Things to do to have a fulfilling 2021

Start the year on the right note with this list.

Ruth Chan

Enjoys solitude. Finds comfort in watching the sunset and drinking milo.

Published: 5 January 2021, 1:24 PM

Maybe 2020 was the best year of your life, or maybe you didn’t achieve what you had set out to do. Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter how 2020 turned out.

The new year is a fresh slate – a perfect opportunity for you to start afresh and be intentional about living a happy and rewarding life. 

If you’re looking to have a fulfilling 2021, here are five ways you can do so.

1. Make achievable New Year’s resolutions

It is always important to set goals for yourself so that you can see how far you’ve come, or serve as motivation for you to do something. Of course, with the pressures of life coming into play, it is not easy to keep to them throughout the entire year.

So make sure these goals are realistic and form a game plan on how you’re going to achieve them.


Tell others about your resolutions so as to be accountable to someone. PHOTO CREDITS: TIM MOSSHOLDER VIA UNSPLASH


If you need more tips on how to make New Year’s resolutions that you can keep, we’ve got you covered here.

2. Pen down your thoughts and feelings daily

Keeping a journal is a good way for you to document your daily struggles, relish in mini victories and learn more about yourself. It is also helpful to record something that you’re thankful for that day.


Being thankful is a good way for you to find happiness and satisfaction in your everyday life. PHOTO CREDITS: THOM HOLMES VIA UNSPLASH


If you aren’t in a particularly good mood that day, it can be something as small as “I’m thankful I managed to wake up on time for school/work today”.

The more you journal, the more aware you’ll likely be of the blessings you have, which in turn can make you a happier person in the long run.

3. Learn a new skill

Picking up a new skill is a good way for you to do something productive during your free time as well as to meet like-minded people, thereby expanding your social network, effectively killing two birds with one stone.

Such skills can include baking, sewing, playing the guitar, or even learning how to skateboard.


With such a variety of helpful resources online, there is surely something for everyone to pick up. PHOTO CREDITS: JACEK DYLAG VIA UNSPLASH


4. Exercise regularly

There is no doubt that staying fit brings about many health advantages. Besides the physical benefits, research has shown that habitual physical activity is associated with increased alertness, a better mood, having a good night’s rest, among many others.

It may be difficult to pick up the habit of going for a run early in the morning, or visiting the gym after work, but it is something that will get easier over time.


You can start by gathering a group of friends who live nearby to work out together on a weekly basis. PHOTO CREDITS: FITSUM ADMASU


5. Spend time with your loved ones

Living in such a fast-paced environment makes it very easy to slip into a mechanical mode of “work, eat, sleep, repeat”.

No matter how busy life gets, it is important to set aside time to maintain close relationships with your friends and family.


Life is fleeting, and we should appreciate our loved ones when we still can. PHOTO CREDITS: BEWAKOOF.COM OFFICIAL VIA UNSPLASH


Whether you grab a coffee with your mum before work, or make dinner plans with your friends, don’t forget to catch up on what’s going on in their lives.

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