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I want habits, not resolutions in 2020

. Wednesday, 1 January 2020 .
I always have mixed feelings about setting goals or making resolutions around the new year. I like the idea, but in reality, how many people stick to them? And if you can't stick to them, does it just lead to that flat/disappointed feeling which outweighs the benefit of setting the goals in the first place? That's why this year I want to reframe the way I think about my goals in the hope that this would make them seem less daunting and make it more likely I'd actually stick to them. I'm aiming to create new habits, rather than make resolutions. I realise that might just be pointless semantics to some people, but it makes sense to me and I'm hoping it will help! On average, forming a new habit takes over 2 months, approximately 66 days, so the way I'm looking at it is for the first couple of months this might be quite challenging but then hopefully after that it will just become second nature.

As silly as it sounds, I've also only set myself goals that I think I can realistically do. So the things below are all things I already do, but I just want to increase or decrease (whichever is appropriate!). This might also sound a bit cheesy, but I've created an image with my goals on them and set it as my home screen on my phone. Hopefully this will act as the little reminder/prompt that I need during these first couple of months whilst I'm creating these new habits.

1. No unnecessary spending

Now if you watch my YouTube channel, you'll know this is going to be quite the challenge for me. But I'm currently saving to buy a house and it's one of the biggest things I'm aiming to achieve in 2020. I really need this final push to put my savings into the position where I'm going to be able to afford to do this. My goal is to have a total spending ban for things like clothes and makeup in the first 3 months of the year. There's absolutely nothing I need at the moment; I have more than enough clothes and spares of most of the makeup I use regularly to keep me going. Realistically this isn't going to work long-term, so it's definitely something that I will slowly re-introduce, but I do want to significantly reduce the amount of money i'm spending on clothes and makeup particularly. This isn't the only area I want to reduce unnecessary spending though. Food shopping is also another area that I massively waste money. Usually when I go shopping I'll have a few things in mind to pick up, maybe a few meal ideas, but I'll generally just wing it. This leads to me buying loads of random things that I don't really need, doesn't come together to make a meal and often goes out of date before I'm able to use it up. So something I want to introduce is making a shopping list before I go shopping (ground breaking, I know!) and then only actually buying what is on my list. It might sound super simple but i'm hoping it will help me reduce my food shopping costs and reduce the amount of food i'm wasting. 

2. Reduce unhealthy snacking

I am so guilty of boredom snacking! I'm not even hungry most of the time, I just do it because i'm bored whilst editing/watching YouTube and it's there in the cupboard. I'm going to try and stop buying unhealthy snacks, because if it isn't in my flat then I can't eat it. If i've got more fruit and vegetables in the flat, then if I do fancy a snack, that's what I'll reach for. 

3. Run 5k twice a week

2019 has been a weird year for me in terms of exercise. I've always loved exercising in different capacities and pride myself on being and feeling fit. But during 2019 I've had two ankle injuries which have drastically reduced the amount of exercise I've been able to do, particularly running, because the injuries have left my ankle quite weak throughout the year. Now my ankle is feeling strong again it's time for me to start building up my running again. It's been a long time since I've run so I've been using the 'Couch to 5k' programme to help me build it up slowly. I've already started a blog post to document my journey on the nine week programme, so that will go live once i've finished it. Initially these runs are going to be on a treadmill in the gym but hopefully as the weather warms up i'll be able to take them outside. 

4. Exercise three times a week

My plan is for these three work outs to be separate from my runs, but they can take many different forms. I'm a keen walker/hiker and as my hike to Mount Everest gets closer i'll be including more of these hikes as training. I also attend aerial hoop classes which I discovered last year and am obsessed with! I can't go every week due to shift patterns but I hope to continue going to these classes as regularly as possible. I'm not the biggest fan of swimming of that's another thing I hope to do a bit more of in 2020. Then of course you've got your standard gym sessions which I love! So there's loads of different ways that I plan on working out in the new year. 

5. Read everyday

I have always loved reading since I was a child, but it's something I've done a lot less of since I started my undergrad degree over 4 years ago. I'm hoping to make it more of my daily life again in 2020, so it's my goal to read every day. Even if it's just for 5 minutes before I go to bed, i'm hoping it will reignite my passion for reading again. 

6. Avoid social media for the first hour after I wake up

Due to running a YouTube channel and a blog, social media is kind of part of that. Personally I think I have a pretty healthy relationship with social media, in the sense that I don't feel it affects my life as much as it appears to affect other people. However, I definitely feel like I spend too much time on it which is something that I'd like to reduce. A realistic way I hope to do this (because let's be honest, we all mindlessly open social media apps when bored, and that's a much harder habit to break!) is to stop going on social media first thing in the morning. This is something that's much easier to measure and keep a track of, therefore hold myself account. I am guilty of rolling over when I first open my eyes and going straight to social media, which isn't the best way to start my day and it's something I'd like to change. I'm definitely expecting some slip ups with this one but we can only try!

I'd love to hear more about what your goals/resolutions/new habits for the new year are in the comments! 


I always have mixed feelings about setting goals or making resolutions around the new year. I like the idea, but in reality, how many people stick to them? And if you can't stick to them, does it just lead to that flat/disappointed feeling which outweighs the benefit of setting the goals in the first place? That's why this year I want to reframe the way I think about my goals in the hope that this would make them seem less daunting and make it more likely I'd actually stick to them. I'm aiming to create new habits, rather than make resolutions. I realise that might just be pointless semantics to some people, but it makes sense to me and I'm hoping it will help! On average, forming a new habit takes over 2 months, approximately 66 days, so the way I'm looking at it is for the first couple of months this might be quite challenging but then hopefully after that it will just become second nature.

As silly as it sounds, I've also only set myself goals that I think I can realistically do. So the things below are all things I already do, but I just want to increase or decrease (whichever is appropriate!). This might also sound a bit cheesy, but I've created an image with my goals on them and set it as my home screen on my phone. Hopefully this will act as the little reminder/prompt that I need during these first couple of months whilst I'm creating these new habits.

1. No unnecessary spending

Now if you watch my YouTube channel, you'll know this is going to be quite the challenge for me. But I'm currently saving to buy a house and it's one of the biggest things I'm aiming to achieve in 2020. I really need this final push to put my savings into the position where I'm going to be able to afford to do this. My goal is to have a total spending ban for things like clothes and makeup in the first 3 months of the year. There's absolutely nothing I need at the moment; I have more than enough clothes and spares of most of the makeup I use regularly to keep me going. Realistically this isn't going to work long-term, so it's definitely something that I will slowly re-introduce, but I do want to significantly reduce the amount of money i'm spending on clothes and makeup particularly. This isn't the only area I want to reduce unnecessary spending though. Food shopping is also another area that I massively waste money. Usually when I go shopping I'll have a few things in mind to pick up, maybe a few meal ideas, but I'll generally just wing it. This leads to me buying loads of random things that I don't really need, doesn't come together to make a meal and often goes out of date before I'm able to use it up. So something I want to introduce is making a shopping list before I go shopping (ground breaking, I know!) and then only actually buying what is on my list. It might sound super simple but i'm hoping it will help me reduce my food shopping costs and reduce the amount of food i'm wasting. 

2. Reduce unhealthy snacking

I am so guilty of boredom snacking! I'm not even hungry most of the time, I just do it because i'm bored whilst editing/watching YouTube and it's there in the cupboard. I'm going to try and stop buying unhealthy snacks, because if it isn't in my flat then I can't eat it. If i've got more fruit and vegetables in the flat, then if I do fancy a snack, that's what I'll reach for. 

3. Run 5k twice a week

2019 has been a weird year for me in terms of exercise. I've always loved exercising in different capacities and pride myself on being and feeling fit. But during 2019 I've had two ankle injuries which have drastically reduced the amount of exercise I've been able to do, particularly running, because the injuries have left my ankle quite weak throughout the year. Now my ankle is feeling strong again it's time for me to start building up my running again. It's been a long time since I've run so I've been using the 'Couch to 5k' programme to help me build it up slowly. I've already started a blog post to document my journey on the nine week programme, so that will go live once i've finished it. Initially these runs are going to be on a treadmill in the gym but hopefully as the weather warms up i'll be able to take them outside. 

4. Exercise three times a week

My plan is for these three work outs to be separate from my runs, but they can take many different forms. I'm a keen walker/hiker and as my hike to Mount Everest gets closer i'll be including more of these hikes as training. I also attend aerial hoop classes which I discovered last year and am obsessed with! I can't go every week due to shift patterns but I hope to continue going to these classes as regularly as possible. I'm not the biggest fan of swimming of that's another thing I hope to do a bit more of in 2020. Then of course you've got your standard gym sessions which I love! So there's loads of different ways that I plan on working out in the new year. 

5. Read everyday

I have always loved reading since I was a child, but it's something I've done a lot less of since I started my undergrad degree over 4 years ago. I'm hoping to make it more of my daily life again in 2020, so it's my goal to read every day. Even if it's just for 5 minutes before I go to bed, i'm hoping it will reignite my passion for reading again. 

6. Avoid social media for the first hour after I wake up

Due to running a YouTube channel and a blog, social media is kind of part of that. Personally I think I have a pretty healthy relationship with social media, in the sense that I don't feel it affects my life as much as it appears to affect other people. However, I definitely feel like I spend too much time on it which is something that I'd like to reduce. A realistic way I hope to do this (because let's be honest, we all mindlessly open social media apps when bored, and that's a much harder habit to break!) is to stop going on social media first thing in the morning. This is something that's much easier to measure and keep a track of, therefore hold myself account. I am guilty of rolling over when I first open my eyes and going straight to social media, which isn't the best way to start my day and it's something I'd like to change. I'm definitely expecting some slip ups with this one but we can only try!

I'd love to hear more about what your goals/resolutions/new habits for the new year are in the comments! 


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