I thought that I would compile a list of comping resolutions that may be a wee bit easier than the other ones you've set (and promptly forgotten about). I'm planning on focusing on one of these each month, as I find it's really easy to get stuck in a comping rut (for me, that's entering Instagram competitions in bed when I should be sleeping).
With the help of the lovely members of my Facebook Group (join here) the list is nice and varied. Comment below your resolutions and which you will be focusing on in February....
1) Do at least one creative comp a week/month
For me, it's more realistic to say one a month, for others it will be one a fortnight or even one a week! Creative comps often can't be entered straight away, so I have a little folder in my photos on my phone of screenshots of creative comps. That way if I have spare time, I can come up with ideas for my entry, even if I don't have any internet/signal!
2) Create a monthly wish list
I love having wish lists, as I find them a massive motivator. However, in reality, these change quite frequently. Last month I was wanting to win presents for my mums birthday at the end of January (therefore now passed), and now it's a food bundle to try some tasty new snacks (and save some money). Therefore, I am resolving to create monthly wish lists to try to keep up the motivation and focus of my comping.
3) Enter more local comps
Local comps naturally have less entries than UK wide comps, and therefore you will have a better chance of winning. However, they are also less frequent and harder to find, so can require more effort. The thing I love about local comps is that it often supports a small brand, for example a new restaurant in the area, and also gets me trying new places/companies! I would recommend searching in Prize Finder for your local town/city to find competitions, and also joining your local Facebook comping group where people will share the competitions that they have found.
4) Comp less
Now this one might seem counter-intuitive, but it's a really important one. Comping is one of those hobbies that is so accessible and seemingly endless that it can be easy to become overwhelmed. You could enter a competition every minute of the day and still not get through them all. And that is okay. It's important to be okay with taking time off of comping and not feel guilty about it. For a while, it was really starting to get to me, and so I took a month off.... which turned into almost a year. And that is okay. As Neill Johnstone once wisely told me, if the fun stops, stop (I'm sure he stole that from somewhere but I won't argue it).
5) Don't compare yourself to others
This applies not just to comping but to life in general. It's all too easy to watch prize unboxings and wonder why you aren't winning as much as them. The thing is, everyone's situation is different. Perhaps your wish list is more niche, you don't have as much time or it's just not been your month. Write yourself a wish list, look over your past wins or just chat to other compers to inspire each other and rebuild motivation! You can do this! In the end, comping is a personal hobby and none of us are in competition with each other. I have found that compers are simply lovely people and a real motivational boost when I'm going through a dry spell.
6) Get out the comfort zone!
A lot of the resolutions that were suggested were to enter a specific form of comping: more postal comps, more Gleams, more Instagram etc. For me, Instagram is my safe zone: I get most of my wins from there and I spend a lot of time on it anyway. For others, Instagram is a minefield (check out this post here and here to help with that). Therefore, each month I am going to focus on a style of comping that I don't do much of (as well as continuing my Instagramming). This month it has been Twitter, next month I'm thinking postal. Switch it up and see what you like! Life begins outside the comfort zone and all that!
So there we have 6 resolutions, and therefore half a year of monthly challenges. Do you have any I've missed, or any tips on how to achieve these? Comment below and share the luck and love...