New Year – New You! It’s time to look back on 2015 and plan for 2016. Here’s our best tips on how to make your resolutions and stick to them.
1. Eat more healthy
You may think that this means instantly swapping your crisps for a bag of carrots and starting an intense diet but a more realistic approach can be as simple as cooking your own meals and replacing the ready made lunches you buy at work. If you think it takes too much time to cook every day just cook more food in one go and keep it in the fridge. For example a big pot of mixed vegetable soup will not only give you all the health benefits you want but also let you get about 4-5 meals out of it.
2. Find love
Maybe you’ve been on the lookout for a while or the realisation that you had nobody to kiss when the year changed made you reevaluate your relationship status. Either way, finding love is always a top resolution for a great number of people. To make sure you get the relationship that will make you happy set some goals for it. Think of the person you want to be with and how you want to be treated and do not settle for anything less. For some extra help our friends over at match.com have offered citysocializer members 3 days of free matches to get you going. Fingers crossed you will have have found someone special to spend Valentine’s with by February.
3. Go out more
If you are not a naturally outgoing person but would like to get out of the house a bit more start by doing things that you are most comfortable with. Checking out a local market or an art exhibition will get you out and be fun and if you want something extra you can always stop at a pub for a spot of lunch. Another tip to get you off the couch is to start joining after work drinks. Since you are already out for work you do not have the excuse of ‘I can’t be bother getting dressed and out in the cold’.
4. Find time for yourself
Between work, friends, family and all the little things that you do every day you may not have enough time to do the things you like. However, if you pencil it in your schedule to take at least 2-3 hours every week for ‘me time’, when you do not let anyone disturb you, you have a lot more chances to stick to it. From a pampering evening with a bubble bath or a trip to the cinema or just watching your favourite movie with a glass of wine, switching off for a while is a great way to recharge your batteries.
5. Exercise more
We all have enrolled into these gym memberships that we use once and then try to cancel for the rest of the year and unless you really enjoy exercising they are a waste of money. Instead, think of a sport or even a dance that you like and join a group to do that. Playing sports makes the time pass faster and is way more enjoyable and dance classes are a great way to exercise and improve those moves you bust out at the club after a few drinks. Besides, you can get fitter, have fun and make some new friends too.
6. Learn something new
If you are a fan of knowledge, start by knowing how to set realistic learning goals. Learning a whole new language for example, despite being fun is also very demanding and requires hours of studying that you may not have. Instead, focus on the purpose you need that language for and do a shorter course on conversational phrases that will be useful when you visit that country. The same stands for any other kind of workshop. You may not be able to make a dress from your first day but you can definitely come out of it with a lovely handmade scarf.
7. Travel more
If you are not able to travel the world no matter how much you wish you could, start planning smaller day trips near you. Explore the cities you have never been to and make the most of long weekends and bank holidays. The world is a wonderful place and most of the time you do not need to go very far to see it. Besides, the more short trips you plan the less chances you have for something to come up and make you miss your holiday. If you have no idea where to plan, you can always join one of the day trips organised here on CS.
8. Save money
We are a society used to treating ourselves here and there with small things, but at the end of the month when everything adds up we end up with empty bank accounts. If you really want to save money or are saving up for something specific like a holiday or a mortgage, little things can make a big difference. Comparing prices at the supermarket so you can get the most value for your money and making lists to stop any impulse purchases can sometimes cut your grocery bills in half. On top of that, preparing your meals at home instead of buying ready ones can save you up to £100 per month. If you have a soft spot for clothes shopping, ask yourself how much wear you can get out of the new item and if you have anything else that is similar to it. And if you end up spending all your money on drinks, have a look for bars with happy hour or other drinks deals.
9. Clear out your junk
From the drawer you throw everything in, to the clothes you never wear and the mystery boxes in the attic that came with you from your last flat and have yet to be opened, you know it is time for a clear out but you keep putting it off. While it may seem like a huge time consuming task, if you tackle it one box at a time you will manage to get through everything easily. Separate everything between items you want to keep, things you want to donate to charity or stuff to throw out and be as ruthless as possible. If you haven’t used it in a while or forgot you even had it is needs to go.
10. Get organised
Prepare to meet your new best friends: lists, notebooks, labels, post it notes and colour coding. Being organised may come natural to some people but the rest of us may require a bit more help. Making a list with the things you want to do will help you gather your thoughts and set clear goals. Your New Year’s Resolutions is one of those lists and having them written down will let you go back to them. However, the key to success is making smaller lists to get you through day to day life. Shopping lists, chore lists, meal planners, lists of what’s in your cupboard so that you know what you can use when cooking, your weekly tasks at work etc. This will make you feel more accomplished when you check things off your list and motivate you to make more lists and complete more tasks.
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