We’ve all been there. Only the end of January and we’ve given up on our resolutions. Let 2017 be different. Here are three goals that might actually stick with a little effort on your part.
Goal #1: Keeping Fit
Maintaining a healthy glow all year round is easier said than done. One day, you’re tracking your fitness levels with your new Fitbit and the next, you find yourself lounging around in sweat pants eating potato chips by the bag.
The key then is to set small, achievable goals. It can be as simple as working out for 30 minutes twice a week, or picking up a new sport to get moving. Even better, find a fitness buddy that you can be accountable to, and achieve them together!
While it’s important not to get ahead of yourself, you should never give up. Even if you fail to meet your goals the first time round, a little bit of exercise can go a long way.
Motivate yourself by using a tracker to keep tabs on your progress. When you see the amount of calories you’ve burnt, or counted the total number of steps you’ve taken each day, it can be encouraging.
Taking care of your everyday health is also a big part of keeping fit. Make sure you visit a doctor when you’re feeling ill to keep your body in tip-top condition. Finally, you should also ensure that you’re adequately covered, as illness and injury can still occur even if you’re in top shape.
Goal #2: Sleep Better
Singaporeans are more sleep deprived than the global average, a study has found. This can be worrying. In fact, a chronic lack of sleep can lead to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
But do you really know how much sleep you need to perform at your best?
Observe your sleep cycles, with the help of a tracking app, and note down the mornings where you feel most recharged. Once you’ve done this, all you need is some discipline to stick to a regular bedtime each night.
In a world where we’re constantly attached to our smartphones, it seems perfectly normal to bring our mobile devices to bed with us. But little do we know that using our phones before bedtime can actually affect our sleep quality.
As difficult as it may be, start tuning out from technology half an hour before bedtime, and then gradually increase to an hour to notice the difference in how rested you feel!
Goal #3: Manage Your Money
A new year is the perfect time to start taking care of your finances on a clean slate. But do make sure you’ve paid off all your debts from the year before!
Being thrifty is not impossible. We simply need to spend less on unnecessary things. You could save money by opting for the cheaper lunch set, or even controlling your impulse buys when you’re at the check-out line in the store.
Consider setting up a separate savings account so you have a pool of money set aside for rainy days or for your future pursuits.
If you’ve been struggling with late credit card payments this year, make it a point to apply for automatic withdrawals so you avoid chalking up late fees on you bill.
While it might take a little adjusting at first, keep at it and you’ll find that keeping your new year’s resolutions might not be so hard after all.