Blogging has taken a bit of a back seat over Christmas. The girls are off school for the best part of a month and I’ve had loads of work to do. So, I thought I’d mark the start of the New Year with a post about the 18 things I want from 2018. It’s sometimes helpful to write things down to gain a bit of perspective. Hopefully I’ll look back at this in the Summer and feel like I’m getting on okay.
Every Christmas, I work up to the wire. I generally manage to enjoy Christmas day with the family but before long, I get ill. This year was no exception. I know full well that if I made more time to rest during the year, I wouldn’t end up wasting my time in bed when I finally get a break. So this year will be different, I’ll learn from the best. Hopefully.
Towards the end of last year, I started listening to audiobooks when I walk the dogs. This has given me the opportunity to get through more books, but I still want to make time to read a book. It should go along with resting. It’s time for me, which I’m increasingly realising is important.
3. Finish work earlier
Virtually every night, I end up working until close to midnight. Sometimes I need to, but on other days it’s unnecessary. I know I’d be more productive if I stopped by 10pm and took some time to relax before getting to bed at a reasonable time.
4. Train for a triathlon
I’ve entered a triathlon for July. It’s going to be great fun because some friends and family have entered too. And this time, I intend to find the time to train properly. It’s not a massive distance so I should be able to do it in a reasonable time as long as I’m ready for it. Swimming and running will be fine, but I need to get out on my bike regularly, which is something I’ve failed to do enough since having children.
5. Don’t waste time on time wasters
This one is self-explanatory. Both in work and my personal life, I need to be more firm about saying no to people who are wasting my time. Managing to rest, read, finish work earlier and train will be much easier if I learn to say no more.
Sometimes, important things don’t get done because I’m too busy procrastinating or doing things that don’t matter. I have a rough weekly plan for this year and intend to adapt it to what I have to do each week.
7. Have fun
I’m lucky to be in a job that allows me to do things I enjoy. This year, I intend to do more of the fun things and less of the boring stuff. I might not be as successful, but I’ll be happier and that’s what matters.
8. Eat better
I don’t want to diet and I’m not overly bothered about losing weight. But I do want to eat better in order to feel better.
9. Separate work and personal life
Whilst I need to access social media and emails on my phone, I need to try harder to put the phone and the laptop away while I’m with the children where possible. I regularly get a reasonable amount of work done at soft play while they’re playing, and I intend to continue with that. But when the children need my attention, I want them to get all of it, without me being distracted by work.
10. Do an indoor skydive
This was my Christmas present from my husband. Children from four years old are allowed to have a go, so I’d like to wait until after Lia’s 4th birthday in May so we can do it together as a family.
11. Go open water swimming
Whilst I’ll be swimming in the river for the triathlon anyway, I don’t want that to be the only open water swimming I do this year. I always love getting in the water and need to make more time for it.
12. Do some home improvements
We’ve ground to a halt with home improvements because there’s some major work that needs doing which will make a mess of the house. So, it would be pointless carrying on working on the house until that’s done. My aim for the year is to be in a position to get that done and carry on with everything else.
13. Have a family holiday where I stop work
I always end up working when we’re on holiday. This was even the case when we were in Kielder Forest with no phone signal. This year, I’d like to have at least a few days where I stop completely, put an out of office on my emails and just relax.
14. Make more videos
Until last year, I never really enjoyed making videos. These days though, I’m starting to enjoy it. The girls can get involved and they’re a great way to capture the fun times to watch back at a later date. I’m even starting to quite enjoy doing vlog reviews, although I’ll prefer it when I have a tripod to use rather than balancing my camera on top of a chair.
15. Keep better records
I’m dreadful at filling in spreadsheets, so this year I’ve decided to make it something I do every week. This was mainly inspired by spending hours on end doing my tax return last week. I don’t want to go through that again next year.
16. Make the most of the time before Lia goes to school
I can’t believe how quickly it’s come around, but Lia starts school in September. I know that then I’ll have time for all the things I can’t do now. But until then, I’m going to enjoy the extra time with her.
17. Make time for one on one time with both girls
For Libby in particular, there is very little one on one time with either myself or my husband. She can be quite competitive with Lia and I know it’s partly because she doesn’t get enough time to herself. So this year, I intend to make sure that each of them gets some one on one time, even if it’s only a couple of hours a month.
18. Try to remember at least some of these resolutions
Let’s face it, 18 is a lot isn’t it? But none of them should be too difficult to achieve as long as I keep them in mind. And apparently making a list is helpful.