Every year January 1st rolls around and we all start to scramble a New Year’s Resolution together. While we start out with good intentions, according to Forbes, only 8% of us actually achieve our resolutions. I’ve come up with five New Year’s Resolutions to Own 2016 and examples of how to achieve them. Let’s make 2016 the year of self-improvement and try and raise the odds a little bit!
Get Organized, and Stay Organized
One of my main goals for 2015 was to be more organized, and keep it up throughout the whole year ! I found there were so many tools to utilize and help improve your organizational skills. My method of staying organized is that I write everything down. I highly suggest investing in a new daily planner or organizer!
I recently bought a planner from Day Designer, and I am blown away with the attention to detail. Other than the day-to-day, it lets me iron out my goals for the next 3,6,9, 12 months as well as keeps an eye on my finances. Other brands I have used before are Very Bradley, and Target.
Know When to Unplug
There’s no denying that technology is a huge part of everyday life. It seems as if everyone always has their phone glued to their side whether its at work, at the dinner table or out with friends. I’ll be the first to admit that I spend to much time on my phone. Not only is staring at your phone all day bad for your eyesight… it can be bad for your relationships too! Whether you’re out on date night or at lunch with your mom, scrolling through your phone is wasting quality time that could be spent connecting with your company. PUT THE PHONE DOWN and engage in actual face to face conversation. Let’s face it, at the end of the day, no matter how connected your phone may make you feel, don’t let it own all of your attention. Spend at least an hour each day completely unplugged from technology and soak in that time with your friends and family.
Break a Bad Habit
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have bad habits. Whether harmful or just a nuisance, there is a way to break these tendencies. For example, it’s hard to believe that with all the medical information we have today, people are still smoking. While I am not a smoker, there are a few habits I would like to curb. I can be compulsive spender. By that I mean, I will go into the store for one small thing and come out with three small things. I’ll be at the checkout counter and buy a magazine or other knick knack I don’t need by justifying “oh well, it’s only $3.99 more”. One thing I’ve done to address this, is keeping track of everything I spend. The first week I was able to see that I spent over $50 on “extras”.
This can be done with any bad habit. If you’re a smoker, write down each cigarette you smoke. If you want to cut down on drinking, write down how many alcoholic beverages you drink per day, and how much money it costs to drink. For me, seeing the end result in black and white gave me motivation to curb my spending and save more.
Make a Healthy Lifestyle Change
Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions chosen each year. However, I think the resolution to lose weight should be replaced by choosing to lead a healthier lifestyle. The problem with making a resolution to lose a specific amount of weight, such as ” I want to lose 10 lbs”, is that it’s easy to lose motivation if results are not seen as quickly as hoped. Making a resolution to go to the gym 4 times a week, or cutting out processed foods are changes that help create a healthy routine. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will not only change your body, but aid in weight loss.
Find out what area of your health you want to change, whether it be changing eating habits or stepping up your fitness routine. Making a resolution to a healthier lifestyle will keep you motivated and get results.
Learn a New Skill
Many resolutions are about changing an already existing problem. Instead, how about learning something new! Is there a hobby or skill you’ve always wanted to learn, but never gave yourself the time to do it? Now is the time !
Check out a local college or community center for more formalized learning. However there are plenty of online classes and learning resources. For example, I have always wanted to learn French. I recently discovered a free app called Duolingo that makes it easy and fun to learn a new language. Do your research because you can find resources to help you build any skill.
My Five Resolutions for 2016:
- Spend more Time with Family and Friends
- Learn to Speak French
- Learn more Advanced Coding Skills
- Kick Up My Fitness Routine to 5 Days a week
- Keep a Consistent Posting Schedule on this Blog!
I hope these five New Year’s Resolutions inspire you to own your 2016! Let me know what your resolutions are in the comments below. Also in the comments, leave any topics you want to see on From Beginning To Trend this year!
Happy New Year !
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