My New Years Resolutions

Wow, it’s February and you’re just posting your New Years Resolutions now? Lazy.

OK, maybe I have been quite slow in posting my New Years Resolution, but at least I’m posting them at all, right?

I was in Kyoto on New Years and wrote these in the back of my little diary that I purchased while I was there. Some may have no meaning to you and some may have a lot. I have never really written any New Years Resolutions before, so this is a first for me. I have changed a lot in the past year and have adopted a whole new mindset on life and how to live it, so I felt as though it was important to write down the things that I hope to achieve this year!


  1. Read every day (20 books in the whole year)

  2. Save more money

  3. Break bad habits

  4. Create new, healthy habits

  5. Get up before 6am every day (excluding holidays)

  6. Write more blogs

  7. Get 1% better every day

So just a quick explanation of each one:

  • I was never a keen reader. I probably read a total of two books in my six years of High School. But late last year I started reading a couple of books that had been recommended to me and I started enjoying it quite a lot. I ended up reading every morning and night, and was loving it. That’s why I made it a goal of mine to read 20 books this year. (Just this month alone I have read six, so I am hoping to smash 20 by the end of the year).

  • This one is quite simple. I am bad at saving money. So I would like to save more and teach myself to have a little more self restraint.

  • 3 and 4 can be tied into the same explanation, after reading James Clear’s ‘Atomic Habits’ I learnt a lot about habits and felt inspired to change a few aspects of my own life, be it to break my bad habits or to create new healthy habits. I already feel as though I am living a much healthier life this year than I was last year.

  • I have been really loving getting up early recently. Being able to be up writing blogs, reading books or just sitting there watching the sun rise has been the highlight of my day almost every day this year so far. I feel as though I can get so much more work done before the rest of the world has woken up.

  • Writing more blogs is an obvious one that I don’t feel like I need to have as a resolution as I love writing anyway, so I don’t need much to get me to write more blogs.

  • Lastly, I would like to try and get 1% better at something everyday. One percent is so minimal that it doesn’t take much effort to achieve, whether it be to play more guitar or cook something new for dinner. I want to always be growing and learning new skills, otherwise I will be stuck at the same point that I am at right now.

What are your New Years Resolutions? Leave a comment down below and let’s chat!

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Pat Barlow

Pat Barlow is a Sydney based Photographer and Content Creator who has a keen eye for Architecture and Design.