With a New Year on the horizon, many are beginning to consider the improvements they can make to ensure that 2019 is their best year yet! From business goals to personal successes, there are a number of factors to look to. We’ve listed a handful of tried and tested life hacks that promise to improve quality of life, enhance relationships and increase self-worth.
More time is something we all desire, especially those with hectic work and social lives. Whether it’s time for yourself or time for loved ones, it’s a valuable resource. Once you master the art of allowing yourself the time to focus on the things you love, you’ll begin to experience life in a very different way.
Improving how you manage your time is a real game changer and one that affects both your business and personal expectations. Managing your time in the right way promotes productivity, lowers stress levels and heightens your peace of mind. From dividing your day into sections to ensuring you take at least one day per week to focus on yours truly – there are a number of ways to give yourself the gift of time.
Ditch the to-do list
Dynamic people don’t rate to-do lists, they schedule important dates in their diaries and work directly from their calendars! To-Do lists, although they seem effective, can, in fact, impede productivity. A never-ending list of items can leave you feeling overwhelmed with no idea where to start.
Scheduling tasks directly into your calendar, and giving each assignment a time limit, means you’re more likely to action them. Top tip? Less is more.
Master your mornings
Master your mornings with a productive mindset that focuses on your routine and diet! Whether it’s hitting the gym, going for a walk, making a healthy breakfast or meditating, productive people always start the day with some sort of routine.
Make time for your nearest and dearest
When life and work commitments get in the way, it can be easy to go months without seeing your friends and family. It’s important to make time for those close to you – whether this means booking flights in advance, inviting loved ones to stay, or simply planning a regular coffee catch-up with a friend (that you both vouch never to miss), it’s important to be proactive when it comes to catching up with those who are closest to you.
Nurturing relationships with loved ones and not allowing yourself to lose touch with those that matter will make your life more wholesome. If you’re unable to visit those in question, send them a gift to show them you’re thinking of them! Ordering flowers online is easier than ever before – especially with online florists offering next day delivery – and opening the door to a beautiful bouquet of blooms is guaranteed to put a smile on a special someone’s face!
Do something you’ve never done before
Whether it’s visiting a country you’ve never ventured to before, or taking up a new hobby, doing something you’ve never done before is a sure fire way to add interest and quality to your life. This doesn’t have to be a big change, it can be as small as taking a Pilates class one morning or evening per week. Through these activities, you will likely make new friends, as well as fond memories.
If you’ve been toying with the idea of a new career, or wish to start out on your own, the New Year is the time to do so! You may have always dreamed of setting up your own business, be this alone or with a friend – whatever your aspirations, fulfilling them will make 2019 a year to remember.
Reach out too long lost friends
You may have lost touch with family members who have moved abroad, or school friends you were once very close to. The New Year is a great time to rekindle long lost relationships. Ordering flowers online and sending these to the individuals in question is a great way to show them you’re thinking of them. Receiving a bouquet of colorful blooms, complete with a card or letter that suggests a date to meet in the coming months, can help to beat the New Year blues.
The New Year isn’t all about focusing on yours truly and giving back to the world is a great way to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Whether you clear out your closet and take an array of clothing you no longer wear to the local charity shop or sign up to volunteering work, there are a number of things you can do to help those less fortunate than you. Every little helps and giving back doesn’t have to dominate your time, it can be as little as two or three hours per month!