New year, better you! For 2019, make new daily habits instead of lofty new year’s resolutions. No more setting resolutions only to fall off the wagon next week. Instead, focus on goals that will improve your productivity and overall health and happiness – one day at a time.
Every daily thing you do impacts how you manage what life throws at you. Studies have shown that it actually takes 66 days to form a habit. Do you have any bad habits you want to change into good ones? Add these eight tasks to your daily routine and let’s form great habits in 2019!
Check out some of our tips that will have you say, “New year, who dis?”
Start a Morning Routine
Have you ever thought about the daily habits of successful people? For one, they wake up early and two, they carve out time to journal or exercise as part of their morning routine. Make it a point to have a morning routine that is all about you. Have trouble waking up early? Start by setting your alarm five minutes earlier than your usual wake-up time. Don’t hit that snooze button! Do this for the next few weeks and increase your increments of five additional minutes per week. Meanwhile, explore what you’d like your morning routine to look like sans work. Maybe it’s hitting the gym, or reading a chapter of your favorite book.
Save More Money
If only money grew on trees! Approach saving money by putting away some every day. For example, if you set aside $5 every day, you would save $1,825 at the end of the year! Give yourself a definitive reason to save, like saving up for a vacation or buying something your loved one really wants!
Make Self-Care Important
We believe in self-care! Put yourself first this year by carving out time to do things you love doing. Don't want to go to that party? Don't! Feeling stressed? Go for a run or meditate.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water doesn’t have to sound like a chore. It’s easy and the health benefits are endless! Keep your reusable water bottle with you at all times so you can hydrate wherever you are in the day.
Studies have shown that smiling automatically boosts your mood. We often forget how simple actions like smiling can make a huge impact on our mental health and affect others. Like smiling, breathing is a quick remedy to release all the bad vibes. Life is too short to stress about the small stuff.
Practicing gratitude on a daily basis can improve your mood and outlook on life. Every morning or at the end of your day, write down three things you are grateful for. Doing so helps you practice mindfulness and de-stress your mind from the day-to-day hustle.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
By regularly setting specific times to go to bed and wake up, your body will have more energy to take on the day. Save that last episode of your favorite TV show for the weekend and catch some zzz’s instead.
Set More Realistic Goals
We've all been there -- setting far-fetched goals only to be disappointed in not meeting them. Don’t let unrealistic goals set you up for failure. Set up a daily habits calendar in your journal and list some (or all) of the habits above that you can achieve each day.