The first thing most of us do after Christmas and New Years Eve is think about all the things we want to achieve or change about our lives in the new year (or run to the gym). More often than not we make these long lists of things that we know we realistically won’t stick to. I for one have accepted that I probably will never run a marathon, because I hate running long distances. I could however see myself pushing 100kg on the squat machine if I stuck to my strength training throughout the year. Whatever your goals and interests are, there are a couple of things we could all benefit from doing more of in 2022.
1. Have one realistic big goal
If it were possible, my new year’s resolution would be to save enough money to buy a house, a Fiat 500 and a holiday to the Maldives. Realistically I know that’s not feasible, but I could make it my goal to finally get my drivers license and then get a Fiat 500. Once you have a goal set for the year, think about the steps you’d need to take to get there. It makes it a lot easier to achieve something if you have a clear path on how to get it.
2. Take more care of the planet
This doesn’t mean you have to go around picking up other people’s rubbish, but we can all try and make more of a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint and generally be more environmentally friendly. Most supermarkets offer reusable bags now, but try something as simple as remembering to bring your own when you go shopping.
3. Find a physical activity you enjoy
Not everyone is a fan of going to the gym, and that’s ok. It is kind of important that you are doing some sort of cardiovascular activity – whether that’s running, swimming, playing basketball or even playing an hour of Just Dance on the Nintendo Switch every day. I’ve tried and tested that during lockdown and you’ll be surprised at the amount of calories you burn!
4. Be more selective with your time
We’re a generation that’s obsessed with always being ‘busy’, and more often than not it just leads to being unmotivated, tired and stressed. Time is something that you don’t get back, so next time you’re agreeing to plans that you don’t really want to go to, think to yourself what you’d rather be doing with your time instead.
5. Learn a new skill.
I’ve tried and failed many times over the last 10 years to learn how to play the guitar (except for perfecting the G chord). So this won’t be on my list for 2022, but something I want to try to experiment more with is baking. If I have any success with it you’ll probably see on my social media accounts.
6. Save £672
This may seem like a random one, but in 2021 I did this budgeting challenge where everyday from the 1st January to the 31st December you’d add a penny more each day to a savings vault on Revolut (or your bank of choice). So on the 1st January you’d be adding 1p, 2nd January 2p and so on. You won’t notice it daily but it means if you have managed to stick to it for the whole year you’ll be able to buy yourself something nice at the end of the year. For me it bought me an iPhone 13!
7. Spend more time with your family
Sometimes we get so caught up with life that we don’t realise how long it’s been since we last saw a grandparent or other family member. Even something as simple as making time to make one phone call a week or having a weekly family game or movie night at home can go a long way.
8. Focus on self development
As an adult it gets harder to actively learn new skills like we did when we were children or in school. Most of us in Gibraltar are already bilingual so ‘learning a new language’ doesn’t have to be at the top of your list! Reading self-development books on coping with stress, getting rid of negative beliefs or simply improving self-confidence and self-love are all good places to start.
9. Try and live a more minimalist lifestyle
Shein was probably the worst thing to come into my life, as I am currently struggling to find space in my wardrobe and there’s still probably 20% of stuff in there that I haven’t worn yet. When I lived in Australia and had only brought a suitcase with me, I realised how easy it actually was to live with minimal clothing, accessories and gadgets. Not only will you save money when you realise the difference between needing and wanting something, but you will also save time in the morning looking for what to wear!
10. Work on your character ‘flaws’
The main idea of ‘new year’s resolutions’ is to try and better yourself and to do that requires a bit of self-reflection. There are always things we can do to be a better friend, partner or colleague. Try and recognise what these are, or if you’re brave enough ask someone what they think you could improve on. Start by asking your sibling, they will always give you an honest answer!