Realistic Resolutions: Small Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Achieve Success This Year

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Listing down resolutions for the new year is a common habit of people. These resolutions are often made to make up for past failures. After all, who doesn’t want to have a successful year?

Everyone measures success differently, however. For some, it may mean financial stability to afford a house or condo in upscale places like Ortigas or Makati. For others, it may mean moving up in the corporate ladder – or whatever career they chose. For many, it could be as simple as completing the year without getting sick.

Whatever your success target is for the year, it’s best to start your new year resolutions with small and easily attainable changes and work your way up from there. Here are a few suggestions on how to set you up for success in 2019.

Get Better Sleep

The 2016 Healthy Living Index Survey showed that 46% of Filipinos don’t get enough sleep. Experts recommend getting 7 to 9 hours of shut-eye. If you’re one of the 46%, lack of sleep might be stopping you from performing your best every day. Aside from irritability, sleep deprivation prevents you from thinking clearly. What’s worse is that this deprivation accumulates, eventually leading to “sleep debt.”

Sleep debt, like its name suggests, is the buildup of lost hours of shut-eye every day. For example, if you only had 6 hours of sleep last night, you must sleep an extra 1 or 2 hours the next day. If you don’t make up for your sleep debt, you’ll be in a continual state of fatigue. You’ll also forget what it feels like to be well-rested.

To avoid accumulating sleep debt, follow a strict sleep schedule. Always make sure you’re getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night. If you can’t help but have short sleep hours during weekdays, keep track of lost time and nap it off during the weekend.

Start Planning Your Day

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It’s never too late to start using a journal or even your phone’s calendar app to plan your day. Effective time management is one of the ways you can get your tasks done quickly and properly.

Author and host Srinivas Rao recommends writing down your important tasks the night before you plan to do them. This way, you’ll have a framework of how your day should go. You won’t be stuck in the morning thinking of what to do for the day. Feel free to estimate how much time you need for every task, so you’ll know if you’re taking too long on one.

Learn a New Skill

Learning a new skill boosts both your mind and your resume. Start with something related to your field. If you’re a web developer, try learning to write content for the website you’re creating. Online learning websites like edx and Udemy offer quality courses sourced from experts and universities. They also offer certificates that you can add to your CV.

Read, Read, and Read

Like learning a new skill, reading benefits you by stimulating your brain meaningfully. Beyond just knowledge, picking up a book encourages you to use your imagination. You probably have a favorite fictional character fleshed out in your mind. This simple activity makes you more creative. With reading, you are also exposed to different perspectives.

Whether you’re reading a novel, a poem, an essay, or a biography, you see things from the character or author’s point of view. It allows you to be more open and to understand different cultures and ways of thinking.

While reading any book is great, focusing on a subject that you want to be good at also helps. If you wish to have monetary success, there are many financial books, such as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, in your local bookstore.

Everyone has a picture of success in their minds, which can all be achieved through self-care, organization, and learning. Make the above lifestyle changes a part of your new year’s resolutions. Before you know it, you’ll be chasing your next big goal.