Updated: December 13, 2020
I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolutions because it’s a positive reinforcement that allows us to become a better person.
Most people start thinking and doing their New Year resolutions by January. However, I’ve learned from experience that committing to change is best done during December.
Everyone’s in a good mood and messages of hope and optimism is everywhere. So what better time to get motivated than now, right?
Below are some of the most popular New Year Resolutions and the reason why today is the best time to start doing them.
Exercise more and lose weight
It’s a very busy time of the year. But if you can manage to exercises in between the Christmas shopping and holiday parties, then you can definitely make time for it when life goes back to “normal” by January.
Moreover, if you can discipline yourself to eat healthily and control your appetite during the holidays, imagine how easy it will be by next year.
The same argument goes for those who want to quit smoking or lessen drinking.
Be more organized
Christmas is the season of giving and what better way to rid of clutter in your life by giving them away during this time of the year.
Donate your old clothes, regift the things you don’t use, sell your stuff in a community bazaar – there’s a lot you can do.
Then as you get your home cleaned and organized, you’ll get to realize some of the things you need, which you can easily ask for as gifts from your family and friends.
This is a great way to avoid those redundant coffee mugs and picture frames. Instead, maybe get yourself a planner, a pen holder, or a box of brown envelopes. That last one, I asked for it last year because I needed them, and I got it!
Also, if it’s time management that you actually have a problem with, then the busy holiday season is indeed the best time to hone your calendar organization skills.
Save more money and get out of debt
By now, you must already have your 13th-month pay and Christmas bonus. That’s your initial “get out of debt” fund, so remember to not spend it all on shopping.
Plus, with all the money you have now, you can easily practice your budgeting skills with your gift list and likewise hone some financial discipline by resisting all the holiday sales.
The new year is still a few weeks away, but you don’t have to wait that long to make improvements in your life. Remember that the best time to change for the better is never tomorrow but always today.
So what’s your New Year’s Resolution? Whatever it is, start working on it now.
Read More: 6 Tips on How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolution To Save Money
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But Fitz, how can I start saving if I want to use my money for spending on things that generates me money? Can you give me some new idea just for a fresher point of view? Thanks a lot really if you could respond.
Hi eBloggr, in my opinion, you really need to take a look at your current financial situation.
Things that generate money could take time, and you don’t want financial emergencies to happen during the “income incubation” period of those investments.
My advise is to do a balancing act. Save some of the cash while spend some on income opportunities – how much on each will depend on what you believe is right.
Also, you could consider leveraging on other people’s money for those income opportunities. Keep in mind that it is less awkward to ask a loan from a friend for an income opportunity; than to ask for money because you have a financial emergency.
I hope I was able to help. Thanks.
Thanks Fitz. Just bought a book about finance. I hope it could save me.
I definitely need to work on getting more organized in 2012. Also, more disciplined and focused with my time. I screwed up my 2011 goals really quickly, so 2012 is the year of focus for me.
I’m planning on posting my resolutions on my site before the end of the year. I feel like ever since I started my blog I’m all about resolutions, so New Years is a good time to announce them. Like eBlogger, I have some things I want to spend money on which will make me money, but it’s just going to have to wait. I want to hit my goals and build up my good habits (of paying down debt) before any big purchases.
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Lose excess weight, a serious problem for me this year. All during the pandemic, every meal on the table looked like a buffet. Partially, food was used as a distraction from the pandemic and all the things we could no longer do including school witch our young troops really missed after a few weeks off. In our area, if you were over sixty, you became a ” protected class” of citizen and not allowed to venture out. All I did was work and work some more but the many trading opportunities really were a sit down job. It will be difficult but for 2021 the plan is lose the FAT !!!!! I am not sure if I will ever be a ” lean mean fight’n machine ” again but we will try.
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