As 2017 draws to a close, a lot of people will start making New Year’s resolutions. But instead of making a list of resolutions that you may never keep, think about how you can make 2018 your best year to date. Start by thinking about how you want your life and career to be different in 2018 and beyond. Let’s take a look at some ways to make 2018 better than 2017.
Just Do It
Don’t overthink making 2018 your best year ever, but instead take it day by day. Whittle away at the excess a little bit every day. Work at making every day above average. More productivity, less time wasting, more relaxing.
Take a moment every day to set goals for the day, whether in work, play or anything else meaningful. Do your best to reach these goals, but even if you only reach half of them, you’re ahead of the 97 percent who don’t bother setting any goals.
Along with setting goals every day, take a moment to write down at least three things, but preferably five, that you’re grateful for. Doing this goes a long way in realizing that you have more to be happy about than you thought. It also keeps you focused on positive things rather than negative.
Deal With Rejection and Failure
Rejection and failure are a part of life, but how you deal with them might mean the difference between a bad day and an average day. Allow yourself to be disappointed with rejection and failure, but for no longer than 30 minutes or so. Remember that your bad hours quickly turn to bad days, bad weeks, bad months and finally bad years. Do not allow yourself to dwell on rejection and failure, but to learn from it instead.
More Reading and Less Watching
Watching TV is one of the ultimate lazy pastimes. It requires no interaction from you and often leads to hours of laying around potentially eating snacks that aren’t healthy. Instead, make a goal to read one book per week. It can be fiction or non-fiction, but it’s far healthier for your brain than watching TV.
Focus On One Thing
Many people believe that they are amazing at multitasking and are getting a lot done as they work on multiple things. Unfortunately, the reality is that people tend to get a lot less done when they don’t focus on one thing. Multitasking diminishes creativity, stresses you out, is actually less efficient, slows down your brain and reduces your focus. This typically results in much less production and the feeling that you spent all day working and got nothing done. Instead, prioritize your tasks from most important to least important, or most difficult to least difficult. That way there your day will get easier as you go along and you can feel relief at having the hardest and most important things out of the way early.
Try New Things
It’s easy to get into ruts and routines and it typically results in boredom and dissatisfaction. Conversely, it’s also easy to try new things. Even if you don’t try something new every day, you can try something new every week. It can be something simple like making a new dish for dinner, trying a different store or taking a walk on a different trail. If you really want to get outside of your box, you may decide to try something like skydiving or taking a trip somewhere you have never been.
Give yourself a treat of some kind every day. It can be allowing yourself a favorite snack, a bubble bath, pedicure, or extra time to socialize after work or on the weekend.
Clean Out the Clutter
Start 2018 by cleaning out your space. Get rid of clothes you no longer wear and items that you no longer use. You’ll likely be surprised at how many things you have sitting around gathering dust.
Cheers to the New Year!