Straight after Christmas and right as the new year starts is often a time for a bit of reflection and self-evaluation.
While most years we might spend this time throwing together a list of unachievable resolutions that sounds a little something like ‘stop eating entire tubes of Pringles’ and ‘run five kilometres every morning’, we’ve come up with a list of 10 New Year’s resolutions that are not only achievable, but worthwhile and fairly simple.
Drink more water
In case you weren’t aware, drinking water is pretty crucial to your health and wellbeing. It can increase your energy levels, help with weight loss, improve your skin, boost your immune system, prevent cramps, cure headaches and even save you money.
A practical way to start this is by investing in a water bottle you like and suits your lifestyle, and taking it everywhere you go. If it’s right there and front of mind, eventually you will start to sip away without even noticing.
Limit social media
According to Sensis’ 2017 Social Media Report, Snapchat users have their eyes glued to the app for over three hours a day, while most Australians are spending an average of over ten hours a week scrolling through their newsfeed.
This is a lot, and people are growing worried that our dependence on technology is impacting our communication skills and even leading us to miss out on important real life experiences.
Try cutting down on social media in 2018 by at least turning the notifications off on your phone or putting blanket bans on social media during certain times of the day, like before bed, or in certain environments, like the dinner table and the office.
Sleep and rest is completely underrated. Our bodies all require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesise hormones.
Not only is this important for your physical health, but your mental health too. As most of us would know, being sleep deprived makes you cranky, irritable and it’s much harder to focus on tasks.
Set an intention to sleep more, and get better quality sleep. This means getting to bed earlier instead of sleeping in, and not burning the candle on both ends for too many days at a time.
Save more money
Saving money is a popular New Year’s resolution for a lot of young Australians, especially after the holiday season where our wallets can get a bit of a beating.
Call instead of text
You might think this one is a little old fashioned, but you’ll find that holding your phone to your ear and not your eyes can do you a lot of good.
Talking on the phone is significantly more efficient for one because you can get answers to your questions a lot faster. You’ll also have a more meaningful conversation and you’ll find that a lot more can be said. Picking up the phone will probably also get you a lot more brownie points from your friends and family.
The next time you’re in a back and forth text conversation with your Mum, friend or your partner, forget feeling nervous and just ring them instead.
Cook instead of buy
Preparing your own meals not only teaches you skills in the kitchen but it can give you a break from work and you might even find that you really enjoy it. If you already cook a lot, try setting yourself the goal of learning a new dish every week.
If you’re a complete newbie, there are a hundred and one free cooking tutorials on YouTube. Start with something simple, like a basic pasta dish and work your way up from there.
In the long run, this is a really simple habit that will save you quite a bit of money.
This is a really important New Year’s resolution because not only are you helping yourself, but you’re helping the entire planet. Unfortunately, a lot of folk don’t recycle correctly, but the good news is that the Victorian Government has put together a how-to for getting recycling right on bin night.
This is probably the easiest resolution here!
Work walking into your routine
This one might be starting to sound like a broken record, however it’s more important than ever to get out there and stretch your legs when you can, especially if you’re a desk worker.
Squeezing exercise into your daily routine is as simple as getting off one tram stop earlier on your way to work, squeezing some steps in around the block on your lunch break, or getting some friends together on the weekend to keep you motivated.
Spend your Sunday evenings planning
This is a great New Year’s resolution for 2018 because it’s also a great habit to get into anyway.
Spend Sunday evening getting yourself prepared for the working week. Pre-make your lunches, plan for any meetings, pick out your outfits, make time for loved ones and find some time to do exercise. You’ll feel a lot more on top of things and you’ll probably be able to sneak in a bit more of a sleep-in in the mornings.
If you normally get a serious case of Sunday night blues, this one might just do the trick.
Read/listen to more books
The benefits of reading are basically endless. It keeps the mind fresh, helps your memory, relaxes you and improves creativity. ‘But I have no time!’ we hear you say.
Funnily enough, reading more books also often goes hand-in-hand with going on less social media.
The more time you spend away for the screen, you the more time you have to pick up a book, and the better your mind will be because of it. Speaking of books, here are some great investment reads.
If you’re really not a fan of reading, maybe audiobooks might be your thing. Check out Audible if that’s the case.
This has no doubt been on your New Year’s resolution list before.
To those who haven’t delved into growing their wealth before, you’re probably a bit nervous to sign on the dotted line and kick-start your investments. Fortunately, young Aussies are at a great advantage because they have so much time ahead of them to grow their money and the sooner you start, the better the rewards are, so pop it on the top of your list for 2018.
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Also published on Medium.