It’s the beginning of the new year and everyone wants to make 2016 the best one yet! Here are four tips to make sure this year is more successful and happier than all the others.


1. Leave your work at the office. 

We all know how hard it is to detach from your work life. You keep telling yourself “just one more e-mail!” But is it ever really just ONE more? The best thing to do to make sure you maintain a happy personal life is to turn work off when you leave – That means turning off the notifications on your phone so you’re not looking every time it goes off. It’s fine to check your messages when you have some time to yourself, just try to refrain doing it at family dinner.


2. Create an exercise routine. 

With this tip, there really are two benefits. Not only do you stay fit and active, but you always have a way to relieve stress whether it be in your personal or professional life, along with helping to cope with depression and anxiety.


3. Make sure to work AND play. 

Working hard is necessary for success, but going full throttle can only be done for so long. A good way to maintain a consistent pace throughout the year is to schedule time for things you enjoy. Having activities that help rejuvenate you make it easier to push through when necessary. If you can’t think of something that you ACTUALLY enjoy doing, it’s time to take a break from whatever you are doing, even if it is reading this, and have some time to yourself.


4. Create goals that are do-able. (Or ones you can stretch if necessary.)

Everyone sets goals at the beginning of the new year. It’s just the thing to do, right? Well if you are going to join in on this, make sure the goals you set for yourself are ones you can actually reach. It’s easy to get caught up in everything at the beginning of the year and get in over your head. Even if you are going to set goals that might seem unreachable, at least set ones you can stretch. Maybe you had a goal to lose 10 pounds in January but it’s just not happening – It’s okay to make adjustments.


Focus on what is important to you this year. It really is easy to make this year “your year,” as long as you remember it takes time to change actions into habits.