Each New Year brings with it a fresh start. That usually means a new list of goals people would like to achieve in the next 365 days. While there is nothing wrong with setting new goals, often those goals are not realized. This could be because they are unrealistic. If the goal is too lofty and idealized, it will remain a goal and not an accomplishment.


We’ve compiled some goals to consider adding to your list of things to do this year.


Read more books

The benefits of reading are endless. Reading is said to boost the brain’s memory power. It can relieve stress by causing you to focus on what you’re reading. It has also been said to hinder conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease. A study done by Chicago researchers found that regular reading can slow down cognitive decline by 32 percent. Reading is the workout your brain needs.


Get more organized

Getting rid of clutter can have instant impact on your productivity. You will find yourself more motivated to complete tasks enabling you to cross them off of your list. Your workspace, pantry, garage, even your car could use some organization. Going paperless with bills, getting rid of unnecessary mail, and using folders for things you need to save can help you stick with the organization process.  


Do you know what you want to accomplish this year?

Talk to one new person each day

This is a tricky one, especially if you’re more introverted. However, it is a good exercise in getting shy people to talk more. It is also a good way to brush up on your conversational skills, and practice friendliness. The good thing about it is, you are the initiator, so you are in control of the conversation.


Improve your culinary skills

Learn to prepare new dishes for you and your family. Adding perhaps one new meal a week to the family favorites can be a fun new way to get them to try something new. If you have kids that want to help in the kitchen, it is a good way to enjoy spending time together while preparing the family meal. It is a great way to break away from the same routine, enjoy a good meal, and stay within the budget.


Learn a new language

Just like reading, learning a new language also packs a powerful punch to help the brain’s memory function. Learning a language involves reading and memorization.  Experts suggest that learning a new language can help inhibit the memory’s natural ability to decline and can instead cause it to improve. Besides that, being bilingual comes with the benefit of landing better jobs and negotiating for better pay.


Focus on living in the present

Mindfulness deals with focusing on your feelings and emotions in the present moment. This is a good practice in that it forces you to stay mindful of what is happening now and not dwell on the past. Many get stuck thinking about their past hurts, failures, and disappointments and are not able to move forward. Practicing living in the present can help put away those destructive habits.


These suggestions are not only resolutions, but they are skills. They are life skills that can enhance your life and make you a better individual if you choose to practice them. That makes them worth learning and doing, and resolutions worth keeping.


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