Personal goals need not be forgotten or abandoned, make this year the year you actually do all the things you need


This article is for two kinds of people. The ones who want to see improvements in their life and the ones who have tried to make improvements.

How many of us can even remember our 2015 New Year’s resolution, let alone know if it was achieved? Many of us have not succeeded in achieving targets and goals that were made at the start of the new year. One common reason for this is that we were not reminded about what our resolution was. As the year began we had too many priorities and tasks to complete and the resolution dropped to the bottom of the pile and was soon forgotten. So here are some clever ways that you can follow to remember your 2016 New Year’s resolution:

1)      Set a reminder on your phone

This is a simple one. Set an automatic reminder on your phone that notes a few of your resolutions. This reminder should be set at the start of each day and perhaps also during the day. This will be a constant reminder for you to do a little more that day to achieve your goal. At one point this may be too repetitive. In that case, the reminder can be set for once every two days.

2)      Stick it on your wall

Stick a note of your New Year’s resolution on the wall. If you spend most of your time at a desk, then stick the note on the wall near your desk. If you spend most of your time on your bed, then stick the note on your bedside table, where you can see it regularly. If you don’t want other people to know your resolution, just stick a picture on the note to symbolise it. You could draw personal symbols on the note too.

What are you expecting from 2016? That’s a hard question. What do you want in 2016? Well, I’d say that is a much fairer question. One of the best ways to see improvements in your life is to set targets that will allow it to move forward. Rather than having general resolutions, how about categorical ones? One resolution for work, one for your social life, one for your fitness and perhaps one for your spirituality too. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

1)      Social

Don’t be afraid to meet some new people and become more social. If you want to aim to be happier and more confident, then this may be achieved by having fun with different people. Overcome your shyness, take advantage of this urban society and meet some interesting individuals. One problem with reaching the end of the year is that too many people complain about how bad their year has been. Well, from 2016, try to spend more time with people who really matter to you and learn to be happier with life. Another way to improve social skills is to become more polite and try to swear less. Good manners make it easier to connect with others, and therefore improve your social life.

2)      Work

Stop procrastinating. Now if it was only as easy as that, we would all be getting As. But once the procrastination hurdle is overcome, you will find work goes a lot smoother. Be tidier and learn to be more organised. This will make the place you work at a less stressful environment. If you have time, try and read outside your subject or just read more in general. This will expand your general knowledge and may allow you to be more naturally interested in other things and more interesting to others!. Also, you might decide to improve your punctuality in 2016 because in 2015 it probably left you in a mess.

3)      Fitness

This is probably the most common New Year’s resolution, ever. Make your aims specific rather than just ‘be healthier’. Plan what food you will eat the night before. Or (if you smoke) specify the number of cigarettes you plan on taking per day. For the newbie chefs who are almost heading off to university, start learning how to cook now. Don’t leave it until it’s too late. For those thinking about starting running, plan the tracks you will listen to before you go off on your first jog. Should things go a bit awry, note down the mistakes you have made and how you plan to deal with them the next time. And finally, consider taking up some new relaxing activities like yoga and ease those tense muscles.

Learn more about yourself in 2016. It’s not too late. Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year.

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