Resolutions are subjective for everyone. I for one have given up on making them…I’ve never been able to stick to them, so I make goals I can reach at intervals instead.
This year I’ve also decided to come up with a bucket list of things I hope to accomplish. It’s not a list of things I dislike about myself, or a list of things I need to change about myself, it’s a list of dreams and goals I have for the year- a checklist journey I’m hoping you can join me on.
Here we go!
1. Get your life together
This will look different for everyone and is also very broad. From organising your home to time management, whatever it may be for you, use 2018 to commit to getting your life together. Check out my YouTube video coming out on Friday where I’ll be giving some tips to make your life easier.
2. Stamp your passport
Travel and experience other cultures. Although my travels in 2017 have left my account dryer than the Sahara Desert, I urge you to make 2018 the year you plan big or small trips. Do what you can according to your budget, from weekend trips to European countries to longer trips to Far East Asia, just make sure to experience another culture.
3. Network and make contact to further your career/business
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again…your network is your net worth. Networking is a very valuable facet for the growth of your business or the progression of your career and this is often underutilised by many people. This year, learn to collaborate with other, make the effort to grow and learn from others, your future self will thank you.
4. Give freely
Donating is the easiest way to declutter your closet. I make it a point to declutter twice a year at a minimum. If there are items that I have not worn in 6 months, I pack them up in a bag and give them to charity (so long as they are still in good shape). This year I plan on letting go of the sentiments some clothes may hold and realise that others need it more than I do.
5. A book a season
Last year I tried reading a book a month and that was an epic fail. It was just too much for me to do, but to read four books this year is not unrealistic. There is a twist, instead of picking up just any book, I’m planning on reading one novel, one career/business related, one autobiography and one classic. This winter I’m reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
6. Health is wealth
Commit to improving your health, whatever that may mean to you. There are so many things we can be doing to better ourselves, make a goal to commit to a minor change related solely to your health. Walk extra steps, use SPF, go to the GP, join a fitness class or eat fresh food. Whatever you weren’t doing for your body before now is the time. I changed my eating habits to incorporate vegan dinners- I’m more about how I feel on the inside than the numbers on the scale. 2018 is all about self-love.
7. Learn a new skill
I’m a big believer that you never stop learning. There is always more to learn and a big world to learn from. This year I’m going to master a few photography/ videography techniques to aide my blog posts and YouTube videos. What about you?
8. Save money
One of my top 5 goals this year it to save X amount of money. I know you may have created your 2018 budget so I’m not asking you to revamp this, but you can try your hand at stocks and other forms of investments. You may even start a side hustle or make subtle changes by making your own coffee at home- every little helps.
9. Use all your annual leave
I’m great at using my annual leave so I’ll add it to this year’s bucket list. I understand that some of us are passionate about our work and have a genuine desire to succeed, but we all need some serious down time. What else is better than being on holiday and your pay not being affected?
10. Be debt free
I for one cannot wait till I have paid off my law school loan. I got my annual statement telling me I’ve got just over a year left (I’ve been paying it since 2014), so the plan is to stack up money and pay it all this year. If you have a bill you can pay off this year, check it off your list. Start 2019 with one less thing to worry about.
What’s on your bucket list for 2018?