Five New Year’s resolutions and how to attain them

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The time for making New Year’s resolutions is upon us. From losing weight to just being a good person – all of us have something we want to change in 2018. But the question is: will we stick to them once we’ve made them?

According to a study of New Year’s resolutions conducted by researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania only 40% of those who made a New Year’s resolution actually stuck it out throughout the year, while others gave up within the first week or month.

So, what resolution should you make and, more importantly, how do you stick to it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are five achievable goals and tips on how to attain them.

Be unselfish and give back

There is no greater feeling than helping those in need, so if you’ve been feeling a little down this year, volunteering or giving might be just the thing to have you feeling more alive in 2018.

According to Harvard Health, volunteering helps people who donate their time feel more socially connected, which wards off loneliness and depression.

How to: Sign up to various community outreach programs in your community. Get in touch with a social worker in your area and give them your number so they can call you when there are activities you can help with. This will keep you accountable, which will help you achieve your goal and become a better you.

Stop procrastinating

Have you ever had work to do but you found yourself doing something else instead only to end up doing the intended work last minute?  Procrastination is something the greater part of the population struggles with, but you can definitely do better in 2018.

How to: According to Lifehack.org you can kick this bad habit by following simple steps such as breaking your work into smaller steps, changing your environment, creating a detailed timeline with specific deadlines or hanging out with people who inspire you to take action.

Explore the world

Travelling can take a lot of money but saving throughout the year could save you a lot of heartache when it comes to your holiday planning.

How to: From January set up a holiday savings account that will automatically debit an amount you can afford from your main account each month for the rest of the year. By December you should have a little extra cash saved to spoil yourself and your family with a mini getaway.

Find a significant other

There is no shame in making finding your soul mate an actual goal! Finding someone to settle down with is important and it’s hard to find time to meet new people and get to know a potential bae – especially if you’re working or are a single parent.

How to: Going to places such as the park, joining social clubs on weekends or simply joining a trusted dating app could have you well on your way to finding that special someone, but remember you have to make time for them if you want to build a lasting relationship.

Get out of debt

Debt can be really suffocating if you allow it to get out of control. All those loan, credit card and store payments can eat up your salary, leaving you with nothing to enjoy yourself with at the end of each month.

How to: According to Lifehack.org you there are a few steps you need to follow to get yourself out of debt. Get a clear picture of how much you owe, stop digging yourself deeper into debt, figure out where the money will come from to pay your loans, and decide on a debt reduction plan.