A new year comes new opportunities to create habits that will last. Here are 20 things every woman should make a habit in 2020.

Be positive.

It’s easy to fall into negativity and bond with friends over complaining, but complaining never makes anything better. Choosing to see the positive side in every situation can be difficult but it’s worth it for you and those around you. 

Treat your body well.

I’m not saying that you’re forbidden from eating fast food or that you have to work out seven days a week, but be conscious of how often you encourage negative habits. Balance is key.  

Stop using toxicity as an excuse.

Another habit of millennials is claiming that anyone outside of your circle of closest friends is “toxic.” However, this is the real world where we still have to interact with people that we might not love being around. Don’t use toxicity as an excuse to get out of a family dinner. 

Drink more water.

You should know this by now. 

Spend more time reading and writing.

Cut out some time that you usually spend scrolling on social media and use your brain to read or write. It’s a great stress reliever and allows for time away from the screen. 

Write down goals and keep track of them.

It’s difficult to keep track of goals and the ground that you’re making if you don’t write down or check up on your goals very often. It’s also proven that writing down your goals tends to have a positive effect on accomplishing them. 

Put your phone down.

Whether you’re on your morning commute or out with friends, put down your phone. It’s nearly impossible to effectively multitask. Your surroundings or conversations that you could be having with friends are better and more important than whatever you’re looking at on your phone.

Use a planner.

No one likes a friend, coworker, or family member that can’t keep up with their schedule. There are a plethora of options whenever it comes to planners. Find one and use it. 

Smile more often.

Smiling is a simple way to brighten the day of those around you and also gives you a boost of confidence. 

Be a good listener. 

Being a good listener takes time and effort but is crucial to having good conversation. 

Take care of your skin.

It doesn’t have to be a thirty-minute morning and night routine, but at least wash your makeup off before you go to sleep. 

Spend time on self improvement. 

If you don’t spend time thinking about past successes and failures, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever learn from them. This is another thing to think about whenever you finally decide to stop scrolling through social media. 

Be intentional.

Don’t simply participate because you feel like you must. Find things that interest you and do them because you enjoy doing them. 

Be content. 

The newest bag, iPhone, or pair of shoes won’t change your attitude. Be happy with your material possessions and also with your current place in life. It sounds cliche, but “Life is short… don’t wish it away.” 

Don’t procrastinate.

You will do a better job completing tasks whenever you allow yourself time. Plus, it’s not something hanging over your head later on. 

Listen to podcasts.

Music is great, but podcasts give you the opportunity to learn and complete mindless tasks simultaneously. 

Take advantage of the “Do Not Disturb” feature

It’s tempting to pick up your phone whenever you’re constantly getting notifications. Use the “Do Not Disturb” feature for less temptation when you’re in a setting where you shouldn’t be on your phone. 

Wake up earlier.

It makes little sense to claim that there’s not enough time in the day and also start your day at 11am. 

Keep your space clean.

It’s difficult to focus on other things whenever your living space is dirty. Keep your area clean and make your bed.

Treat others well.

This one is pretty self explanatory and something that I hope you’ve implemented in previous years. However, it’s easy to snap at a retail worker whenever they mess up your order or roll your eyes at the person who seems to have their head in the clouds but you never know what someone else is going through. Give people some slack and be kind when they might be needing it most.