5 things that are a much better idea than New Year’s Resolutions

The end of 2015 is approaching. Naturally, we are all dreading the return to our 9 to 5s while stuffing countess chocolates into our mouths but we are also starting to think about what the next year will bring.

I’m talking about New Year’s Resolutions. As we don our party frocks for the last night of the year, we also get a little preoccupied with what we haven’t achieved in the past 12 months – and we start declaring bold ambitions for the year to come.

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It’s a helpful time for a spot of reflection, sure, but those New Year’s Resolutions can get January off to a bad start. We all want to shed a stone or two, get massive pay rises at work and never, ever, drink again. But come January 17th (the day most people give up, statistically speaking) we are already feeling bad about ourselves and our inability to bag a bikini body in the depths of the bleak midwinter.

So I’m calling for an end to the traditional resolution. It’s time to get smarter, stop setting ourselves up for failure and start 2016 in a more positive way…

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Outline everything you are grateful for right now

First thing’s first. Thinking about what you want to achieve in the coming months is a good thing, but don’t go feeling sorry for yourself. Before you ponder what you don’t have, take stock of what you do.

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List your favourite memories or triumphs from 2015

You might not have run a marathon, bought a house or got an impressive promotion, but I bet you still did some pretty awesome things in 2015…

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Make a list of 5 things you’re looking forward to in 2016

These don’t have to be epic, life-changing events. Maybe you’re planning to arrange a summer holiday with friends, or a close pal is tying the knot. It could be as simple as organising a cosy supper one Friday night in January.

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Write down things you love doing

Taking stock of your ambitions and thinking about how you’re going to set about achieving them is all good, but sometimes it’s important to consider the small stuff too. Think about what genuinely makes you happy on a day-to-day basis (anything from having fresh flowers in the house to cooking new recipes) and make an effort to do more of it in 2016.

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Make a bucket list 

You know all those things you’re always meaning to do, but never getting around to? Visiting the V&A, eating at Duck & Waffle, going to see a play at the Globe, swimming in Hampstead Heath ponds, reading that book your friend recommended… Write them down and make it your mission to start crossing things off the list in 2016.

Happy New Year!

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