Are we really a full week [+ one day] into the new year already?! It’s crazy. Does anybody else hope 2015 will slow down a liiiittle compared to last year? I sure do. Anyway, hopes are a good bridge to what I actually want to think about out loud. More specifically, the goals I hope to achieve during the next twelve months. Thanks to Amanda for hosting this great link-up another year [yes, I expect her to keep up with it and not change her mind 😉 ].
Despite previously saying I wasn’t really into setting resolutions for a new year nearing the end of 2014 I felt the strong urge to write down some goals and post them for the [blog] world to see. Keyword accountability! Part of why I decided on this was that I know there’s change coming up for me in anyway so might as well use that drift, right? Plus, a few of the things I want to change are long overdue and I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to that feeling of constant procrastination. Not good. So hi there, 2015, you’d better be awesome. Or rather: I figure I have to make an effort to create a better year than the last. Hence the goals so let’s get …
The one part of goal-setting that probably kept me from it in the past was that I couldn’t figure out how to make them SMART [Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely]. And that’s where I’d appreciate to hear your ideas! I jotted down my overall goals but would appreciate your help in making them SMART.
Lately, I’ve found myself sticking to the same few dishes throughout the week and only getting a little more creative on the weekends.
1. Use up what’s in my pantry before buying more.
Hello, overbuyer. It’s pretty unbelievable just how much food I managed to pile up throughout all of my moves and in general. My excuse for not using certain ingredients so far was saving them for specific occasions [that clearly never happened …] but that has to stop now. Popular among German [vegan] bloggers Carola inspired this with her Use up along challenge.
SMART: Go through my pantry and create a list of everything in there, then meal plan around these items.
2. Try other bloggers’ recipes.
There’s a growing list of recipes I want to recreate and it’s about time I tackle these in 2015. I’ll update you on my progress because if you’re anything like me you’re more likely to try a recipe that others have prepared and recommended before.
SMART: Post a list of recipes I want to try and cross them off once I did.
3. Eat out more often.
This isn’t contradictory to my first goal as I hardly ever ate out last year. It’s generally not too common over here but for me, my ED has been playing a role in my hesitation here, too. My goal is to eat out at least 12 times this year making it – you guessed it – once a month on average. That might not happen every month but I hope to reach this number at the end of 2015.
Blogging truly has become an integral part of my life and I hope to further grow and improve my blog in 2015. Back when I started I never imagined I’d still be posting more than two years later.
1. Figure out a posting schedule and blog more regularly.
2. Get back into the kitchen to create new recipes.
*Become self-hosted. This hugely depends on several factors that I have yet to figure out so I don’t see it happen during the first few months of the year.
2. Take at least one “blogcation”.
I stole this one from Hannah because I think it’s a great idea to take some time – a few days, a week – off from blogging to return with fresh ideas.
Life in general
Get up, socialize and live.
In parts due to moving but generally being an introvert I have slacked on the socializing part a lot last year – and I missed it. Actually, I’d call myself – to use an established term – an extroverted introvert because I do enjoy being around others a lot. I can be quite bubbly once I set foot outside. It just takes a little extra pushing to conquer my anxiety.
SMART: Well, that’s where I’d be thankful for any input. I can’t quite decide how to get started on this. Ideally, I’d
1. Get more sleep.
That’s a huge huge HUGE one for me. I can’t even recall how many times I added it to my monthly goals yet hardly saw a true change. One night of only five hours of sleep might be neglectable. But when it becomes a regular? Red flag. My goal are around seven hours per night on weekdays.
SMART: Slowly drop from my current bed time to a more acceptable one even if just in 5 or 10 minute steps.
Turn off the laptop 30 minutes before going to bed.
Budget and save money.
Probably one of the most popular goals?! I have yet to figure out the details on this one as my attempt to simply write down every purchase in past years was … less than successful. I bookmarked some helpful articles but would appreciate input from those of you who have the whole budgeting business down!
94 Creative Ways to Save Money Today via Greatist
From Start to Finish – Making a Budget via Long Drive Journey
As you can see there’s a lot to do in making my goals SMART still so help a girl out!
Happiness-inducing today: Working with a telephoto lens at work for the first time ever. I don’t have one for my own camera so using it on the job was a fun experience. But wow are they even heavier than they look!
Stay in touch!
Help me make my goals SMARTer! Maybe you have or had similar goals before and can help me get started?
What are your goals for this year?