This is the time of the year when many of us, motivated by a fresh start, write our goals for the upcoming 12 months. Here at Glitter Guide, we’re committed to incorporating some habits that will help us make 2018 the best year yet, and our contributor, Joana Ferreira, is here with a list of some great ways to achieve this. Which habits will you try to follow? Let us know in the comments below.
- Go to sleep when you’re tired: How often are you about to fall asleep on the couch but resist going to bed because you’re feeling lazy? Remind yourself that you’ll wake up feeling refreshed after a good night of sleep. Plus, you will appreciate going to bed earlier when your alarm goes off in the morning, trust me.
- Become a morning person: If you’re anything like me, you are not a very big fan of waking up early, but after the getting-out-of-bed part, you love being up early and feel super motivated. Start getting up an hour or even 30 minutes earlier and be surprised by what you can get done before your day “starts.”
- Keep a gratitude journal: Make gratitude a daily habit by writing three things you are grateful for every night before bed. When you take the time to count your blessings, you realize that your life is actually pretty amazing. Sometimes our mind is simply too clouded and busy to notice it. Check out: 5 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude Daily.
- Read 10 pages every day: Do you wish you read a little more but can’t find the time to finish the book sitting on your nightstand for the last six months? Challenge yourself to read just 10 pages before bed. It will help you de-stress and fall asleep faster. Check out: 9 Books To Kick Off The New Year.
- Try something new every week: Challenge yourself to try something new every week. From trying a new hobby such as yoga, giving a new delicious-looking recipe a go or purchasing a red lipstick instead of your usual nude, making a commitment to trying new things can reinvigorate your life.
- Stop snoozing your alarm: Those extra minutes in bed are well-loved, but we both know that snoozing your alarm 10 times only makes you feel more tired.
- Start journaling: To some, writing is like therapy because it helps you let it all out and put things into perspective. You don’t even need to be an excellent writer to start journaling because that’s not the point. Just focus on letting your thoughts out on the paper. It might even help you understand what’s really going on with you. We love the idea of The Five-Minute Journal.
- Do a digital detox once a week: How much time do you spend working on your laptop or scrolling through social media on your phone? We certainly spend a lot. That’s why it’s so important to take a digital detox once in a while, as it is supposed to be good for the mind and help you reconnect with your loved ones. Check out: 10 Ways To Take A Social Media Detox.
- Start budgeting: We know it’s tough, but this year, make the commitment to finally start budgeting. It will not only help you have control of your money and spending, but will also make it easier for you to reach your financial goals, whether that is saving for your first house or even those shoes you’ve been dreaming about. Check out: 5 Tricks To Curb your Spending And Save Money.
- Schedule “me” time every now and then: In the middle of our busy lives, we tend to forget to look after ourselves. So, schedule some “me” time every now and then, whether that means a day at the spa or spending your day in pajamas binge-watching your favorite tv show. Treat yo self! Check out: How To Practice And Prioritize Self-Care With Mama Glow’s Latham Thomas.
- Get some exercise in: Go for a walk on your lunch break, take the stairs instead of the elevator or squeeze in 10 minutes of exercise every day. Pick something you find joy in, the important part is to keep moving. Check out: These 5 Workouts Are Perfect For Busy Weekday Mornings.
- Attempt the one-touch challenge: The one touch is about simplifying and being more organized. Do you ever come home, take off your clothes to put your pjs on and leave everything piling up in your bedroom chair? I know it’s convenient, but you are wasting your energy because you’ll have to deal with it sooner or later.
- Make weekly meal plans: This is another great time-saving habit. Meal prepping will not only save you a lot of time but also stress worrying about what to cook one hour before dinner. You can start by thinking about the meals you’re having in the upcoming week, or actually prepare things in advance. Check out: 10 Meal Planning And Prepping Tips For A Healthy Week.
- Make your bed in the morning: It’s probably the last thing you think about while getting ready in the morning, but making your bed actually has a positive impact. Ever heard the saying: messy room, messy life? It will put you in a productive state of mind for the whole day.
- Start each day with a cup of water: There are so many benefits to drinking water. It rehydrates your body, gives you more energy and makes your skin glow, just to name a few. So start your morning with a cup of water and refill it throughout the day. You can also add lemon or any other fruit to spice it up.
- Practice random acts of kindness: Volunteer in your local community, bring homemade cookies to the office, make dinner for your parents or take your best friend for a spa day. Doing something kind for someone will not only make the other person happy, but also yourself.
- Spend 5 minutes stretching every day: Stretching is not only beneficial pre- and post-working out. I’ve been doing it on and off before bed and if feels so good and relaxing to stretch your body after a whole day sitting in front of a computer screen.
- Make time to play: I recently read The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown and one of the chapters was dedicated to play. When was the last time you made time to play? And by play, I mean doing something just because it’s fun—something you do because you want to, not because it’s on your to-do list.