goals for 2016

Last year, I shared my goals in a less/more style which was inspired by the lovely Thalita over at The Learner Observer. I really enjoyed the way this set the tone for the year, helping me focus on different areas that I was then able to break down into specific goals.

Goals for 2016

Intentions, for me, are things that are more general than goals, which is why I think they lead to success for me: they are a less restricting. Specific aims are good, but I have found that if I set an intention, this allows me to be more flexible with my goals, which in turn helps ease my anxiety.

For this year, here are my intentions:

  • Frivolity | Last year, I stayed within budget for 9 out of 12 months, which I am very proud of. But looking back through my spendings, there were still a lot of unnecessary purchases, mostly food and knick-knacks. There's no reason to buy store jam when you have delicious home-made jam at home, just like there's no reason to buy the 7 millionth roll of wrapping paper just because it's pretty. 
  • Mindlessness | Especially that of the eating variety. When I think about how much stuff I chow down because I'm watching TV, or bored, or even concentrating on work, it makes me cringe. Mindless eating, spending, speaking: I want to try to do less of all those things.
  • Screen time | If there's nothing on, we should probably just turn off the TV/laptop/smartphone. While I love my shows way too much as much as the next person, there's no reason to watch something just for the sake of the TV being on. Less screen time, more journaling and reading time; it's not a super catchy slogan for 2016, but hey.
  • Sitting still | Whether at work, at home, or even at the gym (hello, stationary bike), I really want to try to be more active this year. Has anyone had success with an activity tracker as a motivation tool?
  • Being hard on myself | You probably know by now that I am a bit of a perfectionist, and that this is partly due to my anxiety. As a result, I am quite hard on myself, whether it is in regards to eating, weight, spending, or the household. For the new year, I will try to cut myself a little bit more slack; perfectionism is nice, but not when it leads to stress and tears.

  • Enjoyment | Related to being less hard on myself, I want to try to really enjoy things - there's no point in worrying so much about what the next three points on your itinerary are that you forget to actually enjoy the view from the Alhambra (or wherever you may be).
  • Journaling | Part mindfulness, part enjoyment, part just really wanting to make use of all the pointless money I spent on journaling cards last year, and part staring less at screens - bring on the journal!
  • Kindness | I'm a lot nicer to other people than I am to myself (except if you wake me in the middle of the night, because then you can go and fall on Legos). 2016 seems like a good time as any to be a little bit kinder to myself. See also: being less hard on myself.
  • Efficiency | Work smart, not hard has always been my favorite motto. There are still some areas of my life that could do with some tuning, such as food planning and using my commute more effectively. Plus, efficiency makes me really happy #typeA
  • Short trips | While I start my new job, travel will probably have to wait a while. But there should be time for a long weekend now and again, and I'd really like to see Amsterdam, Cologne, and maybe a few other places.

What are your goals for 2016?