At Hey Gents, we’re big advocates for self-improvement. We love finding new ways to make our lives better. Whether it’s learning a new skill, trying out a fresh workout routine, or setting bigger goals, we always attempt to make each year better than the last. In our perennial journey of personal development, we’ve found a few tips, tricks, and methods that work for us. Check them out below to see how you can make the most of 2017 too.
Planning out your time is one of the best ways to ensure you make the most of your year. Whether you use the calendar on your smartphone or a physical diary, being able to see your day, week, or month ahead makes a big difference. It allows you to allocate time towards activities and events that you otherwise may have missed.
One aspect of our lives that this has helped immensely with is exercise. Everyone has said at least once in their lives, “I just don’t have time to go to the gym”. We used to say it too. But chances are, like us, you actually do have time. At the beginning of each week, we open our diaries and map out exactly when we’re going to go to the gym and how long for. Planning out these blocks of time in advance keeps us committed and ensures we can’t just talk ourselves out of it.
Workouts aside, setting goals in general and planning how you’ll achieve them is crucial. Setting a big goal for yourself this year is all well and good, but if you have no idea how to attain it then there’s not much point. It’s a good idea to plan out the smaller, more manageable steps you need to undertake in order to work towards a big goal. This allows you to keep actively working towards it and means you can celebrate small achievements along the way too.
Just because you graduated years ago doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stop studying. Learning new skills is the perfect way to keep your brain sharp, plus, studying the right course could mean some stellar career progression too. There are a wealth of resources out there to be taken advantage of, like online post-grad courses offered by universities such as Monash online. Offering heaps of flexibility, these courses can be completed while you’re still working full-time. So, you can keep building your career while also learning new skills that’ll help you accelerate it even further.
There’s something to be said about learning in your mid-20s or 30s as opposed to when you were 18. If you’re already employed, expanding your knowledge in your field could mean a better job or salary, which is, of course, terrific motivation to study. You generally tend to be more focused on your task too, allowing you to absorb information much better.
Whether you want to upskill to accelerate your career or simply just want to learn something new for the fun of it, studying is an excellent way to make the most of your 2017.
The sad truth that we all have to face is that sometimes, the things we really want cost a lot of money. That doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have them, though. You can make the most of your year by saving up your cash for a while and rewarding yourself with a big purchase.
This one also comes down to setting goals. If your goal is to be able to book a holiday at the end of the year, work towards it by setting aside some money every week. When the thought of lounging at a tropical resort overseas is at the front of your mind, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to forego another expensive night out!
So if like us, you’re thinking big for 2017, these are a few good ways to get started. Make the most out of your year by setting goals and learning new skills.
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