The New Year is naturally a time for reflection, looking back at the year that was and forming plans for the new one.
I’ve always thought there’s something wonderful about waking up on New Year’s Day to a clean slate and feeling inspired to change things for the better.
The trouble is, that feeling doesn’t last, does it? By the second week of January, all those New Year’s resolutions have gone out of the window and we’ve reverted back to our usual selves. That sense of hope and optimism? All too often the reality of everyday life means nothing ever really changes.
But if you really want to make an impact, you’ve got to make it happen.
You – and you alone – have the power to do things differently. Yes, stuff gets in the way and life has a habit of throwing us lemons – but there are always things you can do to make the best of the situation.
Real change comes by forming new habits. It’s the simple things you do consistently each day that can have a massive impact on your life and the way you feel.
So, without further ado, and inspired by this post by Natalie Sisson, here are the 10 things I will do in 2022.
Why only ten? These are the things I’ve had whirling around in my head for a while – and the things I believe will have the most impact on my life. Here goes.
1. I will blog each week
I started this blog towards the end of last year and talked in detail here about some of the reasons for doing so. The challenge now is to continue to blog on a regular basis, which is definitely something I’ve struggled with over the years to say the least!
If I’ve learnt anything, it’s that if you want to do something consistently you have to be realistic about the time you have available to do it and make a conscious effort to set aside time for the task. There’s no point in me saying I’m going to write five blog posts a week because I just wouldn’t be able to do it.
With this in mind, I’m aiming for one post each week. It feels achievable when taking into account my wider life – but also means I’m regularly putting myself out there.
Granted, not every article is going to be a 5,000 word masterpiece. But I am going to post something. Hopefully somebody somewhere will read it!
2. I will meditate daily
I’ve really seen the benefits of daily mediation. It’s something that helped me immensely when my mum was ill in 2019 and also during the recovery from my acetabular fracture twelve months ago. I’m a 34 year old male with osteoporosis – but that’s a post for another day. 😉
Doing a short meditation is quite simply a fantastic way to start the day and instantly makes you feel positive and energised.
The trouble is, I’ve only ever meditated sporadically, even though I know how much it helps me. I think I once did it for 10 days in a row – but that was a one off.
At best, I’m currently averaging a couple of times a month – so that’s something I want to change in 2022. It will be a major part of my quest to become a morning person.
3. I will continue the habit of daily gratitude
Let’s face it – life throws up bad days and frustrating moments. But no matter what happens, there’s nearly always something good thrown into the mix.
Some of the best things in life are free: time spent with your loved ones, that nice comment from a client, the sound of the birds singing in the garden, the magic of the sun casting a golden glow across the hills. I could go on.
Recently, I’ve consciously taken a moment each day to think about all the things I’m grateful for – the big and the small. I feel like it’s made a real difference to my mindset, positivity and energy, so it’s something I’m going to continue in 2022 for sure.
4. I will write a daily journal
I’ve tried journalling a few times and found it helpful – but (again) I never really kept it up. Anyone sensing a theme here?
I often reflect on my day in my head, but it’s really beneficial to write those thoughts down onto paper and keep a record of them. There’s something therapeutic about the process and it’s a great way to discover what’s important and create positive routines and habits, which will hopefully help with everything else on this list!
So, I’ve dug out my copy of the Five Minute Journal and begun writing down my feelings, reflections and gratitudes each day.
5. I will read each day
I love learning new things and feel like I’m currently in the midst of a huge period of personal growth. Reading is a major part of that.
Whether it’s a few chapters of a good book or just a short article over my morning coffee, I’m going to continue to make sure I read a little each day.
I’m planning to share what I’m reading here on this blog, so keep an eye out for that.
6. I will exercise each day
Ah, what is it about the New Year and exercise? January comes around and every gym in the country is suddenly packed out with new people – most of whom have also disappeared again by the time February arrives.
Actually, I’m not a gym person at all and prefer to exercise at home. Health issues also mean I have to be careful about the exercise I actually do, but it is also a vital part of managing my conditions and staying healthy.
Walking is my exercise of choice – from strolling with my dog each morning to longer countryside and coastal walks during holidays and weekends. Combine that with daily morning stretches and it’s a good start!
7. I will go easy on myself
This one is not so much a habit – but something I’m VERY guilty of.
That great feedback you’ve had from 10 clients? Naturally, those are all dismissed and attention is focused on a single negative comment or bad experience.
So, it’s time to go a little easier and instead focus on those good experiences. One thing that can help is writing down positive stuff so that you can refer back to it when feeling low.
8. I will ask for help when I need it
This is another big one for me. I always feel like I have to figure stuff out for myself – and while that’s possibly good to a point, it’s also important to ask for help when you need it…
I just have to remember it!
9. I will do something fun at least once a week
I’m a huge believer that life is for living, but when you get bogged down in daily work and projects it’s SO easy to flop and neglect the fun stuff.
I love going for weekends away, days out with my dog and walks in the countryside. Those are the times I feel most alive and do all my best thinking, so I commit to doing something like that every week in 2022. Plus, you really feel the benefits once you DO get settled in for focused work.
10. I will stop playing the comparison game
In this age of social media, I think we’re all a little guilty of this. I mean, it’s hard not to look at Instagram and feel like all and sundry are doing better than you, earning more money, working on better stuff, going on better holidays… you name it.
Everyone is off doing something fun, while you’re sitting there contemplating getting the ironing board out…
Of course, it’s not the reality. You are only seeing the edited highlights. I need to remember that.
So, there you have it… The 10 things I will do in 2022 and beyond. It’s out there on the internet for the world to see. Please check in to make sure I’m sticking to my promises!