Start the Year Off Right With These Tips

What's your new year’s resolution? It doesn't have to be an ambitious goal like "I am going to make a million dollars this year" or "I am going to land a corporate job with a six-figure salary”.

Here are five tips to start the year off with:

1. Start exercising: 

If you have always wanted to exercise regularly but never actually got around to doing it, then give it a shot this year. Start with setting a goal. Ask yourself what it is that you want to accomplish. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to have bulging muscles? Or do you just want to keep fit and healthy? Once you have answered these questions, choose the right types of exercises. If the idea of exercising alone doesn’t appeal to you, join a gym and take classes.

2. Create a list of things to do:

If you want to stay focused on your long term goals, make it a point to begin each year with a list of things to accomplish by the end of the year. Don’t just put the list in your head, write it down. Begin the list with the most important tasks and put a start date and an end date for each task. You may also put the tasks in chronological order if you like, but make sure to highlight the ones that are a priority  with a colored marker or highlighter so that they won’t be overlooked.

3. Live on a budget:

Do you want to begin your journey to financial freedom this year? Start with learning to live on a budget. If you have never done it before, you will find it very confining. But once you get used to it, which may take a few months, you will find it highly rewarding. The purpose of budgeting is to save money. So when creating your budget, make sure that at least 10% of your monthly income goes to a savings account that you will not touch under any circumstances.

4. Repair relationships:

Life is a journey with many unexpected twists and turns. Along the way, we get to make friends as well as enemies. If you have made many enemies over the years, this is a good time to mend fences and forgive. Start by sending them New Year greetings. If you were at fault, admit it and apologize. If they were at fault, reach out to them and forgive. They may be taken back by your unexpected gesture at first, but you never know, they may come around.

5. Clear the clutter:

Do you want to start the year with a clean slate, ready to face the challenges life is going to throw at you in the coming days? Begin with clearing the clutter in your home and office. Sort out all your belongings and documents. Get rid of all the things you will not need, such as old clothes, expired documents and last year’s greeting cards.

Picture by Drew Mckenzie

By Shondell Varcianna

January 09, 2015