The new year is an opportunity to set goals for yourself, whether that may be to make more time for yourself, finally finish that book you started months ago, or introduce yourself to new people; there’s always something to strive for! We asked our team to share some of their resolutions. Here’s what we heard, along with tips and tricks to help obtain their goals!
Resolution: Travel more
How to check it off: Do your research
- The best time to book airline tickets for the best bang of your buck is about two months before you fly and early in the week when airlines adjust fares.
- Go to National and State Parks- admission fees are manageable and often go by car rate rather than person. Just about everything the park has to offer: tours, transportation, trails, and of course, wildlife, is free!
- Don’t forget about your good friend, public transportation. Check out the local routes, just about any city will have bus, train or underground.
Resolution: Read more books
How to check it off: Schedule reading time at least once a week
- Always carry your book on you or try getting an audible book that way you can listen anywhere, especially if you’re a commuter.
- Creating a bedtime reading ritual helps to signal your body that it’s time to wind down.
- Researchers have found that reading can reduce stress by 68%.
Resolution: Live in the moment
How to check it off: Focus on the present
- Journaling and staying organized with your work schedule and chores will help you relax and feel at ease in your leisure time.
- Be grateful for the people in your life and all your accomplishments.
- If your mind is occupied by things you have no control over, refocus and get control of both how you’re thinking and how you feel.
Resolution: Spend less and save more
How to check it off: New money management routine
- Create a daily and weekly spending record- grab a journal or download a free app and start keeping track! Visualizing where your money goes will help you cut down on unnecessary purchases.
- Use weekly sale ads to help create a budget friendly grocery list and pre-plan those meals!
- If public transportation isn’t an option for you, when your car needs more gas give yourself enough time to scope out the cheapest gas station.
Resolution: Start up a workout plan
How to check it off: Take small steps
- Schedule in time to work out, even if it is a rest day and you stretch out. It is easier to stick to a routine.
- Consistency over intensity- don’t overcommit or over-perform yourself. Avoid feeling burnout by gradually spending more time and effort on your workout.
- Don’t skip out on your warm-up and cool down… which includes staying hydrated and fueled up!