• Melissa Kartini

How to Be a Better Person in a Year

Updated: Aug 6, 2018

There you have it. The New Year is here, and along with it, the promise of new beginnings, lessons and experiences. All of which are no less valuable than the other, especially towards your growth as a person.

But rather than sitting around and waiting for these changes to happen, why not take the initiative to make them happen? There is no better time to improve yourself than now, when you have fellow resolution-makers to keep you company.

So what are the things you can do to become a better person in a year? Let me count the ways:

Start exercising and eating right

When it comes to investing in yourself, there is nothing more important than your health. Not even your job should take precedence over it. After all, you have to live with yourself once it’s time to clock out of work- so take the time to go out for a morning walk or run before work starts. Your body and self-confidence will thank you for it.

As for eating, if you don’t start eating right, you may have food to eat now, but eventually, medicine will be your food. If that’s not a reality you want for yourself, it’s time to make a change.

Start giving

Be kind and considerate. Devote some time to charity work, donate money, help someone out at the office. Realise there are those outside of your immediate circle who are in need.

But most important of all, don’t expect anything back. Give because you care, but do learn the difference between being kind and being a push-over.

Be productive

Dedicate at least an hour a day to being productive. This can be anything. Maybe your dream is to become skilled at photography, maybe it’s to learn programming, maybe it’s to learn a new language. Point of the matter is, dedicate yourself to your dream. If there is one trait that successful people share, it is productivity.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that we stop learning once college ends. Stay sharp and invest in yourself.

Be more disciplined

This isn’t easy, but once you get the ball rolling, it’ll get easier, and you’ll reap the benefits.

The number one thing to remember when you have something to do that you don’t want to is to just do it. It might be painful, it might be totally joyless, but once you learn to do what you need to in a timely manner, you’ll soon be an efficient worker.

Spend more time with family and friends

Here is a fact that is true for everyone: our time on Earth is limited. No matter how busy you are, or how devoted you are to your career, you should always make time for family and friends. This doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking moment with them, but staying in touch really goes a long way.

Don’t be that person who regrets not spending more time with their loved ones.

Meet new people

Networking is an art that shouldn’t be underestimated, but do bear in mind to network wisely. Surround yourself with positive, high-achieving people. Being around such bright individuals will in turn motivate you to improve yourself, both in terms of personality and your value as an employee.

Meeting new people is also a great way of broadening your mind; you’ll be exposed to different views, backgrounds and opinions. Learning to see the world with a different perspective is an enriching experience on its own.

Be grateful

Complaining is a huge waste of energy. While everyone is allowed to be negative every once in a while, it is a drain on your resources if it’s a constant.

Again, this might be easier said than done, but once you learn to be positive and appreciate the things you do have, you’ll be happier as a person. And that, is more attractive than someone who spews negativity all day long.

Feeling daunted? Fret not, because we’re right here with you. Just take things a day at a time, and you’ll soon be able to look back on 2018 with pride.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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