About to celebrate a birthday? Hooray! Once you’ve enjoyed the day itself (and had a brilliant party), take the opportunity to map out your next 12 months. And this year, give yourself permission to shine! Plan a year of positivity – aim to recharge, reinvent and celebrate everything that’s wonderful in your life. Here’s how to get started:
Relish alone time
Between work, partners, friends and family, most of us don’t spend much time on our own doing … well, whatever we want! This year, build indulgent alone time into your weekly schedule – read a magazine, blog, bake a cake, do yoga, or take a nana nap. Relaxing on your own with no distractions is a great way to recharge. And for a few short hours, you won’t have to answer to a soul. Bliss!
Reignite lapsed friendships
In the craziness of day-to-day life, sometimes friendships fall by the wayside. Suddenly, you realise that it’s been months since you spoke to someone who was once part of your inner circle. How do you kick-start the friendship after so long? Don’t stew over whether they still want to be your friend or not. Like you, their life probably went into overdrive and contact between you simply lapsed. Call, text, email or Facebook them to get back in touch – they’ll be thrilled to hear from you!
Work smarter, not longer
These days, there are no prizes for being the last to leave the office each night. Most bosses are more interested in what you’ve achieved than how long it took you to achieve it. So learn to work smarter, not necessarily longer – this year, up your efficiency, concentrate better, manage mail as it arrives, and maintain your focus. And don’t chain yourself to the desk – why miss dinner with friends when you could deal with that work issue later on your BlackBerry? Work-life balance? Tick!
Nurture your relationship
You love your partner to bits, but are there ways you could up the love factor? All too often, we get lazy when we’re in a long-term relationship – which is silly considering our partners are the most important people in our lives. This year, resolve to devote more time to filling the love tank: more surprises, more romantic weekends away, more sleep-ins, more date nights. It doesn’t take much, but your relationship is sure to thrive with greater TLC.
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