I never used to like resolutions. I would sometimes set very rigid ones and subsequently fail them. This year, in my bid to focus more of my time, money and energy on self-care, I have chosen to set resolutions that challenge me a little but will ultimately increase my self-care and happiness.
In terms of reading, I have chosen to do a Goodreads reading challenge of 30 books this year. I have never done one before as I always worried it would turn a hobby into a stress. That is why I have gone for an achievable target rather than the popular 50 book target that I see on YouTube, blogs and Instagram. I also hope that these 30 books are a reasonably even split between fiction and non-fiction. I have to read a lot of non-fiction texts and academic articles for my university studies, and that means that reading a non-fiction book for pleasure during term time can be quite off-putting. Fortunately, I love reading non-fiction, so I should be able to continue reading it into term time with a little push from my resolution to read one non-fiction book a month.
Some of my non-book related resolutions are:
- Meditate as often as I can (preferably once a day)
- Watch more documentaries and thought-provoking TV programmes/films
- Run once a week and try yoga
- Bring more lunches to university and spend less money on snacks and junk food!
- Use my core textbooks more at university – annotate like crazy!
- Highlight my notes after every lecture
Last year, I didn’t leave much time for myself so I am hoping that following these resolutions will help me spend my time better and focus on the things I love, like reading.
P.S. You can follow my reading challenge progress on my Goodreads here.