It’s a new year…tomorrow! Time for new things, new beginnings, new resolutions, and a new take on life. While we can (realistically) do this on any day of the year, most people create New Year’s Resolutions as a way to better themselves or their business.
The top New Year’s Resolutions include:
Health and Fitness – this usually makes its way to the top of most lists during this time of the year. Resolutions to become healthier, to lose weight, and to participate in a marathon (running, biking, swimming, etc.) are among the most popular goals. Unfortunately, this is also one of the most broken resolutions made every year. Don’t let this happen to you. Keep working toward your goals. Hiring a personal trainer can help you stick with this goal.
Financial – many people create financial goals to save money (i.e. for a new car, to buy a house, for that new dress, to travel more, etc.), invest money (i.e. stocks, bonds, retirement, etc.), or to make more money (i.e. a new job – see the next point, sell something on ebay, start a business, etc.). In these tough financial times it’s more important than ever to set, and maintain, financial goals. Hiring a financial advisor can help you stick with this goal.
New Job – did you know that there are people out there who are unhappy with their job? It’s true! Finding a new job is one of the resolutions that a lot of people create. This is a common goal because they aren’t happy with their current job (i.e. the company, their job duties, lack of appreciation from the company, or a lack of a work-life balance), they want to make more money, or they want a shorter commute. If you are currently employed and looking for a new job, make sure you’re doing it under the radar of your current company.
Travel More – most of us would like to travel more. There’s a whole world out there to see, and why shouldn’t we? To travel you need money; see the financial section above. Start by picking a destination, a date, and figure out how much the trip will cost. Then, start saving up for that trip.
Quit Smoking / Drinking – these are extremely popular goals for many people. This goes along with becoming healthier. If you don’t feel you can do this on your own, there are programs and medications that can help. Seek out this help if you are sincere about quitting either of these habits.
Tips to keeping resolutions / goals:
- Create goals that are realistic.
- Write your goals down.
- Share your goals with those who will support you.
- Ask for your loved ones (and friends) to hold you accountable to your goals.
- Keep in mind that progress might be slow with some goals; don’t let this dissuade you from sticking with it.
- If you mess up, jump right back in and don’t become discouraged.
- Allow yourself a few small ‘cheats’ to your goals over the year, but not too many that they will derail your progress.
- Seek professional help to keep and meet your goals.
Regardless whether or not you create resolutions or goals on New Year’s, or at anytime throughout the year, keeping these goals and increase self esteem, make you feel better in your professional and / or personal life, and make you a better person. Remember the reason you set these goals in the first place and stick with them! You’ll thank yourself later!
Some of my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions (in no particular order):
1. Work on my blog more – more posts covering more topics
2. Tone up – I’ve lost quite a bit of weight over the last few years, and I’ve really gone up and down throughout 2014. Now’s the time to really nail down the toning this coming year.
3. Eat better – I don’t eat bad as it is, I actually eat pretty clean, but there’s always room for improvement…and I’m going to find it and do it!
4. Find a good, full-time job – 2014 hasn’t been too kind to me in this category. 2015 has to be better!
5. Spend more time with my kids – I already spend a decent amount of time with my kids, and I do stretch myself pretty thin, so this one is a challenge I am happy to take on. It will be more of a time management thing than anything else for me…and finding new and constructive things to do with my growing kids.
6. Volunteer more – since taking on this temporary position these last few weeks I’ve had to take a hiatus from volunteering at the library since I’m working on the days I normally volunteer (and the library isn’t open on the days I’m off), so finding the time to volunteer and possibly finding alternative opportunities is in order!
And to end the year on a great note, I received my official WordPress 2014 Year In Review Report. I love how WordPress packages these end-of-year reports. They’re fun to look at and provide some pretty cool information. This is in addition to my previous 2014 Year In Review post – just because I think these little facts are pretty cool.
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people. The busiest day of the year was January 27th with 96 views. The most popular post that day was Being Laid Off: A Blessing In Disguise For Me.
In 2014, 118 new posts were published on this site, growing the total archive to 550 posts.
Readers were referred to this site from links through:
Readers visited this site from 122 countries! Mostly from the U.S., and India and the U.K. were not far behind.
The most commented on post in 2014 was Falling Back Onto The Fitness Wagon.