At the end of every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, hoping to spark positive change. The recurring themes each year include a more active approach to health and fitness, improved finances, and learning new things for personal and professional development. Chances are, more than a couple of the 5 most common resolutions will look familiar to you as it does to most of us at the Yoho office. Listed below are five of the most common New Years Resolutions and our take on how we’d tackle it.
- Exercise more
This is definitely a part of most people’s new year’s resolutions, especially those with desk jobs. Since an average work out would take at least an hour of your time it makes sense to enroll at a gym close to your home or workspace for starters. If you’d like to try something more fun perhaps you’d opt to rock those hips in tune to some work out music as in Zumba or aerobics. Or splash around the swimming pool in the name of exercise. Click here for a list of some of the swimming pools in Colombo. Whatever means you choose, make sure you track your progress and celebrate small victories.
- Eat healthy
Eating healthy is one habit almost everyone tries to attain at some point in their lives especially during their late thirties when the first grey hairs make their appearance. A common misconception when trying to attain this healthy habit is that you replace all your meals with bowls of salad. SO NOT TRUE! Check out youtube for easy healthy meal recipes that you can make ahead and store in your fridge to heat and eat. Or you can enjoy healthy meals from the various organic and healthy food outlets opening up around the island.
- Get organized
Getting organized can mean cleaning up your living and workspace or managing your time wisely. If what you want to achieve the former you can always take the easy way out by hiring a maid for your house. Or make it a family event, pick a common room each weekend and have fun cleaning it up. Digging up old less frequently used drawers and wardrobes can send the whole family on a trip down memory lane making it all the more fun and memorable. Continue this till you clean up all rooms.
As for your workspace, perhaps visit your workplace on a day off and dig out your locker/ drawers/ entire cabin space. And from then on making it a point to clean up after you every day before you leave at the end of the day.
As for managing your time right, it’s common knowledge that social media is the most common source of procrastination. We spend so much time on apps like Facebook and Instagram just scrolling down and hitting the occasional like that we don’t realize how much time we spend there. Perhaps you can try allocating a certain amount of time from your day for social media. And when it keeps getting difficult to stay off your phone put in in a drawer with alerts only for phone calls and direct texts.
- Learn a new skill or hobby
Perhaps you’d like to better yourself at reading Excel sheets. Or maybe you want to learn how to make paper flowers, perhaps you just want to adapt gardening into your daily life. In an age where everything is available at the click of a button, there are many ways to learn. The key is to interact with the information. Using multiple sources will help you with this. Don’t stick to books alone—gather relevant videos, podcasts, movies, and blogs as well! Whatever the skill or hobby you choose make sure it’s useful and that you have fun learning it.
- Spend more time with family
Even if we all live under the same roof we sometimes just can’t seem to make enough time for the ones we love, especially in a household where both spouses go to work. Weekends always seem to fill up with household chores, shopping, social visits and much more. You could start small by insisting that everyone shares at least one meal a day together perhaps breakfast or dinner. Then perhaps include at least one family holiday every year. It doesn’t have to be expensive, check out https://www.yohobed.com/hot-deals for last-minute deals on some of our properties. If you have family living elsewhere perhaps your parents you can keep an alarm on your phone to call them every day that way sharing the love and spreading joy.
Are any of these resolutions on your personal list? Who knows — this just might be the year that you achieve every goal you set for yourself.
Here’s to a new year filled with much success and happiness!