#288 // On Manifesting


I think there might be something to this manifesting malarky.

I was leafing through my bullet journal last week and came across the 18 for 2018 list that I made, prompted by a Gretchin Rubin podcast. The idea is that you made a list of 18 things you wanted to do or achieve for the year. The thing I like about the list is that unlike the large, over-arching, change your life type goals we tend to make as resolutions, these are small, bite-sized and doable actions or tasks that over the course of the year, you actually have the mindspace to fit in. And they act as tangible evidence for that negativity bias that is always sat ready to pounce when you reflect on the year and lament that you're not doing anything with your life (just me?), that you did what you said you were going to do.

Deliberately, some points are big, some are small. Some you want to do, and others you need to do. It makes for a nice ebb and flow, keeping you going as they aren't all have to do's but are interspersed with some things you want to do.

And in another nugget from Ms Rubin, who is fast becoming my life guru, she notes that when a thing can be done at any time, it's usually done at no time. We all have good intentions for seeing people, doing things and going places. But so often, time just seems to slip us by. A year is a long enough time to action some of these with an enthusiastic start, procrastinate for a bit, let life get in the way and then get back on track to actually do - hopefully - all of the things on the list.

I've only looked at mine about three times since I made it (more since I realised I was actually doing things on it!), but I really think there's something in the physical and conscious action of putting pen to paper. It's clearly sat in my subconscious as I've gone about making plans this year.

I actually only have 16 points on my list, as I haven't been able to think of two others yet, but I was surprised and quite chuffed to see I can already tick a few off and am well on the way with others!

  1. Go to the dentist and hygienist at least once this year Yeah, when I said small, I wasn't joking. It's been way too long... 
  2. Give blood twice Waiting for a callback to make my first appointment over Easter while I have some time off work
  3. Halve credit card debt I've paid off my overdraft and am 34% of the way there!
  4. Complete twelve months of joint savings Three months down, nine to go ­čśä
  5. A day out with mum and nan in Brighton
  6. Take all the mum's out for Mother's Day We went for an afternoon tea cruise down the Thames
  7. Stay at the The Hoxton Paris for one night We've booked a weekend trip for June!
  8. Staycation with Laura Liverpool shall be seeing us at the end of September!
  9. Go to the theatre with Dee Thinking of making this a birthday treat for her
  10. Sit in the audience of a Loose Women recording Dont ask me why, but I really enjoy this nugget of daytime tv. It's just one of my many quirks, so I'm running with it. I applied for tickets to coincide with my time off, but no joy - boo!
  11. Start getting monthly pedicures I'm not sure this is going to happen monthly (too tight to spend, but maybe quarterly? There's something about freshly manicured toes that makes me feel really put together and ready to take on the world, but I often CBA to do it myself)
  12. Go to a blogging event Does it count that I've set up an April meet up with some of my favourite instagrammers / bloggers? I think so!
  13. Rent a car so I don't forget how to drive London living is mucho expensive and we live next to a school with awkward parking restrictions. I knew I wasn't going to buy a car when I passed my test, but have been waiting for the year mark since passing to roll round, so I qualify to hire cars
  14. Go to a versa class at BXR London
  15. Visit Luminary Bakery for a tasty pastry
  16. Visit The Pudding Stop, St Albans

I've got a few thoughts for the last two, maybe something around solo travel/experiences or reading. We'll see. But I'd totally recommend doing this. 18 for 2018 is a snappy title, but don't let the fact you didn't start at the beginning of the year deter you. Maybe do 9 for the remaining 9 months of the year. Side note: we've gotten through almost three months of the year already?!

So yeah, write things down. Turns out, it might help you see them through.

Do the things that you say you want to do (and a few you just have to do - adulting and all that jazz). Do the things that intrigue you, and that make you happy. Try new things. Relive old things.

TL;DR Make plans. Write them down. Bring them to life.

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