Part of the appeal of a new year is the fresh perspective on life that it gives us. We like to party when seeing out the old year, but we also like to face the coming one with hope, fresh ideas, and a renewed sense of purpose. Maintaining that resolve for any length of time can be a challenge.
All resolutions start with the very best of intentions, but unless we take appropriate action and plan our next steps, then we are unlikely to succeed. What you aim to achieve is personal, however, we can offer some insight and guidance about how to set yourselves up for the very best 2020 possible.
By getting some essential tasks sorted early on, you can put your best foot forward and make a great start to the year. As they say, you should start as you mean to go on, and here is how you can do it.
A Financial Improvement
When it comes to improving your finances for the coming year, don’t start off with anything that is going to dampen your Christmas spirit or take up too much time. The key is to get organized now and reap the benefits later.
One such small task could be reviewing your insurance policies. Whether it is looking at your life cover, health, home, or car insurance, there could be a better supplier out there with a more cost-effective deal for you.
Comparing quotes is a quick and easy way to understand what your policy covers and whether you could save money. For example, we took a look at Toronto insurance and noticed that by using the same company for car and home insurance, there were savings to be made on both policies.
A Health Improvement
Perhaps some of the most challenging resolutions to commit to are the ones concerning our health. Generally, it means giving up something that is bad for us or forming a new habit that is uncomfortable to get used to.
While having the bigger picture in mind is a great starting point, it doesn’t always give us the encouragement we need because achieving our goals feels so far off. Instead, we suggest you make your resolution to find something that you enjoy doing that also has some health benefits. This could mean trying lots of different activities to find the right one or rediscovering something that you used to love doing.
A popular place to start is by joining a walking club. It’s a simple activity, not too tiring, and it’s suitable for all abilities. Walking has double the appeal because it addresses both physical and mental health needs. You’ll be getting your body moving, meeting new people, and spending time in the fresh air and natural surroundings, which is a proven way to boost your mood.
For the philosophers and others looking for the meaning in life, you may find the answer in discovering your true purpose and contributing more to society. Since our day to day happiness can be linked to the meaning in our lives, it is useful to seek out activities that reveal that meaning.
It could be as simple as a weekly chess game with a neighbor. Other ideas include teaching someone something new or sharing your skills. Volunteering with a local organization like a soup kitchen, a wildlife trust, or an agency sending aid overseas can be a fulfilling and worthwhile activity.
Alternatively, you could get more involved in your community by taking action over the things that matter most to you. It could be a recycling campaign, fundraising for your local library, or inviting authors and experts to deliver a series of talks throughout the year.
Getting organized for the year can be given a boost by improving your home environment. Your property could already be in good order, but each year tasks should be carried out and money set aside to maintain and improve your home.
Instead of attempting a big renovation project for one room, we recommend that you take the time to survey your house from the inside and out, and draw up an annual plan and a checklist. The plan should include tasks for cleaning and repairs that will keep your home in good working order.
Having your home-improvement tasks distributed throughout the year will make them more manageable. They will also make a noticeable difference to the appearance and feel of your house. With everything around you running like clockwork, you’ll have fewer frustrations, stresses, and worries.
The Bottom Line
We wish you all the best for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2020. We hope these handy tips will bring you good things in the new year that lies ahead. Remember, the year is long, so improving ourselves is a marathon, not a sprint.