If you do a search for New Year's Resolutions on Google, you'll be met with plethora of results urging you not to partake in this age-old tradition. Forbes suggests ditching your New Year's Resolution for monthly goals; Power of Positivity want you to start your New Year's Resolution right now; Lifehack.org recommends waiting until February to start your resolutions. Personally, I used to be really into the idea of New Year's Resolutions when I was younger. The beginning of every new year was exciting and I couldn't wait to reinvent my identity and become hugely successful "this year." I'd work really hard for the first week of January, but then the new trimester would catch up to me and I would fall back into my old routines. In college, I thought that waiting until the new year to start new habits was pointless and everything needed to start right now. This resulted in a lot of new projects that would burn itself out at the first sign of adversity.
Lately, I've been watching a lot of Matt D'avella on Youtube. He's a minimalist who makes videos about self-improvements and habit-building. Those videos, along with several self-help books and lots of trial and error over the past year, have given me a new understanding of how to build new habits so that they'll stick. One of the first steps of successful habit building is to tell someone about what you want to do and why you want to do it. So that's what I'm going to do. Right now. On my blog. On the internet.
Here we go:
In 2020, I would like to make these improvements to my life:
Music: Build a sustainable and consistent practice schedule.
It's been difficult for me in the past to stick to a practice schedule. I always got it done, but it could be much better. This year, I am going to make it my absolute priority.
Personal: Write Morning Pages every morning when I wake up.
This is something I've done for periods in the past. The idea comes from Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way and consists of writing 3 pages of longhand first thing in the morning. I've felt the benefits when I've done it in the past, but for one reason or another, the practice always faded away in my life. This year, I'm going to attempt to make this habit stick. (Plus, it would keep me off of my phone for the first 30 minutes of the day, which I've heard is highly recommended.)
Health: Incorporate more fruits into my diet.
I lost 20 lbs in 2018 by counting calories. It completely changed my relationship with food (mostly for the better). Now that I'm happier with my weight, I am taking a deeper look at my diet. I have never been a big fan of fruits. Lately, though, I've been trying more varieties of fruits to try to figure out what I like. It's an exciting journey of food exploration and I'm ready for it.
I've been carefully planning out how exactly to execute these goals for the past few months, making micro-adjustments to my life along the way. Written down, they don't look like much, but I believe these habits will benefit me greatly in life. Now that my New Year's Resolutions are out in the universe, I've officially taken the first step. I'm filled with a giddy, nervous excitement. Thank you 2019, you've taught me so much. Welcome 2020, I can't wait to see what you have in store!