With the New Year just around the corner, many of us are starting to think about the things we didn’t quite accomplish that we had hoped to in 2017. But, the start of 2018 is the perfect chance to try again. According to yougov.co.uk, last year, 21% of Brits made New Year’s Resolutions. However, more than half of these people were unsuccessful at meeting their goals. In our blog, we’ll take a look at some of the best resolutions to make for 2018, and share a few tips to keep you on track.
Whether it’s deciding to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise, or a combination of all three, most people who make a resolution focus on their health and wellbeing. An important aspect of succeeding with health-focused goals such as these is to set attainment objectives.
For example, specific goals like “I want to lose a stone by June” is a better than a goal like “I’m going to lose weight.” Similarly, if you want to be more active, try setting goals like “I will exercise three times a week” instead of “I’m going to be more active.”
This is another one of the most commonly made resolutions. However, saving money can be a difficult task to achieve, because you can only work with what you have. This is another instance where small achievable goals broken down into easy steps will help you to succeed. By deciding how much you can save weekly or monthly you’ll be able to stick to this resolution more easily. It also helps if you have something that you are saving for. This could mean you’re saving a specific amount so that you have a nest egg in your savings, or for a holiday or luxury item you have always wanted.
So many people fantasise about seeing the world, and as a result, many people resolve to travel more. The problem with this resolution is that without lots of planning and saving, it can be an abstract goal that never materialises. If you’ve followed the steps above for saving money, that will be a real help. You’ll also need to plan your trips and do lots of a research, so this is very much a goal that just won’t happen on its own.
A lot of people reach the end of the year feeling that they have not achieved what they want or progressed as they had hoped they would in their job. This means that a large number of people begin the new year with a job search. The key here is to be resilient. The process of looking for a job can be slow and peppered with disappointment, but persistence pays off.
Another big goal for many people at the beginning of the year is to move house. This might either be because they are ready to buy for the first time, need more space, or are looking to downsize. This is quite possibly one of the biggest resolutions that people make for themselves, but again, by setting achievable, smaller goals it can be achieved. For example, you could set yourself of having the deposit ready by April, start viewing houses in May, purchase over the summer and be in your new home by Autumn.
There is currently a real emphasis on living purposefully and in an organised way. Many people are making a real effort to cleanse and organise their homes so that they can achieve this. Decluttering is a huge part of this process.
Start out by deciding which items you really want to keep. When you have identified which items you no longer want to keep or simply don’t have room for, decide which can be donated to charity, sold, or thrown away.
There will always, of course, be seasonal or sentimental items that you don’t exactly have room for, but that you can’t quite part with either. Our self storage solutions are perfect for items such as these, and we offer various size storage spaces to suit your needs. Get in touch with us today to find out more.