Happy 2015! Now that your holiday is over and you’re back at work, it’s time to plan for the year ahead. Instead of creating improbable goals and resolutions (where your motivation fades by February) take a moment to set realistic objectives, this way you’ll have a happier, healthier and more successful year.

MAINTAIN A FITNESS REGIME

Just 30 minutes of exercise each day will reduce stress, fight disease, boost your energy levels, improve your mood and help you sleep better at night. Sign up for a gym contract, join a running club, or take up dance lessons – find an exercise that you enjoy doing and see the benefit of regular exercise. If you need the extra motivation, persuade a friend or family member to sign up with you.

QUIT ONE BAD HABIT A MONTH

We all have bad habits, whether it’s smoking, not exercising, watching too much TV or going to bed late. Make a list of 12 habits you want to break and dedicate one month to each. To help you overcome your bad routines, you might have to go to extreme lengths. Are you a couch potato? Hide your TV remote in a room on the opposite end of your house, or somewhere that’s an effort to reach, this way you’re forced to watch less television. It’s just 30 days – you can do it!

SMILE MORE

When you smile, the brain senses that your facial muscles are flexing and determines that you must be happy, and this in turn makes you start to feel happier. Smiling reduces stress, makes you appear more attractive, relaxed and sincere and it’s contagious.

CREATE A SCHEDULE

Be productive and make the most of your day, by getting organised. If possible, create a schedule the day before, so that you wake up knowing you have a plan for your day. When you tackle your to-do list, start with the most challenging item or the one with the highest priority. Once that’s done, the rest is easy.

GET UP EARLY

By waking up early, you give yourself more time to get things done. Whether it’s at home or the office, you’ll be more productive without interference. The key to getting up early, is making sure that you get enough sleep the night before.

DO A BRAIN DUMP

Grab a pen and paper and write down all the small tasks that are floating around your brain. You immediately feel more relaxed when this list is out of your head, and written down, as it feels more manageable. This is the first step, the second is not to procrastinate, and actually to start crossing things off your list.

GET A FOOD MAKEOVER

If your fridge or pantry is packed with nutritious food, then you’ve got rid of the temptation to snack on unhealthy items. Begin your year by clearing out junk food, and those laden in calories, and replace with fresh, wholesome food. Don’t forget to start your day with a hearty breakfast, and take a healthy lunch to work, so you avoid takeaways which are bad for your waistline and your pocket.

TAKE BREAKS

No one can stay focused continuously for 8 hours a day, so it’s vital that you force yourself to take breaks. Go for a walk, stretch, have lunch in the park, make a cup of tea – do something that takes you away from your desk. These short breaks give you time to recharge, and this makes you more productive in the long run.

LEARN TO SAY NO

Most people feel a social obligation to say yes whenever they’re asked for help, but this is often detrimental because we end up overcommitting ourselves and then everything else suffers. It’s not easy, but you have to start learning how to say no. Whether it’s family, friends or colleagues, if you are genuinely busy or simply don’t want to say yes, then politely explain that your plate is full and you can’t commit. Get your priorities right and stop feeling guilty about saying no.

MAKE PERSONAL TIME

It’s important that you schedule in time for your friends, your family, and your passions. Make time for activities that are completely unconnected to your job, as this gives you time to relax and refresh yourself.

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