Set Goals, Not Resolutions
As mentioned above, the success rate for New Year’s resolutions is abysmally low. Still, that doesn’t mean that the New Year isn’t a good chance to make a change— you just need to switch your approach a little. Rather than make resolutions, Forbes recommends setting goals instead.
Update Your Resume
Whether you’re safe and happy in your employment or looking to take the next step in your career, updating your resume every year is a habit you should be cultivating. By doing this, it gives you a good idea of your progress from a professional standpoint and helps you set your career goals for the year.
Use the Buddy System
Making a change can be tough, especially if you’re planning on taking big lifestyle shifts in 2020. To make this a little easier on yourself, try finding a buddy who has the same goals as you. You can help track each other’s progress, as well as provide encouragement and support.
Start Fresh— Everywhere
It may sound cliché, but there really isn’t any better time for a fresh start than the New Year. According to Scientific American, special occasions like the New Year or birthday are what we call temporal landmarks or meaningful events that stand out in the psyche. Because this season is so meaningful, it’s easier to make bigger changes here than at any point in the year. That’s why you should maximize the opportunity and make fresh starts in as many aspects of your life as possible. Clean out your house, start a new hobby or habit, and cultivate better habits— this is the best time of year for it, and you may thank yourself down the road.