How to make 2018 your best year ever

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Now that you’re in a new country, are you looking forward to having new friends, a new job, a new outlook, a new life in 2018? That’s great! Nothing could be better than starting your new life with energy and optimism. With a few days to go before 2017 closes, give yourself this moment to breathe, evaluate the past year, and plan for the coming year. Imagine how you want the coming new year to be and, this is important, start putting it on paper.

The following are the suggested areas that you can focus on and the resources that can help you get started!

  1. Set new goals

    After assessing what you need to start, change or stop, make a list of new goals you want to achieve next year. Remember that in order to succeed, the best goals to make are SMART – simple, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based. This formula is applicable for setting all kinds of targets – whether improving language skills, gaining career know-how, or reaching your ideal weight. Read the following articles to guide you in making your action plan:
    Making your New Year’s resolutions work
    Setting English goals the SMART way

  2. Live healthier

    It’s one of the most important ingredients to success and yet we almost always neglect it. Our health usually takes a backseat as we get busy with work, taking care of our kids, balancing our budgets, and attending to a million other things as responsible adults. We don’t realize how important our health is until we get sick. So this year, make it a point to allot more attention to activities that will keep you healthy. It could be a shift to a healthier diet, giving more time for sleep, or sticking to a regular exercise regimen. And don’t forget your mental health! Give yourself time to de-stress, relax, and do things that make you happy. Pick up a hobby, a new pastime, or maybe try meditating!

    For setting health goals, consider the tips in these articles:
    5 tips for staying healthy in MB
    Healthy eating habits for newcomers
    How to stay active in winter
    18 tips for dealing with stress and tension

  3. Work smarter

    Make 2018 the year you achieve career success! You can do this by learning more about your new work environment, nurturing your soft skills, and learning how to work smarter, not harder! In Manitoba, achieving work-life balance is not as impossible as you would think. To help make your action plan, read:
    Are you a work martyr?
    5 habits to help you achieve work-life balance
    How to excel in your new job
    Supports to help you in the workplace
    Soft skills: The key to getting and staying employed

  4. Keep learning

    The late tech genius Steve Jobs said “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” This is one of the most popular pieces of advice on living life to the fullest and he’s right! Life is all about continued improvement. To do this, we should always keep an open mind and stay curious. Keep learning and strive for higher ideals! To map out your learning plan, read these tips:
    Reach your goals faster – 5 steps to a personal learning plan
    Want to get ahead in the Canadian workplace? Be lifelong learner!
    Advance your career in 2018 by taking free courses online
    5 tools for learning anything on-the-go
    4 steps to becoming a self-directed learner

    If you want to be inspired by Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford University where he gave this advice, watch it here:

  5. Nurture relationships

    There is compelling evidence that strong relationships contribute to a long, happy and fulfilled life. Make 2018 the year that you improve and strengthen your bond with your family, friends, colleagues, and the community. Plan on continuing to build your network by learning more about workplace culture and Canadian culture in general. Here are a few articles to start you off:
    Adapting to Canadian culture
    “Pardon me”: Understanding and adapting to Canadian social norms
    5 big ideas for better small talk
    5 strategies for working with people from other cultures
    10 pointers to help you fit in at work

Goodluck with your plans and have a happy New Year!

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