A Mindful 2019

It’s that time of the year where people are thinking of a New Year’s Resolution. Are you one of them? I know I am. This is why I want to talk about making resolutions for 2019.

I like making lists, lots of them. I have about 18 New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 and (embarrassingly) managed to sustain only 3 – mainly regarding increasing my savings & investment percentage and resisting to shop. Easy.

“Act as if your future self is watching.” — Joshua Fields Millburn

The other items on the list are a bit tough though. I neglected the part where I said I should take my vitamins daily and have fresh fruit juice on Tuesdays even if I can always order it anytime and have it delivered to my doorstep. Another thing I did not fulfill is to go to the gym at least twice a week. I have been extremely lazy this year! I was not very motivated.

Make your New Year’s Resolution sustainable. As much as I want to avoid sugar and sweeteners altogether, I don’t think this is impossible in this lifetime. I like chocolate chip cookies & red velvet cake and am not going to deprive myself by saying NO, instead I allow myself a few bites.

Write your New Year’s Resolution/s down or print it on paper with big letters. Post it on your wall so you will be reminded everyday. Or maybe make it your phone wallpaper. Seeing it regularly should motivate you. Consider this “document” as a contract between you and your future self, where you will be evaluated on your KPI’s. You will have to rate yourself later.

I have been actively pursuing a minimalist lifestyle for a year now and I made a goal to embrace mindfulness in 2019. This is part of my spiritual journey. Minimalism is freedom from attachment to material things, while Mindfulness is being fully present in the moment – noticing the small things, paying attention to my thoughts & emotions, and being intentional with how I spend my time.

“Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things, so we
can make room for life’s most important things — which,
actually, aren’t things at all.” — Joshua Fields Millburn

Here is a checklist that you might want to improve in 2019:
– Self care
– Relationships
– Finances
– Career

List down the things you want to achieve and your future self will be proud of. You have 365 opportunities ahead. Best of luck!

Check out these other articles How to Set Goals for 2018 and Minimalist Uniform Dressing at Work.

Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

 

 

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