Checking in on my New Year’s Resolutions

みなさん、こんにちは!タイラーです。| Hello, everyone! I’m Tyler.

On January 1, 2018, I listed some of my goals for this coming year and I wanted to share how I’ve been keeping up with these goals. Some of them I have made more progress on than others, but I am proud of myself for not letting any of them fall by the wayside. It’s not important if you don’t make progress towards your goals every single day. In fact, telling yourself you will make progress towards your goals every single day is setting yourself up for failure, which leads to disappointment. I find that I often quit my goals if I don’t stick to them 100%. This is a habit I’m trying to break. Below you will find my original goals and how I’ve been doing in my quest to accomplish them all!

  • Create and stick to a morning routine
    • I am happy to say that I have made great progress towards this goal! I must admit, I haven’t done very good with the whole routine aspect of this, but I’ve been actually enjoying my mornings and getting out of the bed much more refreshed. While I haven’t been able to actually nail down a routine, I’ve been hitting the snooze button less often, getting out of bed sooner, and taking my time getting ready. Thankfully, there hasn’t been a single day where I’ve felt rushed, which I was especially worried about since it is so dark and cold in the mornings and the bed is so warm. Side note, it was 66 degrees today. In January!
  • Advance in my career and make more money.
    • While I haven’t advanced in my career, seeing as it has been 10 days, I have felt more on top of things at work and definitely more organized. Hobonichi Techo Cousin for the win.
  • Be more mindful of what I put in my body
    • This one has evolved a little bit, but at its core, I am doing really well with this goal. I have shifted this goal slightly to also include trying to eat fewer things that are processed and focusing on real food. I tell myself that even if it isn’t necessarily fantastic for me, at least I know what’s in it and can pronounce all of the ingredients.
  • Be more mindful of my everyday life and slow down
    • I am truly trying to do this but it’s so hard. I have had more success with this goal in the mornings and on the weekends than during the week. During the week, while I’m at work, I can’t really slow down without being completely spaced out and unproductive. During the mornings I have definitely been able to slow myself down. A big part of this for me is not being on my phone right when I wake up.
  • Take more photos
    • This is one of the goals that I haven’t done as well with. When I do have time to go out and do photo shoots, it has been so cold. One morning when I got to work at 8am, it was -2 degrees. Negative two. I’m hoping that as the weather warms up I will be able to get out more, but I also need to plan things for the cold weather as well.
  • Become conversationally fluent in Japanese
    • This one is going well, though not as well as I would hope. I have been reviewing Japanese grammar and using the 日本語 for things whenever I know it. For example, my mother is listed as お母さん in my phone. I need to sit down and write out a plan for my Japanese studies so I have more of a guide to follow and can stick to a schedule.
  • Immerse myself more in Japanese language and culture
    • I have also been successful with this goal. While I can’t be surrounded by the language 24/7, I have found an easy way to immerse myself in Japanese culture and what is going on in 日本 is to create a daily Google Alert. I now receive a daily email with Google search results and news about 日本 and Japanese Culture. It might not seem like much, but keeping up with what’s going on in 日本 has helped.
  • Spend less time on social media/my phone
    • This is another goal that I have not done so well on. Social media is such a large part of our daily lives now that this seems difficult. I think the hardest part for me is that I have friends on Facebook and other social media that, if I deleted all of my social media tomorrow, I would never hear about again. This isn’t because they are bad friends or that we are distant, Facebook is just their preferred method of communication and of sharing information. I have friends that will respond to one of my statuses in less than five minutes but haven’t texted me back in months.
  • Read 26 books
    • This is going well! I am currently reading Haruki Murakami’s book, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.” I absolutely love it and definitely need to read more of Murakami’s work in the future.
  • Travel more often
    • I can’t count this goal as a success or as a failure just yet as it has only been 10 days since I made this goal in the first place. Once a few months have passed, I will make an update on how traveling is going. I hope it’s a positive update.

All in all, I am happy with the progress I have been making this year towards my goals. I know that it has only been 10 days since my post announcing these goals, but it was important to me to write this post as a reminder to myself that I am doing well and just so that I keep these goals fresh in my mind.

It’s so important to remember, even if you haven’t done well so far, you don’t have to scrap your goals altogether. Even if you get to March and you haven’t done a single thing you set out to do for the year, it’s not too late. It’s never too late to work towards the things that are important to you. You made those goals for a reason. Today, tomorrow, March 23rd, April 4th. No matter what day it is, take one small step towards your goals. That’s all it takes for you to make progress.

How have you been doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Let me know in the comments! As always, if you liked this post, please give it a like and subscribe to this blog. I write new posts every Monday and Thursday morning.

じゃあまた。| See you!

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