2019 has absolutely flown by! We can’t believe that not just a new year, but a new decade is upon us. With new beginnings ahead, will you be turning over any new leaves and making New Year’s resolutions?

According to research, around 60% of people admit that they try to make New Year’s resolutions, but only around 8% of us manage to stick to them! Well, here we’ve listed a few simples way you can hack the most commonly made New Year’s resolutions to make them achievable!

Exercise more

One of the most common resolutions made is to exercise more – this is where so many of us fall into the trap of purchasing expensive gym memberships, hitting those treadmills for the first month or so of the year….then find our gym membership card gathering dust between the sofa cushions some month later…

What’s more, for those walking miles of corridors each day, finding the motivation to go and do an hour in the gym when you just want to catch up on some sleep can be difficult!

Well, why not try fitting in a super short home workout? There are some brilliant free apps out there, whether you want to blast a HIIT session or take things slower with some yoga.

Some useful free workout apps:

  • Couch to 5K – this brilliant NHS app will aim get you running in just nine weeks!
  • Asana Rebel – this yoga companion gives you two new workouts every day so you’ll never get stuck doing the same old routine.
  • Fitbod – for those into weight training, this app adapts to suit your training style and the equipment you have available
  • 7 Minute Workout – you can’t argue you don’t have time to exercise with this app! It features 72 exercises and 22 additional workouts that can be customized and modified to create more than 1,000 variations to help keep you motivated and moving.

Lose weight

This one comes hand in hand with the exercise resolution, along with pledging to eat healthier. Once again, all very easy to make the promise, but changing habits can be difficult.

One easy way to help contribute to this goal (along with using your fitness apps) is to learn some new recipes that you can meal prep to take to work for your break! Try searching on Pinterest for some healthy and delicious recipes, and stock your fruit bowl up so you can easily grab a banana or a handful of grapes when you’re feeling peckish! 

Get organised

This can cover a multitude of areas, whether you want to declutter your surroundings or have clearer plans in place! For the former, why not give your place a spring clean and donate what you can to charity, or sell some of you unwanted gadgets or clothes on Facebook Marketplace or ebay?

Perhaps you want to be more organised in terms of your to-dos? Why not treat yourself to a smart new diary to write your shifts in, or set up a Google Calendar to help you plan out your weeks.

Don’t forget, by submitting your availability to work to us sooner rather than later we can help you find 2020 locum contracts to help you have a plan in place!

Learn a new skill or hobby 

Learning a new skill is a great way to feel fulfilled, and you can measure your progress with it throughout the year. Keen to try new things but don’t want to splash too much cash? Eventbrite is a great way to find free events throughout the UK, and features everything from book clubs and pottery classes, to dance classes and creative writing workshops.

There’s plenty of resources online to help you develop new hobbies too – if you want to get into photography, why not start by improving your mobile photography skills? No need to splash out on an expensive camera before you’re ready.

Quit smoking

This new year’s resolution helps you to save money AND keep yourself and the people around you healthy. The NHS has some free resources to help meet your goals of cutting down or quitting smoking, such as a Facebook support community and app.

Save money / Spend less money

Funnily enough, some of our previous resolutions can help with this one! Stopping smoking saves the average person around £128 each month. Plus, setting yourself the challenge to learn a new hobby could help to save money!

“I’ve promised myself 2020 is the year I’m going to improve my terrible cooking skills! I spend more money than I’d like to admit buying junk food to keep me going, so I’m going to be meal prepping to save some money and help myself to eat healthier – I’m really liking the look of the some of the recipes on Jack Monroe’s website – they’re easy to follow and they even give you an idea of what the cost per portion is which is great for budgeting and planning your weekly shop!” – Francesca, Marketing Manager 

Fancy some extra cash in your pocket? Did you know we offer bonuses when you refer a friend to us? Whether you know someone looking for the occasional shift, or a long term contract, refer a friend to us and be in with a chance of earning up to £500 as a thank you!

Travel more

Lots of us would like to be able to travel more in 2020. By saving money through some of your resolutions, earning a bonus with our Refer A Friend scheme or by completing some locum shifts with us, why not plan a break for yourself this year? Why not treat yourself to a staycation, or find some new places to visit on day trips?

The National Trust has 500 properties and gardens throughout the UK which can be great days out for all the family – for £6 a month you can get access to these beautiful places of interest, with free parking in lots of them. 

Get a new job

refer 3 friends to work for HCL Social Care or HCL Mental Health this July and earn £1000!

Now this one we can help with! The HCL Workforce Solutions group of companies is proud to work with hundreds of NHS trusts & private hospitals in every corner of Britain. This means we are in a position to offer healthcare and social care professionals a multitude of opportunities to suit your lifestyle and ambitions – whether on a locum or permanent basis. It’s easy to get started – fill in our form below to drop us your CV, or send us a message and we’ll get back to you for a catch up!

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