When I was growing up, and even in my early twenties, making resolutions for the New Year was the thing to do. Mine was always something big and grand that I conveniently forgot about, most times before the end of the month.
Now a little older, and a lot wiser, I’ve started to ditch those unrealistic resolutions, and instead focus on incorporating small changes that make a big difference in how my year plays out.
For me, 2017 was a year of planting seeds; and I firmly believe 2018 will be the year I find out exactly what I’ve grown! When that time comes, I want to make sure I’m in the best shape mentally, physically, and emotionally to accept those blessings!
So here are 8 positive habits that I plan on developing in 2018 and that I think you should too!
- Spending Time with My Finances: Back in the day I used to watch my mom do this, and she would call it reconciling her checkbook. I, like many of you, can’t remember the last time I wrote a check, so I’m going to refer to it as my financial power hour. A designated time (at least once a week), for me to go over my expenses, schedule any bills that are due, and make sure I’m on track with my financial goals.
- Getting More Sleep & Waking up Earlier: As cliché as it sounds, I do feel the difference when I don’t. Not only do I feel alert and more energized, but I also find that I make healthier choices with my eating and actually look forward to going to the gym.
- Visiting Family Often: Last year for Christmas was the first time I’d been home for a holiday in almost five years. Not only was I able to visit my immediate family, but I was also able to see uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, everybody. It’s something that you don’t realize you’ve missed until you’re experiencing it again and it’s definitely something I want to do more of!
- Working Fewer Hours: Yep that’s right! For so long I’ve been hustle hustle hustle, work, work, work, and that’s cool, but as I’ve mentioned before, it can also lead to a bad case of burnout. So instead I plan on working smarter and more efficiently to get the same amount of work done in fewer hours.
- Keeping the Clutter Down: I have a 9-5, run this blog, in the process of getting my real estate license, and still making time to live life and have fun. Suffice to say I accumulate a lot of “stuff”. In my closet, on my computer, in my office! Taking a more minimalist approach in this year should not only help me in being more efficient, according to this article, also has many health benefits as well.
- Working Out: I mean isn’t this one on everyone’s do better list? Of course, not saying I’ll be there every day, I want these to be realistic habits after all. I think three to four times a week is a good start!
- Laughing More: Because it makes life a lot more fun! It’s easy to get caught up in what’s not going right. When you find yourself doing this, simply changing perspective can make a world of difference!
- Volunteering: We are living in a time where I think it’s more important than ever to get involved in our local communities. I’m so committed to this in next week’s post I’ll be sharing some different organizations that you can get involved with depending on your varying areas of interest!
I think this list of positive habits has a little something for everyone! Leave a comment or find me on social media so we can chat about them!
Until next time,