Boxing Circuits) and I want to find one that makes me want to keep going back.
I’d love to know if you have set yourself your own 10 achievable tasks, let me know in the comments.