1. Start your day off right.
Don’t skip breakfast in the morning. Plan out breakfast and your outfit ahead of time to save yourself from having to rush in the morning. If you are feeling really productive, try to get a workout in. Even 20 minutes in the morning can make a huge difference during the rest of the day and your overall health.
2. Try something new.
Get out of your comfort zone and try something you never thought you would do. It doesn’t matter if it is a one-time thing like eating a new kind of cuisine or something that you will dedicate more time to like salsa lessons. Just throw caution to the wind and dare to live a little.
3. Don’t be afraid of change.
Regardless of who you are, you will experience a lot of change in your life. The changes themselves are not always the problem but it is how you react to them that make all the difference. Decide to embrace change and challenge yourself to react positive to as many changes as you can.
4. Have a goal buddy.
Almost like a running buddy, a goal buddy can help you stay accountable for the goals you have set for yourself this year. Promise to keep each other on task for the upcoming year and you will have a much better chance of meeting your goals.
5. Stop making excuses.
Don’t claim to be too busy to accomplish your goals if you can somehow still find enough time to watch Sons of Anarchy, Revenge, Scandal, Game of Thrones, and reality shows every week.
6. Take baby steps.
If your dreams for the year seem too big, do something small that moves you towards your goal every single day. Breaking a large goal down into smaller steps can make it much less intimidating and much easier to reach.
7. Just show up.
People often say that 90% of getting something done is just showing up. Sometimes it can be intimidating to show up but don’t allow yourself to give up that easily. Commit to at least showing up and the rest will come more easily than you expected.
8. Give yourself deadlines.
Sometimes, knowing that we have a time frame to complete a task by makes us work that much harder. A year can seem like a long period of time so why not make monthly or even weekly goals? You can also use events to motivate you. Want to work hard at getting healthy this year? Plan an active vacation in the mountains six months ahead of time that you can look forward to.
9. Stop doing things that you don’t want to do.
Is anything on your daily to do list that doesn’t belong there? Sometimes the best way to shorter your to do list is to cross off anything that doesn’t really need to be done.
10. Take a break.
Schedule down time for yourself so you can recharge your batteries.
11. Clean out your life online.
In the same way that you would clean out your closet to get rid of what you no longer need, go through Facebook, twitter, instagram, bloglovin, and any email lists you are subscribed to and get rid of what you don’t need. You will never have the time to read everything on the Internet and keep up with every single person so choose wisely.
12. Spend less time on Pinterest.
I love Pinterest as much as the next person but it is important to make sure that you are using it for the right reasons. Don’t just live vicariously through others. Get out there and create a beautiful life for yourself!
13. Get enough sleep.
Getting enough sleep every night is of extreme importance. If you want to function as the best version of yourself, you have to take care of yourself. This year, resolve to get at least 7 hours a night.
14. Do something good for someone else.
The best way to take a good day and make it great is to do something for someone else. Your 2014 will be off to an amazing start if you focus your efforts on helping others.