21 Ways To Help You THRIVE in 2021
We’re already at the end of January and 2021 has a real 2020 feel about it, right? It’s as if we all waited for the clock to tick over to midnight on the 31st of December even though we knew 2021 was going to pick up where 2020 left off.
The end of January is notorious for being the time of year where resolutions go to die. I get it. BUT, just because it’s not the 1st of January doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel when it comes to what you want to achieve for the year. Hey, there’s still 11 months to go!
So, here are 21 things to help give you a kickstart and thrive in 2021!
ONE: Create New NEW Routines
Some of us can’t live without routines. But, like going to the gym, if you do the same thing over and over again your body starts to plateaux and stops improving – a routine can do the same. Shake things up a little bit by creating a whole new daily routine without compromising on the important things that need to get done.
TWO: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
It’s so easy in the current times to feel the weight of the world’s problems on your shoulders. The easiest way is to concentrate on reacting positively with to the things you can change and not what you can’t.
THREE: Learn a new skill
OK, this one is an easy cop-out. But seriously, learn something completely new that you had never even dreamed of learning in the past…… Who knows, you could be an amazing knitter and just didn’t know it.
FOUR: Be Nice to Everybody
Sure, this might sound cheesy, but it’s so easy to get angry or frustrated with the current situation. Whether it be asking for a refund from an airline to having to line up at Sainsbury’s – nobody asked for this to happen and it’s certainly not their fault. So, breathe, smile and be nice. You’ll feel better for it.
FIVE: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Count backwards and then do it. It’s so easy to get distracted or come up with an excuse to put something off. Just count backwards from 5 and launch into it. Boom. It’s that easy. You’ll realise how much more you’ll get done.
SIX: Make Excuses Why You Should Instead of Why You Shouldn’t
It’s easy to talk yourself out of things because of the current circumstances. The more you put something off, the harder it’s going to become later on. So, instead of compiling a list of reasons why you shouldn’t do something, focus more on why you should. It’ll become that much more motivating to achieve it!
SEVEN: Put Down Your Phone
Hide it! Don’t look at it for an hour. Put it in another room. Turn it off. However you can, just put it down. There is no bigger distraction than your phone.
EIGHT: Get Up Early
We may have an extra hour in bed everyday, but that doesn’t mean we should be taking our 9am Zoom call in our pyjamas. It will take effort, but creating a routine based around an early start will help you get more things done and better prepare you for your day.
NINE: Read Books
“I’m going to read a book a week”…. and by week 3 you’re still only halfway through book 1.
Read books that interest you – even for just 30 minutes a day. You’ll have to make the effort when Netflix is continuously calling your name.
How much STUFF do you really need? Sell it. Give it to charity. Recycle it. Re-gift it. The old cliché that we’re all slaves to our possessions is somewhat true. Now’s as good a time as any to take stock and only hold onto the things you really need.
ELEVEN: Count Calories/Steps
Losing weight or getting fitter are always on top of our to-do lists regardless of the time of year. To stay on track, like anything you’ll need to monitor what you’re actually doing. Invest in a “Fitbit” and an app that counts calories such as Nutracheck or My Fitness Pal. Knowing you’re on track for 10,000 steps a day or learning whether that cookie is actually that bad for you will definitely give you daily fitness goals without waking wondering how the hell you’re going to achieve them.
TWELVE: Make More Phone Calls
We’re in a world that is slowly disconnecting muddying our offline communication skills. Rather than text, pick up the phone and give somebody a call. They may really need to hear a friendly voice. Hey, you may need to hear a friendly voice.
THIRTEEN: Cross Everything Off Your list
Make bed. Tick. Brush teeth. Tick. Have shower. Tick.
These may be things you do everyday without a second thought, but by putting these on a daily list and crossing them off will give you a sense of achievement. Write down as much as you can. Try it!
FOURTEEN: Watch Old Movies
Let’s be honest, most movies made these days suck arse. Go back and watch movies you loved as a kid. Not only will it fill you with an explosion of nostalgia, but you’ll see it from a completely different point of view.
FIFTEEN: Re-do Your Wardrobe
Retail therapy – if you can afford it will always fill a hole. Hunt bargains or make a wish list of things you’d like to buy if you hit certain goals in case you can’t afford it right now.
SIXTEEN: Write a Letter
When’s the last time you wrote somebody a letter? Or received something in the post that wasn’t a bill. In this world where we expect our information instantly, why not buck the trend and make somebody’s day?
SEVENTEEN: Start a diary
They don’t have to start on January 1st. Find an old notebook that’s been laying in some drawer and turn it into a pandemic diary that you’ll be able to reflect on in 30 years time.
EIGHTEEN: Cook Something Extravagant
Take over the kitchen and make something you’ve never made before. An epic cake. Beef Wellington. Nothing tastes better than something you’ve cooked yourself, so why not go big!
NINETEEN: Move Around Your Apps
Confuse your brain and move around your apps. This will prevent you from being distracted on your phone as you won’t automatically go to Instagram or Facebook without even realising how you got there.
TWENTY: Learn a Party Trick
Even though you can’t physically go to a party right now, why not learn a cool party trick or 2 to impress your friends and family? As soon as lockdown finishes – you’ll have a lot of parties to go to.
TWENTY ONE: Appreciate Everything
It’s easy to let all the days roll into one, but there’s no reason why they should. Appreciate the time and your health during such a difficult time for so many. So, reach out and tell people how much you appreciate them and talk about the things you actually appreciate. We’re so used to launching into how terrible the situation is (which it is), but there are so many positive things as well, so why not focus on those?
Have an amazing 2021 – there’s still so much of it left to make it an amazing year!