It’s been more than 24h of 2018. Hangovers are cured, streets are clean, shops are regularly open, life is back to normal. Other than a few champagne bottles waiting to be recycled and an occasional leftover firework going off, there’s not much reminding us of New Years anymore. Oh wait, yes there is!

Today is the first day everyone is officially back to work. Best wishes are flying in from every corner, followed by hugs, smiles, and the inevitable: “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” obnoxiousness. There, we just invented a word. Goodbye clichés, this year we’re doing a different approach! With 20 years under our Hostel belt (God, were old!), we’ve learned a thing or two about a thing or two (feels like this needs a wink). And lucky you, we’re sharing! Do the dance.

So, here’s a list of our DOs and DON’Ts for this year. We’ll give you 9, because it’s 2018 and nobody reads past number 5.

1. DO try new things.

There is a reason all those cheesy “New Year resolutions” keep coming back like hay fever. We all need a little push to change for the better. And it doesn’t have to be dramatic. Book that trip you keep postponing. Ask that cute colleague out. Try baking your first soufflé. If it goes well you’ll be over the moon, if it doesn’t you’ll learn and move on. Just. Stop. Procrastinating.

2. DON’T let doubt stop you.

Apply for that cool job you think you’re not qualified for. Sign up for marathon. Go speed dating. Act first, figure it out later. You’d be shocked how well this works! Because you can learn any skill, but not until you throw yourself in it. Stop waiting for the stars to align and JUST DO IT!

3. DO listen to your gut.

Taking risks is cool, and being scared is normal. We said scared, not stupid. It’s one thing to muster the courage to sing at Mauerpark Karaoke, but if your idea of stepping outside of the box makes your stomach turn, maybe you should reconsider. Just think twice before drinking Menthos and Coke. Thank us later.

4. DON’T think it’s just you.

Ever feel like everyone else is doing stuff and you’re standing still? Well, we are happy to let you know that you can finally take that thought, write it on a piece of paper, fold it nicely and flush it down the toilet! There are two kinds of people in this world. One is a doer. Who cares about the other one. You get the point.

5. DO drink more water.

Especially between cocktails. Because weekends are just too short for hangovers.

6. DON’T forget to take your vitamins.

Just because you live in a not-so-sunny climate doesn’t mean you’re allowed to be cranky. Wanna know the fool-proof recipe for the number 4 on this list? Vitamin D deficiency. Stop complaining, you’re not in Thailand, the Sun owes you nothing!

7. DO appreciate things.

This one really goes a long way. Just give it a try. Once. Take a second to think about what you do have rather than what you don’t have. See what happens.

8. DON’T pretend you’ve made it this far.

It’s ok, our attention span is shorter than a toddler’s. Blame it on the Kardashians.

9. DO brag if you have.

If you’re reading this, comment below. We’ll reward your perseverance with a beer. What else do we have that brewery for?

You have the wand, now go make magic. Life is short, make it count!