Setting intentions for 2017

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When we think about setting resolutions for the coming year, we seem to jump to the larger tasks in life and insist that this year is going to be the year that I do/get X, and then feel unmotivated when we realize later in the year that maybe it’s not going to happen. This year I have decided to make a change to the way that I set intentions to the coming year. I have decided rather than setting myself up for failure I am going to make smaller changes to my daily life that will help me on my way to achieving the larger goals.

This year I have split my list into 3 categories; Things I want to achieve, Things I want to stop doing, and things I want to do more of this year.

Things I want to achieve this year:

I have stayed realistic, things that I know I can do within a year if I push myself. It is actually these smaller goals which I find are more pressurized because if I get to the end of the year and haven’t done them then I know it is because of me and my productivity (as apposed to a larger goal which I know deep down I probably wont be able to do within the year). My list this year includes: Building on my portfolio and completing an internship. Two very easy tasks, but which will have a huge impact if I can do them both by the end of this year. But by setting these as my main objectives, they are pushed to the front of my “to-do” list, and will hopefully motivate me to actually get them done.

Things I want to stop doing this year:

For some people this list would be things like giving up smoking/chocolate/alcohol or something to that effect. This year I have considered what I want to change on a more personal level. Things that I know if I stop doing them, will help my mental well being. In this list I have: Caring too much about the future and being too negative. I realize that these thoughts are natural, and I will always care about my future and always be a little bit negative. But I want to take it down a notch so that I can actually just enjoy the here and now! Small changes that will have a huge impact on my mentality to new challenges – welcoming them rather than running away.

Things I would like to do more of this year:

Again with this one I wanted to make sure that my objectives were attainable. In this list I have: Experience more, sewing, reading and baking. Rather than sitting on my laptop or watching TV I want to experience more – just in a very general sense, going for a walk to a part of the city that I never have before, visiting various places which are so close by that I never make the time to go and see. I’m also hoping to make more time for my hobbies, I am aiming to complete a sewing project or two once a month, as well as baking things that I usually buy from the shop and reading to relax rather than TV/social media.

Once you have decided on these intentions it is important to keep them in pain sight. For me I have put them in the front of my diary – a place where I will see them everyday and be motivated. You could make the list and put it up somewhere with relevance to your intentions for the coming year, for example if yours are to make healthier choices with food then your kitchen might be the perfect place for your list and help motivate you.

In June I am going to come back to my list and consider if anything has changed, and if not why?

Thanks for reading – lets make 2017 better than 2016! Shouldn’t be too hard 😉 x

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