Make 2018 The Best Year Yet


We all know how stressful the holidays can be. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, Christmas and then New Years.

Every thing happens in rapid succession.

We seldom have time to sit and really think about what is important to us and what we want.

How do you want the next year to go? What do you want it to look like?

What sort of goals do you think are truly attainable?

Getting caught up in the everyday life is easy.

Paying the mortgage and writing that cheap insurance check are grown-up responsibilities.

But what about happiness? When was the last time you went on a vacation?

As the holidays wind down, and you plan to head back to work, take a few moments to sit and reflect on what the 2018 year will bring.

Will it to be possible, and then make steps to put your ideas into action.

Let’s take a look at what that might look like.


Being An Adult


No one tells you that growing up and being an adult mostly consists of making money and paying bills.

Purchasing a home and getting your homeowners insurance is one huge task.

Stressful and detailed, we do everything we can to provide for our families. But what about providing for ourselves?

We become healthier people by putting ourselves first every once in a while.

Getting a car and your car insurance, finishing school, or planning a wedding are all huge events that dictate our time and money.

Depending on where you are at in your life, planning ahead might be a great tool for you to use.

So this year, whether it is to lose weight or think of ways to make more money, actually sit down and take a moment to ponder what this next year will bring.

Being an adult is hard. It comes with a lot of responsibility. You need to have good time-management skills.



Down Time


You might be planning for your next event or social gathering. Maybe you are doing chores around the house or trying to purchase cheap insurance.

But take a few moments to schedule down time. Yes, I said it.

Schedule down time.

Research shows that planning at least ten minutes of alone time to re-coup can significantly improve your health.

Not just mental but physical. Health is important for daily function and for making the most of your life.

The best way to ensure your own happiness is to reflect on the past year and then come up with ways to make the new year even better.

But what is better to you? Does that mean being more productive? Does it mean having more children?


Here is what that might look like:


  1. Tell your spouse and children to not come into your room for 30 minutes.
  2. Do this at a time when you know it will probably work, and they can keep busy. You do not want interruptions.
  3. Light some candles or maybe open a window for some fresh air.
  4. Sit with yourself.
  5. You can meditate or write in a journal.
  6. Maybe you want to sip on some hot tea or coffee.
  7. Make a list of all of the good things you want to focus on. Put all of your energy into positive thought.
  8. Relax. Maybe you want to take a long, hot shower. Do it and don’t feel guilty for enjoying yourself.


Making A List


So now that you have had time to yourself, and you are relaxed and maybe even a little wiser, sit down.

Take out a notepad and start jotting down your feelings about what you truly want out of life.

Nothing is too crazy or extreme. Nothing is unattainable.

Even if you know factually that some of the things on your list may not happen, write them down anyway.

Your list may look like this:

  1. Travel to Greece and spend a week laying on the beach.
  2. Buy a new car with more room for the kids, dogs, groceries.
  3. Visit three museums with my spouse.
  4. Re-landscape the backyard.
  5. Read 50 books this next year.
  6. Write my first novel.
  7. Enter a 10k run and finish it.
  8. Make a new friend.
  9. Hire a house cleaner for the year and keep my home looking wonderful.
  10. Stop smoking
  11. Start running.

There are millions of examples of things that are hard to do.

They might seem daunting or unrealistic.

But a year is a very long time, and there is always room for improvement.


Do It Together


When you are thinking about what the future holds, talk to your spouse and family.

You can make a list for yourself (that is important)!

But sitting down your family and making a list together is very valuable.

You might even suggest to your immediate family members to go in separate rooms and make their lists.

Then come together and share what everyone wants for the family this year.

A list from everyone might end up looking like this:

A list that you make with the whole family will hold people accountable.

And hopefully this way, you can all make progress towards your goals.


How To Make A List


The first thing you need to do when you sit down is prioritize what is important to you.

Make a clear focus for your new years resolutions.

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The reality is we are not super-human. We only have time for so many things each day. So prioritize your life.

Make a list from one to ten of the most important things to you.

If you ever get caught up on which choice to make: stay at home with the family or play a round of golf, just look at your list.

Whichever ranks higher is the one you should do. On the other hand, placing importance on certain things will shift and change as life goes on.

Give yourself some grace and the ones around you.

If your New Year’s list has small items on it such as: detail the car, don’t put it off just because it is smaller than other ideas.

You may never get to it if you put it off. The best way to attack your list and to give yourself momentum is to attack the smaller items first!

You will feel successful and keep momentum going strong.

Here are New Year’s Resolution Ideas

  1. lose weight
  2. start running
  3. start eating healther
  4. stop procrastinating
  5. spend more time with family
  6. improve concentration
  7. meet new people
  8. become more active
  9. strengthen core
  10. take more chances
  11. get in tune with my spirituality
  12. finish school
  13. start taking classes
  14. learn how to cook
  15. earn more money
  16. save for retirement
  17. detail my cars and keep them clean
  18. purchase better cheap insurance for my family
  19. become more polite
  20. be romantic
  21. reduce stress
  22. learn how to meditate and do it daily
  23. read 20 books this year
  24. learn to be happy with what you have
  25. get more quality sleep
  26. quit smoking
  27. watch less tv
  28. find a spouse
  29. get married
  30. plan my honeymoon
  31. have a baby
  32. spruce up my sex life
  33. try to be cleaner
  34. become more organized
  35. buy new clothes and dress nicer
  36. learn to budget
  37. spend more time with people that I love
  38. stop drinking
  39. learn to drink in moderation
  40. get out of debt
  41. start a savings account
  42. invest my money and learn how to do it well
  43. learn a new language
  44. volunteer and give back to my community
  45. find another fun hobby to explore
  46. learn to let go of things that bother me
  47. adopt a cute pet
  48. travel this year
  49. go on more vacations
  50. get a raise at work

If these didn’t make the cut, find more New Year’s resolutions here.

Ways To Make Your List A Reality


When you have made a list and you feel good about it, take action.

A few things to consider before taking action are the roadblocks along the way.

The best is yet to come…


Write yourself a note from the future…


One of the best things I have ever been told about goals is that you need to visualize what your life will be life in the future.One way to do this is to write yourself a note from the future. Think of the pinnacle of where you want your life to be, and then write it from that perspective. Maybe you are writing to yourself saying how much money you make or how beautiful your children are. Write it thoughtfully. Then store it away somewhere where you can pull it out in a couple of years. Or maybe monthly so that you can re-boost your confidence in the future!

Luck is on your side.

Make 2018 the best year yet by planning and writing down all of your goals.

You will be happy you took the leap of faith in yourself.