The New Year is here, and it is officially 2018. Congrats to all those who make it another year! We know that the majority of people beginning their new year have set out with goals and resolutions to make 2018 an even better year. If we look back at 2017, we can see that some goals we may have set in January are goals we either came close to or did not reach. Many of us let go of our goals within the first month or so. However, you don’t have to be one that let’s go of the goals you set out to accomplish. There are twelve key habits you can begin to develop today to help you accomplish any goal you set out for yourself for the New Year. Ready to check them out? Here we go!
12 New Year Habits Singles Should Embody Today
Write Out Your Goals Every Day
By writing down your goals, you will keep them fresh in your mind. There are 2 ways to go about this, and you can do one, the other, or both! The first way is to write down your goals in the morning, that way you have them fresh in your mind. If daily is too much, you can start with writing your goals out weekly. I recommend that you carry your goals with you in your pocket, and refer to them often. You may also write on a sticky note what your goals are a post them in your bathroom mirror
Take Inventory Of Where You Spend Your Time
When you take inventory, you can assess where you need to allocate more time to, and what you need to allocate time away from. Too often, I find myself doing what is urgent and not important, over what is important and not quite as urgent. You want to get projects completed and off the table to have room to take on more projects. Taking inventory lets us ‘cut the fat’ out of where we spend our time.
Accept ZERO Distractions
Many of us tend to be people pleasers, and want to make as many of our friend’s events as we can. This is the trait of good friends, but then you don’t have what you are doing written down, you are doomed to have distractions that will carry you away from your goals! Don’t worry because you can always get back on track. This is what happened to me last year until I realized that I have got to have stronger willpower. Take out all distractions that do not align with what your goals are for your health, your friendships, and your career.
Wake Up Early
Waking up early will give you extra time in the morning to accomplish your goals. Spend an extra hour each morning working on a project and also taking time for yourself to actually work out. Your body is just as important as your mind, and if you are able to workout, you will achieve a better mind-body connection. In par with waking up early.
Go To Bed Early
The saying, ‘Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise’ is an old adage that is nearly true for all people. When we go to bed early, we allow ourselves to get the sleep we need to repair and reset our bodies for the next day. Just like a child who does not get his or her afternoon nap, an adult who misses out on sleep will be grumpy, and sacrifices being in a better mood throughout the day. Sleep more, and feel extremely well rested. Life will be easier for you. Go to bed earlier this New Year!
Read In Your Profession Every Day
We all know how important reading is, but don’t you think that reading about our professions will be of more benefit to improve our careers? When you read about your profession every day, you get the equivalent of a mini-college degree. Continual learning doesn’t stop as an adult. Studying aspects of your career through a careful selection of books that talk about how to become better in your profession will help you increase your income. You can read about how to improve your sales profession, how to have better customer service, and how to be a better creator if you are an artist.
Work Out Every Day
So you don’t have to be Dwayne Johnson, but you do have a body that is important to keep up. Even for an hour a day, find something that you enjoy doing and do it every day. Just like dogs who get cooped up in the house all day need a run, or to play in the park, you need to have an outlet to work out. Working out increases your happy hormones, and also gets your body into good shape. We all want a nice body and need to be willing to work for it. You can do it one day at a time. Select a gym, join a running group, or pick up intramural sports teams. You do need to care for your body, and there are multiple outlets out there. Take it one day at a time.
Plan Every Day
In tow with accomplishing your goals and getting into good habits, you need to plan out your day so you can run the day, and not have the day run you. Prioritise your most important tasks, and make sure you get what you need to get done accomplished every day. Put in the hours to make it work. By accomplishing what matters, you will more confident in what you are doing. It will build your self-esteem.
Block Out Time
When you have goals you want to accomplish, you need to block out time where nothing else can be planned or done except your goals. For me, I have gotten better about blocking out time to work on my goals after work to improve my future. I want my goal to happen, and for that, I am very guarded with my time. I make sure that I do something every day that will move me forwards. Of course, balance is key, so you will need to block out time to be with your loved ones on the weekends and block out time on the weekdays for work. Different combinations work for different people. It is a balance. Look to see what works for you, give it a try this week.
Relax After Long Sprints of Work
When you are working to make your goals happen, make sure you take at least one night off during the week to relax. This can be painting, watching Netflix, doing an alternative sport, getting a nap in, or whatever you feel is best. We are like saws cutting down a tree, and every so often, we need to sharpen ourselves in order to be sharp enough to cut the tree down with effectiveness. Relaxation is key in part of attaining your goals.
If you’ve just made a big sale, ran your fastest mile, or got into a group of friends or business associates you have wanted to join, reward yourself. Just like Pavlov’s dogs, when you reward yourself, you are more likely to repeat the behavior. This is called positive reinforcement. You can treat yourself well, and you can reward yourself for working hard to accomplish something. Earn your reward. Your victory will taste sweeter after you have worked towards it, and you will feel better about pampering yourself afterward. For example, I am going to get a pedicure after I complete all my projects this month, as it has been a bigger workload than normal. Reward yourself this New Year!
Rinse And Repeat
Do these 12 habits over and over again, and you will be closer to achieving your goals than before. The first step is building the habit. You are worth it, and you can accomplish your goals. Believe in yourself, and develop the confidence to make it so. You can do it, and we are here to support you. Align your mind and body for success, and also block your time to accomplish your priority projects at hand.
Make 2018 a great New Year, and start off right by bonding these twelve habits that will carry you further. They say that bad habits are easy to form and hard to break, and good habits are hard to firm and easy to break. Form good habits and they will take care of you. Make sure to check in with yourself monthly to see how you are coming along. Be the captain of your life, and create it in your own image. You can do it!
Happy New Year’s,