Three Healthy Changes We Should All Be Making This Month

by Alexa Allen

The start of the new year brings a lot of chances for new beginnings and even more opportunity for error. Yes, error–but don’t get too worked up about it; that’s what February is for! For all of us common people who fell a bit short on our new year’s resolutions already, this is the perfect opportunity to get back on the bandwagon after our 2020 trial month. Here are three small but impactful changes we can make this month for an even more successful 2020 going forward.  

De-cluttering our lives (and phone contacts)

Ever heard of the saying ‘Out of sight, out of mind?’ Just like our lives, sometimes our phones can get a little overcrowded with toxic or excess contacts. One day you have a hard time believing you’ll never make up with your fifth grade best friend and the next, ten years have passed and you’re wondering who is this person with old school smileys by their name. If you want to start your year on the right foot, start by clearing some of that unnecessary data from your life. It probably doesn’t sound like much, but getting a handle on your contact list is a huge step toward not only prioritising the right people who actively feed into you, but eliminating not-so-great memories and people who are no longer in your life.

So, long story short:  your high school journalism club president? You probably don’t need her on speed dial. Your lacrosse coach from the eighth grade? Best take a leap and assume you won’t contact him any time soon. Your ex … from four relationships ago? Unless you are feeding into an active, reciprocal and healthy relationship with a person, do yourself a favor and delete their number. 

Listing out our goals

If you can’t remember them, you won’t complete them. Right nowyou may feel motivated to check off a few bucket list items, but that mid-year slump isn’t that far off. Stay focused on your goals by writing them down and keeping them in view. Pin them somewhere where you’ll always see them–I usually choose the space that I complete most of my work, like above my desk or tucked into my daily agenda! When life inevitably tests you, it helps to remember what you’re working toward and why you didn’t always choose the easiest path. Most importantly, it’s critical to envision how it will feel when you actually accomplish those tasks–because 2020 is your year, and you absolutely will! 

One popular method to keep track of your goal-oriented tasks and activities is bullet journaling. Bullet journaling isn’t a new phenomenon, but has been steadily growing in popularity due to the increasing usage of time lapse videos on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. And why not? Bullet journaling is easy, quick, affordable and doubles as a creative and organisational outlet. All you need is a journal, some pens and a whole lot of patience–anyone could do it! For some helpful bullet journaling tips, check out Buzzfeed’s list of “genius” ways to customise your journal

Start budgeting

If you’re like me, money matters can be extremely tough! Sometimes setting a goal for your money can be intimidating and even feel restrictive, but having a plan for your pay this year will bring you one step closer to your goals – especially the financial ones. If you need a little help, don’t worry! There are plenty of apps like EveryDollar Easy Budgeting App and the Goodbudget Budget Planner app that are easily accessible from your phone. Both keep track of your income, your spending and let you know when you may have gone a bit overboard. My personal favorite, the Mint app, even notifies you when you’re getting close to outspending yourself. The best part? They’re all free! Check out the App Store on your device to find the budgeting app that best suits you. 

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