I wasn’t actually going to do a blog post on New Year’s Resolutions this year; I just kind of thought that it would be boring, plus how many other posts are there in your reader, written by people promising to ‘lose weight’, or ‘learn to speak Italian’? Exactly — loads, which is why my New Year’s resolutions post will contain more exciting, well-thought-out and generally more interesting promises. Also note that I am posting on the evening of 1st January, for three reasons:
1. I want to be querky and unique
2. I can give you a day’s worth of progress, to let you know how these are going
3. I couldn’t be bothered to write this yesterday/earlier today.
Without further ado, L’s New Year’s Resolutions, brought to you by the llama himself, uh … L.
I Will Drink Less Coffee
I read this article from The Guardian, talking about habits to make/break in 2017 for an overall better year. The last habit, #20, refers to quitting drinking coffee. although I’m certainly not as addicted as the man in question was — he speaks of drinking 6-8 cups per day –, I think that I definitely drink too much of the stuff. I sometimes find myself agitated, or jumpy, and often extremely emotionally unstable, leaping from smiles, rainbows and butterflies to depressed thoughts of self-pity in an instant. so, I am going to drink less coffee. I think saying that I will drink NO coffee is a little unachievable for me personally, but less gives me a goal which is possible for me to achieve. And, after day 1, I have consumed … 0 cups of coffee! Yes, I’ve drank 5 cups of tea, but you know what, that’s an improvement over 5 cups of coffee. If tea is my substitute for coffee, then I’ll take that with joy.
I Will Slee for 7-9 Hours Every Night
Again, an achieveable goal; I’m not saying 8 hours a night (as recommended by ‘experts’); that just isn’t possible for me, because of school and other commitments. But 7-9 hours a night seems fair: I’m also going to track that on my iPhone, to see how well I’m sleeping. Hopefully, the knowledge that my phone is monitoring my use of it overnight will prevent me from reaching to my phone (and then twitter) whenever I wake up in the middle of the night, leading to a better night’s sleep. I slept through midnight, and welcomed in the new year bright and early at 8am; it’s was so lrilliant, because it was so unique and original… #LStyle
I will Say Sorry Less Often
I say sorry so, so much. Like, whenever something goes wrong, regardless of whether it’s my fault or completely, wildly out of my control, I apologise to whoever will listen to me. whilst I will still apologise for things which are my fault, I need to stop saying sorry for events completely beyond my control, and to also stop apologising for tiny, insignificant things, like mistyping a text. Chill, L — that’s your resolution. I’ve made a conscious effort not to say sorry unless I really have to today — it’s been great!
I Will think More
I realise it’s a little vague, but allow me to explain. I want to think things over more on my own, to come to conclusions and make rational decisions before taking action. Often, I say things in the spur of the moment, shich, whilst it is OK from time to time — trust me, some of the best opportunities come through just saying ‘yes’ there and then –, often leads to complicated situations, leading to me feeling uncomfortable or unhappy, just because I haven’t thought something through. The other thing I often do is, when there is a decision to be made, immediately turn to people around me — usually my friends — for advice. I am a huge believer in teamwork, and I believe that putting minds together produces better results. However, I’ve found over this year that it’s often best to think things over first, by yourself, before asking for other people’s input; I find it easier to have a stance on the predicament before speaking to others about it, or else I tend to just go along with what someone else thinks, because I don’t want to offend them and do something different. I am my own person, and I know that all of the people I am friends with know and respect that: I am very, very lucky. So, this year, I’m thinking things through first, and making good decisions in my own time.
And so that’s it — my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions. I hope you found these enjoyable to read, and maybe they gave you some inspiration for your own New Year’s Resolutions. Have you made any yet? i’d love to hear about them in the comments below…