With a new year approaching (yes, already!); it’s always a great time for self-reflection, and to be mindful of what’s happened over the previous year. With that in mind; it’s the perfect opportunity to start considering how the coming weeks and months may pan out so that you’re in good stead for 2023.
You can still enjoy the present; however, it never hurts to think of some plans that will help you focus on some goals you’d like to achieve.
What better way to enter a brand new year than to have already taken some productive steps toward your personal goals.
So, it’s time to live in the present, by focusing on yourself and what you’d just love to achieve next year. Grab your favorite hot drink and settle down to make some manageable plans, to give yourself a positive boost, before everyone else is telling you to. You’ve got this!
How to focus on your personal goals
Keep Your Health In Check
There’s definitely a reason that “health is wealth” is such a common and well-loved saying; it’s super factual and an important (often, overlooked) reminder to anyone and everyone. It’s so important to take care of both your physical and mental health, and doing so is the best way to ensure that you’re capable of achieving your goals.
Don’t beat yourself up if this hasn’t always been a priority; that’s why you’re here, regaining focus on what’s important to you and the future. It’s about making those little changes and small steps, each day, that will build up to a significant, positive change.
It’s tempting to hibernate during the colder months; however, getting out for as little as half an hour a day is the ideal way to introduce some much-needed fresh air and exercise into your routine.
Write down some of your favorite places outside, that you can get to with relative ease. Make these your go-to locations, for a stroll, or a brisk walk if you’re feeling a little more energetic! Perhaps you can tie in your walk with another aspect of your day that you really enjoy; grabbing a coffee, visiting the bookshop, or wandering around the market for something tasty for dinner.
Whatever you decide; ensure that regular, enjoyable exercise becomes part of your daily routine. Making it feel like second nature, will only benefit both your physical and mental well-being overall.
Dinner was mentioned a little earlier, and with that; why not begin cooking from scratch more. Food has a huge part to play in how our body feels and functions. Therefore, filling it up with delicious and nourishing food will only make getting closer to your goals a little bit easier.
Cooking from scratch is the best way to ensure that you’re getting all those important vitamins and minerals and that you’re feeling satisfied each day.
Added bonuses include the fact you’ll save money, as you won’t be spending it on expensive takeouts or restaurants, and you can cook plenty so you have your lunch sorted for the next day. Yum!
Invest In Your Career
Often, you’ll spend far more time at work, and with your colleagues, than you do at home or with your friends. If you’re really lucky; you’ll work with your friends, and if that’s the case: congratulations, you’ve hit the jackpot!
However, there’s always a variety of ways to improve your day-to-day in the workplace. Coming home, after a productive day at your job, can feel really satisfying. And, if your career goals are something you’re passionate about; there are plenty of ways to give yourself a boost, and get on the right track for the year ahead.
Perhaps you feel like you’re really excelling in some areas of your role, but need some assistance in other areas. It can be daunting to go to your manager or supervisor and ask for help all the time.
Therefore, why not write down some of the ways you can be proactive with your approach to self-improvement for your job. It could be worth looking into companies like stl training to brush up on your Excel spreadsheet skills or add some sparkle to your presentations, and really impress during your future meetings.
Taking ownership of your learning and skills now will ensure that you’re heading towards those career goals at a great pace next year.
Think About Travel Plans
Travelling can be so enriching and rewarding to an individual. And, travel doesn’t have to mean a long-haul flight to the middle of nowhere (unless you want it to of course). You may have been thinking about enjoying a variety of destinations, or one in particular, for a while; now’s your time to write it down and start planning on how to make it happen.
Start by signing up for a variety of travel apps that focus on the transport side of things. The price of flights and train tickets can change rapidly, and it’s always a good idea to be in the know so that you can get the best possible value for money.
Once you sort out getting there; you can be savvy about your accommodation costs. Often, private residences are far more economical than hotel chains.
However, again; it’s about checking in and keeping on top of the prices of things. If you start making this a habit now, you’ll soon start to understand when and what is best to book. Maybe have a look each week, over one of the tasty meals you cooked from scratch, after work. Put any money that you’re able to save, away, so that you have that pot for a rainy day or a great getaway deal.
Even thinking about all the things you want to enjoy on a trip (even if that’s just relaxing), can give you such a boost to get through a challenging day or week. Future vacation plans and goals always seem to be a positive element of life, so it’s worth focusing on them now so that you can reap the rewards next year.
However you approach your goals for next year; bear in mind that you’ve already done the hardest part! You’ve started, good job!