If you’re like most people, you’re probably glad to see 2020 go! Do you have big plans for 2021? At this time of year, many people make resolutions that tend to fall by the wayside by about mid-February. The truth is, though, that while there’s nothing magical about one year turning into the next, a new year symbolizes a fresh start. A world of possibilities stretches before you! How will you make the most of it, and make 2021 a great year?
First, make sure that any goals you set for yourself are things you really want to achieve. Make them realistic and measurable, and write them down somewhere so that you can remember what you set out to accomplish. Check in with your list regularly, so that you know how far you’ve come and can take action to make more progress. Talk to someone about your plans for the year. This will help to hold you accountable and make you more likely to do what you’ve planned to do. And now that we’ve said all that about accountability and keeping track of your progress, we’re going to say something that might surprise you: cut yourself some slack. This may sound counterintuitive, but the fact is that it’s easy to get discouraged and quit if you aren’t making the progress you feel you should. Remember that even slow progress is progress, and if you just keep going, you’ll eventually get to where you want to be.
Now, what will you do this year? If nothing immediately springs to mind, we’ve got some suggestions for you.
- Get outside more. Sunshine and fresh air are good for your mood and good for your soul. Whether it’s a daily walk, a hike in the mountains, or just sitting outside in the sun, take some time as often as possible to enjoy the great outdoors.
- Make over your mornings. Plan your mornings to set up your days for success. Think about morning as you’re going to bed, going over in your mind what you want to accomplish. Then stick to a morning routine that invigorates you and makes you want to face the day. Our suggestions? Skip looking at your phone first thing in the morning, instead taking time to meditate, stretch or do some gentle exercise, and write down your thoughts.
- Create some memories. 2020 was restrictive, but 2021 is shaping up to be a better time to reconnect with those we love. Plan to spend time doing things you really enjoy, making sure to set aside time away from everyday responsibilities. Create new traditions, making memories with those who matter most.
- Pick up something new. This is a great time to decide on something new you’d like to learn. Maybe you’ll learn to play an instrument, or play chess, or paint, or perhaps you’ll pick up a new exercise class. Maybe you’ll just set aside time for a seminar or two, or a lecture on a topic that interests you. Remember, the more you exercise your mind, the better it will work.
- Do something good. When you do something to help others, you help yourself as well. Find a volunteer opportunity that suits you, whether it’s reading to children in the library, volunteering at a food pantry, or knitting hats and blankets for babies in the hospital.
- Take better care of yourself. Self-care is one of the most important things you can put into your schedule. Set aside some me time this year. This could mean deciding to try yoga, starting a book club with friends, or scheduling some sessions with a therapist. On the other hand, it could be as simple as keeping a gratitude journal or taking some time each day to relax and do something you enjoy, like listening to music or reading a book.
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