It’s that time of year again when people starting thinking about a refresh for the new year. However, studies have shown that less than 25% of people stay on-track with their resolutions once February hits, and only 8% accomplish them.
Instead of resolutions this year, try goal-setting to have a more fun and fulfilling 2020. Goals are more specific than broad resolutions, and they are more actionable and therefore, more effective. (1)
Whatever your goals may be for the new year, here are a few ideas to make sure you have a rewarding 2020, both in and out of the office.
The rushing around that accompanies day-to-day life doesn’t leave much time for conscious awareness. But the benefits of practicing mindfulness can have a big impact. Mindfulness can reduce stress, boost memory, improve focus and more. (2)
So take some time this year to learn meditation, pause between actions, listen wholeheartedly and get lost in the flow of doing things you love. (3)
Discover a DIY Hobby
People who find themselves stuck in a daily routine can begin feeling dull and held back from personal success. Picking up a hobby that is enjoyable and passes time in a meaningful way can be a productive way to shake things up. (4)
Do-it-yourself and crafting and shows are more popular than ever as people dream about making their own improvements. So if you’re a DIY dreamer, try making a list of projects and check them off one-by-one this year. (5)
Watch More Movies
If books aren’t your thing, movies can be just entertaining (and may even be based on a book). Put together a list of movies you have always wanted to watch, explore a list of classics, or check out a streaming service for a relaxing weekend movie night.
Younger generations are embracing the idea that experiences are more valuable than material possessions, and travel is one thing you can buy that makes you richer.
Maybe 2020 could be your year of escape and adventure. Even if you aren’t interested in splurging on a big international trip, it’s easy to keep it local and explore your own region. There is always something new to see, even in your own backyard. (8)
Books allow you to grow both personally and professionally while providing a brief escape from the stress of everyday life. If you’re not sure what to read, check out the NYT Best-Seller list and see what piques your interest or ask your network on social media. (6)
Setting aside 30 minutes to an hour every day could help improve your business, increase your knowledge, and strengthen analytical thinking skills while providing entertainment and stress-relief. (7)
Make a goal to volunteer regularly on the local, state and/or national level. Identify organizations that align with your own interests and issues you care about and donate time to help others in need. The most valuable thing you can give is your time, and volunteering that time can have a great impact. (8)
Commit to professional growth
It’s never to late to learn and grow in your career to help advance your business. Whether it is returning to school, attending a seminar or earning a new certification, this could be the year to take your career to the next level.
Try implementing policies that enhance your workplace like encouraging engagement, incentive programs, collecting regular feedback and/or team building exercises. Taking the time to plan actionable steps toward professional growth could just make 2020 your best year yet. (9)
We hope these ideas have inspired you to have a fun and fulfilling year to come. Cheers to a happy and rewarding 2020!