As 2018 reaches its end and we start planning for 2019, many of us are already setting out goals for the new year. So, for those short of inspiration for what they want to do differently come 2019, our helpful guide on the Top 10 New Year’s resolutions is sure to provide plenty of great ideas.
Find a new job
It’s easy to get bogged down in a job that you don’t love, yet the security and routine that such a role brings can often stop us from making that ambitious new move. So how about making your 2019 New Year’s resolution the year all that changes?
When it comes to job hunting, being prepared is key and the Christmas holidays can provide a great opportunity to get that head start. Consider forgoing the Queen’s speech and that film you’ve already seen a hundred times and instead start sprucing up that CV ready for your New Year’s job search.
Make a habit out of fixing those odd jobs
Does the car keep making an odd sound every now and then? That damp patch in the bathroom not going away? Have those shelves you bought the other year still not been put up?
We all have those odd jobs that we constantly put off, however, ignoring such problems can often lead to bigger issues later. Making a New Year’s resolution to be more pro-active and fix these problems as they arise rather than putting them off could help you save both money and time, which is a great way to start 2019.
Many of us regret not having the time to read more and finding the extra time during the day can be tricky, however, making use of our downtime, whether it be during the daily commute or just before bed can make all the difference.
We all say it and we all plan to do it, but how many of us actually make a conscious effort to exercise and eat better come January 1st? When it comes to living a healthier lifestyle, baby steps are often the best way, and small changes like a simple jog in the park at the weekends and cutting out those cans of coke at lunchtime all help to make the difference.
Nothing quite beats a holiday for achieving that relaxed feeling, while the opportunity to meet new people and explore different cultures can provide us with plenty of unforgettable memories. So, whether it’s a week somewhere exotic or simply a quick weekend getaway to the seaside, travelling somewhere unfamiliar is the perfect New Year’s resolution idea for getting the most out of life.
Less social media
We could all do with spending a little less time on social media, and with the amount of ‘New Year, new me’ posts that seem to clog up our feeds come the turn of the year, spending a little less time on social media makes a great addition to the New Year’s resolution list. Simple ideas such as turning off the Wi-Fi in the evening or going phoneless for an hour or two every day can all work, and as a result, you’ll likely find you’ve got a bit more time on your hands.
Make more time for family and friends
One of the easier New Year’s resolutions on our list, but by no means any less important, is simply making the time for the people that matter most. Whether it’s calling an old friend you haven’t heard from in a while or popping round to visit an elderly relative, simply taking the time for someone else can make a real difference.
Give up smoking or drinking
Always easier to say when nursing that New Year’s Day hangover than to actually put into practice, giving up smoking or drinking can often be found at the top of many a New Year’s resolution list. However, quitting itself can be a real challenge but with campaigns such as Dry January being heavily pushed in the new year, making that change is far from impossible.
Though quitting altogether doesn’t always need to be the immediate answer, sometimes just cutting down your consumption can be a step in the right direction. Finding alternatives can make a real difference and what’s more, you will probably find you aren’t the only one struggling to quit an unhealthy vice come January.
Learn a new skill
Whether it’s studying a new language or picking up an instrument for the first time, learning a new skill can be a great way of kicking off the New Year. Starting with easily achievable targets or joining a class alongside others will help provide the boost you need to stick with your new hobby.
We would all like to be able to save more money for those rainy days, but it’s never easy with all that life manages to throw our way. One great idea is to simply set yourself a monthly budget while putting any savings away into a separate account. Cutting back on or just limiting those daily expensive treats, such as that morning coffee on the way to work, can also make all the difference. Money saving apps and websites can also help with ways of keeping those finances under control.
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