On a personal level, I feel that a resolution is a bit too strict and can be disappointing if I do not achieve it by the end of the year (sometimes because I have stopped in my track within one week...).
Instead, I decided to give myself goals. They might not all be finished by the end of 2017 but I plan to do things that lead to eventually completing them over the years. Some will be easily done this year, some will take a little longer because they require learning new skills, practising and maybe studying for example.
I feel less pressure but also more excitement because I know a lot of those goals lead to good things on the long term.
The point of this post is not to list my future goals because I would rather keep those private for now but if one or a few of them come to completion and lead to something exciting during 2017, I will probably mention it here or on Instagram.
As for 2016 goals? Yes I did achieve quite a few and I am proud of it.
I spent quality time with friends: having dinners, weekends away and even holidays together.
A big goal for me last year was also to do something about balancing my work life. Working from home can sometimes be a challenge with distractions (like the most adorable fox cubs playing outside my window last Spring) and no one else to speak to. But I set a timetable for the next week on Fridays and it helps me stick to a schedule. I work with smaller to-do lists that feel more achievable and always lead towards ticking off a bigger project. To do this, I make use of productivity apps like Wunderlist, which is my favourite so far. With it, I set a master list, let's say for those bigger goals I want to achieve. Then, I break it down into a weekly list on the same app and a to do list of 4 or 5 tasks per day on my diary.
I also listen to relaxing background music on a low volume on Spotify as it helps me concentrate and make working on my own at home a bit more enjoyable.
I also achieved some other creative, personal and professional goals during the year.
Do you start the year with resolutions or goals? And what ways do you use to achieve those? Feel free to share below in the comments!
As written on the image above: "Do what you can with what you have where you are", Theodore Roosevelt.