Wednesday, 1 January 2014

To Achieve In 2014

Instead of making New Year Resolutions for 2014, I have decided to make a list of things that I want to achieve in the course of the year.

So often I've made resolutions, worked hard on them for the first six weeks of the year and by March have forgotten what they are.

These year I'm feeling determined to work on them all year round so that I can count a good list of ticks and say 'job well done' in 364 days time.

During my PGCE year I seemed to spend a fair chunk of my time formally reflecting on and evaluating my progress and haven't done so much of that recently, even though it's a very worthwhile skill (according to HM The Queen in a Christmas Speech 2013 - she sounded like one of my tutors!) - so I've bought a lovely notebook and intend to review and reflect in there and on my blog each month.

So this is what I'm aiming for...
(and I should warn you I'm a bit of an list-obsessed perfectionist - eek!)

  • Be organised and on top of things - home and school (most important as it should allow the time to do all others)
  • Get fit, lose 1 stone and complete a 5k race (weight today 10st 11lb 6oz - yuck!)
  • Learn the proper foxtrot (because we never do the social foxtrot as it's "too ploddy")
  • Read at bedtime (not just flop!)
  • Properly plan a holiday (read the guidebooks before I go!)
  • See friends and family more...including the little ones who are rapidly growing
  • Blog!!!
  • Complete a 365 Me Instagram Project
  • Keep my nails painted - fingers and toes! (usually achieve with toes but never fingers!)
  • Cook and bake again (did not do anywhere enough of my share at home in 2012 or 2013!)
  • Start to learn an instrument again (choice of piano or ukulele)
  • Be happy! (hopefully achieved by working on as many of the above as possible)

Here's to 2014 and all that will be achieved! x


  1. I love your list, I wish I could resolve to have my nails painted all year round but this never works out! But be happy is the best one, I need to focus on the positives more.

  2. Tht's a great list, and totally acheivable too. Which is the most important thing. I have always set myself up with unacheivable goals, and then fall flat on my face at the first hurdle.
    I am composing my own list at the moment. In my head. I need to buy myelf a lovely little notebook too!

    Here's wishing you a wonderful 2014.

    Leanne xx

  3. That's a great list, and all achievable things too. Happy New Year :)

  4. Excellent list! I am especially looking forward to the blog posts and 365 snaps. I hope that you have a healthy, HAPPY 2014 with your friends and family, Jo! Thank you for your friendship.

  5. Fab list - love all of those things, and so much better to do positive things instead of the usual giving up stuff in January. I got a ukulele a couple of years ago. Am not very musical at all, but can play a handful of tunes. It's so easy to play lots of things after learning about 5 really simple cords. Look forward to reading about your progress on all of those. I might add nail painting to my list - it makes me feel so much more glam having colourful talons!

    1. Still haven't painted my nails but I'm going out tonight so will jump in the shower and then get them done! x

  6. Blimey, that's a formidable list! But it's do-able too. I went from zero running to a 10k race in four months and I'm the least athletic person ever. There is apparently a really good app called "sofa to 5k" which I'm told is excellent. I wish I painted my nails but I just can't be bothered! Happy New Year to you. xx

    1. Thanks for the tip. I've found the podcasts on iTunes and so will give them a go. Although not sure if I need to take up outdoor swimming instead as it doesn't seem to stop raining here! x