I’m a big fan of New Year resolutions because it’s a positive reinforcement that allows us to become a better person.
Most people start thinking and doing their New Year resolutions by January. However, I’ve learned from experience that committing to change is best done during December.
Everyone’s in a good mood and messages of hope and optimism is everywhere. So what better time to get motivated than now, right?
Below are some of most popular New Year Resolutions and the reason why today is the best time to start doing them.
Exercise more and lose weight
It’s a very busy time of the year. But if you can manage to exercises in between the Christmas shopping and holiday parties, then you can definitely make time for it when life goes back to “normal” by January.
Moreover, if you can discipline yourself to eat healthy and control your appetite during the holidays, imagine how easy it will be come next year.
The same argument goes for those who wants to quit smoking or lessen drinking.
Be more organized
Christmas is the season of giving and what better way to rid of clutter in your life by giving them away during this time of the year.
Donate your old clothes, regift the things you don’t use, sell your stuff in a community bazaar – there’s a lot you can do.
Then as you get your home cleaned and organized, you’ll get to realize some of the things you need, which you can easily ask as gifts from your family and friends.
This is a great way to avoid those redundant coffee mugs and picture frames. Instead, maybe get yourself a planner, a pen holder, or a box of brown envelopes. That last one, I asked for it last year because I needed them, and I got it!
Also, if it’s time management that you actually have a problem with, then the busy holiday season is indeed the best time to hone your calendar organization skills.
Save more money and get out of debt
By now, you must already have your 13th month pay and Christmas bonus. That’s your initial “get out of debt” fund, so remember to not spend it all on shopping.
Plus, with all the money you have now, you can easily practice your budgeting skills with your gift list and likewise hone some financial discipline by resisting all the holiday sales.
The new year is still a few weeks away, but you don’t have to wait that long to make improvements in your life. Remember that the best time to change for the better is never tomorrow but always today.
So what’s your New Year’s Resolution? Whatever it is, start working on it now.
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