Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year, New Me

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Normally I don't make new year's resolutions because I always feel horribly guilty when I inevitably change them. So this year instead of setting some ridiculous weight loss goal or something, I'm going to set some easier lifestyle changes to focus more on my mental health. I think these will be easier to honor because they are things I've been on again off again doing, so now is a good time as every to make a resolution to stick with these habits. 

  • 10 Second Rule. This one is helpful for just organizing my life and making sure things get done. Basically if something takes less than 10 seconds to do, then do it. I'm a victim to shoes piling up the door, or clothes all over the floor just because I'm too lazy in that moment to do something about it. If it takes less than ten seconds to accomplish why not do it now instead of letting the mess and disarray build to a stressful level and then have to spend hours organizing everything later on? I'm going to make a conscious effort to employ this rule, no more just leaving shoes by the door, I'm going to take them off and just put them away right away. There's really no reason to leave them there if I was walking to my room where I store my shoes anyways.
  • Budgeting. Especially in the last few months I've gone a little online shopping crazy. It's high time I took control of my finances started budgeting properly. I've always been good at saving, but this year I vow to organize my monthly spending allowances to not only control my spending but also to increase my savings.
  • Learn Advanced Excel. Kind of going in hand with my budgeting, I've also decided to make it a goal to really get a good grasp on Excel. This way I can create some awesome financial tracking documents and learn pivot tables which is also a great skill to have for just about any job.
  • Reading 30 minutes. I go through phases where I will read a lot and then sometimes week at a time without picking up a book. I want to challenge myself to read at least 30 minutes a day, any type of book, because I find reading really helps with my writing and expanding my vocabulary. 
  • Reading the news 2x a day. I was a political science major in college, you would think I would be faithfully tracking current events, definitely not. I have news apps on my phone that sends notifications about breaking news, but it would be nice to be aware of everything else that is going on.
What are some of your New Year's resolutions this year? How have you done in the past?

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