(November 23rd to December 21st)
1. Write down a list of things you want to accomplish at the beginning of every month. Then track it throughout the month and review it at the end of each month. Make these measurable, tangible goals.
2. Hold yourself accountable to your 2018 goals, resolutions, and ambitions by talking to your friends about them, getting advice from people you trust, and rewarding yourself in small and healthy ways when you achieve something that’s important to you.
3. Be more organized. You don’t have to turn your life upside down, but start creating little habits that help you feel like you have more control over the little details in your life – productivity apps, to-do lists, semi-annual purges of your belongings, etc.
(December 22nd to January 20th)
1. Find more ways to relax outside of work – and none of these relaxation techniques can be related to work in any way (meaning, no seminars or work-related books or anything that keeps your mind on work). Do something that takes your mind completely outside of your career and puts it into a totally different category for a chunk of time.
2. Stop answering non-urgent work emails after 7 pm every single night.
3. Let volunteering become part of your life in some way. Help out at a non-profit once a month or run races that benefit important causes or find some other way to give back regularly in your day-to-day life.
(January 21st to February 18th)
1. Learn how to lean more willingly on your loved ones – call your sister when you’re having a hard month, ask your mom for advice, text your friend when you’ve had a bad day and ask if they can come over or meet up with you at a bar. Start leaning on the people who actually want to help you.
2. Look up. Make eye contact with people. Watch the world around you. How often? All the time. Let this become a regular part of your life and a regular thing that you do.
3. Make more time in your life for a humanitarian cause that you’ve always cared about and wanted to get more involved in. If not now, when will you ever do it?
(February 19th to March 20th)
1. Do more things for yourself and don’t tell people about it – save up for a luxury item you really want, take a class, join a gym, make space in your daily routine for the creative medium that you care about. Do it for you.
2. Learn how to actually enjoy being alone. Even though you really prefer not to be by yourself, find things that make you love it – through books, television series you bingewatch only when you’re alone, creative hobbies, whatever. Just figure out a way to love your own company.
3. Start speaking up for yourself. Start going after what you want and what you deserve. Start telling people when they’ve hurt you.