my new year’s resolution

I know that New Year resolutions aren’t for everyone but personally I love counting milestones and reflecting what I can improve for the next year. Particularly, I have been reading about manifesting. This idea assumes that publicising goals will create accountability. Another productivity trick is to break large, abstract and unorganised motivations into smaller, concise targets. I will state the abstract goal in the hedding and then bullet points way to pursue said goal.

Spend more time with my family, especially my little sister

  • rotate my weekly phone calls between my aunt, younger sister and grandma.
  • invite my younger sister to stay with my in London but only when I have planned activities
  • visit my hometown regularly and make time for my friends that are not living in London
  • ask my younger sister specific, non-judgemental questions like “what is it that you like about x subject”
  • respond to family related quandaries with non judgement
  • sync up visits with my other family

Read more books

  • research the book before so that it will become easier to read and appreciate the techniques the author uses
  • always carry a book around and take advantage of any commutes
  • try out audiobooks
  • block out time in the morning and before bed to reading in solitude (at least 45 minutes a day)
  • use holidays as a way to read more
  • take notes on sticky notes to put onto the page
  • try to read 40 books in 2020
  • look up stuff that I’m not familiar with and then use documentaries or wikipedia pages to supplement the book
  • mark passages and write down feelings
  • apply and use any quotes that have moved me

Improve my language learning

  • finish Korean 3 in Pimsleur
  • finish Chinese level 5 in Pimsleur
  • finish Chinese Assmil
  • dissect a french audio 2x a week
  • memorise one child’s tale in french per week
  • target one French grammar per month and practise using it
  • practise with glossika twice a week
  • try out a language exchange
  • do one terrifying language related goal per month
  • review words on anki or lingq
  • start reading in Urdu
  • Learn the sanskrit writing system
  • try out a new recipe in a different language every month

Improve skills

  • continue to update this journal
  • plan and edit my posts before uploading them
  • review my words on anki every week
  • learn photoshop, adobe lightroom, Indesign, how to draft monthly campaigns
  • learn colour, typography and layout
  • learn how to work a dslr
  • carry my film camera around with my everywhere and stock on film
  • track my finances and budget accordingly
  • block out time which is separate from reading, socialising and language learning for learning new skills such as photoshop
  • start building a good portfolio
  • learn how to write an opinion – Why was a book written? What does it mean? Do I agree with it?
  • learn my 1-15 times table
  • start learning piano and learn how to play Nina Simone & Barbara
  • look into dual n back games

Practise Self-love

  • reduce phone usage to two hours per day (currently I stand at three hours)
  • cry whenever I feel like crying rather than keeping it inside
  • express real, vulnerable emotion with my closest friends and family
  • practise meditating/being mindful
  • build the gym into my routine or at least ensure that I have walked 10,000 steps
  • every morning I should ask what I want to work on today or “what would my future self want me to work on today”, that could be for a) satisfaction b) joy c) urgency
  • ensure I drink 8 glasses of water and sleep 8-9 hours a day
  • keep a work-to-life balance and ensure that they are completely separated
  • use my morning time wisely as I am the most productive in the earlier hours
  • schedule in time and be realistic in what I can accomplish
  • check in with my friends regularly – have an assigned slot every week and tell them/write it down why I am grateful to have them in my life

I now need to sit down on the 31st of December, make a schedule and enscribe it into my weekly diary. Devising a system will help me to stay on track with these ambitious goals. most importantly, I will review my progress in mid-june and see if I can make any further changes to my plan and see if aforementioned plan is working or I need to be more realistic.

As of course:

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern… There’s no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by.

Annie Dillard

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