The New Year stands before us like a fresh chapter in a book.
Well, now’s your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make, and being the charitable and caring bunch that we are here at Lifehack, we’ve decided to give you a bit of help – because since the majority of people fail to stick to their resolution, you’ll need all the help you can get.
1. Get in shape:
Losing weight or getting your body in shape should be on the top of your list. It’s easy enough to start an exercise and diet program, but the trick is to find a decent one that will give you steady results and will be easy to stick to in the long run. Have a look at the exercises and diet you wish to undertake to make the best out of your resolution.
2. Start eating healthier food and less food overall:
This is an extension of the previous resolution. Switching to a healthier diet can be incredibly tricky when we are surrounded by cheap and tempting junk food. However, with a good amount of determination and some basic tips you can slowly develop healthier eating habits.
Learn to control emotional eating as people in strain and stress tend to eat more and that too is junk which is more tempting, be aware of reasons for diets to fail and remember everybody is different, make use of some plans and take help of your friends to stay motivated, also rather than some boring healthy food, try to find and cook yummy healthy recipes.
3. Stop procrastinating:
The biggest barrier that keeps most people from reaching their goals is the desire to relax and do something fun instead of working hard. Once you get used to procrastinating it’s difficult to snap yourself out of it, so you’ll need to put in a lot of work to change this habit. This new year pledge yourself that you “work comes first” remind yourself that “working hard can bring in a lot of rewards”. So put this resolution down in your book to achieve goals.
4. Improve your concentration and cognitive skills:
People always try to find ways to improve their focus and cognitive capacities through mental exercise and herbal medicine to help them to be alert, attentive and active. Today we can use anything from apps to ancient meditation techniques to boost concentration and hone our mental skills. If you go through with this New Year resolution, not only will you be able to control your mood, learn faster and have easier time-solving problems?
5. Meet new people and be friendly:
When we get stuck in a rut, we usually end up staying at home most of the time, missing out on a lot of interesting opportunities for networking and having fun. Meeting new people can be beneficial to your mental well-being, help your career and make you a people’s person, so don’t be afraid to get out there and make some friends. Overcome your shyness, get some knowledge and go and get to know new and interesting people and make new friends, as it said “you never have too many friends” but at the same time be wise when choosing your friends.
6. Become more active and agile:
Some people don’t really have a big weight problem, and they even get some exercise a few times a week, but usually, they just sit around the most of the time at home and at work, which can have a negative effect on their posture and health. In that case, make your resolution for 2020 that would find ways of moving around more throughout the day instead of staying hunched over the computer. It’s even more fun if you share your activity with friends and family, so look for some creative activities to make the most of your day with your loved ones on the go.
7. Become more confident and take some chances (Basically, be a risk-taker):
If you are confident other people notice it, and it is much easier to have your opinions heard, ask people/anyone around you what goes around in your head, be it a question at work or asking a person you like on date it would also help you get ahead at work as well. A good dose of self-confidence will help you lead a much happier life overall. Don’t hesitate to get some input on ways to boost your confidence.
8. Earn more money and fulfill dreams:
Even billionaires are always looking for ways to earn more money, and an additional source of income to make life a bit more comfortable, plus it can also help you fulfill your dreams, for instance, it can be opening of a restaurant, having a successful business set-up, setting up an online platform, having finances at the right place and at the right time can go a long way. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available to earn that, like having side jobs, working as a freelancer or using the internet to your advantage, so this New Year lets initiate a resolution to add more money to the kitty.
9. Become more polite and courteous:
Good manners have always been an important part of a civilized society. They make it easier to connect with others, avoid offending people and will ensure that others perceive you as a good and trustworthy person. So know the etiquette. Saying NO is not at all being rude or impolite, but the way it is conveyed is more important. Always ensure that anything which is communicated is done with the right intention and the right tone.
10. Reduce stress and live worry-free:
They say that stress is one of the biggest killers, and it can have a very destructive effect on your relationships as well as your health. It may be an unavoidable side effect of our hectic modern lifestyles, but it can be effectively managed with the help of useful, unconventional and easy to practice tricks for stress management or simply relaxing through breathing exercises and meditation. This New Year Promise yourself that you would “Live more and worry less”.
11. Learn to be happier and content with your life:
Problem with the majority of the people in Pakistan is that even those that are in decent shape make a good living and have stress under control can still be unhappy. It takes time and patience to learn how to find joy in the little things and not to let problems bring you down. Always remember contentment is the key to happiness, and it has nothing to do with your materialistic needs and desires. The secret is to be “happy in the state you are and accepting it with grace”. So let’s make a point this year to count our blessings and be happy.
12. Get more quality sleep:
With big TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets and all sorts of gadgets with glowing lights and beeping alerts, it can be hard to get enough sleep at night. You should be gunning for at least 8 hours of sleep a night, and there are fairly simple ways to achieve this number if you intelligently balance it all, it would also help you to get healthy skin and a bombastic fruitful routine. So these 2020 let’s balance our social world with our dream world.
13. Give up bad habits:
That a lot of people don’t know how to kick these habits away from themselves, smoking or any other harmful substance will not only endanger your health but can burn a hole in your wallet as well. Just be prepared to dedicate a lot of will power to giving up any of the bad stuff once and for all. Let’s say Hello to a healthy 2020 with a bright smile and active sight.
14. Watch less TV/use less mobile phone:
The average person wastes a lot of time in front of the TV, time that could have been better spent developing skills, learning or keeping your body active. Promise yourself that this year you would cut down on TV time/mobile time, you will realize just how long and productive a day can really be.
Books are an excellent way to gain a lot of knowledge on a huge variety of topics and are also a great exercise for your brain. It’s not that difficult to go through 20 or more books in a year only need to make it a habit, discover your type of books and find a bit of time for reading here and there. Undertake this habit and be wiser and astute this 2020!
15. Find a significant other:
To all the single beautiful people out there, make a Promise to your ownself to make this incoming year fascinating and scintillating by finding “That Special One”. We all need someone to hold at night, talk to and share our deepest secrets with, but finding the right person is a matter of trial and error. We need to go out and get to know a few potential partners before we can find the one that we can get along with really well. Get inspired and find love.
16. Buy health insurance:
A healthy lifestyle is a key to a good life but at the same time, you should also ensure that under any unforeseen circumstances you are rightly covered and have a sufficient cover for you and your loved ones. So this 2020 brings your health insurance to the top of your priority list and make sure that you fulfill that resolution as it does not only protects you financially but also reduces your emotional stress and trauma.
17. Become tidier and organized:
There are a lot of people out there who can’t really get their stuff organized, and a cluttered desk or chaotic home will negatively affect your productivity and even your mood, so it helps to clear the clutter, clean your house and lead a tidier and more organized life. It is said healthy surroundings lead to a healthy mind which can enable you to enjoy a healthy life. This year try to be cleaner and a tad tidier, which would lead to lesser socks loss and more savings….
18. Learn how to dress in style/Dress for a purpose:
The way you dress can say a lot about you, and wearing the right clothes can make you seem powerful and confident, which in turn can help you land a job, get promoted, and catch the eye of a lovely guy or girl. No matter if you’re male or female, know the dress code and live with style. Remember that a dress does not bring worth to a person but wearing the dress the right way brings worth. So…dress to impress but also be comfortable with whom you are, there is no harm to adopt a few things as there is always room for improvement but always be true to your own self, so start this 2020 with a bang!
19. Spend more time with the people that matter:
There is just too little time in this life for us to waste it on insincere, duplicitous and toxic people. We should focus on the people whom we care about deeply and who care about us, as this is the best way to stay happy. This 2020 expresses love towards the people you love, as time and tides wait for none.
20. Be more grateful:
If you haven’t climbed aboard the gratitude bandwagon yet, this is the year to do it. There are studies that show that gratitude can make you 25% happier. Think about that for a second: you can be 25% happier simply by taking the time to count your blessings and think of all the good things in your life! Smile big and smile bright this 2020!
21. Enjoy the little things:
Living life to the fullest doesn’t just mean setting big goals like going bungee jumping or learning to scuba dive. It also includes learning to enjoy the little things. That is, learning to appreciate life’s simple pleasures, such as the following:
• Going outside at night to look at the stars
• Doing “ooh” and “aah” at the small things that give you joy
• Walking barefoot in the grass
• Being excited a night before the adventure trip.
22. Bring more peace in to your life:
I think I can safely say that we all want more peace in our lives. And by this, I mean more inner peace, contentment, and serenity. Resolve to bring more peace into your life in the year that’s about to begin by accepting what is, practicing non-judgment, and teaching your mind to become still and telling it not to overthink. Believing that whatever happens it happens for a reason and there is a divine force looking out for us. Finding pleasure in the ibadah and peace in sajdah is best for any momin Muslim, so this year make a resolution to find the “Peace within and around”.
23. Be kinder to yourself:
You may not be able to control how kind other people are to you, but you can always control how kind you are to yourself. This upcoming year, set the resolution to believe in yourself, respect yourself, and treat yourself well and be a good companion to yourself. In fact, take it even further. Make 2020 the year you fall in love with yourself. It would make everything and everyone around you greener and prettier.
24. Create a positive attitude:
Having a positive attitude opens your mind to new possibilities, it makes you more resilient, and it can even help you to live longer. Greet the New Year with a smile and resolve to stay positive, no matter what happens. Have faith and trust in God…things will fall into place at the right time! Patience and perseverance is the key.
Plan a vacation. The world is a beautiful place, and there are many things to see. Next year, visit a country you’ve always wanted to see. If you’re not sure how you would achieve a goal to travel in 2020, work hard for it and work hard and then travel hard or play hard, it would be the fruit of your hard-earned money.
A New Year is like a blank notebook. You get to write anything you want in it. Fill the first page of your notebook with your New Year’s resolutions. Use the 29 ideas above for inspiration. Live your best life by setting resolutions to make 2020 your best year ever.