It’s time for another round of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly blog link-up hosted by Georgie and me. This month is being hosted by Georgie, so head over to her blog and join up by submitting your post to the widget at the end of Georgie’s entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you find unforgettable from your past or present! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss. For this month, here’s what I’ve been missing lately!
In 2015-2016, I primarily focused on looking for a new job, and that took up a lot of my mental energies. I didn’t feel compelled to do a lot with my hobbies, and what I did do were generally sticking to reading/re-reading books, mangas, and fanfics, or I would scroll and surf online endlessly. Sure, I did start up a few projects here and there, but obtaining a new job was all that it mattered for me. And once that happened last August, I went through a very rough transition. Now, I’ve reached the point that I think I’ve settled somewhat into my routine, and I came to the conclusion that I can focus on other things. I haven’t set any other goals for myself, and that is something I miss. I can make concrete goals for 2017 and try and do more than reading and re-reading the same things again and again. Rather than spending my time surfing aimlessly, I want to do more than that with the following goals.
Read 30+ new books or mangas.
Reading is not something I am going to give up, but I’ve set up a low number for this year because there are other things I want to focus on . . . knowing me, though, I’ll still re-read a lot of things, haha!
Play more video games.
This is something I’ve definitely been neglecting. I’ve bought all these games and haven’t played them. Whatever gaming I did in 2016 were all re-plays, and the last new game I’d played was around October 2015. Oops. So I hope to play more games this year, and I want to clear up some of my backlogs . . . at the least, I’m playing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc right now!
Watch more animes and films
Similar to my video games problem, I also have a whole ton of animes and films to watch. Seeing Yuri!!! on Ice reminded me of my love for animes. I’ve been really missing out on them! Speaking to Chynna reminded me that I have animes like Ouran High School Host Club to watch. I also found out there’s a third season of Junjou Romantica I’d overlooked. Eek! Time to step up my anime game!
Learn more Japanese.
Yes, I kind of re-started this goal back in autumn, but it’s something I do want to continue with and improve. I just wish the characters didn’t look so similar because they confuse me. But I’ll keep on pushing myself to learn this language. At the least, I am picking up words bit by bit when I watch animes and play video games with Japanese voice acting. This may not be the “best” way to learn, but every little bit helps for me!
De-clutter my things.
I admit to being a sentimental packrat. However, I’ve also come to realise that I should de-clutter my life a bit. I don’t think I’ll ever fully lead a minimalistic lifestyle, but at the least I can try and get rid of some my things that I no longer want or need. I shall revisit all my collections in my cabinets and boxes, sort them, and donate the ones I dont want to keep.
And a few other concrete goals.
This is where I’ll try to sleep better, eat better, exercise more, cease smoking, and find a better job. Ultimately, I have these goals to only better myself and to do what I enjoy. Setting up these concrete goals will remind me to not just do mindless task, but to constantly do things that will help me in the long run. I’ve not written a goal post like this in ages, and writing this is empowering me to do more this year than the last two years.
Do you find setting goals help you? What are some goals you’ve met? Share your experiences with me in the comments!