At the beginning of every year, it’s natural to think about your life as a bigger picture and to start evaluating your achievements. And whilst it’s always good to check in on your life goals, it can also cause some serious anxiety and leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed. So if you’ve started 2020 feeling like you need to catch up on ‘adult-ing’ here are four top tips to help you get back on track this year.
Tick off one bucket list item
We all come up with grand plans every January and most of us fail to stick to any of them. So instead of kidding yourself that you’re going to transform your life completely, give yourself a sense of accomplishment by simply achieving one thing from your bucket list. Whether it’s running a marathon, volunteering, learning a language or backpacking around Europe, choose one of our life goals and just do it.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be something huge that takes a lot of time and effort. It could be something adrenaline-fuelled like skydiving or bungee jumping which you can do in a matter of minutes. Whether it’s big or small, finally ticking off just one thing from your bucket list will give you an enormous sense of achievement.
Buy or build your own home
Owning a home is a huge goal for a lot of people. And whilst buying a property isn’t that easy for everyone, particularly in Australia, there are certain areas and property types that are more achievable than others.
Whether you’re looking for a place to live or an investment to get you on the property ladder, Perth is a particularly good area to explore. With higher rental yields, a growing population, an economic boom in the pipeline and many reputable residential property developers in Perth, it’s a fantastic area for first time buyers.
Before diving in and committing to a property, make sure you meet with a few developers and financial planners. Whilst it can be an extremely exciting time for first time buyers, it’s important to take your time and make smart choices.
Write a life plan
If you’re not in a position to buy a home yet or have big dreams to travel the world but don’t have the budget, you can still take small steps towards achieving that ultimate goal, whatever it is. A fantastic way to set yourself on track is to write down a list of the things you want to achieve in your life. It could be as simple as owning a home or it could include travel, business ventures or anything else you want to achieve.
Once you’ve created a list of ultimate goals, it’s then time to start coming up with a plan of how to achieve those goals. Separate things into short term and long term goals and break things into manageable tasks such as meeting a financial planner or setting up a savings account. Don’t get overwhelmed by the bigger picture, focus on ticking off small goals which will gradually lead you closer to your ultimate target.
Look after your health
You don’t necessarily need to completely transform your body in order to look after your health. In fact, it’s probably better for you in the long term to gradually make positive changes and create healthier habits than it is to blitz the gym for one month and then give up.
Instead of getting overwhelmed with the idea of overhauling your fitness and nutrition, focus on making small but positive changes. Whether that’s drinking more water, getting more veggies into your diet or incorporating a bit of walking in to your daily commute, focus on maintaining manageable habits and you’ll gradually see an overall improvement to your physical and mental health.
‘Adult-ing’ doesn’t have to be terrifyingly impossible. With careful planning and a bit of focus, you can start making good choices and take gradual steps towards achieving those ultimate life goals. Whatever you want to achieve, just remember to take manageable steps instead of diving in too quickly and getting overwhelmed.