Tuesday, 17 January 2017

2017 Resolutions


(Using my diary - bullet journal style)


2017 Resolutions

Hey Guys!

So I’m a little late posting my resolutions. I’ve been really busy with work and haven't had much me time recently - but thankfully that will all ending soon. My contract finishes on March 1st and I’m looking forward to basking in a few good months of unemployment :) With that in mind, I’ve tried to set myself some goals geared to being productive.

Here is what I came up with:

Blogging

  • Minimum of one post a week - thats not to hard, surely? I figure if I can keep ahead and have posts scheduled at least a month in advance this is very doable. Scheduling also means I can still post content up even when I’m travelling. Although these day's Wifi is everywhere! I was most surprised to find I could get on Facebook even when I was deep in the Mekong Delta!

  • Mixed Content. Nearly all my posts are book reviews and I would like to try and branch out more. I want to add more personal posts - stories and pictures from my travels, my stumbling attempts at writing a book…. how would you guys feel about this?

  • Socialise! I’m actually quite an introverted person, but recently I’ve been making a real effort to comment on the blogs I read. I want to keep up this habit, as I love connecting with so many like minded people. You guys rock!

  • Vlogging? This one is still uncertain, but I’m considering starting a Vlog, partly as a way to get over my fear of cameras, and also so I can share some of my travel videos!

Writing

  • Complete a draft of my MG WIP. I’m halfway at 30K words, and so far that has taken me 4 months. I’ve set a deadline to complete it by the end of Feb, then I want it edited, polished and ready to query by summer!

  • Draft a YA novel (preferably within 4 months). Like many aspiring writers, publication is the dream - and also all the ideas in my head are clogging up my brain! However I need to set more word count goals and manage my time more effectively.

My TBR LIST- Bullet Journal Style

Reading

  • Read 100 Books. This is my Goodreads Challenge.

  • Read 12 Books by British Authors - I’ve already read two this year so I’m well on my way. Anyone interested in signing for the challenge should head over to Michelle's blog @TalesofYesterday

  • More Fairytale Retellings - Another one of my challenges hosted by Jo over  @onceuponabookcase

  • Clear up my backlist. I have so many books on my TBR so I’m cutting down on new releases and catching up on older books.

  • Accepting DNF. Life is too short to read books you don't like, and I’m starting to realise there is no reward to finishing books I’m not getting along with. 

Skills

  • Learn to make Sushi - why? Because I love sushi!

  • Learn Japanese. I actually studied Japanese for two years (before I moved to China lol) and I want to pick it up again. Being able to have a conversation is the goal!

Travel 

Normally my list of countries to travel is huge - but I don't really have set plans or know where I will this year. Therefore I’m going to just see what opportunities come up and follow where fate leads me. Except for:

  • Mongolia - In October I want to visit the eagle tribes and ride across the grass planes.

  • Northern Lights - I’m probably going to be in Canada at some point this year, so… why not?

*After writing this I booked a flight to Indonesia - and that's exactly where I will be jetting off to on the 24th January for ten days :) Let the travels begin!

Financial

  • Chocolate Box Recruitment. My boyfriend and I are setting up a business to help people find good teaching jobs in China. 

Sadly there are so many schools who treat teachers terribly, and we know firsthand what that is like! We want to help place teachers in schools that will look after them, and ensure their China experience is a great one.  If you or anyone you know is wanting to try their hand at teaching English as a foreign language, please get in touch. Our advice and services are all FREE! :) 

Time
  • Time Management. All my goals for the year are achievable since ultimately, it all comes down to how I manage my time. So far I’ve learned setting a timer works wonders so I don't spend too much time on one thing and too little on another.

  • Multitasking. Podcasts are a great way to learn new things and I can listen as I walk - and I walk a lot. I also love sneaking in writing while cookies bake in the oven. Audio books are also pretty good while doing household chores. With these things in mind, I want to find more ways to multitask! Any suggestions


And thats it. What do you think? Does this seem manageable? I think so, but I’ll be sure to let you know half way though the year how I’m getting on. How goes everyone else resolutions? Are you sticking to them?


26 comments:

  1. These are some really great goals! I think they seem manageable. Time management is something I'm really hoping to work on this year. Good luck with all of these!

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    1. I think you're right Lori - Time management seems to be something on everyones list lol. Hopefully this year I can master my lazy clock!

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  2. These are some great goals! I personally found that scheduling posts in advance really help. I keep a list of post ideas and write them whenever I get the time and inspiration. YESSSS to contents other than reviews, I learned that contents like discussions/tips & tricks get more traffic than reviews :D I also want to learn new language! Not Japanese, but probably French? I learned it for 3 years in high school but I only remember the basics haha anyway good luck with all your goals <3

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    1. Yeah - I keep jotting down ideas for blog posts into my diary - when I will actually have time to write them though is another issue. And I agree, I think discussion posts are much more engaging than book reviews so hopefully I can manage to do some more of them! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I have shortened my resolutions for this year just because I end up being disappointed many times over when I don't follow through. This year, the main focus is general organization and finance. So that's what I've been working hard to achieve.

    Love your bullet journal, and I wish you the best of luck with your resolutions this year!

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    1. I like to set a lot of goals because then I'm happy at the end of the year when I can say "Hey - I did that", even if it is only two or three things out of ten lol. But best of luck with your own goals :)

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  4. Yes to all of these goals, especially the DNF! I used to feel like I HAD to push through it, even though I wasn't enjoying myself at all. Now I just say NOPE and get on with it hahaha. And being more interactive with other blogs is great! Otherwise how would I have found your blog?! :D Good luck with all of this, it sounds like you are going to have a great start into 2017!

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    1. Ha ha - I know, I've found so many great blogs in the last few months just thanks to commenting! But I think I'm going to struggle with the DNF goals - I always feel guilty to the author when I put a book down. I really needed to toughen my skin!

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  5. You have wonderful goals! Japanese is one of the many languages I would love to learn, best wishes to you on your language-learning journey! Time management is the thing that I think is key to so many things in life, especially achieving goals and staying on task.

    And I also just want to add that although I don't personally like to eat sushi, I think sushi itself and the way it is prepared is fascinating, so learning how to make it sounds awesome!

    Good luck with all your goals. :)

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    1. Thanks Jordan. I'm actually considering spending a few months in Japan next year - then I can learn the language and eat lots of sushi (ahem, I mean make lots of sushi) at the same time. Very time efficient, don't you think? lol

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  6. Wow! These are wonderful resolutions! I actually didn't make many resolutions this year because I'm afraid I'll break them but yes, I mean to be active with my blogging, writing and reading too! And language learning is awesome! I hope you have fun learning Japanese :) And it's always awesome to learn to cook any dish!Good luck with everything!

    New follower!
    Uma@Books.Bags.Burgers.

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    1. Hey Uma - Thanks so much for following :) I hope 2017 will be a great year too - there are so many things I want to do. Mastering my time is definitely first on the list :) And although you didn't set any goals, I hope 2017 is a great year for you as well!

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  7. Wow, so many amazing goals! I'd love to see the Northern Lights one day. And I love your bullet journal, it's so creative! My reading goal on Goodreads is 100 too, not sure if I'll manage it this year, but definitely going to try. I hope you learn to make sushi! I have attempted it precisely once, and it ended in disaster (rice - everywhere). I am particularly clumsy though, so you should have better luck than me! :)

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    1. Ha ha - that sounds very much like my first attempt at Sushi - more rice on my hands then in the Sushi. Best of luck with your reading goals!

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  8. Good luck with your resolutions! It is my hope to finish my WIP this year, it will be hard but i know I will feel good once it's done! I hope you can reach your reading goal too! 100 books is a large feat, but I'm sure you can do it! My dad has seen the northern lights before and I was so jealous! Definitely something on my bucketlist.

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    1. Thanks very much! Best of luck with your goals too - nothing is more satisfying than finishing your WIP! And I'm hoping lots of travel can help me hit my reading goals since I can never sleep on boats/trains or planes!

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  9. What a wonderful list! I hope you're able to achieve all of these! I like that these are so do-able and I hope you find that they're not too overwhelming. GOOD LUCK!!!

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    1. Thanks - and me too! Excited for the travelling part and to finish my WIP!

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  10. Wow, these are some seriously awesome goals! I personally make it a point to make as very few resolutions as possible because more often than not I end up not fulfilling them so having few reduces the disappointmennt in a sense xD I'm hopeless. I wish you luck with all this, Sarah! May this year prove to be nothing short of amazing for you <3

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! And I always like to set loads of goals... makes me feel better when I achieve at least some of them! Good luck with your own goals!

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  11. I love reading traveling and writing posts! I also love vlogs, so two thumbs up on all of those intentions. I am trying to clear up a lot of my backlist this year, too. My son took two semesters of Japanese wnd was teaching me, but after that he stopped. I have his old workbooks the teacher made them buy, but didn't use, so I think I am going to use them this year before I lose any more of what I learned. Seeing the northern lights would be amazing. We have had them here a couple of times, but they are just little flickers above the treelines. Good luck on all of your resolutions!

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    1. Thanks LA La - I really can't wait to pick up Japanese again. I've actually started reading lots of Japanese fiction to help get me back in the mood :) Otherwise hope you have a great 2017 and you make a big dent in your backlist!

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  12. I think your list of goals is definitely achievable. I mean, we can't always achieve all of our goals we set out at the beginning of the year but I'm pretty certain you can get a lot of them done. Posting once a week is a great goal to have because it's easy enough if you set a bit of time aside for your blog once a week and that way you can get a couple of posts drafted up to cover yourself for those weeks you're busier.

    And what a great idea, I hope your business is a success, it sounds like you and your boyfriend know enough about the area you're trying to set up in to do a good job.

    Good luck with your resolutions.

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    1. Thanks Becky :) I hope achieve most of these things this year, so far I've been working really hard to make each and everyone of these things happen :)

      All the best for 2017!

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  13. Amazing resolutions and I really hope you achieve each and every one. I plan in my head at the beginning of the year all the things I would personally like to achieve but somehow I never seem to find the motivation or self belief to actually do them!

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    1. I use to be a lot like that - but now I find if I make lots of goals, I have a higher chance of at least achieving some of them! Don't give up!

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