We may be fast approaching February, but I’m still thinking about what I want out of the coming year. You?
In last year’s post about my goals and intentions for 2019, I spoke about how I had started the year fearing I had already peaked. After all, 2018 had been a whirlwind of excitement and change; how was I going to top that?
So, the goals I set myself were simple, small, and achievable; and I think I just about reached each of them in some way, if not entirely.
I moved, I wrote, I invested in my work; I’m sure I managed to do ‘nothing’ a few times, too. I achieved a few new things and had plenty to be proud of (even if none of them were major life milestones, as such. What is adult success, anyway?!).
Since ringing in the New Year with Pornstar Martinis and city-centre fireworks, I’ve been taking my time thinking about what I want to set as my goals and intentions for 2020. It’s a big year, for me, as I’ll be leaving my twenties behind, and I want to make sure I don’t get complacent or let things slide; but I also don’t want to be unrealistic, and set myself up for ‘failure’.
Therefore, this year, I’m thinking a little differently.
Of course, I do have some standard intentions and goals.
This year I want to:
- keep writing, keep reading, keep trying to get my words published and looking out for opportunities to perform my poetry
- keep moving my body and staying healthy
- explore new places
- embrace a new relationship, and allow myself to get whisked away
- continue to be brave, and also kind to myself as well as others
- reduce idle time online: if I’m going to scroll, at least make it productive
- remember everything I’ve learned up to now
- stick to writing in my diary, at least once a month; not twice a year
That’s all very nice, and I hope to stick to these.
But in 2020, above all, I want to stick to an idea rather than a list of goals. A mantra, if I’m going to be all cliché about it.
And that mantra is…
Less is more.
Don’t try to do too much in a week; give yourself some free time; lower your word-counts; don’t try and review four shows in a row again; focus on one thing at a time; don’t try and please everyone; remember that small gestures have the biggest impact; buy less ‘stuff’; take baby steps; set one goal a week; be in the moment, not always thinking about the next things you have to do; you don’t have to reply instantly; one trip to the gym a week is fine; smaller portions might be a good idea, but only if you’re not hungry…
Slow down. Focus. Breathe.
2020 is the year of less.
Let’s hope I can keep it up.
Here’s to the coming months, one week at a time. I can’t wait to see what the year brings.
What are your goals for 2020?