I don’t know about you, but I love New Year. Not New Year’s Eve itself, which is usually pretty overrated, but the idea of starting over, taking on new challenges and generally getting things right that maybe haven’t gone so well before. And so I always make New Year’s Resolutions.
Usually by the end of the year, I’ve forgotten what they were, and I don’t pretend that I always keep all my resolutions, but I enjoy the process of thinking through what I want to achieve over the next twelve months. There’s nothing quite like starting the year feeling optimistic about what lies ahead 🙂
So here we go with my 2015 resolutions:
1. Get my novel draft to at least a stage where I’m willing to let people read it, and at most ready to actually do something with.
2. Go to the theatre more, including at least one West End show a month. (I’m well on track with this; I’ve already booked to see The Scottsboro Boys and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown this month.)
3. Clear my desk at work every Friday afternoon, so I can start fresh each Monday.
4. Get up at least fifteen minutes earlier in the mornings. I was doing well with this all the while I had Tommy the cat staying with me (who needs an alarm clock when you’ve got a hungry cat wanting breakfast?), but now he’s gone home I’m back to my old habits. This usually means I have to run around the house in a mad rush, then sprint to the station and arrive at work feeling stressed out and tired. It seems to me that if I could drag myself out of bed just a little bit earlier, it could make all the difference. I guess we’ll see.
5. Stop snacking. In fairness, I’m not usually a big snacker, but in recent weeks, thanks to an excess of Christmas cake, mince pies, chocolate coins and the like, I seem to have spent a lot of time stuffing my face. Hopefully now that the holiday season’s over, I won’t be so tempted, but either way, it needs to stop. Although maybe not straight away, because I do have a lot of Christmas chocolate still to eat…
6. Try and stop worrying about silly things. Not really sure how I’m going to enforce this one, but being neurotic is one of my worst habits. I once spent about a week worrying that I’d been caught by a speed camera in my car, even though I didn’t know for sure there were any cameras (it later transpired there weren’t), and I hadn’t actually been speeding anyway. I’ve even been known to worry because I have nothing to worry about. So here’s the plan: every time I catch myself worrying about something ridiculous, I’m going to donate at least £1 to charity. (The amount will go up depending on how crazy I’m being.)
7. Learn German. I talked about that already. And I want to do a new challenge every month, so I’m open to suggestions 🙂
Plus, obviously, the usual – win the lottery, marry a millionaire, retire to the Caribbean, get a pet tiger cub. Normal stuff.
How about you? What are you hoping to achieve and/or give up in 2015?