How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

How to make 2017 your best year yet

Did you set a ton of resolutions at the beginning of 2016, only to find another year flew by without achieving all of your goals?

It happens to all of us. Our resolutions slip through the cracks and we give up when we lose motivation.

And you know what? It’s okay. We can be so hard on ourselves sometimes that the moment we mess up, we give up entirely.

Stand with me and promise to make 2017 your best year ever. Here is how I am planning to make the new year count.

Have financial goals

If you haven’t already made financial goals this year, now is the time to start.

There is so much you can do to improve your finances this year. You can start a budget, pay off debt, and start saving for an emergency. Decide what your goals are and go for it!

Find a way to progress at work

Ever wonder how some people work the same job for years and years and never move up?

Those people never pushed themselves at a young age. They never did more than what was asked, and they never took advantage of the opportunity in front of them.

We all know those people! I know I do not want to be one of them!

Being stagnant at work is a dangerous place to be. You lose motivation to get anything done and you lose passion for the job. And your boss probably will notice.

Find a way to keep your career moving forward, whether it means asking for more responsibility at your current job, going for a promotion, taking advantage of educational and training opportunities, or looking for a new job.

The people at work who you admire are constantly learning and keeping their skills fresh. They refuse to become stagnant and content. Keep pushing yourself. Find opportunity, even if it doesn’t look like there is any.

Start making money on the side

Making money on the side is an excellent way to help you achieve both your financial goals and your professional goals.

Think about what you would do with an extra $500 a month. You could pay off an extra $6,000 in debt in 2017 with that! You could build a $6,000 savings account, or travel the world….twice.

And making extra money every month is not difficult. You could get a second job, start a blog, build a freelance writing career from home, dog sit, nanny, or shovel snow. The possibilities are endless!

Another bonus of working on the side is that it keeps you motivated to do more. Think about what you currently spend your time outside of work doing. Are you fulfilled with that?

For me, freelance writing and blogging on the side has taught me so much about running my own business and how to build a website. These are skills that look good in my professional life, too!

Make time for your hobbies

Working a full-time job and a side hustle can be stressful. No matter where you are in life, it’s important to make time for your hobbies and spend time doing what you truly enjoy!

No matter what your hobby is, it’s important to invest time in it. If it makes you feel at peace, it is worth it. By spending time on your hobbies, you’ll be able to focus more on your professional and business life.

Workout

Working out. Ugh. It isn’t always fun but it is so worth it!

If you’re like me, you might find yourself sitting all day long. When I don’t workout, I feel so terrible and weak. My energy is at a low point and I feel terrible.

No matter how busy you are, make time for working out and eating healthy. It pays off. You’ll have more energy throughout the day as well as have a better attention span.

And those are just the immediate benefits of working out! You are setting yourself up for a long, healthy, and successful life when you workout.

Wake up earlier

You start your year with big goals. But you often find that you don’t have time to do them all. Especially those personal goals.

Waking up is exactly how to accomplish all your goals. Think about all the early risers you know. Would you consider them mostly to be very productive people?

I personally started waking up earlier last year. Some days, I get up 2 hours than earlier and some mornings, it is only 15 minutes earlier. But, no matter what, I am able to accomplish way more in the morning than I  could accomplish at night.

Get involved in the community

This year, make it a goal to find a way to get more involved with the community. You’ll be surprised how much you gain from further involvement!

Not only will you benefit those in your community, but you’ll gain professional skills and have a ton of opportunity to network.


The new year is the perfect time to implement some new, tangible goals. Push yourself and strive for balance to make 2017 the best year ever!

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8 thoughts on “How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

  1. Really great tips Rachel! I find it interesting – though not surprising – that those who look to progress at work typically are the motivated type who are also looking to make money on the side, build a business, make smart investments, etc. I’ve become *a bit* more complacent at work, but I’ve been throwing my motivation at my side hustles. Always a constant struggle of where to put your energy : )
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    1. I agree! If we only we gained energy from thinking and working! Since starting a side hustle, I’ve gained more motivation to do well at work and have started working out. I achieve more when I am “busier!”

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