17 tips for starting the New Year off on the right foot

1. If you’re going to make resolutions, don’t get carried away

Trying to do too much will pull away your focus from what really matters.


2. Think about your short, medium and long-term goals

Even better than making resolutions is setting concrete goals for yourself. Flesh out an action plan to follow throughout the year to get you closer to these goals.


3. Acknowledge all of your accomplishments from last year

Take some time to marinate in your “wins” from last year. Think about your successes and the hard work that went into making those accomplishments happen. It’s always a good idea to take stock of what you’ve done to stay positive and motivated.


4. Celebrate these accomplishments

Once you’ve made either a mental or physical list of what you’ve gotten done this year, it’s time to celebrate. That may be with a party or a day at the spa or treating yourself to a movie… whatever it is, dedicate some time to feeling good about what you’ve done.


5. Use your holiday to enjoy yourself

As you get revved up for the New Year, don’t forget to relax. It’s important to use your holiday vacation to recharge before another crazy year begins.


6. Reconnect with people in your network

The holidays are a great excuse to reach out to professional and personal contacts, give them an idea of what you’re up to and see how everything is going for them.


7. Love

Take stock of the people you have in your life and spend some extra energy to make them feel how much you appreciate them.


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8. Consider an internship abroad

If you’re looking for real-world, professional experience and the opportunity to travel to a foreign country, an internship abroad is the ideal blend of resume-building experience and adventure.


9. Make some “me time”

Set aside a time for self-worship. The only criteria is that you’re treating yourself and you’re doing it alone so you can focus on yourself.


10. Spend some time on gratitudes

On a walk or while you have some time to yourself, take an hour or two to really think about all of the different things you’re thankful for in your life. It can be anything at all that you appreciate.


11. Daydream about your future

Apart from your goals, aspirations and resolutions, take some time to dream. Let yourself fantasize about your life, your career, your travels… It’s important to have the time to dream big. You never know what ideas, passions and new goals may awaken.


12. Remember 2016

Cherish the best moments of last year. Look through the pictures you’ve taken, make a list of your favorite moments, call up your friends to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly. Whatever it is, make sure you take in the last year before all of your energy goes into 2017.


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13. Think about what you learned last year

Spend some time looking back and considering what you achieved and didn’t achieve and why. Think about how you’ll incorporate that knowledge and insight into the year ahead of you.


14. Focus on behavior, not results

As you gear up for your New Year, you probably have an idea of what you want to achieve by the end of 2017. As you pursue your goals, it’s important to maintain focus on behaviors, what you’re doing, not the results you’re getting. The results will come if you stay focused and stay patient.


15. Start planning a trip somewhere

Travel adds new facets to your life. New places, new languages, new ways of life… Traveling can open up a new world and help us remember what’s really important.


16. Get some new grooves into your life

Update your playlists to incorporate some new jams. It will bring you new energy for a new year.


17. Smile

It’s free. It makes you feel better. It makes other people feel better.



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Sources: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-unsuccessful-people-do-in-the-new-year-2016-12, http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/14-tips-for-resolutions-that-stick-in-the-new-year.html, https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/20-tips-for-a-positive-new-year/


1. based on New Year’s Eve, by vincentq, CC-by-SA 2.0

2. based on Wonder, by Frinthy, CC-by-ND 2.0

3. by iStock/Getty


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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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