5 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Rebalance Your Life
New Year’s has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make a few resolutions. It’s the beginning of a new decade, which is the perfect time to leave old baggage in the past and move forward as a strong and independent new person.
With that in mind, here are five New Year’s resolutions that might help you rebalance your life in 2020.
1. Resolve to Go Minimalist
Minimalism gets a lot of crap in popular media — you either love or hate Marie Kondo — but it can be a valuable tool for helping to rebalance your life. This is especially true if you find yourself buried to the hips in clutter you can’t manage to escape from. This new decade, resolve to get rid of the mess and go minimalist.
In addition to making your life less messy, minimalism has also shown to provide clarity of mind, better health, and less stress — all things we could benefit from. Plus, you’ll have more freedom to move around and less stuff to clean and organize. It seems like a win-win to us!
2. Resolve to Write a Budget
There’s nothing more stressful than scrounging paycheck to paycheck, trying to make ends meet. If this is part of your daily stress, then one of your resolutions should be to create a budget. It doesn’t need to be complicated or excessive — just enough that you can track your income and expenditures so you can make smart decisions about your spending.
Start by calculating your monthly income and expenses. Then, set your financial goals. Are you trying to pay off debt or save for a large purchase? Regardless of your aims, once you have a budget, you’ll find that you have an easier time reaching them.
3. Resolve to Have a Dry Month
While it’s a little late to have a dry January, after the crazy holiday season, you can still resolve to have a dry month. You’ve got 12 to choose from. The goal of a dry month is to go 30 days without drinking, even socially. It might sound like an easy challenge until you try to go out and realize that everyone around you is drinking — and wanting you to do the same.
There are plenty of benefits of planning a dry month, from lower calorie intake to better sleep to a thicker wallet to better overall health. You might be so surprised at how much better you feel that you decide to stop drinking altogether.
4. Resolve to Change Your Mindset
How do you react when something goes wrong? If you’re like a lot of the people reading this piece, it’s probably accompanied by a string of explicatives and a chorus of negative thoughts. We’ve been conditioned that this is the only way to respond to things — with harshness and negativity. Changing your mindset can be the most important thing you can do to rebalance your life.
Changing your mindset is at the same time the easiest and most difficult thing you’ll ever do. It sounds simple – just think happy thoughts, like Peter and Wendy in Neverland, but nothing is ever that easy. You have to undo years of unconscious conditioning that makes you respond to things with negativity. Start by stopping yourself whenever you recognize a negative thought and replace it with a positive one. Just one small step can help change the way you see the world.
4. Resolve to Stop Multitasking
We live in an incredibly busy world, and that means we often spend a lot of our time trying to get as much done as humanly possible. If you’re like the majority of the population, you probably multitask, working on more than one thing at a time while you work toward your goals. Unfortunately, the majority of the working population isn’t capable of multitasking.
One study found that it takes the average person 25 minutes and 15 seconds to refocus and return to their original task after being distracted. That means if you lose your focus twice in an hour, you’ve lost the majority of that hour as you attempt to get back on task. One of the easiest things you can do to rebalance your life is to stop trying to multitask. Finish one thing at a time.
Have a Happy 2020!
Regardless of your resolutions, a few small changes can help you rebalance your life and make the most of this new year and the decade to come.
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