Are you considering a New Year’s resolution to give back more by either donation or volunteering and telling yourself that you will “stick with it” this time?
As a new year approaches, many of us start thinking about resolutions. Giving more back to our local community or the world at large is something that is the top of many lists at the beginning of the year.. Yet, everyone knows setting new goals doesn’t not alway equate into new habits - life and old habits tend to get in the way.
Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. In today’s post, we’ll be breaking down some actionable ways that you can keep with your New Year’s Resolution and turn it into a new habit. Whether you resolve to donate more cash or volunteer, we’ll give you everything you need to make it happen.
Use Automatic Payments from Your Bank
Almost every bank these days has an automatic payment feature. You can use this feature to send a certain amount to your chosen charity every week or month. Coordinate these payments with your expected paychecks and you’ll achieve your goal of giving back with minimal effort.
Set Weekly Reminders or Use a Calendar
If you aren’t a fan of automatic payments, set reminders using Windows 10 Cortana, your app of choice or even one you have hanging in the kitchen. A simple reminder to donate to your charity will nudge you to donate, without the annoyances of forgetting when automatic payments happen.
If you’re looking to give back with your time, and volunteering at your local charity of choice, using a calendar will keep you on track. You’ll have a visual representation of your month and know exactly when you have time to volunteer. This you from accidently scheduling something else. Most calendar apps let set a reminder, so you are always aware of upcoming volunteering commitments to keep you on track.
Involve Other People
Every goal is made easier with others involved. You won’t be trying to reach your goal alone. Involve others in a meaningful way. If your focus is on donations, you can create an accountability group to empower everyone to keep everyone else on track.
If you’re looking to give back by way of volunteering, involving your friends and family will motivate you to stick with it. You can volunteer together at the same place, making volunteering less daunting and probably more fun.
Track How Much You Give Back
Tracking your efforts is an amazing way to reach any goal that you set. This is also true with a goal such as giving back, which can often seem abstract.
Create a spreadsheet that tracks everything you’ve given back. Track how much you’ve donated to various charities and the time you’ve spent volunteering. Include dates, specific amounts of time or money and notes about the experience.
Tracking your donations and volunteer time will help solidify your new habit of giving back. You’ll have a visual representation of what you’ve done so far. Keeping the spreadsheet going may keep you motivated on days where you’d rather not volunteer, and keep you donating when other financial opportunities seem more tempting.
Honor Your Goal of Helping Others
Honor your goal by making it a new habit and not a single act. Keep on track with these tips and you’ll soon turn your resolution into a new habit.
Donating to the right charity, such as Relief from Pain, will help others in countless ways. You may not even be aware of how you’re helping others, but rest assured, giving back creates a ripple effect of positivity. Your donation or volunteering efforts improve the lives of others, who will then be likely to give back once they’re able. You’ll also set an amazing example for those around you, who may follow suit, creating entirely new positivity ripples.
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