You’re probably thinking – Haley. It is January 3, and you’re just posting your New Year’s resolutions?
But, level with me. On January 1, we were all in a Netflix-induced coma. On January 2, I worked then collapsed on my couch with, you guessed it, a second Netflix-induced coma.
So today, January 3, is the day that things start happening. I’m making improvements, and I think that you should join me. So, here we go.
Raise your standards.
This refers to all facets of your life. I have learned – albeit, with a strong learning curve – that I have neither the time nor the emotional stamina for low standards.
So, what does this mean? It means that you should keep only the very best people in your life. The ones who push you and comfort you and are really, truly there for you. Not the ones who bring you down. Not the ones who aren’t there when you call.
It means that you should only accept your best work. There is no time for “I’ll work harder on the next one,” or “This is good enough.” Decide how amazing your work can be, and never settle for less. Set out to impress and inspire others. This is your time.
Read. Listen. Watch.
Be always absorbing information. Know – and genuinely care – about what is happening in the world. Read newspapers, subscribe to The Skimm, watch the news. (Okay, maybe don’t watch the news too much. It is depressing.)
Have intelligent conversations with friends, family and colleagues. Hear their perspectives and opinions. Open your mind to other sides of the story. Be compassionate and understanding.
I know you probably have visions of a preteen sitting in bed, writing “Dear Diary” entries and doodling the name of her current crush.
But, grown-ups should journal, too. Take a few moments each evening to reflect on the day. What made you happy, sad, angry, confused? What are your goals for the future?
Taking this time helps your brain work through difficult topics, rather than letting them simmer on the back burner. It will help you resolve tricky problems, and relive wonderful moments. I promise, you will not regret taking time to do this.
Stick to your resolutions.
This one is obvious, yet it is so often forgotten.
Make specific goals for yourself. Set reachable checkpoints, and hold yourself to them. Want to lose 10 pounds this year? Check your progress every month. Want to raise your GPA this semester? Keep track of your grades. Setting vague, year-long resolutions are too easily forgotten. Checkpoints will help hold you accountable for your progress.
So, let’s have an amazing year. I think it’ll be a great one.