1. Start writing regularly
Something I've really wanted to start practicing is writing. I would love to publish a novel one day, and already have so many ideas, but am just a bit nervous to put pen to paper and finally start. So, next year I'm going to push myself just to get started even if it sounds terrible at first! For as long as I can remember I've had the most vivid imagination (not very helpful during scary situations) but have struggled getting my ideas written down. We did creative writing in English this year and mine was so, so bad - I ended up having to do something completely different to the rest of the class. However, at the end of the year my teacher said she could see a lot of improvement which I was really happy about, so hopefully with practice I'll improve even more next year.
2. Read more classics
This year I read just over 100 books and am so, so proud of myself. I'm not going to push myself to read that much again next year, but I would love to read some more classics. If you've read any good ones feel free to comment them below!
3. Get more sleep
I've developed really bad sleeping habits over the past year; I'll wake up really late and fall asleep really late, all my motivation and ideas coming in the middle of the night. I really want to force myself to fall asleep earlier and wake up earlier, hopefully feeling more well-rested and happier.
4. Spend less time on electronics
This is something I've already started working towards - I only have Instagram and Goodreads on my phone now - but I'd love to reduce my time spent on the internet and social media even more. I've become really addicted to it over the past few years, to the point where it's something I'm completely engrossed in everyday, spending hours upon hours looking at other peoples lives, but not really living my own. I want to get outside, be productive and more active (fitness being a failed goal from last year, haha) and hopefully spending less time glued to a screen will help me with that.
5. Decide what uni course I want to do
I'm really, really nervous about choosing a uni course - I'm scared that I'll change my mind or end up not enjoying the subject as much as I thought I would, so I really want to think about it lots this year and hopefully make the best decision. At the moment I'm leaning towards Journalism and Creative Writing, but I have other options I enjoy as well. Despite the stress of choosing the perfect course, I am really excited for the future - I'll be graduating in 2016 and can't wait to see where life takes me after high school.
EDIT: December 2016: I thought I'd edit this post and reflect on how I went with achieving my goals this year
one: Due to the amount of schoolwork I had this year, I was unable to make a big effort towards personal writing/writing for fun. However, I've been slowly plotting a novel all year and think I'll be ready to begin writing in the new year.
two: I attempted to read more classic novels this year, and have come to the conclusion that I don't enjoy them that much (haha). Obviously there's nothing wrong with classics, and I know that I'll enjoy reading them one day, but at the moment the books I am enjoying most are Fantasy/Sci-Fi and Non-Fiction.
three: My sleeping habits definitely improved this year - I was getting to bed earlier and waking up earlier - which I'm really happy about. However, as the year came to an end my bad sleeping habits came back :(
four: I definitely reduced my time spent on social media this year, however I still spend too much time on my phone and need to work on this more in 2017.
five: I've decided to study Communications/Media at university next year and I'm very excited! Now I just need to decide which uni to attend (the choices are so daunting, haha)