24 Easy Ways to Make 2017 Great

I think making 2017, or any year, great is about applying everyday principles or thought patterns, rather than specific goals.

It’s in my experience, that specific goals rarely work because life gets in the way, you lose motivation and procrastination sets in. That only leads to defeat, shame, regret and comfy couch syndrome.

Know what you’d like to achieve this year and take daily action steps to lead you there.

Focus on the following and you’ll notice the magic appear to make your year GREAT! (I bet you’ll discover amazing surprises your logical mind could never perceive possible).

  1. Say YES more
  2. Learn something new
  3. Form a new friendship
  4. Practice gratitude daily
  5. Cut out one thing that no longer serves you
  6. Embrace abundance
  7. Read every day
  8. Write every day
  9. Travel more
  10. Love and live with reckless abandon
  11. Return to nature
  12. Meditate daily
  13. Believe you deserve it
  14. Share what’s unique about you
  15. Smile more
  16. Start a conversation with strangers
  17. Listen more – we were born with two ears and one mouth. Use them in that ratio
  18. Express your joy
  19. Use your body every day
  20. Drink more water
  21. Cut out processed and packaged foods
  22. Return to vegetables – 2/3 more than any other food
  23. Pay someone else a compliment each day
  24. Create an ultimate dream list

Bonus Tip:

Get up 15 minutes earlier every day. That will add 91.25 hours to your waking life over a year. Use that time wisely – go for a brisk walk, watch the sunrise, learn something, work on a new product for your business, etc.

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29 thoughts on “24 Easy Ways to Make 2017 Great”

  1. I like all these tips, including getting up 15 mins earlier (although I get up earlier than I should every day due to the little one not wanting to sleep past about 6 a.m.!). My intentions for 2014 include walking and being outdoors much more, doing some things that are unexpected, and listening to my students more.

  2. Ruann (Solo Travel Uncut)

    Great tips! Thanks for this. I’ve lately thought a lot about the “waking up 15 minutes earlier” rule. One can extend a trip with a day or two that way as well.

    1. I’ve been getting up at 4:30 am lately. It makes a huge difference! It helps me get to bed earlier and gives me a clearer mind in the morning. Way better than staying up late to work

  3. Thanks for a great motivation! I needed it. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so important to set daily goals and meet them instead of aiming at yearly ones. I need to be more focused about writing every day. Thanks again!

  4. One of my resolutions this year is make more time for myself so I’m taking up your suggestion of meditation. I seem to spend so much time glued to my laptop perusing projects I hope will bring in an income that I’m starting to loose my sense of self. Thanks for sharing your awesome list! I’m off to Ommmmmnnn myself into a peaceful stupor!

    1. Yes do it! Meditation is the way to go. I notice it if I miss a morning, my day is so unbalanced and my mood suffers. I just don’t feel as calm or in control. It has a huge effect on my happiness. Plus, it increases your clarity of thought in massive amounts.

  5. Great blog – just discovered it by chance while doing a search on “hammocks”! I love your idea of applying everyday principles and thought patterns to your life in order to make a great year. It’s a really holistic way of looking at creating the life you desire. However, I also like to sit down and write out some specific, measurable goals that I like to work towards. I find this works well in many areas of my life, such as personal finance and health. The caveat is that I realize from the start that I won’t achieve everything that I write down – life is a journey, and as long as I am making progress toward my goals, then I am content.

  6. My favorite way is #8 – “write every day.” For the simple reason that better memories are formed when you write it down.

    The VacationCounts goal for 2014 is to do (at least) one thing enjoyable thing every day outside of work. At the end of each day, take the time to think of the one favorite memory for that day. By writing it down you are able to former long-term memories and also document your best sources of time-off enjoyment for the future.

    Happy traveling in 2014…
    -Scott, VacationCounts – Take More Time Off

    1. Fantastic idea, Scott! Nice name you have there too, if I may say so myself;-)
      I also have a note next to my bed that reads, “What new adventure will I have today?” It’s a morning reminder that every day is a new adventure full of amazing experiences.

  7. Sorry previous comment got messed up.

    Great list Caz.

    I would like to add learn to say “No”. Some of us are natural pleasers and forget to look after ourselves.

    So as you always say listen to your gut and if it doesn’t sit well with you say “No” – it’s ok .

    1. Oh I like that one Sally. It’s one we are definitely learning to do and have made the decision to do more of it this year. It’s so liberating!

  8. For a travel geek like me, your mentioned most of the points indicate at one thing which can make my 2017 great is TRAVEL, TRAVEL And More TRAVEL ๐Ÿ™‚
    And your added Bonus Point is really a bonus point for me ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing

  9. I couldn’t agree with #9 more! Traveling more surely adds to the greatness of the year and the overall quality of time spent throughout the 365 day journey. I think that seeing a new destination and experiencing some new activity there will be on top of my list of priorities this year.

  10. Thank you for sharing this inspiration for a new year. I try hard to adhere to #17. I’ve always found that listening to others gives you a lot more information and knowledge than speaking. Besides, “Best be thought of a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt”

  11. Excellent tips, I also need to have more focus to write every day. Like a philosopher who forgot the name: Difficult is not to write every day, the difficult thing is to sit down to write. Thank you very much.

  12. Simple yet important tips that can truely change one’s life. I was kinda surprised to see drinking water on the list because thats one thing my peeps been telling me – I spend a lot of time in front of my computer ?. Another thing is processed food…I need to stop it too. Thanks! ?

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