NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS

New year, new goals! Every new year offers a wish list and goals that many of us want to fulfill, from the traditional ones like exercising and reducing weight to the more modern ones like caring for our mental health or protecting the environment. New Year’s resolutions are as different as they are personal, yet some are repeating. However, what you want to know is how we can successfully attain these objectives.

Apart from all traditional goals we down listed, it is necessary to firstly point out the role that procrastination plays in every single step we take into our objectives. We all put off doing things too often and accumulate undesirable consequences. Sometimes, we procrastinate even though we know it is bad for us. That may lead to persistent procrastination which can cause stress, anxiety and poor performance.

Younger people and teenagers tend to have higher procrastination levels due to their abstract concept about time. Adults instead, we are more aware of our limited time and we also develop more conscientiousness with age. The key point is awareness: the more conscientious we are, the less likely to procrastinate.It is worth starting the new year by making more out of less. This is a sort of a creative challenge that might take us away from our comfort zone and teach us more about ourselves. It is a kind of a way that instructs us to avoid repeating negative behaviour patterns, e.g. procrastination (you can sneak peek at this TED Talk video if you want to learn more about it).

Undoubtedly, staying active and losing weight are among the most common goals. To do this, it is necessary to have a realistic action plan, which includes the assistance of professionals such as nutritionists and personal trainers. Above all, willpower is needed to make exercise not just a permanent way of life, but also to renounce sedentarism, because exercising two or three times a week is insufficient if you spend the rest of your time sitting or lying. It is equally or more vital to move throughout the day: if you work sitting, get up every hour and move for 5 minutes; if you travel, get off a few stations early and walk; always utilize physical and non-mechanical stairs, etc.

Eating healthily is another typical objective, although it frequently fails due to a lack of time and planning. The idea is to plan your meals and emphasize the preparation of nutritious foods at home. There is no need for vast and sophisticated diets; instead, consume nutritious, natural foods and establish a calorie deficit. Consume fruits, vegetables, seafood, and nuts while avoiding fried, processed, and sugary meals.

Mental health has become a vital mission, and it should be the primary purpose, since without it, all else collapses or fails. To care for it, look for soothing activities like meditation or mindfulness, and don’t be afraid to seek expert help if needed. You may start with 10 minutes of meditation without thinking about anything, breathing gently and deeply, and you will experience effects. Proper rest is also essential for reaching any objective. Establishing and adhering to a regular sleep schedule is crucial for maintaining your physical and mental health. Go to bed after eating supper at least two hours ago, and an hour before without using electronic devices, with that hour dedicated to reading or listening to music.

Another classic among the goals is to learn a language, an instrument, or take a course. Finally, due to the lack of time or perseverance, it is abandoned sooner rather than later, or it is retaken gradually over time. It is necessary to broaden your knowledge or take up a new interest as enrichment aims. To do this, make time for yourself on a daily basis and create short-term goals that will drive you to keep going. Do not strive to master a language in a few months or learn to play the piano in a year because you will give up once you see how sluggish the process is.

In economic terms, the most sought-after goals are to save money and pay off debt. There are various stumbling obstacles that might keep you from reaching your objective when saving. The biggest mistake is that we postpone our goals, resulting in funds being left “for later”. The secret stays in saving as much or little as you can, whether it’s one, ten, one hundred, or a thousand euros. To produce funds, choose the minimum possible amount. And, in order to improve the savings process, it is advised that you examine all costs, since anytime you go to buy something, you must weigh the advantages and drawbacks of the purchase. On the other hand, we need to understand the worth of money and the cost of earning “every penny” in order to be more attentive to how we invest it.

Now remember, whatever it is, just start! Boost your motivation, organise yourself and go for it. When the year has finished, your self-satisfaction will have increased and you’ll only feel eager for more.

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