Well, 2020 took everyone by surprise, didn’t it? Just getting through it should be considered an achievement. But many people have felt like their lives have been put on hold, and the goals and hopes they had for 2020 were unachievable due to the consequences of COVID-19.
Though there are few positives to take from a tumultuous last month, you may find that it has forced you to re-evaluate areas of your life and really focus on what is important to you and what you want to achieve going forward.
Here are a few things that you may be looking to change in 2021.
Making your health a priority
People spent a lot more time indoors working and unable to carry out their usual day to day activities. Some used this time to exercise and learn new skills, others found the disruption to their routine a toll on their health and fitness.
Make 2021 the year you put yourself first. This could include finally getting on top of your diet and exercise routine, investing in a new look, or getting a more substantial makeover. There are many procedures, both surgery and noninvasive that are becoming more popular. For those who have lost a lot of weight, excess skin removal can be done very discreetly, with no more scars after arm surgery or similar procedures.
Re-evaluate your career
If you still love what you do, and find it fulfilling, then you are indeed very lucky. Many people have realized that they aren’t happy in their jobs, that life is too short to be stuck in something that doesn’t make you happy. Of course, many have had these decisions forced upon them through job losses and reductions in income. Women and younger workers were disproportionately affected by job cuts.
Take some time to work out what you would like to do. Do you want to work towards promotion in your current organization, retrain for another career entirely, or set up your own business?
Changing careers isn’t a quick process, especially if there is retraining required, but you can start putting your plan in motion in 2021.
Smarten-up your finances
Many people’s incomes were impacted severely in 2020. For those living paycheck to paycheck, it was an impossible situation. Use 2021 to get your spending habits under control and finances in shape. Then, in the future, if there is another unexpected situation that impacts you financially, you’ll be in a better position to weather the storm.
Spend your time wisely
You’ve probably spent a lot of time away from family and friends in the last twelve months, which has been hard on many people. Now that a more normal way of life is on the horizon, how we spend our time, and with whom, is important. Remember all those hours you spent working late or just lazing about watching Netflix? It seems like a waste now doesn’t’ it.
To one extent or another, we’ve all been affected by the events of last year. Using them to spur us on to greater things in our personal and professional lives is a fitting way to make 2021 better.
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