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Focus
This year I decided to give myself one word to focus on throughout the year as my mantra. That word, funnily enough, was FOCUS. Let’s see how I’ve been getting on nine months down the line...

FOCUS my belongings:
This year I moved house twice within the space of a month. My friends unknowingly volunteered to help me move the hefty amount of stuff I called ‘my belongings'. I took the look of shock on their friends as a sign for change - it was time for a clear out! Charles and I donated three bin bags full of things we didn’t need and threw away (or recycled) another two while unpacking our new flat. I purged all of the clothes that I had rarely worn, were worn out or I no longer had use for. I donated a quarter of my shoe collection. Chemistry textbooks and folders went back to the office. Drawers were pruned and re-organised. To-do lists for loose ends were made. One of my 25 before 26 things (throw away 25 items) was achieved, several times over! Needless to say, I feel a lot lighter and I’m sure my wardrobe does too! Now I just have to tackle everything I left at my parent’s house...

FOCUS on myself:
I’ve been a bit useless at this part of the mantra so far. I haven’t enjoyed cooking so much this year due to living in shared halls and simply not being at home until late. Regular posts on this blog have been non-existent as my energy has been taken up with work (hello PhD life). I will try harder to do the things I enjoy doing more often! Maybe I can make it up in the last few months of the year.

FOCUS my work:
I laugh at Emily nine months ago. A regular schedule for a PhD student? What was I thinking. I have however tried my hardest to leave the office or lab before 6pm every day. This has been achievable most days, with the help of my fellow researchers reminding me of my goal. There have, however, been several late nights - including one where only a water-cutout forced me to leave the lab. The nature of my research project at the start of the year meant I had to prioritise getting the work completed quickly - meaning early mornings and late nights. Now my work has reached a more steady state and so I’m able to control my time more successfully (phew).

So there you have it - a FOCUS three different ways. I'll update you again at the end of the year.

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Focus
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!