Five Habits Worth Starting today

Instead of making the same resolution you did last year and not following through, why not try something different?

Contrary to popular belief, a new year’s resolution does not have to be a major life change. Rather, it can be something that will contribute to changing your life.

And, the more practical the resolution is, the easier it’ll be to follow through.

But, don’t just take our word for it, Loop News reached out to a few people who shared the practical habits they started at the beginning of a new year that have positively contributed to their lives.

Here’s what they had to say:

1. Save small bills daily (or as consistently as you can)

Dean, a police officer, saved almost $80,000 by saving small notes and coins for one year.

“I started with coins before transitioning to $100 notes and $50 notes,” Dean said. “Say, for instance, I went to work but didn’t buy lunch but I had the money for lunch, I would treat it like I spent it and put it into the [saving] box.

“And, whenever I go to the market in downtown Kingston, I always tend to get back some $50 and $20s, if I don’t spend dem up, when I come back home with them I put them in the jar. At times, there’s nothing really you can buy with $50, so instead of walking around with them, I just drop them into a box.

“At the end of this year, I saved $54,000 in $50 and $100 [notes] and over $23,000 in coins,” Dean said.

2. Journal your thoughts

Sanika, a teacher, was able to better reflect on the past year because she had consistently journaled her thoughts throughout the year.

“I started journaling my thoughts on January first in the notebook on my phone. It wasn’t something that I planned to start doing in the new year, it just sort of happened and I went with it.

“I journal my thoughts consistently each month. I’m not gonna lie, I did miss some days, but it became a way for me to empty my mind each night before I went to bed,” Sanika said. “Now I’m better able to reflect on the year that was because I captured most moments in words, and it’s definitely something I’m going to do again this year.”

3. Read one book per month

Shereice, a customer service representative, has broadened her knowledge by reading a book monthly.

“I started reading more because I wanted to widen my knowledge on different things and also to write better,” Shereice said.

“I committed to reading a book a month for the year, and it has definitely helped with that. The last book I read was “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.”

4. Wake up one hour early daily

Claudine, a digital marketing and systems strategist, was able to accomplish read the entire Bible, a goal she had set at the start of the year, by waking up one hour early each day.

“There never seemed to be enough hours in the day to get tasks done, and I’d always feel bad about it, which spiked my anxiety levels.

“Waking up early got me the silence I needed to start my day with God, reading my Bible and praying, without rushing into my to-do list,” said Claudine. “One of my goals was to finish reading the entire Bible in a year, and I realised I could only do that if I was consistent in the mornings especially.

“I also got to exercise more regularly, which became super important to me after being diagnosed with an incurable illness at the start of the year. So far, I’m two days away from completing the Bible in full and my symptoms have been minimised throughout the year.

“In addition to wanting more productivity and managing the illness, I quit my high-pressure job in June and became a full-time business owner so I know I was gonna need more structure and a different way of operating if I wanted to serve my clients without self-destructing,” she said.

5. Start a gratitude jar

Darynel, a digital media communication specialist, has been able to put a lot of things into perspective by using a gratitude jar, which is basically a place to record and store all the things you are thankful for.

“My experience with the gratitude jar was inspired by seeing a Jamaican public figure do it (not quite sure who it was).

“However, it really puts into perspective the small things and how they come together to create a great impact on the direction of your year’s success,” Darynel said. “I personally started when I first moved back to Canada from Jamaica, right after university and during a pandemic.

“I initially didn’t know how it would influence anything, but in the short space of a year, I was able to do small things which have allowed me to be where I’m at right now,” Darynel said. “Looking back at those notes, you give yourself some reassurance for the challenges that are definitely coming in the new year.



This article was originally published on Loop Lifestyle which is a new source for Caribbean-wide, local and global content and provides the best coverage of news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, business, community and events.

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