With January right around the corner, it’s inevitable for you to start reviewing 2015 and deciding what you want to change during the year ahead. Maybe you landed the badass job you wanted this year, or took up that kickboxing class you’ve always wanted to try. Or, perhaps it wasn’t a great year. You might’ve gone through a tough breakup or found it hard to save money consistently.
Whether you want to set financial, personal, health, work, relationship or squad goals, here are some tips to make New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually keep. Everyone is different. Be able to recognize and accept your weaknesses and strengths and use them to your advantage in the new year.
Dream Big, But Don’t Get Crazy
If you haven’t taken a vacation in a while and are itching to drop big bucks on a huge trip to Europe or some other far away destination, try scaling it down to make it more affordable. Maybe go across the country instead of across the world, or go somewhere more affordable like a national park. Plan the trip ahead of time and invite your friends so you’ll have someone to push you to solidify plans by purchasing tickets. Save the big trips for when you’re more financially stable. It’ll be less stressful and more fulfilling when you can do everything you want without worrying about money.
Don’t Kid Yourself
No one knows what you can do better than yourself, right? If you’re the type of person who has the determination and schedule to work out three times a week, then make a goal like, “Reach 18 to 20 percent body fat.” If you’re more casual about fitness, focus on something smaller like planning to exercise for at least an hour a week. Choose a goal you can reach easily, but not too easily.
Likewise, if you want to save $5,000 next year, that takes baby steps. Cut back on extra spending when you can or talk to someone you trust about investment opportunities. One of the best things you can do now, financially, is to save for retirement. Sounds boring? Well being broke at 65 won’t be boring because you’ll find yourself having to work when you thought you’d be basking in the sun and sipping on pina coladas in the Keys.
Organize, Organize, Organize
We can all get rid of clutter in our lives. If you’re looking to improve relationships, romantic, platonic or professional, try trimming the fat. Get rid of things you don’t need to make room for the new and improved. Surrounding yourself with negative people isn’t going to bring you more happiness in 2016. Instead, embrace people who build you up, support you and want to see you succeed. Everyone needs a confidence boost.
Get your boost in the workplace by trying out checklist efficiency. If you’re running around the office like a crazy person, or just want to be more organized in 2015, slow down and make check boxes in your planner each day. There’s nothing like the feeling of crossing out daily goals. It’ll help you prioritize daily, weekly and monthly tasks.
Below are some attainable and simple New Year’s resolutions you can use to improve your overall health in 2016.
- Cut out soda, drink more water.
- Go on a 20-minute walk, weekly.
- Visit a national park.
- Spend less time on the digital devices.
- Clear the clutter.
- Save $50 a month.
- Write family members a handwritten card.
There’s so much waiting for you in 2016. Plan ahead and be realistic with yourself to make simple resolutions that can make huge differences in the long-term.