I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging over the last few months (for various reasons) and now that I’m back, I thought what better way to return than by setting out my goals for the new year (I know it’s late but it’s still January so I’ve decided that’s close enough to being acceptable).
I’ve separated my goals for this year into 2 sections – reading and lifestyle, with the latter pretty much encompassing anything not in the former category. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
1. Read 52 Books
I seem to find myself setting this challenge year on year and hopefully, this will be the last – the reason being that I never seem to be able to meet it. In 2019 I managed to read 37 books, which was an improvement on 2018’s 32, but I’m determined to make 2020 the year I finally reach make it 52!
2. Challenge Myself
By this I mean that I want to read more novels that are going to encourage me to grow more as a reader – this might mean more classics or award-winning literature, or just to try different genres more often, but I want to branch out from my safe YA and fantasy bubble and try to expand my horizons a bit more.
3. Read (Almost) Daily
For me, reading is a habit I fall in and out of throughout the year on a regular basis and whilst I’m unlikely to go too long without picking up a book, the frequency I do it can vary a lot. Looking back over past exam seasons I can think of a large number of occasions where my reading life has ended up becoming almost non-existent, and for a hobby that I do really enjoy doing, it’s probably not the best that I tend to let it fall to the way-side, especially as I know that if I gave myself dedicated time to read during those hectic periods I’d certainly benefit from the relaxation and break it’d provide.
The reason why I’ve put ‘almost’ in brackets is that I know it’s not something I’m doing to be able to stick to amazingly, considering that I’ll certainly have days where I’ve just got one too many things to do, or just need to hit the sack and don’t have time to read 20 or so pages, but for the average, normal days, I’m going to do my best to make sure I read, even if it’s only a chapter or so, just so I can build it into a habit.
Alongside my personal reading goals, I’ve decided to participate in some of the reading challenges creates by people in the book blogging community as well, to add some more fun and diversity to my reading habits this year.
This is a challenge created by CW at The Quiet Pond and its premise is to read books that you already own – whether that’s to read all of them or a certain number. Personally, I’m planning on focusing on my physical bookshelf (rather than electronic) and am setting myself the challenge of reading at least 10 over the next 12 months (so about 20% of the total books I’m planning to read this year). In the next few weeks I’m planning on looking through my shelves to determine which books I want to start on first – so lookout for a blog post about that soon!
Year of the Asian 2020
I’m participating in YARC for the second year now, but this time much earlier on in the year so hopefully this time around I’ll meet my target! I’ve chosen to set myself the target of reading 11-20 books by Asian authors as for someone part-Asian myself, I definitely want to support representation and inclusivity as much as I can, so this is the goal I’m the most invested in and excited about this year!
I’m planning to have a good browse of books by Asian authors over the next few weeks as well and will have an official participation announcement post and TBR list up asap!
Beat the Backlist
Like everyone else, there’s a fairly long list of books that I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, so by participating in Beat the Backlist I’m hoping that I can shorten that list considerably. Like the other two challenges, I’ll be posting a specific post (and in this case, TBR) with the goals that I’ve set myself.
Now, onto the more personal goals that I’m setting myself this year.
1. Be More Intentional About My Time
One thing that I’ve noticed about myself is that I can often wind up feeling guilty and/or stressed about is how productive I think I’m being with my time – whether that’s with school work, hobbies, socialising, etc. In fact, it was one of the reasons I ended up taking a several month break from blogging in the first place, as I had got to a place where I was putting pressure on myself about how often I was posting. In the end, it resulted in a lot of rushed content and unnecessary guilt, which wasn’t great considering blogging is meant to be a hobby and something I enjoy doing.
In addition, I have a number of hobbies I don’t dedicate enough time to, such as learning Chinese and practising my musical instruments, so I want to start allocating more time to pursuing those interests.
For 2020, I want to give myself a bit of a break and allow myself to practise being more intentional about how I’m spending my time, with a specific focus on letting myself relax more and not feel any guilt attached.
2. Journal (Weekly)
Journalling, or keeping a diary (whatever you want to call it), is an activity I’ve got into over the last few months and is a habit that I want to endeavour to keep up with throughout the year. I’ve found it relaxing to be able to jot down and reflect on how my day/week has been and I know that future-me will enjoy looking back on all the memories and experiences at this part of my life.
Also, what’s even better, is that because I keep a physical journal, it means I get to use up all those notebooks that I have lying around and have been dying to use – so what better reason do I have!?
3. Practice More Self-Care
This ties into my first lifestyle goal, but I want to make sure I’m looking after myself the best I can this year and make an active effort to do so. I know that with A-Levels and university to come, there’s going to be a fair few periods of high stress and pressure, so I want to make sure I enter and go through them in the best mental state that I can (but also the rest of the year in general). So I’m going to make sure I’m having all those baths and lighting those scented candles in 2020 – as well as taking time out to watch that film or TV show that I really love – anything that’s going to allow myself to relax and unwind.
There you have it, those are my goals for 2020!
Look out for my reading challenge announcement posts in the next few weeks and hopefully, I’ll have already started to make headway on them!
What goals did you set yourself for 2020? Did any of yours match up with mine?
Did you set more reading or lifestyle focused goals for yourself this year?
Let me know in the comments below