In my last post I wrote about my thoughts on 2015. Today, like the predictable blogger I am, I wanted to write about 2016.
I’m not really a huge fan of resolutions specifically being made at New Year’s, purely because if you want to make a change in your life badly enough, I figure you should just do it when it suits you best and not wait until the start of a new year. Now is as good a time as any, in my eyes basically. Having said that, I am also an excellent procrastinator so I can kinda see the temptation to wave your hand and say “Ahh, I’ll just do it next year”.
Nevertheless, I do, like most people, have some goals in mind for this year.
Finish my PhD
What a cracker to kick us off. I began my PhD in March, 2013 so my end date is technically March this year but that ain’t gonna happen. I think mid-year is more realistic but still really bloody terrifying. If 2015 was anything to go by, the time is going to race past me as I stand there gaping, looking like a stunned mullet (cue my usual mental image of a gobsmacked hairdo. Much better than a boring old fish, in my opinion). Which will be super strange because I’ve felt for the past year and a half that my thesis wasn’t going anywhere – and now I’m looking down the barrel at the finish line. Sort of. Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. I was planning on writing more about my PhD, from why I started to what my research topic actually is, if you’re interested. Let me know in the comments!
This one is closely linked to the finishing of my thesis. The PhD, while certainly flexible, can make it extremely tricky to make time for travel. Well, travel for relaxation/fun purposes anyway. I did go to England in 2014 purely because of my thesis but, other than that, I haven’t taken a proper holiday since starting the course. Which is fine, it’s just one of those sacrifices you have to acknowledge you will probably have to make when you sign up for a PhD, but I am extremely excited at the prospect of being able to get on a plane and go somewhere different. It doesn’t even have to be international – I’ll take Tassie!
Take better care of myself
I know goals are meant to be specific if you want any chance of achieving them but this one can take so many forms I didn’t really see the point. For me, taking care of myself means continuing my twice-weekly yoga lessons, taking the time to read good books, and making time to be creative, whether that’s sewing, writing, photography, or learning to crochet. I predict I will be very tightly-wound for a good portion of this year as I try to finish my thesis, so ensuring I regularly take some time out for me is a must.
That’s it so far (I think the PhD one will suffice for the first half of the year!) but I’m sure I’ll pick up other, smaller goals throughout the year. How about you? What are your goals for 2016? Are they big, small, or a bit of column a, bit of column b?