As this year draws to an end, it would be normal to hope for the best in 2021 and for the pandemic to finally end…plus also, the usual annual resolution. However, I’ve decided NOT to write my resolutions but rather, an action plan. After all, what’s the use of having a list of resolutions if you’re not going to act to fulfil them OR be all enthusiastic for the first half of January and only to run out of steam thereafter.
That is why, I’m going to come up with an action plan for 2021 instead. The goals may not be too specific but I think that it’s easier to create new habits where you can learn/gain multiple advantages rather than state that you want to lose 10kgs by the end of the year and be disappointed when you don’t.
Without further ado, here are the things that I’d like to commit to in 2021!
Post a book a day
I’ve been listening to Blinkist for quite some time now as my bedtime routine. It was part of my plan to kinda read a ‘useful’ book daily and since I’m an insomniac, having a summarised version of a book read to me will also lull me to sleep. It doesn’t matter to me if I fall asleep before the whole book is read because perhaps my subconscious mind would still be picking up on it…and well, it would’ve achieved my desired effect of getting some snooze.
Nonetheless, there are some really good books and insights that I’ve gained over this past year and I’d like to share it with you guys about my takeaways. I may not post everyday about the Blinks that I’ve listened to the night before or regular books that I read (yes, I do have shelves full of them), but I will aim to post all the ones that really made an impact on me.
Exercise four times a week
This is a habit that I developed during the Circuit Breaker period and one that I’d like to continue. I found that what really helped was a routine and since I’ve got my teaching schedule for the first half of 2021, I can carefully plan out my exercise routine. I’m also thinking of signing up for a gym that has classes because I’d like to go back to my yoga-fit days but I need an instructor. I’ve tried doing yoga at home but for whatever weird reason, I just find all the instructors on YouTube and my Yoga app really unmotivating/boring. Again, this is MY reaction to them. I bet there are others who love them as much as I enjoy the kickboxing and TABATA YouTube channel that I follow.
In a nutshell, I’m gonna put exercise slots into my calendar! While losing weight is something that I’m looking forward to, I’m also not that idealistic. My endometriosis and PCOS make it really tough to shed fats. As such, I’m looking at strength of muscles, fewer body aches and energy levels in general. Health > aesthetics.
Start Saving & Investing more
2021 brings good news for me because most of my debt will be paid off by April (yay!) and this means that I can finally come up with a proper investment and savings plan. It will look something like this:
10% into investments
30% into savings
10% into travel (I have hope!) and fun things
I did a Body Image workshop in August, which was very well received. And I truly believe that more people need to go through this workshop in order to regain their body confidence and work on their self-esteem. As such, 2021 will see me doing more pitches to schools as well as corporates.
Curious – how much would you pay for such a 2-hour workshop? Let me know in the comments below!
Do something new every month
I want to try doing something new every month so that I challenge myself as well as just put myself out there. I can be too much of a homebody. So this is my way of forcing myself to try something new.
Happy New Year People!
What are your 2021 plans?
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