5 Tips For a Strong Start to 2019

….and just like that, another year is over. Happy 2019, everyone!! I don’t know about you, but I’m both sad and very relieved at the same time that 2018 is over and done with. Now time for bigger and better things – the best version of you. Now’s your chance to finally start writing that parenting book you’ve been thinking about, or cleaning your car and keeping it that way. Your New Year’s Resolution doesn’t always have to be incredibly unrealistic. Give yourself some smaller, achievable goals that will help you work towards your larger, long-term goal to hold yourself accountable all year long.

Here are five things you can do to start off your 2019 on the strongest note possible.

Write Down Your Goals

  • This sounds like an obvious one, and maybe seem like it’s not even necessary, but trust me, it is. If you write down your goals on a sticky note or whiteboard and hang it up somewhere where you will see it every day (your fridge, bathroom mirror, etc.), you’ll start every day off with the right mindset and you won’t just forget about your objectives for the year.
    • On another sticky note, you can write smaller, daily objectives that will act as the stepping stones you can take that day to help yourself work towards the bigger goals for the year.
    • When you have a physical list every day that you can cross off completed tasks, you will be more likely to actually accomplish the objectives you’ve written down. If you don’t have a list, you’ll get distracted and forget about your true priorities.

 

Go to Bed and Wake Up Earlier

  • Did you know that you’ll be far more productive if you wake up at 5:15 a.m.? If you force yourself to get out of bed and make moves, you’ll find that you get a lot more done. Fewer people are awake, and there are fewer distractions and noise outside of your window. If you have to be at work at 9 a.m., you’ll be able to get a nice workout in or clean your kitchen before you head in.
    • You’ll feel way more energized, motivated, awake and productive when you get into the office.
  • “Morning people are very capable of understanding the value of chronotype diversity. Remember, we’re conscientious. This understanding probably originated far back in history, when groups comprising morning people, evening people, and various chronotypes in between would have been better able to watch for danger at all hours. Evening types may no longer serve as our midnight lookouts, but their intelligence, creativity, humor, and extroversion are huge potential benefits to the organization.” – Christoph Randler, a biology professor at the University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany.

 

Spend Less on Material Items and More on Experiences

  • Where does all of your money go? What’s your material weakness? Is it clothing, the latest technology or even home goods? When you buy these items, sure, they’re amazing and great to have when they’re brand new, but where do they end up in a few months when there’s something even newer and trendier on the market? It’s easy to fall into a hole of consumerism, especially when our favorite stores are constantly advertising to us about the latest “once-in-a-lifetime” sales and new products.
  • The items you end up buying are usually thrown out within a year. What if you saved that money or spent it on new experiences or lifetime investments?
    • For example, if you spend money on a concert or weekend getaway instead of a new dress, you’re going to remember that concert/vacation for the rest of your life. The dress? You’ll wear it for a few years, get rid of it, and totally forget about it.
      • Even better, the experience won’t take up room in your closet.
  • Some material items that you should spend your money on, however, are the ones that will provide a lot of value to your life. Some examples include computers that you will use to complete all of your work on, a new car for your teenager, a Scout GPS tracker to protect your vehicle or pets/kids, or some running shoes that you’ll wear every time you work out.

 

Say “Yes” More

  • Do you turn down invitations often because they’re out of your comfort zone or seem inconvenient to fit into your busy schedule? You’re not alone! It’s a lot easier to say “no” to things that we don’t know about than to say “yes.”
  • Take a walk on the wild side!! Try ordering something new from your favorite restaurant, or say “yes” to game night that your coworkers keep inviting you out to. You’ll find that the more you say “yes” to things, the more you will discover that you like. You’ll find yourself in new and exciting situations where you will meet new friends and make more memories. I know it sounds cheesy, but it could really make a difference in your 2019 and help you grow as a person.

 

Master a New Skill

  • What skillset are you lacking that could help you improve your performance at work or increase your everyday confidence? Maybe you’ve been wanting to learn more about graphic design for your business, or you could start going to a yoga class to help you feel more balanced out and relaxed.
  • If you find something new to soak up the time you’re usually spending on your phone, mindlessly scrolling through social media for hours until it’s time to go to sleep, you may find more value and balance in your life and time.

 

 

What’s your 2019 resolution? Are you going to add any of the ideas listed above to it? I hope this year is your best one yet. Go get em, tiger! I believe in you.