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4 Popular New Year’s Resolutions and How to Keep Them

Set and maintain your goals

Who among us hasn’t made resolutions for the new year? But, how many of us have kept them? ThisNairobi is here to help you maintain your 2021 goals. Read below for the top 4 New Year’s resolutions and how to keep them. 

  1. Get in Shape

Fitness is a lifetime goal!

Running can be a great start to your fitness journey. It’s a full-body workout, can be done anywhere, and promotes maximum calorie burn. If you’ve never been a runner before, ease yourself into the practice with the UK National Health Service’s ‘Couch to 5k’ program.

The plan starts with a mix of running and walking, allowing you to gradually build up your stamina as time goes on. You’ll embark on three runs a week, with a day of rest in between. The first week is a soft start, only requiring 1 minute of running at a time.

To learn more about the ‘Couch to 5k program’ check out the official website here

  1. Read More

Reading is beneficial to the mind, body, and spirit. It helps promote vocabulary, writing, and knowledge retention. Finding the time and energy to read can be a challenge, so ThisNairobi recommends starting small. Don’t try to spend two hours with your head in a book, start with 15-30 minutes a day.

It’s also important to start reading early. Make reading part of your morning routine. 

If you implement this strategy five days a week, you’ll be able to read18-23 books by the end of the year. 

At a loss for what to read? Check out ThisNairobi’s “5 Books to Read by African Authors in 2021”. 

  1. Get Organized 

Not all ‘organized’ people are born that way. For many, organization is a practice that is developed over time. 

Start with organizing your workspace. If it’s cluttered, find ways to do away with unnecessary items. Think about what you actually need to complete your work and eliminate everything that does not. 

Next, write a to-do list. Put the day’s priorities at the top of the list and cross them off as you go along. As you become better at completing them, you can try out different forms of to-do lists like the ‘Eisenhower Decision Matrix‘.

  1. Save More Money 

Saving is the perfect way to reach your financial goals. If you went a little overboard this season, there’s still time to recover. Start by budget tracking. Mint.com is one of the best apps for setting and keeping financial goals. You can use Mint to create and track your budget. The app allows you to follow and track transactions from all of your accounts at once. 

The Mint app is available in both the Google Play and Apple Stores

Happy New Year! Best of luck in 2021!

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