It’s that time of year where we begin to reflect on what’s been happening in our lives and what’s in store for us ahead. If you’re anything like me, the fast approaching New Year will make you consider what changes you can make to better yourself, as well as improving family life. I’ve always avoided making solid commitments to resolutions in the past as I don’t like setting myself up to fail; so I say things like “there’s always next year” or “I don’t need to worry about that too much right now”.
This year I am banning my own excuses and am going to pick a new year’s resolution and stick with it! I’ve been thinking about a number of common choices when it comes to these January commitments, so I figured I could share these with you. Are you going to be picking one of these? Or are you choosing something entirely different?
Lose weight or get fit
A very common choice for many, losing weight seems to be one of the most popular resolutions. Everyone has their own reasons, but when you think about the New Year falling right after the excesses of Christmas, it’s not hard to understand why the majority of people want to shed some pounds. Others are not so bothered about their weight but are more concerned about their general level of fitness, so they might buy a treadmill or exercise bike to do a bit more cardiovascular activity.
Get a new job
There’s nothing like a few days off work to make you realise that you’d rather not go back. It’s amazing how many people spend their Christmas holidays searching for various business jobs, networking with recruiters or tidying up their CV. People like to think of the New Year bringing new opportunities, whether this is in the form of money, happiness or more responsibilities.
If you have a growing family, it might be that your resolution is to find a space big enough for you to all live comfortably. On the other hand it might be that your kids have all flown the nest meaning you want to downsize. Whatever the reason, a house move can be a good resolution if this is going to help you in the future.
For the romantic types, the New Year might bring on the urge to become committed. It may well be the time that you start thinking about how you’ll propose an engagement to your partner, or even think about trying for a baby. If this is the case for you, good luck!
Learn a new skill
Others may simply want to learn a skill as part of their new year’s resolution. It can be a great way to relax, or even as something interesting to list on your CV. Whether you want to become an amateur artist or try your hand at skiing, you’re never too old to learn something new. In fact, I think my own resolution will be to learn something new every day; a good challenge indeed.