It’s that time of year again. Time to start fresh, make new beginnings and get things done. Every year people tend to come up with the same resolutions and by February have already given up. If you’re looking to make a real change to your life, you need to do some serious soul-searching and make sure you’re not just making empty promises to yourself. Chances are your resolution is on this list. But take a look at these helpful hints that will help you get on track and stay on track in the new year.
- Save Money. This one is easy. Start the new year off right by giving yourself a financial review. Sit down with your bank statements, bills and receipts and look through to see where money is going that it shouldn’t be and where you can make changes. If you feel like you’re paying too much for something, consider alternatives (like switching to low cost cell phone broadband service Mobi-data.co.uk instead of the major companies or switching Internet providers if you feel slighted). Most of all, sit down with a banker and get some sort of savings account set up. Even a little bit each week will make a big difference if you stick with it.
- Get Fit. Big gyms see a boost in their sales every January when people sign up for a gym membership and then forget about it a month later. If you don’t feel like forking out the money to get a membership, try doing something at home instead. YouTube has workout videos for just about every person imaginable and they’re free for the taking. Find a way to hold yourself accountable, either by working out with a friend or using an app to track your progress. That’s the key to making sure this resolution sticks – find a way to see how far you’ve come and you’ll never look back.
- Stress Less. Stressing is a normal part of life, but there are things you can do to slow it down a bit. Work seems to be the biggest stressor so before you go back to the daily grind after your holidays, sit down and make a list of things you will do to reduce the stress and make sure you stick to them. Make it a rule not to check your email after you go home for the day or if you’re unhappy in the job you have, make a point of applying to a certain amount of jobs each night. Your body, heart and head will thank you for sticking to this resolution.
If you feel yourself slipping, let your friends and family know and maybe they can help get you back to where you need to be. Write a list of your resolutions and even better yet, write why you made these resolutions in the first place. Looking back you’ll be able to see there’s a reason you’re putting in this effort and you don’t want to go back to the way things were.