There’s something about this time of year that always feels particularly reflective. The down time between Christmas and New Year always gets me thinking about what makes me happy and what I want to achieve and how I’m feeling about the wider life plan.
Usually I end up writing big lists of things I want to do and change and tick off the bucket list within the next 12 months. It’s common practice for me to make outlandish resolutions about running more and cooking more and spending less and weighing less.
As do most people, I start January full of energy and excitement and commitment to my goals, but by the time February rolls around I’m usually feeling a little bit deflated and down on myself for not tackling my resolutions with quite the gusto I’d envisaged back in December. A familiar feeling for a lot of us I would imagine.
I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t really fancy feeling downbeat and deflated again this year. So I’ve decided to tackle the old New Year’s resolution scenario a little bit differently this time round. Basically, I’m just going to make one resolution. And it’s going to be broad and fluffy and immeasurable and all the things that the lifestyle gurus say they shouldn’t be.
This year, my only goal is to make more time for the things that I love, the things that make me feel more me. Quality time with my family and work that makes me feel good and weekends away in new places. Opportunities to learn new things and reading and cooking and making. Dinner dates with friends and writing and blogging and contributing to something worthwhile. The things I love may change and fluctuate throughout the year – us humans are fickle – but the aim will always be to keep making time for them.
If I had to sum up what I want to achieve in 2016, it would be to get better at prioritising. Not in a way that focuses on making the most money or moving quickly up the career ladder, but on a way that brings more of what I love into my life and makes me feel more content. I want to focus both my time and my money on the things that will bring me the most happiness. None of us know quite how much time we have on this lovely little planet, so it seems daft that we would aim to do anything else, but this is the first year I’ve really thought about it in that way.
So that’s it – no elaborate goals to achieve or big life changing things to tick off the bucket list for me this year, just a shift of focus. But I’m hoping that if I get it right, it’ll make 2016 the best year yet.