10 Things to Start Doing in 2017
It’s about to be 2017, and the New Year is typically the time when people usually make their New Year’s resolutions. You know those goals you stick to for the first two weeks of January and then you eventually forget about them. I’ve already done a post about tips for sticking with your New Year’s resolution so I thought it would be a fun idea to offer some suggestions of things to start doing in 2017 to make this year the best year yet.
Obviously these are my ideas, and no one is forcing you to do any of them. I just wanted to share some different ideas you may not have thought of!
ALSO welcome to my new layout of my blog. For the past several days my brother, his girlfriend and myself have been working on this blog. A lot of the changes were internal, but I wanted to thank you for being so patient as well as my brother and his girlfriend. There are still a couple of things we are trying to work out, but they shouldn’t effect the external part of the blog too much 🙂
Here are my 10 things to start doing in 2017:
#1 FOCUS ON YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
This is something I’ve been trying to do since high school. It can definitely be a lot more difficult than one would think. Self-help books are good, but they typically are biased towards by the author’s opinion (including their research). So you could try to teach yourself coping strategies through research, or start seeing a therapist. Guided meditation (there’s lots of apps) can be very helpful for your mental health. It’s like 10 mins of your day where you just sit still and focus on your breathing and listen to someone talk.
#2 PRACTICE GRATITUDE MORE
Remember to say thank you, and remember to be grateful for the people and things in your life. There are fun books out there that can help you with this, I have suggestions at the end of this post. Or you can just start by writing down one thing you’re thankful for everyday or thank someone every day for something they did. Gratitude makes you and the other person feel a lot better about them self.
#3 WAKE UP EARLIER
Have you ever woken up a little earlier than usual and you’ve realized you’ve gotten so much done in the morning? Yeah it’s really nice. It doesn’t have to be a dramatic time change but if you’re waking up at 9am try to start waking up at 8:30.
Tip: You can ease yourself into this by setting your alarm clock 5 mins earlier every week. Eventually you’ll be waking up earlier without even realizing it.
#4 ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE
Whether it’s starting to use a planner, or your phone’s calendar, or some random app I recommend starting to plan things. I’ve managed to balance blogging and being a full-time student successfully with planning out my weeks. It’s also a nice way to realize things can be manageable when you lay everything out and dedicate certain days to certain tasks. I have my current agenda that I use at the end of this post, as well as other suggestions. I have a post on tips to start using a planner.
#5 TURN OFF YOUR NOTIFICATIONS / STOP LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE AS MUCH
I turned off my social media notifications back in April and I haven’t turned them on since. Since I’ve turned off the notifications I’ve stopped looking at my phone as much. Try to be more observant in the world, put your phone away while having dinner or while you’re chatting with your friends / family. Take an hour or so in your day to put your phone down and walk away.
#6 BE SELFISH
I feel like a lot of people I know typically put others peoples’ happiness before their own. Be selfish and take time for yourself and don’t feel guilty. Start saying no and spend more time with yourself. Obviously don’t become an incredibly selfish person that everyone hates but stop thinking about other people so much.
#7 START LOVING YOURSELF (or keep it up)
I really felt like 2016 was the year of self-love, but now it’s time to start practicing it on yourself. Stop talking negatively about yourself, and stop hating your imperfections. Obviously this won’t happen overnight, but surround yourself with positive people who will love and support you.
Tip: if you read blogs or watch YouTube make sure you are only following people you believe in and are supportive positive people. Sometimes people change and you’re still following people who you don’t agree with and you don’t even realize it!
#8 PICK ONE THING THAT’LL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER
For me it would be drinking more water. Maybe it’s going on daily walks, or eating the recommended fruit intake per day. It could be starting meditation or opening up more to your close friends. Or maybe it’s refusing to buy bottled water, and only using reusable water (also another goal of mine). It could be watching less Netflix, or stop using plastic bags. Picking one small thing ensures you’ll be able to stick with it for the year!
#9 TRAVEL MORE
You don’t need to have thousands of dollars to travel…well technically I guess so; but not everyone has that money BUT that shouldn’t put you off. Realize you may not be able to travel overseas, but you can still travel within your province! Find cute places you’d like to visit that won’t cost you thousands, or hunt for great deals. Whatever it is, travel more, explore the world, and immerse yourself into a different culture.
#10 PUT IN ALL YOUR ENERGY
In January 2016 I told myself I would put 110% into my blog, it took a while for me to adjust but the results were totally worth it. I’m proud of my blog and all the work I’ve put into it. If you have a dream, go for it with all you got. Don’t “half-ass” things, give it your all.
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