It’s the time of year again for new year resolutions. Come January 1, people resolve to be better than they were the past year. However, some people will cynically dismiss our desire for change as temporary. Unfortunately, this is true in most cases, with most behavioral changes lasting only three weeks or so.
The key to making long-lasting lifestyle changes is motivation. What makes you want to improve? Why do you want to go through the inconvenience to (hopefully) make yourself better? Ask yourself these questions before you set your resolutions in stone.
It will also help if you keep your goals simple and achievable. It’s true that it’s good to aim high for the stars. But oftentimes, it’s better to chop up lofty aims into doable, bite-sized goals. In this way, you won’t be overwhelmed with trying to achieve your New Year resolutions. You can also monitor your progress.
Here are eight new year resolutions you can do for a better you this 2018! Remember, as Master Yoda said, “There is no try, there is only do.”
1. Live a healthy lifestyle
It’s always a good thing to improve to a better, healthier you. Your lifestyle choices now can impact your health later, wiping out whatever gains you have at present. So strive for healthier meals and routines. Eat the right food in proper amounts, and get enough sleep and exercise. You’ll also enjoy life better if you’re less sick or feeling heavy.
2. Improve relationships
Let bygones be bygones, so they say. Don’t get weighed down by excess baggage from failed or broken relationships from the past year. January provides the best time to start over. So build relationships with the people around you. They may even be the key to challenges you may face this year.
3. Manage time wisely
Be more efficient this year. Balance time for work, family, and personal interests. Managing your time gives you opportunities to build relationships as well as living healthier. If you find yourself spending too much time on your phone or gadget, now is the best time to spend more time on things that really matter. Gadgets, when broken, can be repaired, but friendships take time to heal and grow.
4. Learn something new
Why not make 2018 more productive? Be your best self this year. Learn a new hobby, learn to dance. Read (and finish) a book. Take up calligraphy. Or how about starting with learning to clean your room, or wash the dishes? You will not only empower yourself by learning a new skill or with new knowledge. You can even make the people around you happier.
5. Start a business
You can’t go wrong starting a business, no matter how small, as one of your new year resolutions. Create trinkets or snacks you can sell for extra income. Or earn more by driving more traffic to your existing shop with a POSIBLE.NET business. Make sure to do your research so your business idea doesn’t flame out before the year ends.
6. Save up
If you’re living from payday to payday in 2017, now is the time to change this habit. You can either change your spending habits, or save up. Interestingly, a good number of Filipinos do not even have a savings account! Open up an account or talk to your bank to learn about passive income from savings and investment portfolios.
7. Share a skill
Make 2018 even more meaningful by sharing or teaching a skill to the people around you. What are you good at? (Sleeping or eating don’t count!) Teaching allows you to somewhat multiply yourself. By sharing your skills and knowledge, you are leaving a part of yourself in the community around you. That’s the best legacy you can ever do.
8. Support a cause
New Year resolutions make even more sense if you adopt an outward view in life. Instead of stocking up on wealth only for yourself, why not share it with the people around you? Support a cause, help a sick person, visit people who need encouragement and assistance. Remember, the planets do not revolve around you. Help someone in need and you will see how fulfilling your year–and life–can be.