The new year is already well underway and some people still haven’t made much headway on their resolutions. This realization could be deflating — but only if you let it! Still, there’s no need to think about it that way.
Truthfully, 2020 isn’t just a new year; it’s a whole new decade. You have plenty of time to make some positive changes, create new habits and generally get going on your grandest hopes and dreams. The real goal is to make this next decade the best of your life. To do so, you’ll need to set some goals and map out a way to achieve them. So don’t feel bad if you haven’t completely transformed your life on Day 1.
At the same time, you can’t sit around forever. Now is the time to stop procrastinating and put these plans into action. There’s no time like the present, so let’s get going. The following three tips will help you get ready to make some serious changes for 2020 and beyond.
1. Get Real and Get Organized
What do you want to do with your year? Chances are you’ve already put some thought into this, but now it’s time to get a bit more serious and move beyond thinking. This doesn’t mean selling yourself short and compromising your goals. But it does mean picking the right priorities and perhaps putting some of the more fanciful desires on the back burner.
If you set out to learn to code and how to jet ski, maybe you want to start with the first one — a much more practical skill to acquire. And it doesn’t have to be about your career. If you’re putting off your plan to start cooking more exotic dishes because you need some special kitchenware, realize that you probably can just get started right away.
Too many people let “perfect” be the enemy of “good.” Really, you just need to get started. And one of the best ways to get going is to make a simple list. Write it all down and just get moving on the No. 1 agenda item. Everything is a lot easier if you just start!
2. Change Your Setting
Another good way to kickstart progress when you feel stalled is by changing your setting. This might sound drastic. And make no mistake: If you move across the country or even to the other side of the city for work or family, that will definitely be a major transformation. But it doesn’t have to be so monumental.
Even making some small adjustments to your home can make a big difference. For instance, buy some new furniture or liven up your décor with a few great accent pieces. You’ll be shocked at how it can alter the entire vibe of a space, and this will help things naturally fall into place in your life as you work to make some positive change.
3. Develop New Habits
Do you wake up late? Do you never exercise? Do you immediately turn on Netflix as soon as you get home? These aren’t necessarily problems, and you certainly don’t have to excise these little pleasures out of your life.
But picking up a new habit can make a bit effect — even when it’s small. Doing something as easy as reading a few books throughout the year and making that your main downtime activity for just a few weeks can provide a great mental stimulus. It isn’t that reading itself is magic. Instead, there’s something about just simply showing yourself that you can do something different that lets you understand and realize that change isn’t so difficult.
The same applies to sleep and activity. While you don’t need to start training for a marathon, you can set your alarm an hour early a few days a week and go for a long walk. Who knows? You might start seeing the whole world differently.
2020: The Next Chapter
Life is a change. Some of that will be forced upon you, but many of the best ways to improve your life and experience greater fulfillment is to start taking control. If you can learn some new skills, forge better habits and get outside of your comfort zone, you’ll start to realize just how much you can accomplish.
Now is the time to get ready for everything in store in 2020 and beyond. Get organized, change your setting and pick up a new habit. All together, this will help you create the momentum you need to make improvements. They say you need to be the change you want to be in the world. Well, what are you waiting for? Make today the next day of the rest of your life.