If you struggle to stick to your New Year’s resolutions, it may be time to change up the way you challenge yourself. As January trickles into February, many people let go of their new routines, but know that you can reach your goals! Perhaps step-by-step changes that stay fresh and engaging are easier to accomplish. Maybe you need to look at improvements in your life in a different light, because pushing yourself all at once might be overwhelming. When it comes to bettering yourself, it’s never too late. So, no excuses! Check out the monthly calendar of ideas below.
January: Waste Nothing
Are you ever amazed at the amount of garbage we can create on a daily basis? Get a clean start this month and try your best not to produce garbage each day. Recyclables and reusables are okay, of course.
Perhaps the animal shelter needs a dog walker or the soup kitchen is in search of someone to dish out food. Helping those in need — even for a few weeks — can go a long way. A simple doggie kiss or a smile and a “thank you” can further motivate you to be an even better version of yourself.
March: Cook Your Meals
No take-out or fast-food allowed. Grab yourself a book of recipes and get cooking. Choose healthy, filling meals, and set aside time to prepare them for days in advance to make it easier on yourself. You’ll be a master chef before you know it and a sizzling inspiration!
Time flies and your life is beautiful and important. Write down any exciting events that have happened, lingering thoughts, or vent if you have to. You’ll look back on it and realize how much you can learn from your best teacher: yourself.
May: Mile Runs
Looking to get in shape? Run a mile a few times a week! You’ll be amazed at how your body adapts over a short amount of time (as long as you stick with it, super star).
June: Meet New People
Get out more often. Don’t make excuses to stay in because you’re comfortable that way. Go out and experience life! Check out the cool summer events popping up around town. The experiences of others can open your mind and present opportunities.
If you don’t have one already, set up a separate garbage bin for recyclables. It’s something small that can make a bigger difference to the environment than you realize.
August: Add Extra Money to Debt Payments
If you’re like most people when it comes to paying your debts, you want it done quickly, but stick to paying the monthly minimum. In the long run, it’s best to nip that debt in the bud and eliminate it as soon as possible. Give yourself a boost and pay more than the minimum — double or triple your payment — at least for a month. It can pay off.
September: Start a Side Project
Keep on putting aside that project you often dream about? Quit it! Do this for you. Just research what you have to do and start, because odds are, nobody else will do it for you. You’ll never know what this will be like until you try. Even if it doesn’t go as you imagined, you can be at peace with the fact that you tried.
October: Learn About Investing
Set aside money for your golden years so you don’t have to worry about your well-being later down the road. Be smart with your money and learn how to invest it. If you don’t know where to start, pull up Google to search on investing for beginners. Learn about the stock market and how it works, read others’ opinions, or, you know, toss $100 into a jar each month so that you can put it towards your future.
Those can of green beans in the pantry that you’re not going to use? Donate them to someone who would love to eat them. The same goes for all those sweaters hanging in your closet that you never wear. There are people that would be thankful to have the items you forget about. There’s a warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with donating, too. It’s because it’s a good deed and you know it.
December: Get Crafty
Get crafty and make a mess! Live a little! ‘Tis the season! Whether you want to get back into painting, photography, wood-working, or want to sew a new scarf for your grandma, put your creativity to use. You’ll be happy you did.
And look at that! It’s the end of another year already, and there you are, improved and inspiring. Have other meaningful goals or inspiration to share? Leave a comment below!