Many people consider the new year as a tabula rasa or a ‘clean slate’ where they have the chance to start fresh all over again.

Happy New Year, everyone! 2019 was just yesterday and today marks the start of a brand new beginning for all of us. Admittedly, New Years and fresh starts may be overrated–and somehow, it really is. However, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look at this new chapter of our lives as a tabula rasa or a clean slate where we could write new stories all over again.

Although, a lot of people could seem lost especially when confronted with the thought of resolutions or goals that they want to achieve in the new year. After all, the passing of time is really intimidating. Sometimes, it just seems to taunt us with the big question “what do you plan on doing now?”. And most of the time, we don’t even know the answer ourselves.

But hey, let’s look at the new year as a big opportunity that we could take advantage of! So in saying that, we have prepared a short and simple guide for all of you who just want to get more insights on how to start the year on the right foot. This is ‘New Year, New Me 101’ y’all!

1. Plan and keep track of your goals accordingly.

What goals do you have for 2020? Are you graduating soon or planning a shift in career? Is there a big purchase that you want to save up for – probably for a car, a house or even just simple things that you wanted for a long time already? Then our tip is: list all of those down!

Honestly, noting things on your mind is good but writing them down is better. Seeing them all materialise as concrete words on paper, you would have a better glance of all the things you want to achieve. Be it your personal, career, financial, travel or whatever goals you may have, it would be really helpful once you write them down.

And then once you have looked at your list, you may either choose to prioritise or eliminate some which aren’t of much importance presently. With your final roster of goals, you could then think about certain steps you could take to make them happen.

Frankly, we strongly advise you to start a bullet journal – it doesn’t have to be extravagant like the ones you might see on Pinterest – to better see with time where you are going and if you are actually closer to your goal. Or if you prefer a much bigger and more visual piece that you could put on a wall to look at, you could opt for a vision board instead.

2. Pour your energy in trying out new things.

Guys, it’s 2020. There’s nothing wrong with being a couch potato and we totally respect those who prefer to stay at home just watching Netflix or doing other minimal things. But guys… there are a lot of fun things to do out there which you could enjoy doing and at the same time, help you grow more as an individual.

If you are looking for fun new stuff to do, we recommend that you:

  • listen to philosophical or educational podcasts
  • knit or crochet a simple piece of clothing
  • make a thought journal (this helps a lot with mental health)
  • learn to help the environment in many ways (ever heard of ecobricks?)
  • make art (you could try to make music, write a short story, or paint)

Or if you are feeling bold, you could make a bucket list of all the things you want to do before the year ends or even before you die. There, you could put things like ‘getting a piercing or a tattoo’, ‘skydiving’, ‘holding an anaconda’ or ‘traveling to Maldives’–after all, these are things that might be hard to do on a daily basis.

Get out of your comfort zone once in a while. It will be fun, trust us. 🙂

3. Do not be afraid to look back and learn from the past.

The past is already history. And it may sound like a cliché, but we have to absolutely take advantage by looking back and learn from it. After all, the past is an accumulation of things that we have experienced – both good and bad. Surely, there are a lot of lessons that we can get from that.

For the sense of nostalgia, looking back is really fun. However, there is a more important aspect of the past that we should consider – relating it to the present and our current situations. In doing so, we will emerge to be more insightful and more careful with the decisions we make. And honestly, it gives us the opportunity to grow more mature as individuals.

4. Watch out for your health.

To simply put it out there, we would fill this part with basic yet really relevant quotes. “Health is wealth” because it really frickin’ is and you must not ever take it for granted. “Time is gold” because one way or another, we will be gone from this world and so, we need to be careful. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” because – well, not necessarily apples – fruits are important and they have a lot of benefits.

Frankly, all your goals would go to nothing if you don’t watch your health. So eat good food; don’t overwork yourself; drink your water and your vitamins; move your body once in a while – these are very simply things but these really make a difference. Again, please trust us and take care of yourself, babe.

5. Seize every opportunity you can to be happy.

This is the last, yet we feel like we really don’t have to explain anything much. After all, the sentence is pretty self-explanatory. So as the common Latin phrase carpe diem says, we hope you seize the day people!

There are 366 days (or chapters, if you like to call it) in 2020 and considering not every day may be good, we must still try each time to make each ‘today’ worthwhile. It may be challenging, but we hope you pursue happiness every time you have the chance to go for it. We are rooting for you!

Do you see this article as insightful or helpful in any way? Are there any tips here which you are looking forward to apply in your life this 2020? Let us know your thoughts or opinions by sharing them through the comments below! Or just simply hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter account, @udouph.