As we come into a New Year Cue all of the New Year’s Resolutions! We’ve written some of the most common resolutions and added our twist on them! This list is written to help you achieve those goals while staying grounded and not becoming too overwhelmed in the process!
- Budgeting is SO hard and this is something people really never think about. One tip we’ve found to be helpful is to write everything down. Make sure you are keeping track of everything you spend (even if you don’t want too) so you can make changes to your budget as you see fit.
- Another thing that has really helped us is to overestimate our budget in certain areas in order to account for different things. Life happens, and we know that! It’s so hard to constantly stick to your budget, but if you give yourself a little bit of wiggle room you should find yourself being more successful.
- Start small. Maybe start by budgeting one different thing a month. Try cutting back on how many times you eat out each week or even try reducing your grocery bill each week! There are so many great grocery services out there that are designed to make cooking and eating easier. Do some research and find out what works for you!
Check out this article for some great budgeting tip!
Make Time for Reading
- In the current society we’re in it’s so hard to find time for yourself to stop and sit down to read a book. Set a goal for yourself! Maybe you want to read one book a month, set that goal and make yourself follow through! Keep a list of all the books you’ve read in order to keep yourself accountable. Babbling Books goes into greater detail in this article about how to help you set your New Year’s reading goal.
Clean and Declutter
- Cleaning is a dreaded chore by many, but here’s what helps us keep our cleaning controlled. Setting a specific schedule: Monday I wash my sheets, Tuesday I wipe down all of my counters, Wednesday I vacuum the house and mop, etc. Having a specific schedule, you follow each week is an easy way to stick to your cleaning routine as we go into 2021!
- Plan out what closets you need to clean out and set a specific date to clean each one out. Write it on your calendar and make yourself do it on that specific date. Then decide what you want to do with your clothes and do that within 24 hours of cleaning out your closet. Try to do this with every single one of your closets within three months of the new year!
- Making your bed really gives you a sense of control over your life and this is a great way to start your day! Also, an option to start small and set a goal of making your bed three times a week, and then increase it as it becomes easier! Always a good option to start small with any goal you are making.
Eat Your Veggies
- This one is something I feel like we can all relate to. It’s so hard to keep yourself accountable and eating good when there’s so many options that aren’t as good for you but are way more convenient. The most important thing here is that you start small. If you aren’t a big veggie fan and still like your potato chips, completely cutting yourself off of your snacking to try and go cold turkey to only vegetables isn’t going to go very well.
Stick to a Workout Regime
- The hardest part of getting into a workout routine is getting into the gym. It’s so easy to get caught up in the “New Year Trends” and sign up for a new gym membership but holding yourself accountable of working out is the hardest part. The easiest way to start this is to find something you enjoy doing. Maybe it’s walking around the neighborhood once a day a couple of times week or maybe it’s joining us here at True40 for a workout! Whatever it is, once it becomes too easy or comfortable that’s when you make the first change! As you begin to get more in a routine of one specific type of exercise, begin to add something a little more difficult each week. Maybe it’s turning that walk into a jog, or maybe it’s joining a gym! Find what works for you and stick to it. Another good strategy is to find a workout buddy who will hold you accountable of working out at a specific time each week. I know I like working out with a partner, and maybe this is what you need to start your routine!
- Repeat after us: “Today is my day. I’m thankful for me.” Positive self-talk can help you focus on what’s good in your life, says psychologist Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D. Research shows that a little vitamin G (for gratitude) can make you feel happier and more satisfied and even improve your sleep. “If you repeat an affirmation related to gratitude in the morning, you’re likely to show and feel more of it throughout that day,” Bradford says. You’re so welcome!
- You know you need to hydrate — but it’s especially important when you get only six hours of sleep (or less!). You’re more likely to be dehydrated the day after a short night of zzz’s, because a hormone that regulates your body’s water conservation is released in later stages of sleep. So down some extra water on those days.
- The biggest barrier that keeps most people from reaching their goals is the desire to relax and do something fun instead of working hard. Once you get used to procrastinating it’s difficult to snap yourself out of it, so you’ll need to put in a lot of work to change this bad habit. There are many useful tips out there to find your way to stop procrastinating. There are also tools which can help you achieve this task.