• It's almost the end of 2019, and the end of the year always brings about thoughts of how we can make changes in the next one.
  • But New Year's resolutions don't always have to be about pain and gain.
  • If getting up at the crack of dawn or starting a new restrictive diet isn't for you, there are still some great ways to make improvements to your life in 2020.
  • Take a look at this list of five unusual resolutions if you want to try something new and challenge yourself come January.
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1. Set up your side hustle

Some people like to set resolutions that will get them stepping out of their comfort zones. One way to try this is by setting up the company you always dreamed of founding.

But for many, having the idea and motivation is the easy part. The difficulties come with working out how to manage finances and taxes.

One way to curb the intimidation is by trying Bokio, which is a free accounting tool. You might find it helps you with invoices, expenses, and VAT returns as it acts like a digital assistant.


2. Learn something you never did as a child

As we get older we sometimes feel like we missed out on learning something when we were younger, either because of a lack of opportunity, disinterest, or good old-fashioned laziness.

Some people never learned to ride a bike, play chess, or master a second language. Quizlet, a learning platform, has over 300 million user-generated study sets on almost every topic or subject you could imagine, from graphic design, to yoga, to nutrition. So why not give it a go?

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3. Write your ultimate travel challenge list

If you're already a frequent traveller, you could write up a list of the craziest exploration challenges you can think of. Maybe you want to visit 30 countries before you turn 30, or you want to tick off every capital city in Europe. A Holiday Pirates study of 3,000 British people found that 44% wanted to book eco-friendly accommodation in 2020, so why not make next year 12 months of only staying in sustainable hotels and Airbnbs?


4. Be the team spirit in your office

January is a pretty depressing month. But you can try and help everyone in your workplace out by engaging more with your colleagues. You might just find it increases motivation.

You could also try out some new tools to brighten up meetings. Mentimeter, for instance, gets staff to participate in quizzes and polls as an interactive way to have discussions. It's a little more fun than just having people sit around in a meeting room, and it could help those who have trouble speaking in front of others too.

Airbnb Eco Bungalows.
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5. Start making sense of your emotional triggers

Most of us take our moods for granted - they are what they are. But one of the first steps to understanding ourselves and increasing confidence and positivity is making sense of what our emotional triggers are.

You might realise you're an introvert, so need to take time out of social and work commitments to recharge. Or you might learn you need to be kinder to yourself to boost your self-esteem. Dig deep and learn about the things that make you happy or sad, and you might just find it helps you focus on what's important. Remente, a mental health platform, is one app you can use to help steer you from negativity and towards positivity.

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