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LIFESTYLE | #BLOGMAS DAY 1: DECEMBER GOALS

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#Blogmas has finally arrived. I’m really hoping that I fare better than I did last year; I managed to get 17 posts in December but fell off the wagon after a few days! This year, the aim is to keep as organised as possible! 

To start #Blogmas off, I thought I’d do my usual goals post for the month. I’m going to be posting a few Christmas posts but in all honesty, I’m not quite in the Christmas mood yet! I have deadlines on the 13th/14th of this month so I imagine once they’re out of the way, I’ll be in full-blown Christmas mode!

To recap, let’s review last month’s goals:
1. Make sure I keep on top of all my uni assignments! I have about 10 different assignments in over the next two weeks and I’ve completed one and started a couple more. Never mind!
2. Start my Christmas shopping. I have no money until payday next week so I haven’t bought a thing!
3. Blog three times a week. I blogged 7 times in November, not quite three times a week.
4. Prepare for Blogmas and create content ahead of time. I planned what I was going to post during the month. I only started writing my Blogmas posts on the 29th November, oops!
5. Get back into a fitness routine. Haha, next.
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6. Get my hair cut. I think I’ll get my hair cut for my birthday in January instead.
7. Recap my 2017 goals. I had a read-through the other night and felt like a failure.
8. Get to 3,750 Twitter followers. I’m not even at 3,600 yet!
9. Post more on Instagram. I posted 5 times on Instagram in November so twice less than October!
10. Make sure I don’t suffer burnout. I think I’m on the verge of a breakdown with uni, work, blogging, Christmas and everything else going on. I need to get my act together and get stuff done!
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As you can see, last month was a roaring success! I’ve been balancing so much stuff that I’ve had to drop some things (being a course rep, for one) so I should have a little more free time to concentrate on everything else! So here’s a look at what I want to achieve this year:
1. Complete Blogmas. I’ve not been very organised on it so far but I’m hoping that when I go home for the weekend, I can get some photos taken and write up some posts! 
2. Read one book. I’ve always been a reader but definitely since moving to uni, all I’ve read is online articles, PowerPoints and textbooks. I want to read more autobiographies too!
3. Create a revision timetable for my exam. I have a Media Law exam mid-January and I really want to take my shorthand exam again to finally reach 60 words per minute. The best way to do this is to make a revision schedule so I cover all topics and have time to take some mock exams!
4. Start a budget. I was ridiculously short on money last month due to a lack of hours at my old job. I had to dip into my second account on numerous occasions which is meant to be my building pot for rent money! I definitely want to look at where I’ve been spending all my money!
5. Set my goals for 2018. Next year will be a critical year for me. I’ll be graduating from my Masters and then I need to get a full-time job in the real world! It will be time to leave retail once and for all and get my foot on the journalism career ladder!
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6. Get back in the gym! After my visit home this weekend, I realllly need to start taking care of myself more! I need to start meal planning again and working on my fitness. I’ve been eating junk food too much lately and working shifts plays hell with your eating patterns! Sometimes I pig out, sometimes I only get chance to have one proper meal a day!
7. Make the most of my few days at home. Christmas this year will be very short-lived; I’m going home on the night of the 23rd and returning to Sheffield on Boxing Day to work. Having just two days at home will be a bit rubbish but I really want to use those days to just relax and chill out! 
8. Drink more water. As well as my eating habits, my drinking habits have been awful too. Although I don’t drink alcohol, I’ve found I’ve been drinking Coke a lot when out of the house and not enough water. I used the be the person who drank 3 litres a day sometimes, now I barely have one! Hydration is so important!
9. Get 8 hours of sleep a night and try to go to bed earlier. I’ve been falling asleep any time between 11pm and 1am lately; my sleep has also been insanely restless too and I have no idea why. Ideally, I’d like to be asleep by 11pm most nights but nearer to Christmas I’m working some 7-11 shifts so I will be getting into bed as soon as I get in from work!
10. Have a clearout in time for the New Year. I had a clearout before moving away to uni but since then, I’ve discovered I don’t like that many of my clothes and beauty items. After my exams, I’m going to have a huge purge of all of my stuff!
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What are your goals for December? Also, who’s doing #Blogmas? Leave me a comment below!