The New Year is always a great time to feed off of the energy of everyone wanting to build new habits and achieve new goals. The key is to sustain this energy throughout the year, which is what people tend to lack, but I digress. I’m going to take advantage of this time of year, and also a transition between semesters in college, to make some new goals for myself.
This blog post is inspired by my favorite YouTube creator and current biggest inspiration, Amy Landino. I hope you watch her video linked below for some further inspiration to make 2020 your best year yet. I recommend you subscribe to her, as well. I’m very careful about what content I consume on social media, and my subscription to her is a very conscious choice.
I put a lot of time and energy into creating this list of 20. They aren’t in any particular order, but you’ll probably see themes of personal, professional, and development. Enjoy!
Here are 20 things I will accomplish this year:
Keep better track of birthdays and anniversaries. In order to do this, I’m going to be inputting all of my close family and friends’ birthdays into a calendar on Google that I will check every month in order to make preparations to send birthday cards and gifts when necessary.
Send thank you cards. I want to make a point of sending a thank you card when someone does something for me that I appreciate. Gratitude is something I’m working on expressing to others, and I think this will be a great way of showing it.
Keep screen time down. Specifically, under 5 hours/day. I have app timers for apps that I can easily get sucked into, and that’s been helping me stay mindful. However, I’m continually trying to spend less time on my phone and more time looking at the world around me. I’ve noticed that I use my phone as an anxiety crutch in social situations, and that’s something I want to lessen moving forward.
Stay on top of photos and files. I noticed that my Google Photos and my laptop filing system have been way out of control, and so I want to make a point every 2-4 weeks to go through photos and files to ensure that my digital life is not becoming cluttered.
Manage contacts better. One big project I have for 2020 is to get all my personal and professional contacts in order. I’ve met a lot of people in recent years from lots of different places, and I think I could leverage my network better if I had all that information more organized. I’m not exactly sure how I’ll be doing this yet, but you can be sure I’ll write a blog post about it.
Level up my personal hygiene routine. I want to slowly start creating a more intensive self-care hygiene routine this year. This will include things like taking better care of my skin, hair, and nails daily. I always feel better when I am taking care of myself in that way.
Drink more water. I don’t particularly enjoy drinking water, so sometimes it’s difficult for me to get enough daily. I’m going to make it a point to drink an entire hydroflask of water as well as a cup of water with two out of three meals daily.
Take colder showers. This one is weird, but I’ve gotten in a bad habit of taking extremely hot showers, and it’s not super healthy. So, I’m going to try to slowly bring that temperature down for the sake of my skin.
Be more consistent with friendships. I’m going to make a list of 10-20 friends that I want to make a point of contacting on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. I’ve noticed that I often go tunnel-vision into my work and will let friendships fall to the wayside; this is something I will avoid this year by being consistent with these people I want to keep in my life.
Be more consistent with family. I’ve struggled to find a good groove with staying in contact with my family since moving across the country, and that’s something I’m going to be working on in the next year. I want to make sure that I contact my close family members with an update at least once every two weeks.
Be unapologetic about where I’m not spending my time. Last year, I felt a lot of unnecessary guilt for decisions I made about where I was spending my time, even though I knew I needed to make those decisions for my mental health. I will work on feeling zero guilt for unfollowing, leaving a message unanswered until it’s a good time for me, or not going out if it doesn’t feel right.
No romantic relationships. I’ve made a vow to myself that 2020 is a single season for me. After getting out of a long-term relationship in fall of 2019, I need some time to process and focus on myself. I think a year-long hiatus from serious relationships is what I need. Sorry not sorry, boys 😉
Change up my journaling routine. In 2019, I pretty consistently journaled once in the morning and once at night, one page each. I just did a stream-of-consciousness style where I would put whatever was in my mind on the page. I think this worked really well for me, but I want to add some structure to it. I’m still figuring out exactly how, but I want to integrate goals and affirmations into my journal routine.
Read 6 books. I want to continue my daily reading ritual of at least 15 minutes, and my goal is to complete 6 books. I’m starting with Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Stop Apologizing and then I think I’ll be reading The Entrepreneur’s Playbook by Leonard Green. I will also be listening to Amy Landino’s new book, Good Morning, Good Life. These three will start me off well. I do want to integrate one fiction book in there somewhere — give me a recommendation if you have one!
Get back into meditation. I really fell out of the habit of meditating in the past two years, but it’s something I want to get back into. I’ll start by doing some guided meditations in the first half of the year, then try to transition to leading my own in the latter half. I want to be consistently meditating for 10 minutes daily by the end of 2020. I know it’ll be a process getting there, though. Right now, I’m working up to 3 shorter practices every week. My best bet is to make it a part of my morning or night routine. I haven’t decided which yet.
Become certified as a yoga instructor. This is probably the biggest tangible goal for 2020. I’m planning on getting my yoga certification during the summer funded through my scholar program at Babson.
Improve my financial health. Overall this year I want to be better about my money. This means taking on a second work study, working to monetize ALT more, and being smart with my purchases. I am also planning on working a summer job that will allow me to save a significant amount. I recently purchased my first credit card, and I want to use it consistently this year in order to start building credit. My plan is to use it only for my recurring payments so that I always expect the amount.
Be better about appointments. As a part of adulting, I’m responsible for things like going to the doctor, dentist, therapy, and orthodontist appointments. I want to make sure that I’m staying on top of my health and wellness by making sure I make and keep appointments as needed.
Provide more value to my community. That’s you 🙂 I want to make sure I’m giving you as much value as possible in 2020. This means more consistent and better content across all channels. I will be adding printables, guest blogs, monthly newsletters, and videos to my blog content. I also want to do interviews to bring more perspectives to the discussion of achieving your goals.
Create a scale-able ALT Planner. By the end of 2020, I will have a bound version of the ALT Planner available for purchase by individuals and organizations. I love the customization of the planner I currently have on the market, but it’s simply not scale-able at this point in the venture. I’m excited to embark on this process in the coming months!
Well, I think that’s enough to put on my plate for the start of 2020, don’t you? I am really passionate about making all of these things happen this year, and I’m excited to make significant process in the coming weeks. I am going to make it a point to check in with these goals throughout the year both on social and here on the blog. Let’s do this!
I’d love for you to share with me what your goals are for 2020! Make a post on IG and tag me @alicia_life_tips !
❤ Alicia Sibole