(Using my diary - bullet journal style)
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:
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
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!
- 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 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?