Many people fail to achieve their New Year’s resolutions because they’re not only unattainable, but also not focused on the wisher’s inherent interests. Fitness and exercise, diet and nutrition and working harder for a promotion. These are some of the more popular annual resolutions, and it’s no wonder people give up or fail to achieve them, as these goals mean putting in a considerable amount of effort to achieve desired results.
Perhaps you love traveling. With that in mind, what if you focused on planning your 2020 resolutions now on planning one or more great vacations throughout the year. This way, all the travel prep and tasks will be out of sight, out of mind come January.
Here’s a look at how choosing the right New Year’s resolutions can help you get more fun out of 2020.
1. Start Saving Money
When you start saving money for a planned vacation (or really anything you’re after), you can set realistic monthly savings goals to follow for 2020. Of course, if you’re not keeping tabs on your expenses and putting money aside for a rainy-day fund, now’s the perfect time to start and master it.
To start, track the amount of money you bring home at the end of each month and how much you typically spend. When you’re more aware of what and how much you spend, you can better determine where you should cut back on spending and come up with new ideas on how to save.
2. Figure Out the Next Best Move in Your Career
To set a career-oriented New Year’s resolution for 2020, you’ll want to determine how to go about vying for a new job and/or career. Take a moment to imagine where you see yourself in one, five or 10 years and what type of career and job environment you envision for yourself in the next stage of your life.
Who knows? It may be a promotion into management, or a lateral move to a different internal department or to another company altogether. When you know where you want to be in the future and how to go about getting there, you can make better and more informed decisions about advancing in your career.
3. Start Planning Your 2020 Vacations Now
Besides your financial and career goals, you should also focus on an often-neglected area when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, which is your relationships. Family vacations and group travel with friends are a great way to spend quality time and focus on building stronger bonds. Besides, when you start planning these vacations now, it can help you avoid headaches and save a considerable amount of money.
Indeed, you can save a fair amount of money by looking into vacation packages and searching for deals to popular destinations. Start by choosing a vacation and decide who will be joining you. Then, find the best rates that work for you.
If you get your vacation plans set and purchases made before the start of the new calendar year, you can set your 2020 New Year’s resolutions regarding your personal finances without having to take budgeting into account. Plus, planning in advance can get you better deals, for example, on package vacations such as 2019 Alaska cruises.
Get a Head Start on Those 2020 Resolutions
Whatever you decide for your New Year’s resolutions, make sure they’re a well-balanced ensemble. After all, you’ll want to look ahead to a new year to not only strive for something better in life, work and/or love, but also to enjoy what you have — the most precious of which is your time and the people in your life.