Happy New Year Everyone! It’s finally 2018 and we can wipe our hands of everything that happened that we weren’t so proud of in 2017. To get started on taking a fresh step in the new year most people come up with a resolution. Funny story… THOSE NEVER WORK. So in 2017 I decided to focus on short term and long term goals and that helped tremendously. But this year I wanted to shake it up by trying to create some new habits. Not the bad ones, but habits that will benefit my future. The trick is to start small and work your way up from there. To help you to get your foot in the door, I came up with 18 habits to gain for 2018.
Find some books that you have been meaning to read and give them a try. Reading is a great way to relax and destress from long days. You never know, you might fall in love with reading all over again. And if you are like me (hate reading), start out with audiobooks and see how those work out for you.
- Read a Daily Devotional and Pray
Doing this will impact your day in a positive way. Start out on the right foot, on the right side of the bed. It brings you back to remember what things are really important in your life.
- Keep your room and apartment clean
A clean house is a happy house in my opinion. Clutter is never fun, so try finding a place for everything. Even making your bed in the morning makes me feel accomplished for the day.
- Volunteer in your community
Try to make a weekly or monthly commitment to an organization in your community. Just giving up a small portion of your time can help someone or an organization in ways you can never imagine. Be the change.
- Save your Coints (money)
This one is hard for me but I am going to really try this year. Every time you get some money (not just when you get paid) put some of it away. In a jar or your savings account, either one will work. Make goals for how much you want to save or save for specific events. Your wallet will thank you.
- Check in on your family
This is easy for me because my mom already calls me multiple times a day, if you don’t talk to your folks a least once a week, you need to do better. Call to see how everything’s going, or even just to say hi. It might not seem like it’s important, but I promise you your family will appreciate it in ways you couldn’t imagine.
- Work Out
Of course, this one is on here. But you all should know the benefits so I’m just going to move on to the next one.
- Drink Water
Get you a water bottle that you love and drink up! Try to refill it at least twice a day to reach your suggested daily amount.
- Use a Planner
Plan your days out and cross out your tasks as you go so you feel more accomplished by the end of the day. And try to find a planner that works for you. They have tons on the market and each one is different in their own way. I love Ban.do planners and their layout.
- Take some classes or webinars
You are never too old to learn something new and with the internet today, education was only a click away. Learn a new skill for your job or even just for fun.
- Find a creative hobby
Life is just a little bit better when you create something new. Pick up crocheting or find a DIY on Pinterest. Just find something that you enjoy doing!
- Write down thoughts and ideas
If you’re like me, you forget things ALL THE TIME. So try writing things down when you think of them or put a memo on your phone. You’ll thank yourself later.
Save your coints and don’t eat out. Cooking and planning meals will save you so much money in the end. Plus its fun to find and try out new recipes on the regular. And with cooking, you are more inclined to eat healthier. Yeah going grocery shopping is not the greatest activity ever but it’s a great feeling to look into a fridge fully stocked.
- Eat breakfast
It the most important meal of the day!
- Wake up Earlier
Make your day more productive by waking up earlier. The morning is the perfect time to do some work, plan out your day, clean up, or even work out. Make yourself be a morning person.
- Go to bed earlier
Its way easier to wake up early when you go to bed early. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to start winding down for the night. Do your nightly routine and head to bed.
- Give out compliments
You know how good it feels when someone tells you how good you look when you’re kinda having a bad day. Share that feeling with someone else. Those nice words can turn someone’s day around for the better.
Make it a habit to add a little happiness to your daily life. Smiling can impact not only your life but others around you. Smiling is contagious, so share one.
What habits are you trying to pick up for this year? Share yours in the comments!
Until next time…