Friday, 8 January 2016

2016 Life Goals

I'm not the kind of person who sets goals for myself and I'm as far from an 'overachiever' type as you can get but, after a few unsatisfactory years full of bad news and unfulfilment I thought it might be worth giving it a try. I didn't want to be too ambitious as I'd only be disappointed if I didn't manage to meet most of the goals by 2017 so I thought I'd start small and aim for things that are attainable in my current situation. Here are my plans in a bit more detail;


1. Getting up before 10am during the week isn't a choice for most but as I've been unemployed since July last year I've got into bad sleeping patterns and lie in habits. I don't sleep very well most nights, often not falling asleep until 2 or 3am and then waking up a couple of times but as I hope to be doing odd days of work soon I need to get my body clock back to normality. This has proved more difficult than you would think but I've managed to get up before 10 3 days out of 5 this week which is a decent start I suppose. It doesn't help living next door to people who slam doors at all hours and often wake me up but I'm trying my best

2. Temping work is something I plan to do as and when for the next couple of months until I move out of London. I mostly need to do this for money but also to regain some sense of normality and have a life again. Back in November I did one day covering reception which I enjoyed but it seemed to make the pain in my head much worse. I'm hoping that I won't have the same problem next time as my head has been much better since Christmas so fingers crossed I'll be fine. 

3. Since August I've been going to the gym twice a week most weeks but I plan to increase it to three times when I can as it does make me feel better. If I can't get to the gym I'll try to do a bit of gentle exercise at home or go for a walk. I'm not one of those people who enjoys exercise but since my thyroid gland stopped working properly in 2013 I've needed to work out to control my weight and it also helps with my anxiety and stress

4. I go through stages of putting clothes and shoes I no longer wear on apps such as Depop or sites such as Ebay but get frustrated when things don't sell and end up giving up for a few months. I plan to be persistent this year as I could do with the money and need to clear out things that I no longer use or that don't fit me anymore

5. My lack of patience makes cooking quite a chore but I would like to learn and perfect a couple of signature dishes. At the moment I only either grill fish or meat and serve it with salad or throw something in the oven but I need to start behaving more like a grown up and force myself to do some things I find daunting such as chopping up onions! (Just need to find some goggles and gloves...)

6. I wonder if I'm the only person who has a bag of clothes in her room waiting to be taken to the dry cleaners or hand washed? This year I need to keep on top of this as clothes don't end up being worn for years due to my laziness! 

7. I love holidays but don't get to go away as often as I'd like. Luckily my grandparents live in Spain and I go at least once a year but it's not really a holiday as I go there to spend time with them and it's like my home from home. My boyfriend and I haven't had a holiday alone together since 2013 so we're hoping that we can afford to go away in the summer

8. Once I move away from London with my family I plan to look for a permanent job closer to where we end up living as I need to earn money and routine is missing from my life. Getting up early everyday will be a challenge but hopefully I'll sleep better once we move. We're praying for considerate neighbours this time!

9. It would be great to learn a new skill and not just give up in the early stages like I usually do, mostly due to my incredibly short attention span and lack of patience. I also need to believe that I can learn something and not be completely useless at it. This may take longer than a year!

Have any of you set any goals for 2016? If so how are you getting on? I'm going to need all the help I can get with some of mine as sadly, motivation isn't my strong point

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