5 Life Hacks On How To Make 2016 Your Year

Happy New Year! Time goes on and most of us will be back at the desk during the first and second week of January, which is a great thing. I'am pumped for 2016 and can't wait to see what is going to happen in the world of Marketing and Social Media. 

Looking back I realised I've been publishing on LinkedIn for around 7 months now and I'am amazed and proud that many people interacted with my posts. I aim to improve my writing style and continuity over the next months and are looking for more feedback, even on topics that you would like to see or discuss in the future. Let me know in the comments below or write me a message. Many thanks in advance!

Now let's get down to business:

1) Set Goals - Short And Long Term

In December I wrote about my opinion on new year's resolutions and I stand by it. That also means, that to trigger action, you need motivation and a goal. Your set goals shouldn't be all about "this year I will be..." or "in the next 12 months....". It's important to have smart successes on the way, so think about goals within closer range "by the end of January I want to have done...", "in my first week of work in 2016 I want to accomplish...". Setting short term goals will keep you motivated and give you a chance of early milestones that will help setting you on the right track for 2016. So for me it would be something like "publish at least 4 stories in January 2016 on LinkedIn" - "upload at least two new Youtube-Videos". "Create more micro content and get more comfortable using Vine during the next 3 months" - "get 150 followers on my private INstagram account by February". These are all small and smart goals to keep me pumped especially early on in this year. The goals might be work or hobby related, it doesn't matter, as long as you are doing those things.

2) Re-Decorate Your Living Room / Office

It sounds strange but getting a new perspective on familiar elements of your life might enhance your ability to be creative and help you to set the wheels into motion. When you decide to reinvent yourself or just simply need a new look, try it by changing your known environment into something new and fresh. Over New Year's I completely changed the way my living room looked and not only did I find so many things that I forgotten about that were lost in some cupboard but I gave me a fresh feeling of ownership of my own space. I'm planning on doing it in my office as well. Changing the environment will help you to see things differently and get new brain processes going at least for the time that your mind haven'tz gotten used to it - which works suprisingly fast. Nontheless it's a great way to get started on a new chapter.

3) Buy One (Or Multiple Books) You Didn't Pick Up In 2015

I can't stress enough that I fell in love with books dramatically after finishing school - but books are a valuable source to enrich your life. I always encourage people to read a diverse canon of books, from business to novels and possibly comics if you are into that. Mixture will make the difference. So what I did the last days was  to pick up a fair amount of books I wanted to read in 2015 but didn't. Now I'm taking the time to read those books that survived on my wishlist between 2 - 12 months in the past. It will help you to get closure on the past year and make you free for some new books in 2016. 

If you are wondering what's on my reading list for January 2016, here a three examples:

  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

4) Pick Up A New Skill

Life is about learning - so you are doing yourself a favor by constantly learning new skills. Last year I started trying out photography which accidentally did not only improved my private life but helped bring something new to my job skills as well. I intend to keep this habit and that is for example why I set the goal on Instagram, to help me get there. If you are interested visit my private profile for some inspiration: https://www.instagram.com/sebarsch/ 

I also started to think about new languages to learn and started to get involved with Japanese. But since this will take some more time, I'll keep it on for 2016 but try to look into French - which might also benefit my private AND professional life. So think about skills you always wanted to learn and take a course, buy a book (see point 3) or get involved with e-Learning sites such as Udemy or Lynda. I also found some interesting podcasts. Look for the medium of your choice and get involved, it might just change your life.

5) Make Exercise And Healthy Food A Major Priority

This might sound cliché but seriously consider getting in better shape and consume healthier food, if you are not already in that department. For more than 3 years now I'm sticking to a vegetarian life style, because I began to feel too full and bad every time I ate meat. Although I allow myself some fish (so strictly speaking I'm a pescetarian) because I love Sushi. I also do regularly Yoga (2-3 times a week) and go for a jog when the temperature is decent enough. Putting some of those into a routine might help you sustain your life and health, which is a major up for most people having a family I would think. If you are having trouble, try to set smaller goals (point 1) or try out something like a meal schedule to help you get going. 

To Conclude

These are the 5 major points I'd recommend for everyone who would like to try something new in 2016 and is looking to make a difference in his or her life. Of course there are so many things you can do, if you'd like to share yours, feel free to leave a comment below! 

As always these are mostly generic tipps with some personal experience thrown in there. If you'd like to get more into a single topic, let me know. 

Thanks for reading!

Sebastian