It’s only been 13 days since New Year, yet most have already broken their new year’s resolutions. Smokers decided to quit the nasty habit in 2017. Eating healthier can wait a few more weeks because there’s not much else you can do besides eating with the weather being as bad as it is and doing more sports needs to wait for better weather as well.
Don’t worry, this won’t be another one of those blog entries on the web that try to convince you to overcome your weaker self. The following list states a few ideas on how to improve your life significantly without spending a lot of money or time. We won’t even tell you how many of those you need to tackle, that’s completely on you.
Leave the past behind you
This is not about forgetting where you come from and just starting all over. It’s about leaving everything in the old year that has nothing positive to add to the new one.
Fighting with your family? Overcome your differences. A fight that lasts for years doesn’t do any good to anyone. A gentleman tries to understand the other party and shows willingness to compromise – even if the other party doesn’t.
Plan for the future
It never hurts to have a plan. But only few people plan further into the future that to their next vacation. Keep a list of things you want to achieve in life (a bucket list) and determine which ones can be achieved in 2016 already. Try and focus on those and let them motivate you throughout the year. This way by the end of the year you’ll have something to look back on and be proud of.
Expand your horizon
Every day gives you the chance to learn something new – embrace it. But take a second and pick a new skill you want to learn this year. Be it learning to play an instrument or learning a new language. And with all the tools at our disposal given to us by the internet learning a new language is a lot easier and a lot cheaper than back in the days. It still takes some effort to learn a language but the reward is worth it.
Reach the horizon
Each and everyone of us needs a break sometimes to relax and leave everything behind. Pick a destination you always wanted to go to but never did because your calendar didn’t allow for it. Short trips are very affordable these days and will leave you with the memories of a lifetime.
Take care of yourself
Whether you planned on eating healthier or do more sports: you should enjoy what you’re doing.
Find a healthy and tasty dish and learn how to prepare it. It shouldn’t be too complicated and you should be able to prepare it for yourself and for a party of a few. This way you can spoil yourself when your day just didn’t quite go the way you planned or spoil your friends when they’re coming over for a surprise visit.
For us the best place to start finding simple yet tasty recipes is Jamie Oliver’s books. Great dishes that can be prepared in 30 minutes.
Take Care of others
Many of us are fortunate enough to have been born into rather wealthy circumstances. Others unfortunately haven’t been so lucky. Take some time this year to help the ones less fortunate than you. Be it through a donation to your preferred charity organization or through spending some time actually helping others. A small good deed can make someone else’s day – even save their life.
By the end of the year we will look back and draw a conclusion of which of these points we managed to go through with. Follow our example and tell us your plans for 2016 in the comments or on Facebook.