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9 New Year’s Resolutions for Overseas Filipino Workers

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Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? If no, then you should, because no matter how poor the success rate of fulfilling one’s promises are, resolutions help us start the New Year right.

It’s another year, another phase of your life. New Year’s resolutions help us keep tabs of how we are doing – how we have fared the previous year and how we intend to make things better this time. This is especially true if you are living away from home and working overseas. For overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), here are nine of the most important New Year’s resolutions that you can make:

Keep in touch with family back home more often

In this age of digital technology, distance should no longer be a reason not to get in touch with your family back home often. With just a push of a button and a click of the mouse, you can already ask your kids how school is. Do it more often, like you are just right around the corner.

Spend wisely

You have a family that depends on you back home. By cutting on expenses, especially unnecessary ones, you’ll be able to provide more for your children’s education, support aging parents, add capital money to your business or have some spare to donate to your favorite charity group.

Save money

This is closely related to the previous one. Save. Set a certain amount from your monthly pay for savings. Do not touch these savings unless when really necessary or in times of emergency. You don’t have to wait for the new year to make it happen, but a start of a new year should give you a psychological boost and will to finally fulfill this habit.

Get involved in charity work for fellow Filipinos

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Although you have your loved ones relying on you back home, it doesn’t mean you cannot extend a helping hand to others. Join a group that assists the poor and the needy back home, or even in your workplace. Join a church community, and visit Filipinos currently imprisoned for various offenses. Serve the elderly with meals and provide them with entertainment. You have no idea how happier you’ll become by helping others.

Follow the laws abroad more carefully

You don’t want to get into trouble with the laws in a foreign land because that would be a nightmare. You have heard of those horror stories your fellow Pinoys went through. Learn their lessons. Be a law-abiding citizen whether you’re a citizen or a foreign worker.

Keep a healthy lifestyle

Eat well, exercise regularly, and have a positive outlook on life. Don’t kill yourself with work, spend adequate time for sleep, and always spend time on wholesome recreation. Quit smoking and excessive drinking. Do not disregard body pains and seek professional help for common ailments like back pains.

Spend more time for prayers

As the saying goes, you don’t live by bread alone. You must also take care of the spiritual side of you. You are happier if you have inner peace. Attend Sunday service to enrich spiritual life and relationship with God.

A long line of returning Filipino workers queue on a special immigration lane for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) on arrival at Manila airport, 08 April 2006. Cash transfers to the Philippines by its large work force abroad rose to 10.8 percent in the first four months but they tailed off in April as less Filipinos were deployed overseas, the Central Bank said 15 June 2006. The government expects the full-year total to be at least 10 percent above the record remittances of 10.7 billion USD in 2005. AFP PHOTO / ROME GACAD

Eliminate bad habits which Filipinos are known for

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You are familiar with “Filipino Time” and all those other habits that Pinoys are notorious for abroad, right? Eliminate those habits. Show the world that not all Filipinos are the way they are portrayed.

Improve relationships at the workplace

There’s a lot of stress in the office. Some of the stress is part of the job. But much of this can be avoided. In fact, some are of your own making. By keeping a good working relationship in the office, you are eliminating much of this stress.


Simple resolutions, right? Now, let’s see if you can make it halfway into the year. Good luck and Happy New Year!

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