While the last day of the year has come with some surprise, I can’t say the year felt quick. I was aware of the passage of each day and it was a good year, for the most part. Here are some of my resolutions.
Weight and fitness
I want to lose 15kg by the end of March and a further 10kg by the end of June (25kg tot).
To accomplish this and for my general well being, I hope to do 10000 steps for at least 4 days per week as well as 3 days of purposeful exercise per week. I have a proposed schedule of Monday – Gymnastics, Tuesday – Modern Dance, Wednesday – Street Dance, Thursday – Dance Fit and Friday – Yoga. But 3 is a healthy minimum and if I lack the confidence to go to those classes, I can fulfil the requirement by going to the gym or doing a run if I wish to torture myself.
I want to get a merit or distinction in my Grade 8 piano exam. I also wish to learn 26 new pieces in the year which is 1 per fortnight. I will upload them to my youtube channel if I manage to get a friend to record me. To achieve this I will aim to do 10 hours a week of practice.
I hope to reduce this by 1/2 by the end of the year and to have £1000 in savings. This requires budgeting more carefully and working more hours in my part time job.
I hope to get a 1st (A) overall in my 2nd academic year with at least 2 of my 5 modules being in the 90% percentile. To achieve this, in my next term I will have to ensure that notes are written up each week, perhaps adding hard-to-remember information to an appropriate SRS system so that my Easter revision starts with consolidation as opposed to hurried learning.
While not strictly academic, I want to read or listen to at least 30 books in 2018 with at least 1/5 of them being non-fiction.
I hope to have learnt 500 kanji by the time I get to japan. So that’s the ~300 taught in Genki 1 and 2 which I’ll be doing over the following year plus an additional ~200. Some have learnt the complete ~2000 jouyou set in a year but that’s not going to happen with my limited motivation and other priorities. 500 by September seems like a SMART goal.
Ethics and personal standards
I now identify as a reducetarian and hope to eat vegetarian at least 5 days a week. I’m starting out the year by attempting Veganuary which should increase my familiarity with plant foods and aid in my weight loss goals. I want to make the effort to recycle and reduce wastage in my home by reusing plastic bags at the supermarket and making use of ingredients that are in my fridge.
I also no longer wish to casually meet men who aren’t single or who I know I won’t like, even if I am flattered by their interest.
Mental health, positivity and outgoing
The last one is a bit vague but I want to say yes to more things, continue to form bonds and build upon my existing relationships. It’s so tempting to shut away from society but that isn’t particularly healthy. I also want to try to ensure that any dips I have are short in length and that I try to focus on the positives in life!