It’s 2016! (Well… it has been for a whole week now but shhhhhhh let’s forget how delayed this post is.)
I’m one of those people who are super duper enthusiastic at the start of each year, have everything organised and planned and am already falling behind in homework and life in general the first week in. I’m one of those people who buy gazillions of planners and diaries at the start of the year and never touch a single one of them ever again. I’m one of those people who spend a whole day working out my goals and resolutions for the year and find myself struggling to complete any single one of them. ‘Tis a hard life, guys.
BUT. This year I am determined to actually see my goals through. And I guess one of the keys in helping me to accomplish this is by actually creating realistic ones. Looking back on my goals from my previous years, I’ve realised that half my goals were essentially just not practical. Hell, I said I’d dedicate more time into my blog in 2015, but that’s just not realistic because school was and is getting more intense.
So. Let us begin!
Mel’s 2016 Goals
+ Read 105 books this year. In 2013 and 2014 I read over 200 books. But in 2015 it was a measly 79 books. This year is going to be even busier at school but I have a lot of books for required reading at school this year + the second half of last year I barely read (major book slump + school reasons) so I believe this will be achievable! The reason why I chose 105 and not a neat 100 book goal was because I thought that was a bit boring. ? I don’t know. I’m weird. ?
+ Read more widely. I love YA, I really do. But I feel like I’m missing out on so many other great books that aren’t of the YA spectrum and I can’t help but wanna jump on the bandwagon. So, I’m making a goal to read at least one book from the adult genre as well as at least one classic each month. In January, these will be The Hamilton Case by Michelle de Krester and The Theban Plays by Sophocles, which are actually for school!
+ Keep it fun, because that’s what reading is about. One of the reasons why I fell into a book slump in the last half of 2015 was because I started putting pressure on reading. I freaked out because I had a lot of ARCs (they were mostly unsolicited) to read and review, and didn’t have time to put my reading preferences first. What did I actually want to read right then? This year I’m taking out that stress. I’m not going to be requesting any ARCs unless they’re ones I want with a mighty need, and I’ll be reviewing more backlist books! Expect a review of the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu soon, peeps.
+ Comment on at least 10 blogs each day. I was TERRIBLE at commenting last year. I mostly did it in spurts – I commented on around 100-150 blogs one day, and then not leave another comment until months later. I think if I just do small amounts, but everyday, it will be so much better.
+ Reply to comments on YA Midnight Reads. Again, I was pretty sporadic with my commenting in terms of replies on the blog this year. I get email notifications when you guys comment on my blog so I read them the second they’re posted, but I don’t end up replying to them until a week, a month at worst, later which is kinda just awwwwkward. I have planned to reply to comments more frequently and faster!
+ Spend time on Sundays drafting and scheduling posts for the week. This will mean I won’t be up late on weeknights making posts for the next day, or taking time out of study to make posts. Since I’m on summer holidays over here in the Aus, I will take advantage of this and try to get a couple of weeks ahead before school rolls in.
+ Make more blogging friends! One can never have enough.
+ Be in bed at 11:00pm latest on school nights, but aim for 10:30pm. Even if I haven’t finished my homework. (I used to sleep at 12-2am.) I have to be up at 6:10am for school, and I think I learned my lesson from falling asleep on the train on my way to school and missing my stop. *sweat drops*
+ No TV shows or blogging until I’ve finished my day’s work OR until 9:45pm. THIS IS THE YEAR I SHALL CONQUER MY SELF CONTROL … I hope.
+ Go out for a run on Saturdays and Wednesdays. I used to be considered a rather sporty person – I did athletics on Saturday mornings, had Netball training on Tuesday nights and games on Sundays. But now that I’ve quit, I haven’t exactly been exercising. Hopefully, this will help me improve my lifestyle.
+ Eat healthier. Goodbye junk food, I’ll miss you but you are no good for me. noooooo come baaaaaack DAMMIT SHUT UP BRAIN. And by eating healthier I don’t just mean junk food; I’ve cut my sugar, cereals and red meats out of ze diet (but of course will still have on special occasions or when eating out, but that rare so it’s all good), replaced white flour with almond meal etc.
And those are my goals! What about you guys? What are your 2016 resolutions? Are you typically good at actually keeping them up over the year (unlike me)? Lemme know in ze comments! Here’s to a glorious 2016 filled with great moments + good books <33
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