Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My 2016 Goals: Blogging & Lifestyle

I'm a bit late to this whole goal posting malarkey for sure, but I think I needed a little longer to work out what I actually wanted to commit to. See, I'm one of those people that New Years Resolutions never really worked for. If I wanted to do it, I'd do it anyway whenever I felt like it, so the resolutions I'd set for myself were always things that I pretty much already knew I wouldn't be sticking with. So for my blogging and lifestyle goals, I wanted to make sure they were something I'd actually do, because I do fully intend on coming back to this post in six months and again in a year and I don't want every single goal to be followed by a giant FAIL sign!

So let's get on with it...

Blogging Goals
Take part in more Twitter chats
For this, I am going to set myself a grand total of three a month to take part in. And honestly, I know for most of you that sounds pretty rubbish, however with my rota it is MUCH harder for me to take part in these chats. I'm a shift worker, so I can't commit to a weekly chat, and on top of that my most frequent shift is an evening one which is obviously when most of them are on. I have had good luck with #ltbloggers and have loved hosting that chat before so I'd like to do this again more often in the future as sadly the evening ones tend to be out for me!

Reach 1500 followers on Twitter
This is quite a steep jump up as as we speak I'm on around 800. It's not quite doubling it, but it's not far off, so I'm not sure if I'm setting my goals way too high here! However, over the last few months I've become really active on Twitter and I've also noticed that my followers are pretty steadily increasing. I think Twitter is one of those things that once you have a certain amount of followers it suddenly becomes much easier to continue increasing that, so I hope to see that continue.

Reach 1000 followers on Bloglovin
This is another one that I'm not entirely sure is actually possible, as I know a lot of people don't really like to use Bloglovin anymore. Despite the fact that sometimes it seems to be trying hard to stop being so, it does remain my platform of choice, and I'd love to hit 1000 on there.

Have more blogging friends!
This one is exactly what it says and I guess can't be measured like the others can - but it's definitely something I'd like!

Continue posting consistently for the whole year
There's an exception to this - I'm going away for a bit in February, and though I'll schedule some posts in advance I probably won't fill up the whole time. If I go away at any other part of the year, the same will apply. BUT, for the most part I want to make sure I keep to my three times a year postings. Both 2014 and 2015 had a random blip where I just stopped wanting to post for a while, so I'm hoping to avoid this for 2016 as it makes it SO hard to come back from!

Lifestyle Goals
Go to the gym at least twice a week
While I do go to the gym frequently, it's not the most consistent. Well, it SORT of is. I go to the gym if I'm on an early shift, and I go on my days off if they don't fall on weekends. However, I'm on a new rota for a while which means I have more weekends off and am working more late shifts. I don't like going to the gym before work, however I think I'm going to have to start sucking it up and at least attend the shorter lunch time slots. So my aim is to attend the gym at least twice a week with the exception of the first week of January where I'm doing some horrendous hours! It doesn't matter if I go for spinning, for yoga, for whatever, I just have to go.

Keep at least one day free every two weeks for NOTHING AT ALL
Doesn't that sound like a ridiculous goal? I know, but I have a problem with feeling the need to really fill my time up. Especially now that I'm gaining more weekends it'll actually be harder to accomplish this one, but every now and then you just need a day where you don't do anything apart from sit around and maybe catch up with some reading or some game playing. I'd like to do this at least twice a month.

Cook at least twice a month
Again - doesn't this one sound ridiculous? My eating habits have got SO bad. I love eating out and that will never change, but my real problem is caused by work. We are rarely able to eat back in the office at work so I end up going and buying expensive lunches or dinners most days. Then, if I'm working a late shift I don't get home til midnight anyway and I definitely don't want to cook then. Cooking before work? Sounds sensible, but I can tell you I won't. This is looking a bit more positive now as we have a new freezer so there's a lot more space so I can go back to batch cooking like I did when I was on a much more consistent schedule. I am going to aim to cook at least twice a month (By that I'm not including oven pizzas or ready meals or even reheating of meals!) and hopefully get back into the habit.

So, there you have it, my blogging and lifestyle goals for 2016! How do these line up with yours?

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