It may seem a bit late for a post about plans for this year, it’s meant to be a new year thing, I know.
But surely it takes at least a month to figure out exactly the best approach when those niggling feelings about changing things appear at the beginning of the year? Well it has for me. I’ve been thinking about this blog, photography, writing, my career, health, travelling… There’s so much, that I feel fuzzy ambitions without a do-able and thought out plan are just pointless.
Going over it all in my head, there was too much. Ambition isn’t a bad thing, but you can try to do it all and end up doing none of it.
So here’s the plan:
- Create a photo series – my photos are quite sporadic in theme and style. I’m working on a photo series to help me define my style and I’ll also have a series I can look to exhibit in cafes etc
- Take more care when writing blog posts – I tend to spend ages on the photos, write quickly and then post it
- Spend 2 hours a week writing fiction – doesn’t have to be good, just need to start the habit
- Travelling – live more frugally and take more opportunities. I spent time exploring Spain last year and loved it so I’ve decided to make travelling more of a priority
- Style post collaborations – I’ve mentioned that I want to shoot more style posts, I just need to find people that want to be in them/style them!
- Health – winter really throws my exercise routine, I’m not comfortable running in the dark and fitting running around work in daylight hours becomes almost impossible. I’m cycling London to Brighton this year, which commits me to longer cycle rides, before getting back to running for my first half marathon later in the year
There’s actually a lot there, but it’s maybe only a quarter of the ambitions I had floating around at the beginning of the year. Too many commitments and I know that nothing will get done.
I’m really interested in habit forming and how to build big changes with small tweaks. Leo Babauta’s blog Zen Habits does a great job of breaking down goals to small habits. His post on The Four Habits That Form Habits is especially useful.
Other resources I’ve found useful are:
-Duolingo – I’m learning Spanish, but there are plenty of languages on there and I really feel like I’m progressing. Also, you can compete for points against friends and you can have emails sent to you when your friends overtake you. Which is damn motivating… It’s also free.
- Nike Training Club – I go to the free classes in London, but I probably use the app more now. I can choose to do a huge selection of workouts and I’ve been doing one of the shorter, 15 minute workouts about 5 days a week. I’m not going to end up strong and toned from that, but it’s a habit to build on and I always hurt the next day.
- Lift - a simple little habit tracker, it encourages you to reach 21 days of any habit you want to achieve