Monday, 14 January 2019

Positive Challenges To Set Yourself In 2019

  Similar to most people, this time of year encourages me to consider what I might want to change or work on throughout the next 365 days, and see what I can improve by the time the next year rolls around. A little while ago, in this post, I talked through some of the more specific things I'd like to do this year, but today I thought I would share some broader challenges that I'll hopefully be implementing in 2019, and continue to improve as time goes on! I'm hoping that by documenting these challenges here, I can motivate myself to continuously work on them, and maybe inspire others to attempt them along with me. As luck would have it, I started my 2019 in bed with illness, but thankfully I'm finally on the mend and feeling ready to get going on the year ahead of me and begin these challenges!

NO TECHNOLOGY FOR THE FIRST AND LAST HOUR OF THE DAY... Screen time is something I would like to drastically decrease in my life. I'm working on tracking not only how much time I spend online, but also what I'm consuming, and I've noticed that a lot of my scrolling time occurs when I'm in bed. I'm hoping that by banning my phone for the first and last hour of the day I'll a) improve the quality of my sleep, and b) start my days on a more positive note. We can't always control what we see on the internet, and there's been numerous times where I've seen/read something upsetting first thing in the morning and started my day negatively because of it. From now on, I'd like to reach for a book before I fall asleep, and keep my phone well away from my bedside table so that I eliminate the temptation of picking it up first thing in the morning. 

GO GREEN... I would love to be waste free. I see people that I admire online creating a waste-free household and I want to be a part of that. Admittedly, this is not going to be the case overnight. I have a lot of habits that I need to change in order to get a fraction closer to being waste-free, but my challenge this year is to simply improve. I already refrain from buying plastic water bottles but I'd like to invest in a reusable one to ensure that I never have to make an impulse buy when I need a drink. I switched to metal straws at home a long time ago, but this year I'd like to purchase one of those foldable straws so that I'm prepared at any time. I will also be making a conscious effort to purchase things such as fruit and vegetables without packaging. I'm a long way off being a waste free person, but I'm determined to start making small steps that will get me there. 

START A SELF-GROWTH JOURNAL... I actually kept a journal from around the ages of twelve to my early twenties, and I'm incredibly thankful that I have those memories to revisit. Nowadays, I document the days I want to remember in my bullet journal, and whilst I love that form of journalling, I've missed the therapeutic action of pouring thoughts and feelings onto a page. I'm not sure how I'm going to structure my self-growth journal yet, but my general idea is to begin with a few topics close to my heart that I want to improve about myself, be it confidence, procrastination, self-doubt, independence etc., and sit down to think and write about these topics each week. Writing has always been one of my favourite forms of therapy, and I'm hoping to utilise it in the best way that I can this year.

DONATE... I mentioned in this post that one of my more specific goals this year is to update my wardrobe sustainably. Whilst I'm not going to be having a huge clear out, as I don't own that many clothes to begin with, I'd like to make sure that anything I do throw away and is in decent condition is donated to charity. Whether it's clothes, books, jewellery, or anything I no longer love, I want to make sure it goes to the right place.

TRY SOMETHING NEW EVERY FORTNIGHT... Last year, on a whim, I started a challenge to listen to a brand new album every week. As my days changed and/or got busier, this challenge was forgotten about until one of the songs I had discovered came onto my spotify the other week. This year, I'm going to go make the challenge easier and broader, and encourage myself to try anything new every two weeks. Whether it's a new album, film, books, food, restaurant, city, or experience, I'd like to open my mind to new things!


Whilst I'm hoping that I succeed at some level for all of these challenges, I think it's important to not put pressure on ourselves to make drastic changes in one go. I'm the kind of person that enjoys the slow and steady method of achievement, so I won't be upset if I slack or make slow progress, as long as I'm moving in the direction I want to. For the past three nights I've succeeded in my no phones challenge, and then this morning I reached for my phone before I'd even got out of bed, and that's okay. It's okay because tonight I'll be straight back on it and making sure my phone is nowhere in sight from 9pm onwards. If you've set yourself any challenges for this year, don't feel disheartened if you've already slacked a little bit. Just start up again tomorrow. Hopefully, by this time next year, these challenges will have turned into habits, and I'm looking forward to the benefits of each!

What challenges have you set yourself for 2019?
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  1. These are such good resolutions!
    Love the no tech for the first and last hour idea.

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  2. Having a Self-Growth Journal is probably one of the best thing I had ever done! It'll do wonders for you.
    Some really good challenges for 2019! Hope you have an amazing Year :-) xxx

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    1. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to starting it - I'm hoping it's as beneficial as I think it will be! <3 x

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  3. Going green is so important, especially these days - I'm trying to be more mindful about waste. Buying a reusable water bottle was the best decision I made a couple of months ago. You should definitely get one! :)

    Julia x
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    1. I'll definitely be investing in one this year - I'm hoping to change lots of my habits regarding waste and the environment! <3 x

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  4. I can sign every single one of these goals :) I especially like this "try something new every fortnight"! Such a great idea. I think I'm gonna try and incorporate it into my calendar straight away. xx

    Teresa | outlandishblog.com

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    1. I'm so glad you liked the post! I hope you have fun trying out some new things <3 x

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  5. So many amazing things, I am definitely going to try and implement these in my life!

    Danielle xx
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  6. I love these resolutions so much! Trying something new every fortnight sounds like a lot of fun and a nice break from responsibility! I definitely need to cut down on my screen time before bed too, I think it'll help me sleep better!
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    1. Thank you! That's one of the main benefits I'm hoping to get from cutting down on screen time! <3 x

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  7. I love the idea of trying something new. I've been doing that with food lately from different cultures.

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    1. That's definitely something I want to include within that challenge! x

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  8. Ah this is such a lovely post and it's always good to share different goals and focus on doing things which actually make you happy! Well done and thank you for sharing this, such a lovely read. :)

    Layla x

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