Last year was rather frantic - I moved house twice, began my PhD and took on a lot of responsibility with my roller derby team and university societies. Although I felt organised, time ran away with me - I didn't feel like I had the time to do some of the things that I wanted to keep up with, such as my art and science writing.
January is a universal month for new starts. New beginnings, new ideas and unrealistic goals people set themselves every year (oh hi, 2014's idea to keep up my running). I have been following Elise's blog for the past year now and I have been inspired by her practice of the One Little Word® project. This year I have decided to give myself one word to focus on throughout the year, my mantra if you will. That word, funnily enough, is FOCUS.
FOCUS my belongings:
Moving twice in one year has made me realise just how much stuff I actually own. I had a huge purge of my clothes the second time I moved and it made me think more about my style. I want to do this again to really focus on the things I actually wear frequently and to make more room in my wardrobe. I also want to clear out the rest of the clutter in my room and some of the things I left at my parents house, which they will be very happy about I'm sure!
FOCUS on myself:
Not through vanity, but self-expression. I want to spend more time focusing on my passions outside of work (weaving, creating, eating vegan things) and looking after myself. A focus on personal projects, solo-dates (sorry Charles) and perhaps this blog as well (more posts - hurrah) will be the aim for this year.
FOCUS my work:
A better work schedule to (hopefully) produce more positive results. Last year I started to arrive at work before anyone else in the office, at 8am. It was wonderful to have an hour to myself in tranquility before everyone else arrived (if not a bit creepy that all the lights are still switched off in the department when I turn up). This year I want to continue getting to work early and aim to leave the office by 5pm everyday. No more leaving after 6pm.
So there you have it, my FOCUS for 2015. I'm really excited about what this year may bring (or indeed, eliminate) - I'll keep you updated with my progress!