New year, not that different me!

I’m not a huge one for new years resolutions. I always find them difficult to stick to and I’m not a fan of going gung ho at several things at once only to find myself giving up after just a few weeks.

I also don’t really like the word resolution. It suggests needing to resolve something that’s a problem and, to be honest, I don’t really think there are any problems with my life right now. In fact, it’s really rather great. That’s why I don’t really love the idea of resolutions and instead prefer to think about goals for each new year.

I love how a new year seems to bring a fresh wave of motivation and inspiration. I love getting my new planner for the year and writing everything down on the blank pages. Planning where I’m going to go and what I’d like to achieve is always so exciting.

So, here’s what I’d like to achieve in 2019…

Try at least 3 new recipes per month

2019 goals
Cooking is something I’ve always enjoyed and I find myself getting more and more into it. I find that cooking helps me switch off from everything else that’s going on around me. I get in the kitchen and I just concentrate on what I’m doing in that moment and I find it so refreshing and relaxing.

So, in 2019 I’m going to try and cook at least 3 new recipes per month. Trying new recipes and cooking new dishes is always so much fun and something I enjoy so much. I especially love when I try something new and it’s so delicious I add it to my usual cooking repertoire!

Work smarter, not harder 

2019 goals
This isn’t just a 2019 goal, this is something I’ve been working on for years if I’m honest. Although I’m so much better with prioritising my time and no longer work at weekends (which I previously did for several years), I still think there’s more I could improve upon.

For me, working smarter means getting the same amount of work done (and to the same very high standard!) in a shorter period of time. This will give me more time to do the things I really love in life – spending time with friends and family, cooking, entertaining, having adventures with Thomas, walks with Ben and so much more.

I want to ensure I stop procrastinating and that all of the time I spend at my desk in my home office is productive and worthwhile. As I work from home, it’s so easy to waste time faffing around doing other things and spread my work out over a longer period of time than it needs to be.

I’d also like to take on a few new clients in 2019 with the extra time I have from working smarter, instead of harder. More clients would mean more money and although I’m very happy with my earnings right now, there’s always room for improvement. I have a few financial goals for this year too, but I won’t bore you with the details here!

Cut down screen time

2019 goals

I’m sure I’m not the only person who was mildly horrified when the screen time feature on their iPhone started logging how much time they waste using it. What the heck?

iPhones seem to be some kind of weird time sucking vortex. Often I’ll pick mine up to check something and put it back down 15 minutes later having scrolled through Instagram, checked my emails, flicked through Twitter and replied to some texts without actually having done what I picked it up for in the first place. Gah! Surely this isn’t just me though?

So, in 2019 I want to drastically cut down on the amount of time I spent on my phone. Sure, some of the time I spend on my phone is for work-related purposes, but most of it isn’t. I waste a lot of time on social media not achieving anything and just mindlessly scrolling. I don’t want to do this anymore.

Instead, I want to focus on being more present and in the moment in the things that I do.

After all, I’m sure I’m not going to look back at the end of my life and be thankful for all the time I spent on my phone!

Read 70 books 

2019 goals
Last year I managed to read 64 books, the most I’ve ever read in one year. This year I’m challenging myself to read 70 books and I think it’s something I can definitely achieve.

I’ve always loved curling up with a really great book and it’s something I’m always happy doing. Plus, challenging myself to read even more books will surely help me with my goal of reducing my time spent on my phone too. It’s a win win situation!

Wedding planning 

2019 goals, wedding planning
Thomas and I got engaged in December 2018 and we’ve set the date for our wedding for March 2020.

We’re having an intimate wedding for just 32 guests at one of our most favourite and special places, Archerfield. Then, the following weekend we’re hosting a party for all of our friends and family to celebrate with us.

At the moment, we haven’t yet picked somewhere in Glasgow for our party and there are still loads of details to sort for both our wedding day and the party too. Flowers, musicians, bands, photographers, dresses, invitations…the list goes on and on.

I want to work hard on planning our day(s) sooner rather than later. I’m a total organisation lover and a bit of a perfectionist so getting everything done as far in advance as possible totally appeals to my personality.

Plus, I want the whole process to be as easy and stress-free as possible and I think giving ourselves plenty of time to do everything and getting organised far in advance will be the best way to do that.

So, that’s my goals for 2019. What about you? What are you planning to achieve this year?