It’s hard to believe that we’re already nearing the end of June, and more than half the year has gone by. Like many other people, I make new year resolutions in the beginning of each new year. Unfortunately, in previous years, I forget I made them by the time March comes around. However, I committed myself to trying my best to accomplish my resolutions this year. Here are my five 2018 New Year Resolutions and my progress on them, so far.
1. Read at least one book a month (12 books a year)
So far, I’ve read 9 books, so I’m definitely on track to reaching my goal of finishing 12 books by the end of the year. This resolution is the easiest for me, because I love escaping into the world of a book. My favorite time to read is in the morning, while I’m eating breakfast. It’s the PERFECT start of a day 🙂
2. Work out at least 3 times a week
Rather than planning which days to work out or leaving it until the last three days of the week, I tackled this goal by planning to exercise everyday. This method has worked really well, because I know I can afford to skip one or two days if I’m particularly unmotivated or exhausted. Planning a workout everyday also ensures that I’m more likely to actually do it…even if it’s because I like crossing things off my planner.
3. Sleep by midnight, wake up by 8:00 a.m.
I took about two months to get into the habit of sleeping by midnight and waking up at 8:00 a.m. As a night owl, I tend to be the most creative and productive in the evening, but I also noticed that I’m more productive throughout the day if I start earlier. I use the Bedtime feature in the Clock app on my iPhone to remind me of my bedtime and wake me up slowly in the morning, with a soothing melody that increases in volume. So much better than the startling alarms that I used to use.
4. Write a book
I started writing a book in January, scraped it, and then started over again this month. I knew that writing a book would be a long and slow process, but I didn’t expect myself to be so indecisive. I changed the beginning of chapter 1 three times on the new book before I was willing to move on. At the rate I’m going, I know I won’t finish writing by the end of the year, but I’m glad that setting this resolution made me start writing the book. Fingers crossed that I don’t scrape this one too…LOL.
5. Be confident in who I am and love myself
This one is a little tricky; unlike the other four resolutions, how I feel about myself is not something I can easily track. Despite all my insecurities and lack of self-confidence, I’ve learned to just fake it till I make it. I’ve realized that if I just put on a smile, at a job interview, for instance, and sounded confident about what I was saying, I ended up feeling confident.
What about you? How are you doing on your new year resolutions, if you set any? Are you pushing through?