This can be a great time to reflect on the past, celebrate successes and plan for the future.
While you can list a number of resolutions in that shiny unicorn journal you received from your Secret Santa, come mid-January they will probably have been forgotten because they are just too big to take on all at once.
Instead, why not make small changes that can easily fit into your life so that in time they become the norm, and this time next year you might be surprised how those small steps have led to some pretty big changes.
We know we think we can do 101 things at the same time, but we can’t. To really get things done, write a list and work through each item one at a time, ticking them off as they are completed. If you scatter your energy and focus, you won’t work efficiently and instead you will make mistakes, miss deadlines and forget things, which isn’t what you want.
Start to negotiate
You watch people doing it on the TV, so now it’s your time to bring negotiations to the table for yourself. Whether it’s a pay rise, promotion, the price of a house you want to buy or even your share of jobs at home, start to negotiate and see just how far this can take you. If you don’t ask you don’t get, so let’s turn this around in 2019 and you might be surprised at the response you get.
Do it your way
You might want to be a part of things, but you don’t have to go along with everything everyone else does. Following the latest fashions, changing your home due to interior style trends and going on holiday to the ‘in’ location of the year can be totally exhausting and pointless. This year, do what you want to do, wear what you want to wear, read what you want to read and enjoy it!
Step away from your screen
Those emails can wait, nothing is that important on social media that you need to check your phone every five minutes and you don’t need to check your messages before you go to sleep. There is no getting away from the role technology plays in modern-day life, but it means you, and your brain, are on call 24/7 and that’s not good for your soul. Set new boundaries, buy an old school alarm clock and go digital free now and again so you can enjoy life in the here and now.
Find your passion
Salsa dancing, music, life drawing, baking and photography are all great hobbies that can give you time out from the stresses of life and let you explore your creative side. This year why not find a new interest or hobby that will set you free from the shackles of everyday life and you simply don’t know where it could take you or who you might meet.
We are talking about the status of your sister on Facebook or the crime statistics in the paper, this year, read books! Go to a real bookshop, browse the shelves, find something that catches your eye and lose yourself in the pages of a novel that will sing to you and take you away from your life for just a while.
Take a chance
Ask that guy from the gym out on a date, wear the red lipstick, apply for your dream job or start the blog you have been wanting to write forever. Staying in your comfort zone might be safe, but will it really help you reach your potential? We don’t think so, so go for it and you might find it is the best move you ever made.
Whatever you do this year, be you!