It is that time of the year again, Christmas has just finished and the last holiday of the year is also the first holiday of the year, and the only holiday which is both the first and the last holiday of the year. It is New Year’s, and today is New Year’s Eve. It is time to make some New Year’s resolutions that you may or may not stick to depending on your personality type and level of self discipline.
This is even more ironic if your New Year’s resolution is to follow through with things more and procrastinate less. It seems that your resolutions from last year you have put off until this year. Not to worry! I have a great feeling that 2017 is going to be a great year. Let’s make the most of it!
So here are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2017. You can pick some (or all) for yourself or you could just learn what other people are doing. Here we go.
10 Get organized
9 Take time to pursue your passion
Find a way to make money with your favorite hobby and not only will it increase your personal fulfillment, but it will also help others and help your bank account. After all, making money doing what you love is the best way to make money. Ask yourself, "what do I love to do?" Make a list of 3 things you love to do which is your hobby. It really doesn't matter what it is. Now, find a way to make money with at least one of the things you love to do.
Sure, money won't come right away, but you are doing it anyway, and you will have fun doing it, so the chances you will stick with it long enough to actually make money (sometimes years) are very high if you love doing it for fun even when you aren't making any money. Years down the road you might even be able to quit that 9-5 job you hate and do your hobby full time!
8 Be wiser with your money
Once you found out what is taking a bite out of your bank account, you can work to eliminate it - or at least to slim it down a bit. For example, if you saw car repairs are high, maybe it is time to do repairs yourself, or think about a new (used, inexpensive) car. Maybe it would be less than your ongoing repairs. Or if your electric bill looks too high, maybe you can start turning off the lights, lowering the heat and AC, and maybe finding out if your appliances are inefficient.
If shopping sprees are your vice, and now you know it for sure, you can find new ways to get that same bliss you get from buying something new that you will never use. It's a psychological effect, and it can be eliminated. You can start by stop window shopping. Don't go in stores unless you need to. Grocery shop in bulk, because studies show you buy more when you go shopping more often because you are tempted by various sales and things you see while shopping.
If you shop less often, you will be less likely to buy those extra things. You will also save money on gas by not driving to the store as frequently. You can also channel your inner shopping addiction into something productive, like exercise or making money. You channel will have the same psychological effect as getting that new thing, except that it will be a lot lighter on your wallet.
6 Become fluent in 1 language in the next 12 months
Learning a language not only makes you sound cool and educated, but also it literally makes you smarter, according to studies, and can also make you more valuable as an employee if you can use that language at work. This might result in more money at your job, and it can also be very useful if you want to visit your favorite country.
5 Learn 1 new skill per month
4 Get more exercise
Calisthenics. No equipment required, except maybe a pullup bar, which you can pick up for 20 bucks and put in a doorway. Pushups, I would recommend the Perfect Pushup, but you can do it with your hands. Pullups using the pullup bar. Crunches, 0 equipment required. Planks. Jumping jacks. Jump rope, possibly.
All these things require no gym membership and can be done virtually anywhere. Now you have no excuses! When I can't get to the gym because I was too busy, I try to at least do pushups and pullups. Just a few a day will really add up. Trust me.
3 Eat More Fat and Less Sugar To Lose Weight
When I started eating fat and threw away everything low-fat, and decreased my carb intake (by only about 25%), I lost 15 pounds of fat in 1 month! I was not even trying to lose weight. It seemed to magically melt away. The reason is because low-fat tells your body you are starving, so it converts all your carbs to fat. When you start eating fat again, you body won't always think you are starving, so you will begin losing weight like magic!
This only works if the rest of your diet is already healthy though. I am happy about my smooth belly now. The fat has stayed off for almost a year so far. I don't eat anything low fat and do not watch calories anymore. I make sure to eat fat in my diet and I am healthier for it. I avoid everything low-fat.
Basically anything in a box, can, or bag is off-limits. If it has a list of more than a handful of ingredients, especially if it looks like a chemistry cookbook, then avoid that at all costs. It is not food. Avoid all processed food, artificial sugars (artificial sugars are worse than regular sugar), all sodas (especially diet sodas which are more fattening then regular sodas), BHA, BHT, nitrates, all forms of corn syrup, fast food, almost every restaurant, and anything with MSG and all its derivatives, including the deceptive "natural flavors" which is a code word for "MSG".
You might be shocked to discover that is, pretty much everything. And when I say everything, I mean it. It is near impossible to find anything without these chemical poisons. It exists, but it is not easy to find. I had to cut out over 99% of the foods I eat over the last few years. My options are fewer, but I feel so much better.
It seems like a long list, and I agree, it is. However if you don't, your long-term health, energy levels, weight, mental acuity, overall wellbeing, and life span are what you are sacrificing for that convenience. Said like that, checking all the labels seems a lot more enjoyable! Now is the best year to start. It is the best year because right now is the best time to start - the sooner you start eating healthy, the better.
2 Read at least 1 book per month
Start by making a list of 12 books. Do it now while you are motivated. Now get those books and over the next year read them one by one, 1 book each month. Make a habit where you will spend a few hours or so per week reading. These hours will add up.
1 Be more disciplined and stop procrastinating
In short, listen to your inner voice, get work done in the morning when you have the most emotional energy, cut out caffeine, take breaks when you are slowing down, make sure you remember to eat, drink lots of water, and an occasional nap can help increase productivity.
Read more about ways to stop procrastinating here: How To Maximize Your Productivity And Decrease Procrastination To Get A Lot More Done
What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2017?