Category: Achieving Goals

Successful New Year’s Resolution

The problem with most New Year’s resolutions is that they do not always happen. Sadly, most people put a lot of effort into planning but do not put the same amount of effort into the resolution itself. The start of a new year is definitely exciting! A new year feels like a new chapter of our lives and starting a new year is something we all become obsessed with as we are expecting that it would be very different from the previous year.

Here are a few ways for a successful New Year’s resolution:

1. Accepting Reality
Reality is, a new year won’t change anything unless you yourself decide to change what you can. Some people tend to romanticize the start of a new year by thinking that everything around them will magically change! Well, this is definitely incorrect. You see, we will never be able to change the situations around us no matter how hard we try. The only thing we can change is our reaction towards the things that happen around us.

2. Know what you want
Setting specific goals for the year is great way for you to be able to plan. You can never plan for something without knowing what you actually want to achieve. Although it may feel like a long shot, this is very necessary in planning out the coming year. There are many types of goals. You can plan for personal growth, financial achievement, or maybe even specifics like planning a trip or a vacation. Either way, you have to be absolutely certain that you are planning something you want to achieve with all of your heart.

3. Proper Planning
Here’s the tricky part, some people only factor into planning the things they would do without certain circumstances. What they should be doing is planning out their reaction should certain things happen that would affect their plan. For example, you are trying to save money. You should already plan an excuse should your friends want to eat at an expensive restaurant, or go to a vacation, or maybe even you yourself might have a spontaneous craving throughout the year. You should already plan your response should these things happen. The goal is to stay strong all throughout.

4. Rely on Habit not on Motivation
What most people do not understand that it is not just motivation that builds champions. Although motivation is very important, it is still not everything. People should rely on their habits rather than motivation. Let’s face it, at some point of the year, your motivation is going to run out. This is why you should focus more on building a healthy hobby rather than motivating yourself every now and then. Consistency is not a sexy word, but it is a word that gets things done.

Easy Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills

 

Time management is one of those skills that takes time to develop and varies from one person to another. But by learning how to organize your tasks and effectively use your time, you’ll definitely be able to hone the skill that will help you get more things done each day. With that in mind, we listed down some tricks on how you can enhance your time management skills, as well as increase your productivity.

  1. Learn to Delegate Your Tasks on Hand

It’s common for us to take more tasks than we can really handle, and this often results to burnout and stress. Understand that delegating tasks doesn’t mean that you’re running away from your responsibilities. In fact, it’s a crucial function of management. So learn the art of entrusting tasks to your subordinates as per their abilities and skills.

  1. Create a Schedule for Each Task

One way of improving your time management skills is listing down all the tasks that come to your mind. Create a ‘to-do’ list for the day, prioritize each task and ensure that they’re all attainable. You can also create a list for your personal and other tasks at home to make better use of your time management skills.

  1. Set a Deadline

When you have a work at hand, set up a realistic deadline and ensure that you stick with it. Set a deadline several days before the task so you can complete all the remaining work that may get in your way. Just make sure that you’ll also reward yourself when you manage to meet the deadline that you set.

  1. Avoid Multitasking

You might think that multitasking is an effective way of getting things done, but it’s actually the opposite. The truth is, you’re more likely to perform better if you just concentrate on doing one task at a time. Multitasking will only hamper your productivity and keep you from improving your time management skills.

  1. Take Breaks From Work

Whenever you find yourself working 20 minutes straight, take a break. Being too stressed out at work won’t only affect your productivity, it could also take a toll on your body. So after every 20 minutes, consider taking a stroll in the hallway, listening to your favourite music, or doing some quick stretches. If possible, take a few days off work and go on a relaxing trip.

Time management is skill that a person should possess in order to succeed in life. So starting developing your time management skills now with the help of the aforementioned tips, and say goodbye to the stressful days at work.

Feeling Lost? Here are a Few Inspirations  

 

Unfortunately, life is not just about sleeping and waking every day. Life is all about everything and sometimes it becomes immense that we cannot handle it. We either give up or continue to fight. For many Singaporeans, there is no giving up – only fighting. Ideally, we have to fight until we are contented with our life but what if we are feeling lost and empty?

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Is feeling lost and empty worth the fight? Of course, those who are successful will tell us that we give up if we feel lost and empty then reflect on the things that make us happy and start that life. For those who want a safe ground, despite the unhappiness, fighting is easier than giving up. At the end of the day, it is up to us.

When we are young, we have a determined path – we complete college and then look for the job. Finally, we have a job but what now? There will come a time that we will feel lost especially if we do not like our job. If we are torn whether to continue the stable but unhappy life or we give it up and finally do the things that we like, here are some inspirations that we can consider:

  • Ray Kroc: Not all people know about the man who built a massive food empire. McDonalds has millions of chains all over the world, including here in Singapore but we do not know the man behind its success. Believe it or not, Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds sold paper cups and milkshake mixers until he was 52 then decided to build his first store.

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  • Mary Kay Ash: Mary Kay Ash is the founder Mary Kay. She sold books until she was 45 and finally decided to create her own company that is now known to the world.
  • Andrea Bocelli: Andrea is a famous singer but before that, he was just a piano player at bars. He was 33 when he decided to amaze the world with his singing.
  • Sheldon Adelson: Sheldon is the Las Vegas Sands founder. Before that, he sold shampoos and realized that he is destined for another path when he was 30 years old.
  • Harrison Ford: The Hollywood famous Harrison Ford was a carpenter until his 30s. He realize that he is born for the limelight but it was not too late for him.

These people took an indirect path to their success. Some are very old when they discovered the things that they really want but it did not matter. We should always remember J.R.R Tolkien’s words “Not all those who wander are lost”.

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