Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Happy New Year, kids!

So last year, I actually wrote down my goals for the year, and it turned out reasonably well. As I said then, I don't like calling them resolutions because that tends to come with the expectation that they'll be abandoned by about the sixth of January. And I don't like to make them really specific - you know, the "lose 5kg" type - because you inevitably feel shit about yourself if you only lose 4.5kg.

So. Let's get to this year's goals, shall we?

1. Go to the gym regularly
Last year, I had "get fit" on the list. My fitness has definitely improved over this time last year, but after two weeks away from the gym when I was in New Zealand, I've struggled to get back into the routine and haven't been since a week before Christmas. So I need to get back into the habit of going to the gym AT LEAST twice a week. Three times a week would be better. I have ambitions to go four times a week, but I should probably build up to that, shouldn't I?!

2. Be accountable
This is partly about taking responsibility for my actions and their outcomes, but part of it relates to food. While I was in New Zealand, I stopped using MyFitnessPal, and I haven't really used it since. So I need to get back into the habit of logging what I eat and being accountable for it, rather than doing an "I ate pretty well today so I can just eat an extra slice of cheese and it won't really make a difference" thing.

3. Procrastinate less
I am the queen of procrastination, and I really need to work on abdicating my throne. Especially when it comes to job applications - "Oh, it's not due for two days" isn't a valid reason to leave the one remaining selection criterion for tomorrow, yo.

4. Keep writing
Last year, I had "write something ELSE" on the list. I didn't participate in NaNoWriMo, on account of being in New Zealand for half of it. Still, I did start working on something vaguely resembling an idea for a novel, which is currently standing at about 7,500 words. Plus, I wrote a 2,000-ish word one shot thing. So my goal for this year is to just keep writing, and try to turn that 7,500 words into something more substantial.

5. Vlog at least once a month
My biggest problem with this one is coming up with a topic every month, but I figure if I start keeping a list of things I want to talk about, maybe it'll be easier. I already have two ideas written down, so I'm good until March at this stage! I'm also planning on doing VEDA again, because it was awesome.

6. Buy what I need, rather than what I want
I think I did better last year at not doing the whole "Oh, this movie is only $20, I can totally afford that!" thing. This year I need to work on not just buying five new books for my Kindle rather than going to the library... This isn't to say that I can NEVER buy things that I want. It just means I need to put priorities in place when it comes to my spending.

7. Get in the damned photo, again
I definitely did better on this one last year. In 2012, I was tagged in 5 photos on Facebook, and only two of them were actually of me (in one of them, I was a small child, so it doesn't really count). In 2013? I was tagged in 54 photos on Facebook, and 43 of them were actually of me. Definitely an improvement! Hopefully I can keep it up this year...

8. Keep track of how many pages I read each day. 
This one is more curiosity than an attempt to read a certain number of pages. I mean, Goodreads may track how many pages I read each year, but I'm really interested to see what my average number of pages is, as well as the highest and lowest numbers. I tracked it for the last two weeks of December, and my highest was 581 pages and the lowest was 92.

Pretty self explanatory and one that will probably make the list every year.

Are you making resolutions or goals for this year? What are they?

K xx


  1. This looks like a pretty good list of non-resolution-y resolutions. I'm the type to abandon resolutions quickly so I don't even try. Good luck with yours, they sound reasonable. DFTBA!

    1. I figure this way I'll feel slightly guilty throughout the year if I don't go to the gym!

  2. These resolutions are awesome! And I probably need to do a lot of these too...

    1. If you want to do regular check-ins to keep each other on track, you know where to find me!

  3. I love all of these, but can I just say that you are a reading machine? Also I was all, "you?? Procrastinate?" because you always have your Buffy recaps drafted early. But probably life shouldn't be measured by Buffy recaps. So, yeah.


    2. Yeah, see, I'm procrastinating over the other things (job applications, going to the gym, leaving the house) by writing Snark Squad posts. Whoops?

  4. I have a lot of big goals that do have numbers associated with them, many very similar to yours, but they're all treated largely as hypotheticals that I want to work towards by the end of the year. For now, I'm at "work out four times a week." That's my January goal. I was working out that much before Christmas, so it's really just a matter of resuming a prior habit. Down the line I would like to make that "every single day" and I have some targets in terms of what I'd like those workouts to consist of, but for now it's just "four days a week." It doesn't have to be much, but something.

    (It helps that I have a good selection of workout tapes. Getting myself to go to the gym four days a week would be all kinds of NOT FUCKING HAPPENING.)

    1. My four times a week goal is dependent on me buying at least one more pair of gym pants. Because otherwise I have to do laundry in the middle of the week and make sure it dries in time, and THAT IS JUST TOO MUCH EFFORT FOR THE GYM.


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