Make 2014 a better year

Five ways to make 2014 a better year

By: Malik Omair
Make 2014 a better year

Make 2014 a better year

2013 ended on a high note for me. Two of my elder brothers got married in mid-December. It was great to have some vacations and enjoy the events. It was a good family time, however, the thing that made me happier was the fact that I am now the senior-most in line for wedding 😉 . Cheers!!!

Just like the end of 2013, the start of 2014 could not have been better. One of my BESTEST friends, yes I said BESTEST, got married at the start of 2014. Talha Azim Butt, yes I am talking about you. He is one of the co-founders of accountancy insider.

Here you go, take a look at the grooms.

Talha Azim Butt

Talha Azim Butt

Arshad Malik

Arshad Malik

Asad Malik

Asad Malik

 

Now, before I get carried away and get lost in those wonderful moments again, let us talk about the ways to make our year better than the last year.

1 – Sort out last year’s road-blocks

Sort out last year's hurdles

Sort out last year’s hurdles

Take a day or two, sit back, relax and try to sort out why you could not accomplish your 2013 goals. In case you are one of the few individuals who hit his targets, sort out the circumstances that threatened the accomplishment of those targets.

Knowing them will allow you to work your way around those hurdles. I must say that at the back of your mind you know what those hurdles or circumstances were.

At the start of 2013, I resolved to post regularly on my tennis blog. However, after a few weeks I could not keep up my resolve. My aim for perfection resulted in exhaustion and eventually I got too lazy to post. The right approach would have been to continue writing without aiming for immediate perfection, rather than stopping to post at all.

2 – Break your goal into smaller goals

Breaking ultimate goal into small goals

Breaking ultimate goal into small goals

Try breaking your ultimate goal into smaller mile-stones. Make sure you treat yourself when you reach one of those mile-stones. Where smaller goals give you immediate results, they also help you to keep a track of your progress. This keeps you motivated to work towards the ultimate goal.

You set your goal to lose weight. You can start by setting short term goals like going to gym for one week. At the end of the week treat yourself by watching a movie or reading a book (doing what you enjoy the most)

It is very important to remember that the treat should be appropriate. Going out and eating a pizza with cheese topping at the end of the week will ruin the week’s handwork for the person who wants to lose weight.

3- Keep your sight at the end result

Sight at end result

Sight at end result

DO NOT let the negative thoughts haunt you. I know it is easier said than done, but believe me, when you have your sight at the end result it becomes very easy to navigate through the rough patches.

A few years back I had to appear in exams and I decided to take 6 papers. Everyone around me tried talking me out of it, saying 6 papers was too much. I remember there were times when I wanted to give up. However, it was during those moments that the very thought of happiness of the end result kept me going. I ended up passing 5 of the papers I took.

4- Take short breaks

You will be amazed at what short breaks can do to your output and creativity. Being workaholic will lead you no-where in the long run. OK! I am not being fair here, it will get a lot of work done, but honestly it will tire your brain and you will end up taking hours for even minor tasks.

Breaks not only refresh your mind, they also energise you. Being a Chartered Accountant Finalist student, I can safely say that breaks do magic. Any Chartered Accountant trainee student will agree with me.

5- Go for a work out or a game

What is it that you enjoy? Going to gym, playing badminton, tennis, cricket, football? You must ensure that you have time to enjoy that activity. You will feel the difference in a few days.

The activity will not only keep you physically fit, it will also take out all your anger and frustration. This will clear your head and give you positive energy to work towards your goal for the rest of the day. Research shows that 45 minutes of walk three times a week sharpens your mind.

I hope this will help you. Here is to the hoping that we can all implement these and make our year a better year. Got any tips to add to the above ones, feel free to add in the comment section.

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