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5 Things You Should Leave Behind in the New Year

Jan 08, 2016 10:20AM ● Published by Face Editor

(BPT) - It's that time of year again, when you cast off those bad habits and recreate the new, better you. If you're ready to recreate yourself and save a little money in 2016, here are five things you're better off leaving behind in 2015.

1. A latte-a-day. Coffee, sodas, maybe that mid-morning snack. These small daily expenses may seem like a minimal hit to the bank account, but they can add up over time. To control spending, create a monthly budget for only these types of perks. This way you know exactly how much you have to spend on those daily extras without going over your planned budget.

2. Your overpriced wireless contract. "Spend less money – save more," was among the top six resolutions for respondents in 2015, according to Statista. This year, don't get oversold on paying for more than you need. Total Wireless is making wireless service simple again by offering plans that give you everything you need and nothing you don't, now and into the New Year. For $35, Total Wireless gives you unlimited talk and text, plus 2.5 gigabytes of data for 30 days on America's largest and most dependable network — all with no contract required.

3. A packed calendar. Don't start your New Year off playing catch up because you've already overscheduled yourself. Instead, slow down and allow appropriate time to complete tasks. This way you don't feel overworked and you have time to stop and smell the roses. Allow time for buffers and schedule that much needed vacation time!

4. Procrastination station. If you're a procrastinator, tomorrow is a wonderful place where and when everything will magically happen. Don't let this defense mechanism distract you from reaching your full potential. In 2016, get out and get ahead of tasks by doing a little at a time, rather than leaving it all until the last minute. You'll be amazed how much you can accomplish when you make tomorrow, today.

5. Fear of the unknown. If you really want to recreate yourself and make the most of 2016, you can't be afraid to take chances. Instead of worrying what will happen if you make a change, start worrying about what will happen if you don't. Jump on new opportunities this year and you'll find yourself smiling about the chances you did take instead of lamenting the ones you didn't.

The new year brings new opportunities for you to grow in your professional and personal relationships. Kick off 2016 with everything you need and nothing you don't, and you'll be on your way to making it your best year yet.
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