My Resolutions For 2017

I’ve never set new year’s resolutions before. In the past, if I wanted to do something I would try and do it immediately as I thought that I would lose motivation if I waited or put it off. However, there are a few things I want to change this year, and I think that consciously setting resolutions means that I am more likely to achieve them!

Here are my 5 resolutions for 2017. So far, so good!

Learn some techniques to cope with stress. I get stressed quite easily, and I think this is one of my worst traits. This year I will (try to) be calmer!

Exercise more often. I already have a fairly solid workout plan, but sometimes I lose motivation and find a week passing without doing any exercise. This year I’m going to try out a few new sports and classes at the gym, and I’m going to try exercising at different times of the day. Hopefully this will make it easier for me to fit workouts into my daily life!

Speak my mind instead of staying quiet.

Move into an unfurnished house and buy my own furniture. In my experience rented furniture is out-dated and slightly broken, and unfurnished homes are cheaper to rent. Hopefully this will make it easier for me to save up money to eventually buy my own home.

Find more work, get more experience and earn more money.

What do you think of my resolutions? Do you have any resolutions of your own? If so, please let me know with a comment – I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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10 PRODUCTIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO IN YOUR FREE TIME

If you have a big chunk of free time, it is best to spend it with your friends or family, relaxing and enjoying yourself. However, if you only have a couple of minutes or quarter of an hour, it is often more useful to do a little productive task to make your life easier.

Here are 10 productive ways to fill a spare five minutes!

 

  1. Use the time to clear out your inbox and respond to any important emails.
  2. Do you have a friend or a co-worker that you need to speak to? Use this as a chance to pick up the phone and get the job done. You can do this wherever you are (if you have your phone!)
  3. If your desk is covered in junk and paper, spend a few minutes throwing away the rubbish and filing the important things. It will make the rest of your working day much more pleasant, and it will be easier for you to stay focused.
  4. Lots of people fall behind on their finances, but you can spend your free time paying a bill or making a note of a transaction. You’ll thank yourself later for this one!
  5. Back up your favorite photographs of you with your friends and family. It’s always good to have a back-up copy, and you can email a copy to the other people in the photograph.
  6. Network with your co-workers by contacting them with a question, or a follow-up email. This can really benefit your working relationships!
  7. Exercise. Do some jumping jacks, sit ups or push ups for a few minutes to get your heart racing.
  8. Stretch. Sitting at a desk all day can be really bad for your back, so do a few quick stretches while breathing slowly. This will relax your muscles and your mind.
  9. Become an expert. Do you love learning about steam trains, or are you fascinated by World War II? Learn everything you possibly can about your passion so that you’re an expert on the topic!
  10. Start a to-read collection. Bookmark webpages that you want to read later, or buy a magazine or a book that you can read later.

What do you think of these suggestions? Do you have any of your own? Please let me know with a comment! 🙂

10 WAYS TO BECOME AN IMPROVED VERSION OF YOURSELF

 

Do you want to improve yourself and your life? Many people want to focus on self-growth, but they don’t know where to start. Others feel intimidated by the task; they think it is too big and too difficult, so they put off self-improvement.

It is actually very easy to improve yourself, and it is rarely time consuming. Check out 10 ways to become an improved version of yourself below.

 

1. Connect with someone who you find inspiring. You know those people who are so awesome that you feel in awe when you are around them? Spending time with people who you look up to will make you happier and motivate you to achieve more.

 

2. Choose your priorities. Some people never truly set priorities, and this can mean their goals clash and never get achieved. If you know exactly what you want, it will be much easier for you to get it.

 

3. Wear clothes you love. You will feel happier and more confident, so you are much more likely to have a good day!

 

4. Learn to say “no” without feeling guilty. This may be tough to start with, but you will be much happier in the long term.

 

5. Try new foods that are healthy. Avocado may end up being your favorite food!

 

6. Declutter your home and work space. Do you really still need your old VCR player? Probably not.

 

7. Write down your goals for the next year. You are much more likely to achieve your goals if you make them real and track their progress as you go.

 

8. Spend half an hour a day doing something you love.

 

9. Read every day. It doesn’t have to be a book, but Facebook and Twitter don’t count.

 

10. Write down your perfect working day. Once you know exactly what that is, focus on making your work day more like it. Good luck!

 

Any more ideas? Let me know with a comment! 🙂

5 SIGNS THAT SHOW YOU ARE TOO NICE

5 SIGNS THAT SHOW YOU ARE TOO NICE

Most people want to be nice, but no-one wants to be TOO nice. People who are overly nice are often used by other people for their own personal gain, and they often struggle to stand up for themselves.

Check out 5 signs that show you are too nice.

1. You say sorry for things that aren’t your fault

Are you the kind of person who apologizes when someone else walks into you? Saying sorry implies you were at fault, so saying sorry when you did nothing wrong means you are choosing to take the blame anyway. Don’t apologize for things that are out of your control – instead, graciously accept the other person’s apology.

2. You often feel like a therapist

Your friends are always coming to you with their problems. This is a normal part of friendship and you shouldn’t begrudge your friends asking for advice, but there is a difference between looking for advice and simply complaining. You listen patiently and offer your friends sound advice – but they make no change, and they continue to complain to you anyway.

3. You hate saying ‘no’

Saying ‘no’ to others makes you feel rude and difficult, so you often say ‘yes’ when you don’t really mean it. From working overtime to doing favors, you often take on more than you handle to help others.

4. You always see the best in others

You trust nearly everyone in your life and you often don’t realize when someone has an ulterior motive. You are normally shocked or upset if you discover someone has been taking advantage of you even if it was clear to others.

5. You hate making decisions for a group

You never want to choose the restaurant or bar where you and your friends are going, and you start sweating when your boss asks for your advice. You don’t want to make a decision that someone else will be unhappy with, so you prefer to take a back seat and let everyone else decide.

Can you relate to any of these points? Do you think you are too nice? Let me know what you think with a comment! Hope everyone is having a great week 🙂

5 Methods To Help You Break ANY Bad Habit

5 Methods To Help You Break ANY Bad Habit

Do you have a bad habit you wish you could drop? Many people have a few bad habits that they wish they could drop, but they don’t think they have the willpower to do so. From procrastinating to overspending, check out 5 methods to help you break any bad habit.

1. Understand Your Bad Habit

If you understand your bad habit, it will be easier for you to get rid of it. You may be repeating bad habits without even realizing, so take some time to think about your bad habit. Ask yourself these questions; What is my bad habit? What triggers my bad habit? How often do I indulge in my bad habit?

2. Prepare Yourself To Quit Your Bad Habit

You may want to drop your bad habit right now, but if you drop it without preparing properly, you may pick it right back up again. Changing a habit takes time, so over the next week list every reason why you want to stop. It can also be beneficial to record how often you catch yourself doing it.

3. Implement Change Slowly

After a week of preparing, start to cut your bad habit out of your life. If you overspend, impose a spending limit and avoid shopping malls. If you want to start dieting, try cutting your favorite treat out of your diet. Every week, impose another limitation to help you get used to your new life without your bad habit.

4. Fine Yourself To Break The Habit

Many people struggle to quit their bad habits completely because they bend the rules in their mind. Make sure you stick to quitting by fining yourself every time you indulge in your bad habit. This is an added deterrent and it will make it harder for you to make excuses for yourself.

5. Remember That Your Willpower Has To Last

After a few months without your bad habit, you may thing you deserve to treat yourself – to your bad habit! This way of thinking will make you more likely to fail, so focus on your willpower. You have gone for so long without your bad habit that you clearly don’t need it, so remember this and se it as added willpower to make sure that bad habit stays in the past. Good luck!

What did you think of this list? Do you agree? Let me know what you think!

I hope everyone is having a great week!