With 2016 quickly approaching, some of us may have already started to think about our New Year’s Resolutions. It may be something as minimal as signing up for a class; or as large as exercising every day. The hardest part is actually sticking to it! Whether large or small, the resolution is important to the person who sets it. Forbes states that these five resolutions will CHANGE your life:
2.Maintain a health and fitness regimen
3.Schedule personal time
4.Don’t commit to things you can’t do
5.Use a calendar
Smiling is not only an attractive feature, but it can make you happier and healthier. Studies actually show that smiling activates the release of dopamine, endorphins and serotonin, neurotransmitters that help reduce stress and bring out positive emotions. When we smile, our brain knows that our facial muscles are moving; therefore we must be happy about something in turn making us happy.
Most New Year’s Resolutions tend to be about health and fitness. It is known that a good exercise routine is good for our health, short and long term. It is not only good for our bodies, but also our work ethic. According to Harvard Business Review, those who look healthy tend to be better leaders than intelligent-looking people.
Outside of scheduling meetings, projects, and lunches with clients; most of us do not schedule personal time. Our personal time is a value to not only ourselves, but the people surrounding us. I tend to feel better when I have had “me” time! There is evidence that is showing those who schedule personal time tend to be more productive. The Draugiem Group, a social networking company, shows that when personal time is scheduled, you can focus on yourself, and in turn you may find a passion or a hobby.
With our hectic lives there are a lot of things for which we can’t commit. Instead of waiting to the absolute last minute to decline an invitation, just be up front with the person. When you are able to commit, your word means something and you will follow through.
If you are currently using a calendar, it can not only benefit your day to day life, but can also hold you accountable in keeping your resolution. While you are planning meetings and lunches, also plan for fitness and personal time. Prioritize tasks based on order of importance and continue to do this weekly. This will help with deadlines and make sure that the resolution that was set in January is just as important in May. Keeping calendars and to-do lists not only help with organization, but also help with success.
These five resolutions will help you focus on yourself as well as where you want to go in life. Granted, you may go a day or two without exercising, but it’s all about balance.