It’s that time of year when we all start to think of self improvement and what we can do to make our lives happier and better in general. There are, of course, countless areas we could focus on here. The best steps for you to take will depend entirely on where you are in your life right now, what you want to achieve and your priorities and responsibilities.
The good news is that everyone can make positive change in their life, doing things to make things better for themselves and to implement more happiness, health and positive energy into their day to day existence. A good way to improve is to set yourself goals, as this gives you a clear picture of the end point you want to reach and what you will need to do to get there.
Here are just a few areas of focus you might want to take into consideration!
The past two years have been pretty difficult for many of us career wise. The pandemic came out of the blue and had a profound impact on many industries – for many, this impact was negative. Many people found that the companies they worked for collapsed, or that they were made redundant in a bid to save the company.
Whatever may have happened with your career during this time, chances are, setting some solid career goals can help you to feel back on your feet and to progress in the direction you want to go in. Of course, you’re going to have to do some serious thinking to come up with the right goals in this area.
Do you want to stay in the role you’re currently in and progress? Or would you rather switch to a different company or maybe even an entirely different field of specialism? Will you have to undertake educational qualifications or training to achieve this? Think about where you want to be, then research the steps you’ll need to take to get there.
All too often, many of us neglect our social lives. We get tied up in all of the things we have to do. Then, when we have free time, we feel like we’d rather stay in and relax from all of the exertion. But it is important that you maintain a well rounded and healthy social life too!
Spending time with family and friends can greatly increase your quality of life, giving you people to talk to and enjoy fun activities with. You don’t have to suddenly maintain a hectic social calendar. But it is important that you find time to catch up. This could be as simple as dedicating half an hour each week to speak to different friends or family members on the phone or over a video call.
You should also try to arrange a few face to face activities, as long as you feel safe to do so in the pandemic. This could be the cinema, a meal, a concert or any other day out or evening out that will bring a smile to your face.
Quit Bad Habits
New year’s resolutions are popular around this time of year, and for many people, a resolution will revolve around quitting some sort of bad habit. This is a good idea to engage with, as it can remove a negative habit from your life, potentially improving your wellbeing, your relationship with others and more.
We all have bad habits.
Some are more severe or detrimental than others. It’s important to look at your own behavior and to determine which habits you should focus on first. Sometimes, this will be a difficult journey, potentially involving questions about rehab. Sometimes, this will simply be making a change to smaller behaviors that will have an overall positive effect on your life.
Whether you’re planning on quitting smoking, addictive substances or spending too much time on social media, it’s important that you know that there is plenty of support out there.
These are just a few different areas that you might want to focus on when it comes to setting yourself life-improving goals for the upcoming year. There are plenty more that you could take into consideration and you may already have a few ideas floating around of your own anyway.
But if not, these could serve as some inspiration and get your positive journey started off in the right direction!