A new year brings promises of a fresh start and a clean slate. Often, we find ourselves resolving to do things better or differently than the year prior. Sadly, most resolutions fall by the wayside after a few weeks and we revert to our old habits.
Instead of focusing on weight loss or bad habits you want to eliminate, try to focus on what you can “gain” in the New Year. Set a few specific goals that you want to achieve and focus on the positive, rather than the negative. What are some things you have been wanting more of in your life? It could be finding more time for yourself, spending more time with your friends and family, traveling more, becoming more organized and decreasing clutter, or simply taking better care of yourself.
Working towards small, achievable goals can help you get more of the things you want in your life. As you reach your milestones, be sure enjoy what you have accomplished.
We’ve picked some common goals with suggestions on how to reach them in 2017.
It’s tempting to want to see more of the world beyond your neighborhood. Traveling can be stressful – and expensive – but with a little effort you can visit somewhere new.
- Look at your bucket list and do some research on which destination would be feasible for you to visit this year.
- With some planning, saving, and research you can make travel a reachable goal for yourself.
- Buy airline tickets early to get the best deals on airfare.
- Make your credit card points work for you. Cash in those points for hotels or airfare.
- We recommend taking along your well stocked Toiletry Bag with Sonic Toothbrush to make your travels as comfortable as possible. This roomy toiletry bag also comes with 3 TSA approved travel sized bottles for body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. It’s water resistant and has an additional zippered compartment to hold accessories.
Get in better shape
Getting in shape and losing weight are popular goals for a reason. Decide how you will measure success. Is it losing 10 pounds, increasing muscle, or fitting into a pair of snug jeans?
- If you have a lot of weight to lose, break it down into smaller increments, so it doesn’t seem impossible. E. 6 pounds in January, 4 pounds in February instead of 10 pounds all at once.
- Remember that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% activity level. Don’t forget to complement a healthy diet with regular exercise.
- Start workouts slowly and build time and intensity as it becomes easier.
- Focus on portion control, savoring each bite, and eating healthier meals. Our new Digital Glass Bathroom Scale can help you monitor your fitness progress. It’s simple to use and sports a stylish, sleek design. The precision sensors accurately weigh up to 400 lbs and the extra-large, backlit LCD display is easy to view.
Make more “me time”
While you can’t actually add more minutes into a day, you can make yourself a priority on your to-do list. Even as little as 15 minutes of “me time” can let you unwind and recharge your batteries.
- Find hidden time. Do you waste time checking emails too often or looking at social media?
- Say no more often, especially to things you don’t enjoy or just prefer not to do.
- Commit to at least 15 minutes of time for yourself each day.
- Decide how to spend your time beforehand. Completing other tasks doesn’t count.
- Create little rituals in your day to make it feel more calming. An indulgent bath, a mini facial, or getting up earlier to read can be fun ways to sneak in a little “me time”. Our Deluxe Bamboo Bath Caddy makes a bath more indulgent. The caddy holds all of your favorite bath time essentials, includes a beverage holder, and it has an adjustable bar to secure reading materials.
Become more organized
Getting your home decluttered and organized creates a feeling of calmness. It’s also a timesaver as you will no longer be running around searching for your favorite shirt, phone, or keys. Having a place for everything will reduce stress and increase productivity.
- Break your task down into chunks. Tackle one room or one corner of a room at a time.
- Eliminate what you don’t need or want. If it’s broken or a duplicate, get rid of it or donate it to a charity.
- Sort by category rather than tossing everything into one big pile.
- Organize your categories and think about where to store them. Do you need additional shelf space? Our Bamboo Freestanding Organizing Shelves give you extra storage space without taking up a lot of real estate. When you just need a place to hang a few items, our Bamboo Stainless Over the Door Hooks come in handy.
- Be consistent. Put your items in the same place every day, wash your dishes after you eat, and shred junk mail after opening it.
Improve oral care habits
Do you feel self-conscious about your smile or want to have a cavity-free year? Teeth yellow as we age, while certain foods and habits can also make them dull. Practicing consistent oral care habits will leave you with healthier teeth and gums along with a whiter smile. A glistening smile will not only give you a confidence boost, but help you look younger.
- Brush or rinse after eating or drinking foods that stain your teeth. Berries, wine, coffee, tea, soda, dark juices, and dark gravies can all discolor your teeth.
- Change your toothbrush or brush head regularly. Do you find it hard to remember to replace your brush? Our 13 Clean Manual Toothbrush comes with 13 heads, one for each month and a starter. Since the month is printed right on the brush head you’ll have no problem remembering to change it.
- Floss twice a day. Not a fan of string floss? Our Poseidon Inductive Rechargeable Oral Irrigator uses a pulsed stream of water to clean in between teeth and below the gum line. It’s less abrasive that traditional string floss and can reach places brushing simply cannot.
- Eat foods that help clean your teeth, such as apples, raw carrots, and celery.
- Brush right before bed and when you wake up in the morning. Saliva, which prevents cavities, dries up at night so it’s best to clean teeth before sleeping. Our Professional Sonic Toothbrush cleans teeth with 31,000 sonic strokes per minute and it has 3 brushing modes – clean, soft, and massage. Store your toothbrush on the inductive charging stand and it will always be ready to use.
Decrease stress levels
Is stress starting to get the best of you? You’re not alone. 70% of adults report having symptoms of stress. It’s possible to ease stress with some easy habits.
- This can be a guided meditation or something you do while walking around.
- Listen to music on your Stormp3. Playing calm music has a positive effect on the brain and body, can lower blood pressure, and reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
- Move around. Even if it’s only a short walk, you’ll release endorphins and feel better quickly.
- Use aroma therapy. Essential oils, such as lavender, rose, vetiver, or chamomile can help soothe stress. Our Bamboo and Glass Essential Oil Diffuser uses ultrasonic vibrations to turn water and essentials into a fine mist. LED lights turn the water soothing red and blue tones.
Adults should be getting between 7 – 9 hours of sleep per night. As you get busy, however, sleep is usually one of the first things sacrificed to make extra time. It’s possible to train yourself to get a full night’s rest.
- Keep a regular bedtime. Go to sleep and wake at the same time each day, including the weekends.
- Keep your room quiet and dark. Room darkening shades and a white noise machine or fan set on low can help create an atmosphere conducive to sleep.
- Power off your electronics an hour before bedtime. The blue light that they emanate can interfere with melatonin production and keep you awake.
- Take a 15 – 20 minute power nap to feel refreshed. As long as you sleep at least 4 hours prior to bedtime it shouldn’t interfere with a good night’s rest.
- Read our 21 Sleep Hacks to Help You Get More Rest to learn more good sleep habits.
The first step to saving money is to get organized and understand the basics of budgeting. Make a list of all debts, including minimum monthly payments and due dates. Create a bill payment calendar to remind you which payments are due when. With a little effort you can save money without feeling deprived.
- Cancel any subscriptions and memberships that you don’t use.
- Eat out less and cook more, including bringing your own lunch to work.
- Try doing some DIY beauty basics. Give yourself manicures and pedicures at home. Trim your hair and facial hair at home in between barber visits. We have a variety of hair trimmers and nail care tools to keep you looking great for less money.
- Make your own coffee. The average American spends $1,095 on coffee purchases per year!
- Make your own body scrubs, shaving cream, face scrubs, and toothpaste. These items can add up, but cost just pennies to make at home.
Learn a new skill
Learning a new skill does more than help pass time – it keeps your mind sharp. Start by determining your preferred leaning style and proceed from there. Do you learn best by watching, listening, or a hands-on approach?
- Set an end goal on what skill level you wish to attain. Do you want to learn cooking basics so you can cook easy meals or do you want to become a gourmet cook? Do you want to be fluent in a new language or just be able to communicate while traveling?
- Get the right support to learn your new skill. You can try an app such as Give it 100 or find a teacher who can help you out.
- Break it down into manageable chunks.
- Think of the reasons why you might give up and come up with solutions. Being prepared will help when your motivation dips.
- Believe in yourself. Envisioning your success can help you achieve your goal.
With some planning and a bit of faith in yourself you can reach your goals in the upcoming year. Remember to be patient. New behaviors can take months to become habit.