Summary:

Here are 5 simple ways to make 2020 your best year ever:

  1. Learn a new skill: take an online course in something that’s always interested you
  2. Improve the small things: it could be as simple as improving your posture or drinking more water
  3. Plan that dream getaway: not only is planning half the fun, but you can get great deals when you plan ahead
  4. Improve your commute: your commute has an outsize influence on your day – a small improvement can make all the difference!
  5. Update your online presence: potential employers, dates and old classmates are looking you up online, so make sure you’re putting your best foot forward!

2020 is a brand new year, and an incredible opportunity to make this year your best yet. Join us as we look at 5 fantastic ways to make sure you get the most out of this year and make 2020 your best year ever!

1. Learn a new skill

There’s nothing like self-improvement to boost confidence, widen your skillset, and grow as a person. There are so many excellent (and many are free!) tools out there that can help. These include:

  • Udemy
  • Coursera
  • LinkedIn
  • Courses offered by the likes of Facebook and Google
  • Youtube (you can learn almost anything, from basics to advanced levels, for free)

So get ready to become an expert in mobile ads, advanced origami, or anything else that lights your fire!

2. Improve the small things

Sometimes changing small habits can have a real impact on your life. We have 3 suggestions to start with:

  • Drink more water
  • Improve your posture
  • Stretch

There are some low-tech ways of starting out. Grab a water bottle on your way to work, and make sure you have finished it by a certain time. Tape a “Posture Reminder” to your screen at work, and set aside 10 minutes every morning to stretch. 

Once again, technology is your friend here. There are some great apps that can help you with all 3 of these game-changing habits. Check out:

  • Daily Water: Daily water is the app which helps track the quantity of water you drink and reminds you to drink water at the right time
  • Upright: A device and app that helps correct your posture over time
  • Stand Up!: Helps you schedule breaks to stand up and stretch

3. Plan that dream getaway

Can you imagine yourself relaxing in a natural pool in tropical Bali? How’s about walking with your best friend through the vineyards of Spain?

For most people, just imagining these things is enough to spread a warm glow throughout the body. When it comes to a vacation, if you start planning early enough then the planning itself can be an enjoyable part of the adventure. 

There are some additional positives: by planning early you can make sure you get the best deals possible on flights, accommodation, and experiences. You also make sure that you’re not missing out when you do jet off – you’ll know exactly what you want to do, and which tourist traps to steer clear of.

4. Improve your commute

It’s the one thing we do every single day of our lives. It’s how we start and end our day, and it’s often stressful and uncomfortable. Not to mention a waste of our precious time.time we could be spending with our family, or on other productive tasks. 

The easiest way to improve your commute is by using a service like Hip. With Hip, you avoid the rush to the bus stop, the crowded, dirty old buses, the standing room only, and the frustrating wait for your bus in extreme weather.

Hip allows you to book your seat using their app, and a luxury bus stops close to your home to pick you up. Comfortable seats, charging ports, and lux experience mean that your daily commute becomes a pleasure. You’re energized when you get to work, and relaxed when you get back to your loved ones in the evening.

Don’t just take it from us – thousands of commuters use Hip to dramatically improve not only their commutes but their quality of life.

5. Update your online presence

Have you ever Googled yourself? How’s about a quick LinkedIn search? 

The chances are you’ve neglected your online personality for a while. Well, now’s the time to change that. Here are a few easy ways to ensure you’re giving over your best online, and not just in person.

Your cover photo: First impressions are everything. If you don’t have a professionally photographed cover photo, you can easily take one yourself. The secrets here are light, focus and background. Make sure the light is on your face (natural light is best), the camera is focused on you (specifically your eyes), and that the background is clear (you can touch this up afterward). See more tips here.

Your bio: This should be updated, first of all. Then, make sure it sounds professional, concise, and gives over your professional personality as best as possible. Check out this article for some great examples.

Your interests: Everyone is interesting and unique – sometimes you just have to give it some thought. Sure, not everyone has summited Everest or is into collecting rare coins, but there are definitely certain things that interest you more than others. Adding this gives a great personal touch to an online bio.

Social proof: You say you’re great – but how can we believe you? This is where social proof comes in. Social proof is a 3rd party verifying who you are. It could be courses and qualifications you have or articles you’ve published or are mentioned in. The best social proof is a reference – ask a friend or colleague for one, it can make a whole world of difference.

Let’s make it 20/20! 🎉

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed these easy, practical tips for a great 2020. What’s great about these tips is that they’re super easy to implement, right now. We know you’re going to rock 2020. You got this!