After the past 12 months, more people than ever are looking for new and interesting ways to
make 2021 count. Sometimes this can be achieving a long-term goal, other times it can be
doing something that makes you feel like you’ve just made the world you live in a better
place. No matter what it may be, most people feel as though they have wasted their time,
even if they have achieved something great. But how do you stop this feeling from
The best answer is to have the right mindset. Think about all of the little things that you’ve
done that count as an achievement for you. If you struggle in the mornings and haven’t been
late to work any day this month, that’s an achievement. If you’ve eaten healthier, saved up
more money, done more exercise, anything like that, they are all achievements.
The best way to make any period of time feel rewarding, and like it hasn’t been a total waste,
is to take note of every little achievement. You’ll notice how everything adds up to make
something better, an improvement on what you have done before. If it’s the same as the last
time, at least you haven’t gotten any worse. Even if things did not go as planned, that’s ok
too - you can see what you need to improve on.
Here are three ways you can make your year feel more rewarding, whether it be doing
something good for others or something to help you improve yourself.
#1 Go for a long weekend away
Going for a long weekend away might be the perfect reward for you to indulge in. It will not
only help you get away from it all and find a place of rest, but it will also make you feel
rewarded. You can go alone or with friends or family, whatever makes you happiest. You
can relax and feel like you’ve made this time count. Not only this, you can go and see areas
you might not have seen before either in your local region or maybe slightly further afield.
#2 Help a good cause in your local area
Volunteering or looking for ways to donate money to charities and thrift shops can be a great
way to make this month feel like it’s been a good one. Whether it be your local scout hut that
might be struggling due to the pandemic, or more international causes such as the Red
Cross, or even volunteering for the gardeners club to help make your local spaces greener,
you can do anything that will make it worth the effort, and help out someone else.
#3 Set more goals
Setting more goals will help you look into the future, not dwell on the past.
It can help you aim higher and improve yourself, as well as giving you something to look
forward to or helping to break a bad habit. Setting more goals is a great way to give you a
productive mindset, too.