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New Year’s Resolutions 2019

New Year’s Resolutions 2019

Dear #careerlion readers, let’s start off this blog by wishing you all a very happy new year. May this year bring you everything you desire, health, and happiness. May it give you all the direction that you may crave and the headspace to make this year even better than any of the successful ones before.  

The start of a new year, of course, is paired with new year’s resolutions for many of us. We blogged about this previously. Today I will of course share with you my new year’s resolutions, but the tips and tricks we shared before still stand. Therefore, I will provide you with a small recap and reminder and I will try to elaborate more on my plan to make them work.

The Short Recap

In short:

  • Be explicit

  • Write down your resolutions

  • Focus on one resolution at a time 

  • Using positive descriptions of your resolution over negative ones 

  • Make gradual changes and use mini-habits to do so

  • Review your progress

  • Tell someone about your resolution 

  • Celebrate your successes 

For the elaborate story, read more here and here.

My New Year’s Resolutions and Plans

To make my new year’s resolutions stick, I am going to stick to no more than five. They need to be manageable and at the top of my mind to even have a chance

Finish books: read maximum 2 books at once and minimum 15 minutes of reading a day

I can’t seem to help myself from starting book after book in parallel. As a result, I also never made it to my reading challenge of 2018 to read 20 books. While I probably read enough, I never got to finish many of them making it very difficult to hit that goal. In 2019, I have decided that I am allowed to read a maximum of two books at once. If I decide to add a third, it means that I give up reading the book at all and that it is just not worth it. In the end some books really don’t deserve your time and then trying at a later point in time will not change that one bit. I will keep my list of books I am reading in parallel and track my progress using GoodReads. Also, I will cut back on my Netflix time to finish more books in 2019. In 2019, I need to read at least 15 minutes a day. This is now a repeating task on my daily to do list via Edo Agenda.

Be active: excercising at least 4 times a week and 10.000 steps a day

In 2018, I would say I had a pretty good year exercise wise. I hit my weekly exercise goal of 4 or more times a week frequently and with my new job I am also getting a lot more steps on a week-day basis than ever before. However, I notice that my body sometimes struggled and that I took a lot of resting weeks. This year I need to cut back on the breaks and make sure that I keep my body healthy and fit to train structurally. Also, I plan to use the fitness facilities at the new office on top of my dance classes, the sports fysio, and the gym at Snowworld. I will track my exercise goal using my Fitbit and the corresponding app. When I haven’t met the goal, I am not allowed to have any snacks the next week. I am sure that will be motivation enough, but if it doesn’t work out then at least I am watching my figure.

Be rested: minimum 7 hours of sleep per night

In the past, we blogged about sleep being the key to success and getting the right sleep. Well, at this point with my new job and trying to exercise more and more I cannot seem to agree more. This year I am going to turn over a new leaf. The minimum time that I have to be asleep is 7 hours, which I will also track using my Fitbit and the app. When I have not met the goal that day, I will not be allowed to have any snacks that day. Again, I am sure that will motivate me. However, it will also ensure that on those days I will not snack even more as a result of being tired.

Save: mimiMum ‘x’ amount per month

As we would very much like to buy a house and subsequently a gorgeous interior, we started saving more and more. This year I have set an even higher saving goal for myself (that I have to make unless we are somehow blessed enough to finally get to buy a house). Which means that I will cut back on my shopping. Yes, you are reading that correctly. I will get a budget of the money I can spend on stuff. I don’t really want to limit myself as much in terms of experiences, as long as I make my monthly saving goal. I have updated my financial overview and will track my monthly saving progress over the year.

What are your new year’s resolutions? Anything in particular that you want accomplish? Change or improve to further engineer your life?

Nineteen small things for a big 2019

Nineteen small things for a big 2019

Thanks 2018!

Thanks 2018!