From refreshing your wardrobe and trying out a new style, to upping your culinary credentials and securing a raise, these are our challenges for you…
We all love a challenge. But, occasionally, we aim too high. Some goals or targets can take years to achieve and they end up weighing heavy on our minds and might even take a toll on our confidence. Instead, when you set yourself a challenge, it should be something worthwhile; an objective that will better you as a person.
So, now that January has started, and most resolutions will have fallen resolutely by the wayside within the first 2 days, we’ve jotted down the 15 best challenges to set yourself before 2020 ends. Now, get on it!
1. Run a 10K
We know, we know. Most New Year’s resolutions have something to do with fitness. But this one’s timeless. Either you already run, so a 10K won’t even have you breaking a sweat.
Or — and it’s a big or — the thought of lacing up your running shoes has you coming out in a cold sweat. Whichever it is, running over that finish line will give you a real sense of achievement.
2. Read At Least 10 Books This Year
For someone who’s been constantly posting insta-stories or uploading photos on Instagram for the last several months, this number might seem optimistically high.
But we’ve all got spare time — be it on our MRT or before bed — that we could better use between the covers of a book. Struggling to start? Try something you’ve never considered before — such as non-fiction or a wanderlust-stoking travelogue.
3. Secure A Raise At Work
Now, this is a tricky one. Feeling valued at work is one of the most important things in life. After all, you spend almost as many hours behind your desk than you do at home.
A raise is the perfect way to validate your professional performance — so this year pull up your socks, compile a watertight case to argue your raise, and discuss gently with your boss. Even if you don’t secure one immediately, you are definitely on their radar. You’ll thank us later…
4. Refresh Your Wardrobe
Don’t kid yourself — there are shirts hanging in that wardrobe of yours that haven’t been buttoned up for at least a year.
There are trousers that haven’t been pulled on for months — not to mention jumpers you don’t even know why you bought in the first place. So it’s time for a style purge. Get rid, give to charity or pass on to friends. 2020 is your year of capsule fashion.
5. Learn A New Word Every Single Day
First, get yourself a dictionary. Next, every morning — over a cup of coffee — flick to a random page and find a word. Then, no matter how odd or out-there your chosen word may be, try to use it in conversation during the day.
You’ll have a super-sized vocabulary before you know it.
6. Cook A Three-Course Meal From Scratch
You don’t have to be a gastronomic genius, either. Just find a trio of tasty-sounding recipes, go and buy all the ingredients you’ll need — and dive in.
Invite some friends around for a Nigella-style dinner party and you’ll even have an extra incentive to give it your culinary all. And, even if the food turns out terribly, they’ll probably be nice to you…
7. Watch All The Best Picture Oscar Nominees
It can be difficult to check off every film you say you’ll see in a year. So, if you don’t think you’ll have time to watch Oscar Favorites Right Now on Netflix, make a note to follow in the Academy’s footsteps and watch the official shortlist of the best releases.
It’s like a cinematic highlight reel — even if the black-and-white, subtitled-foreign-film experience doesn’t initially pique your interest…
8. Keep A Journal For The Rest Of The Year
You may not have kept a journal since you were forced to for homework during your early school days, but this form of diary-keeping has been proven to improve memory and our ability to rationalise situations.
So what’s stopping you? Even if it’s just a couple of brief thoughts every day — bullet points will do — it’s a great way to organise your life and give yourself a well-documented year to look back on in the future.
9. Get Yourself Invited To A Black-Tie Event
When was the last time you fully tuxed up, honestly? There’ is no cooler, smarter and more sophisticated look. So, this year, it should be your mission to get yourself invited to at least one black-tie soiree.
Invest in a great tuxedo, have the time of your life and do your best Bond (or Bon Zainal) impersonation. Trust us, there are fewer things that make you feel as posh.
10. Plant A Tree To Help The Environment
In a world of environmentalism and eco-mindedness, most of us do little to actually help past recycling our household rubbish.
So why not pledge to improve your green credentials this year and actually head out into nature to plant a tree? It may seem like a small step towards saving the world, but at least it’s a start.
11. Try Out A New Haircut
Shaking up your style every now and again is a great way to reinvent yourself, heave yourself out of a rut in your life or just experiment with something outside of your comfort zone. A haircut is a bold — but easy — way to start. And, even if you’re not keen on your new floppy comb-over, it’ll always grow back…
12. Start Saving Money For A Rainy Day
Again, this doesn’t have to be a life-changing amount. But if you start putting a little something aside from every paycheck, you’ll soon have enough money for an unexpected treat — be that a down payment on your next property, a new tailored suit or a city break.
13. Buy A Plant For Every Room In Your House
With a distinct lack of greenery in your house, it’s time to fill that foliage void with houseplants. They’ll oxygenate your space, perk up the place and turn your house into a home.
14. Go To At Least One Live Musical Theatre Performance
Especially if you live in a city. There’s really no excuse not to get more cultured this year. And, even if something along the lines of theatre or the opera chills you to your bones, you must want to pursue this classy hobby for your soul’s enrichment.