Start 2020 off the right way
The beginning of a new year is hopeful and we start it with excitement and a renewed sense of our ability and what we might be able to accomplish. It’s important to figure out the best way to start the year off right and give yourself the best possible chance to make it what you want it to be.
Hopefully you worked on your 2020 goals (not resolutions) and have worked out your plan to achieve them.
What else can you do to make sure 2020 exceeds your expectations?
Review – Learn from the past by reviewing 2019 and even 2018 – what worked, what didn’t. What are you carrying over to get done in this new year? How can you learn from your past mistakes and successes? Be honest and take a hard look.
Goals – Review your goals making sure they are specific and what you want to accomplish. Your goals should focus on what you truly want. Not what someone wants for you. And remember it’s important that your goals be: S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive). If you haven’t created your goals for 2020, take time last weeks post on setting goals. Review our January 3rd post on goal setting.
Money – so many of our goals have to do with money – buying a home, investment, retirement, etc.
So what things can you do to boost your financials? Do you have a budget including a plan to save? Review your personal debt situation and if it’s required – set up a payment plans to rid yourself of debt, school loan debt can be difficult but you should look into loan repayment locations to speed that along and some organizations have their own programs. If you haven’t, make this the year that you start your retirement account and if you have one, consider increasing your contributions.
Health – it’s easy to ignore our health until something is wrong. A few tweaks can make a huge difference: Get more sleep; try mediation for relieve stress, exercise 4-5 days week and eat 5+ fruits and veggies daily. Just these few things can help you be healthier.
Fun – all work and no play makes a very unhappy person. Take time for yourself this year. Plan a vacation or some long weekends and get away. Time away re-energizes you and makes you better.