Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s Day is around the corner and the inevitable question looms: what are your new year’s resolutions for 2020? These suggestions, accommodated by some online offerings, are a helpful way to incorporate changes into your daily lifestyle to make a great 2020.
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Stay in Touch with Friends and Family
Are you feeling guilty because your mailbox was full of holiday greeting cards from friends and family and you only had time to send them to a small smattering of relatives, including your grandmother and your favourite aunt? Get the year off to a good start by beginning a new tradition of sending New Year e-cards. Everyone will be happy to get some post-Christmas cheering up and a fun update on you and your family.
2. Spend More Time with Friends
Spend less of your week doing time-consuming, tedious errands; instead, take some time this year to relieve yourself of life’s hustle-bustle. Invite your friends or co-workers to join you for a lunchtime walk, a yoga class after work, or a girl’s night out. Resolutions are meant to be good for you and hopefully enjoyable, so what could be more fun than spending less time in supermarket lines and more time laughing with friends?
3. Reduce Stress
Do you find yourself overwhelmed with family correspondence and constantly unable to keep up? Start small by putting all of your family members (and your in-laws too) birthdays and anniversaries into your phone calendar or computer as a reminder. They’ll even notify you when it’s time to send e-card! Score some extra points and surprise your sister-in-law with a thoughtful card after forgetting for the last five years. Shock your mother and send a card before her actual birthday arrives.
4. Organise the Address Book
Did you have trouble getting Christmas cards out this year because of your messy address book? Was the last time you updated your address book when you got married 10 years ago? Streamline your outdated efforts by keeping all of your family and friend’s information logged in a simple and secure online address book, so sending holiday cards will be as painless as it has ever been. You can conveniently access your address books at work or at home, allowing you to update your files whenever you get an opportunity.
5. Enjoy Life More
Bring more balance to your life by simplifying your daily schedule and prioritising what you enjoy most. Take up a new hobby, try a creative project, plan a holiday, go for a nice beach walk, express your inner art student and impress your friends with your latest artistic creation, etc.
6. Lend a Hand
Step outside of yourself and give some of your time to help those around you. By committing to a cause that is in line with your core values, you will be more likely to stay involved and feel rewarded by the experience. Since many of us lack time, take a moment to send a breast cancer awareness card or other inspirational greeting to help lift someone’s spirit during a challenging time. You will feel better about yourself after helping make someone’s day brighter.
7. Manage Your Finances
Set a realistic plan to allow yourself greater financial freedom, alleviate financial headaches and start saving for future goals. Make an effort to limit unnecessary drains on your wallet by tracking your finances online. Begin logging all of your expenses for the month and see how quickly those delicious lattes add up. Free greeting cards are a great way to save money and allow you to dedicate the savings toward something fun. Hawaii anyone?
8. Learn to Cook & Dine in More Often
Start spending less money on dining out. Pledge to dine in more or find a cooking class to satisfy your unending cravings for ethnic cuisines. Get new recipes emailed to you and experiment cooking new dishes in the comfort of your own kitchen. For an added touch of you, print your favourites on personalised recipe cards.
9. Make Memories
Do you always feel like you do not have time to make memories, whether it’s with your family, friends, partner or just yourself? Always make sure you plan at least one trip a year where you can discover new places and go on adventures. Also make time for your friends and plan a night out or just grab coffee to catch up.
10. Reduce Your Vices
In a perfect world, there would be no battle against biting your nails, eating unhealthy food, drinking too much caffeine and a myriad of other terrible habits. Experts say that when you feel the urge to engage the in bad habit, try to make yourself busy with another activity. Instead of hitting the office coffee pot again, replace it for a healthy snack or some healthy infusion such as green tea.