Top 4 New Year's Resolutions And Ways To Keep Them
The beginning of a new year is the beginning for new goals and resolutions. Oftentimes, we set these goals and make these resolutions without ever actually seeing them through. Is it because we're too busy with work, or life in general, that we can't stick to our plan? Or are we just lazy and find it easier and instantly satisfying to sit on the sofa eating take-out while we watch our favorite shows?
For whatever reasons or excuses we give ourselves, we all wish deep down inside that we could follow through with our New Year's pledges and become better, happier, more accomplished versions of ourselves. Here are some popular New Year's resolutions and ways for you to keep and overcome them so you can move on to new ventures next year.
1. Get Fit And Lose Weight
Who doesn't want to look good? The best way to look and feel great is to simply be healthy. Our bodies are in constant need of some TLC and what better way to show it that with healthy lifestyle habits? Switching to a healthy diet and incorporating regular exercise into our lives is the obvious and only way to be fit and at an ideal weight. But why is it so hard? Easy. You can't just jump onto a skateboard and expect to be a pro if you've never even tried it; besides, you may hurt yourself and never want to try skateboarding ever again. This is the same idea for getting fit and losing weight. Take baby steps.
Vegetables and fruits never hurt anyone, but making the drastic switch from drive-thru and take-out to an all-natural diet can be tough for many of us, and even a deterring factor. Progressively cut back on junk food and start cooking at home more until it becomes a habit. One of the benefits of cooking at home is that you can moderate what you put in your meals, so you can make them as healthy and low fat as you want!
Similar to the skateboarding example, you can't just jump into an intense workout routine. This is extremely dangerous if you are not in the best physical condition. Again, start small and work your way up. Remember that it may have been easy to gain those extra pounds, but it doesn't make it just as easy to lose them. Losing weight the healthy way takes time, patience and dedication. Always consult your physician and a fitness expert before getting started on any exercise routine. Let the experts guide you and help you be on your way to looking and feeling great!
2. Save Money And Manage Debt
Money makes the world go ‘round, but sometimes it seems like there's never enough to get you where you need to be! Take control of your finances by planning carefully and wisely. This is not an area that should be taken lightly and should be considered always when trying to save money and manage debt. But how can you make the most of your income when so much of it goes to paying bills and creditors? Plan, plan plan.
Knowing exactly what your financial commitments are is your first step to managing your debt. There are several options when it comes to managing debt, including: paying off the smaller debts first and working your way up to the larger ones, or consolidating your debt and making one easy, manageable payment each month. Whatever you think may be best for you, it's always a good idea to consult an expert who can guide you and put you on the right path to being debt-free.
Frugality is a habit that takes discipline and commitment in order to see great results. At times, we may have some disposable income and are quickly tempted to splurge on superfluous luxuries, paying the consequences later. Be mindful of your money and avoid making unnecessary purchases just because an item is on sale or because you think you may need it in the future.
Bring your lunch to work more often than not and start making coffee at home in the mornings rather than stop at the coffee house. If brands are not an issue, switch to store or generic brands to save on groceries; the difference of just a few cents will add up throughout the year. Make thriftiness part of your daily lifestyle. In the end, you will have saved more money and be glad you made such a positive adjustment in your spending.
3. Give Up A Bad Habit
We all have bad habits – no one is perfect. However, the most common habit people resolute to give up every New Year is smoking. This habit is particularly difficult to shun as in many cases, those wanting to kick the cigarette to the curb suffer from a physical addiction to the nicotine in cigarettes. There are numerous methods of quitting, including; cold turkey, just turn around and walk away; progressively reducing the amount of cigarettes smoked on a daily basis; using nicotine patches, gum and other nicotine substitutes; and joining a support group.
Regardless of what method you choose to quit smoking, the following essential elements are what will truly determine your success for kicking the habit; your level of motivation – the most important factor of all; support from friends and family – they can help you stay focused when you're feeling tempted; and your knowledge of the effects and symptoms of quitting and how you will prepare to face them. Quitting smoking is not an easy feat, many try numerous times before succeeding, but staying motivated, determined and positive will help you along the way.
Drinking is another bad habit many people pledge to give up at the beginning of a New Year, and beyond. For those who are social drinkers, cutting back on alcohol intake or giving up the habit completely may be less difficult than those with an addiction. However, it is still a matter of discipline and determination that will prevent you from having a “one more won't hurt” or “just one, tomorrow I'll quit” drink. If you or someone you know has a severe drinking problem and are seeking help, contact your local Alcoholics Anonymous to assist and guide you to a sober way of life.
4. Get Organized
Starting a new year means starting fresh, clean and organized. It's the perfect time to get rid of the old so that you can make way for the new. For some, organization is a way of life; for others, organization is a difficult mountain to climb. Trying to tackle a messy, cluttered home all at once can be a nightmare and a surefire way to become an unfinished project.
Again, the key is to take small steps and do a little at a time. Pick one room to start with and make an evaluation of what can stay, be donated or tossed. Tossed items should be separated into recycling bins when possible and items good enough for use, but no longer wanted or needed should be taken to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill Store. Once you've weeded through this step, you can move on to organizing the space.
Incorporate organization into your everyday life by making it easy for you and your family to store things in a designated area at all times. For instance, don't just leave shoes lying by the door; place a shoe cubby or rack by the entrance to keep shoes tidy and out of the way. Rather than leaving keys, cell phones and glasses scattered on the counter, use a catch-all tray to keep items accessible and in one place. Give your closet an organization makeover with some coordinating storage boxes and clear out clothes you no longer need.
Need more tips and ideas? Grab a few organization and storage magazines for inspiration and be on your way to organization utopia.