- Top 25 Easy-to-Accomplish New Year’s Resolutions
- If You Resolve to Eat Healthier:
- If You Resolve to Exercise More:
- If You Resolve to Get More Sleep:
- If You Resolve to “Clear the Clutter:”
- If You Resolve Anything at All:
- If You Resolve to Get a New Look:
- If You Resolve to Cut Calories:
- If You Resolve to Talk Less and Listen More:
- If You Resolve to Improve Your Skin:
- If You Resolve to Solve World Hunger:
- If You Resolve to Reduce Stress:
- If You Resolve to Get Rid of Emotional Baggage:
- If You Resolve to Lose Weight:
- If You Resolve to Join the Gym:
- If You Resolve to Look Better in Lingerie:
- If You Resolve to Reconnect with Lost Friends and Loved Ones:
- If You Resolve to Save Money:
- If You Resolve to Do Better at Work:
- If you Resolve to Further Your Career:
- If You Resolve to Make Positive Changes:
- If You Resolve to Eat Less:
- If You Resolve to Have More Time for Yourself:
- If You Resolve to Improve Your Relationship:
- If You Resolve to Cut Out Junk Food:
- How to make better New Year’s resolutions
- What are SMART goals?
- SMART questions to ask when thinking of New Year’s resolution ideas
- Putting SMART goals into action
- Achieve your SMART resolutions with smarter habits
- Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions By Using Behavioral Economics
- 1. Do five things to stay healthier at work
- 2. Learn a new skill
- 3. Read one career-related or motivational book
- 4. Update your resume
- 5. Create at least one new professional networking connection per month
- 6. Review and improve your LinkedIn profile
- 7. Clean out your physical and digital file cabinets
- 8. Sign up to follow one relevant blog
- 9. Find a work mentor
- 10. Get a new professional headshot
- 11. Send at least one thank-you note per month
- 12. Join a professional organization
- 13. Measure your work-life balance
- 14. Volunteer
- 15. Get one new professional certification
- 16. Clean out your email inbox
- 17. Attend one professional networking event
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- 1. Focus on a Passion, Not the Way You Look
- 2. Work out to feel good, not be thinner.
- 3. Stop gossiping.
- 4. Give one compliment a day.
- 5. Go a whole day without checking your email.
- 6. Do Random Acts of Kindness
- 7. Read a book a month.
- 8. Go someplace you’ve never been.
- 9. Clear out the clutter.
- 10. Turn off your phone one night a week.
- 11. Reduce your waste.
- 12. Volunteer.
- 13. Travel on a small budget.
- 14. Write down one thing you’re grateful for every night.
- 15. Drink more water.
- 16. Take some of your paychecks and put it in savings or investment.
- 17. Stop multi-tasking.
- 18. Talk to yourself with kindness.
- 19. Walk to a coworker’s office instead of emailing them.
- 20. Don’t buy things you don’t need.
- 21. Keep a journal.
- 22. Clean out your car.
- 23. Put your bills on autopay.
- 24. Take the stairs.
- 25. Go to the dentist when you’re supposed to.
- 26. Be kind on social media.
- 27. Let go of grudges.
- 28. Stay in touch with the people who matter.
- 29. Try a totally new restaurant.
- 30. Join a club or Meetup.
- 31. Travel somewhere without posting about it on social media.
- 32. Bring a plant into your home.
- 33. Sanitize your personal belongings.
- 34. Start one new hobby.
- 35. Buy less plastic.
- 36. Send handwritten letters.
- 37. Donate clothes you never wear.
- 38. Pay off your credit card every month.
- 39. Avoid people who complain a lot.
- 40. Remove negativity or anything that makes you feel lousy.
- 41. Travel somewhere with no map.
- 42. Wear sunscreen.
- 43. Cook more.
- 44. Get a Real Haircut
- 45. Do Something That Scares You
- 46. Make Your Bed Every Morning
- 47. Stay on Top of Your Inbox
- 48. Try Guided Meditation
- 49. Stretch It Out
- 50. Craft Something Yourself
- 51. Go to Bed Happy Each Night
- 52. Spot Clean as You Go
- 53. Pay it Forward
- 54. Talk Less, Listen More
- 55. Whatever Your Goals Are, Write Them Down
- 20 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Inspire You
- New Year’s Resolution Ideas
- 1. Get Healthy / Lose Weight
- 2. Travel More
- 3. Quit Smoking
- 4. Define My Style
- 6. Take Up a New Hobby / Learn a New Skill
- 7. Save More Money
- 8. Improve Relationships
- 9. Get Organised
- 5. Stop Judging People
- 10. Stress Less
- 11. Learn a New Language
- 12. Get a Better Job
- 13. Be More Adventurous
- 14. Watch Less TV
- 15. Become More Cultured
- 16. Be Greener
- 17. Stop Procrastinating
- 18. Be More Selfless
- 19. Fall in Love
- 20. Get More Sleep
- 101 Simple New Year’s Resolutions
- Simple New Year’s resolution ideas for 2020
Top 25 Easy-to-Accomplish New Year’s Resolutions
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“This year, I’ll quit smoking, lose twenty pounds, stop swearing, and go to church every Sunday.” Those are some common things people resolve around the New Year. But while 45 percent of Americans set New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent are successful at achieving them, according to a survey by the Opinion Corporation.
So, how can we beat those odds? We went to a variety of experts to find out their best suggestions for New Year’s resolutions you can actually stick to for the next 12 months.
If You Resolve to Eat Healthier:
“Simply increase fruit and vegetable intake by buying ready to eat, washed and cut up fruits and vegetables and keeping them in the refrigerator at work and at home. When you need a snack, they will be readily available to eat, with no work involved!” -Lisa De Fazio, registered dietician (Related: Healthy Processed, Packaged Foods That Are Dietician-Approved)
If You Resolve to Exercise More:
“Follow the 10-minute rule: We all have 10 minutes to spare for our own well-being throughout the day. Ten minutes of walking around the block, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, getting off the train just one stop before our own, or even doing “chair squats” at the office is healthier than ten minutes of inactivity. Just get moving to burn calories and know you are worth the extra effort!” -Taisha Hayes, fitness expert (Related: How to Work Out Less and Get Better Results)
If You Resolve to Get More Sleep:
“Set a bed time and prepare for it 30 minutes ahead by doing something relaxing like reading or taking a hot bath. Your wake up time should be eight hours later. Sleeping late on weekends cannot make up for lost time! It’s just that easy to start feeling more energized each day.” -Dr. Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute
If You Resolve to “Clear the Clutter:”
“The best way to accomplish any of your goals is to start by clearing the clutter mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Stop procrastinating, do it today.” -Patti Stanger, ‘millionaire matchmaker’ and relationship expert
If You Resolve Anything at All:
“Turn resolutions into small goals and have a game plan. Never one to be successful with resolutions, a few years ago I started making yearly goals. Thus far, I have taken up golfing, graduated from nursing school, played soccer again, all much more attainable and more fun than simply saying ‘I’m going to lose weight.'” -Jennie Drahushuk, registered nurse and founder of Healthy and Happy, LLC
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If You Resolve to Get a New Look:
“Hair is your most important accessory! To reinvent yourself, focus on a customized cut that enhances your face shape and silhouette and a color that accents your skin tone.” -Gad Cohen, celebrity hairstylist/beauty expert
If You Resolve to Cut Calories:
“Watch the liquid calories. Unless your liquid is a meal in itself, fluids should be calorie-free as often as possible. Get most of your calories from foods, not beverages-it’s one of the easiest ways to cut out excess calories.” -Luigi Gratton, physician (Related: Counting Calories Might Not Be the Key to Weight Loss After All)
If You Resolve to Talk Less and Listen More:
“Get in the habit of calling people by their name. Whether in an office environment, at a store, or pumping gas, calling people by name will help you to become a better listener.” -Eric Papp, leadership expert and author
If You Resolve to Improve Your Skin:
“Get clearer skin by drinking plenty of water rather than washing your face. Rinse your face thoroughly at night to clear dirt and debris from your pores, but don’t strip the skin of its natural oils by washing it more than that. The right combination of hydration and moisture is what keeps your skin from producing acne-causing agents.” -Katherine Trinh, beauty expert and synthetic cosmetic chemist (Related: We Got 6 Dermatologists to Reveal Their Winter Skin-Care Routines)
If You Resolve to Solve World Hunger:
“The lesson here is that most of us create resolutions that are too “big.” Be honest with yourself! Examine your resolutions. Are they realistic? Are they what you really want or did you commit to them because you thought you were supposed to?” -Amy Applebaum, success coach
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If You Resolve to Reduce Stress:
“Simply find a quiet place, sit up straight, and focus on the physical sensation of both your out-breath and your in-breath. The more you meditate, the more you notice how you get hooked by strong emotions and the more you are able to simply be present with them when they arise.” -Lodro Rinzler, author of The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition (Related: Why Taking Your Meditation Outdoors Might Be the Answer to Total-Body Zen)
If You Resolve to Get Rid of Emotional Baggage:
“Regret it, forget it, and move on. That’s the best way to leave behind the emotional baggage of past decisions and actions that are holding you back in life. Acknowledge your regrets, and learn from those mistakes so you don’t repeat them in the New Year.” -Kevin Hansen, author and creator of SecretRegrets.com
If You Resolve to Lose Weight:
“Start building a better relationship with your body in 2012 by making a resolution to not talk negatively about it anymore. Not only will your relationship with your body improve, but you will be setting a good example for other women, especially the younger ones in your life.” -Stephanie Vincent, professional life coach (Related: The Best Free Weight-Loss Apps)
If You Resolve to Join the Gym:
“In January many decide to join a gym, but research shows that more than half the people will not make it to swimsuit season. Why? Because their goal was to join a gym, and once they signed up, they met their goal! The clients I have seen get the best results by just spending a little time visualizing what they hope to get out of their gym experience and then sticking to it until they achieve it.” -Marc Lebert, personal trainer and fitness club owner
If You Resolve to Look Better in Lingerie:
“I tell women to forget their fears and wear the gorgeous lingerie that will make them feel fabulous and sexy. Even with all of the beautiful bras and panties I have at home, I almost always go to the nude and black basics that do not exude sex appeal at all. I vow to reach under the nude and go for the color and lace that will make me feel great!” -Jenny Altman, celebrity stylist and chic executive officer of ILOVEAGOOD.com
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If You Resolve to Reconnect with Lost Friends and Loved Ones:
“Social networking sites make it easier than ever to connect with people. Or, if you just want to get social, take a cooking class or join a support group. Find an existing or start your own!” -Karena & Katrina, ToneItUp.com
If You Resolve to Save Money:
“Get out of the restaurant and back into the kitchen! You’ll make healthier food choices while fattening your wallet at the same time. By cooking simple, fresh food at home you can serve your family healthy meals at nearly half the cost of a trip to your local restaurant. Not a chef? No worries! Focus on using minimal, quality ingredients versus processed foods loaded with sodium and fat.” -Matt Moore, professional chef and author of Have Her Over for Dinner; A Gentleman’s Guide to Classic, Simple Meals (Related: How Meal-Prep Lunches Can Save You Almost $30 a Week)
If You Resolve to Do Better at Work:
“Be 5-10 minutes early for every meeting. Simply by being a little early, you will reduce stress levels, be more conscious and prepared for clients, and make a better experience for everyone involved.” -Brenda Booth, health and wellness coach and founder of Body One Wellness, LLC
If you Resolve to Further Your Career:
“Whatever your field, it’s beneficial to establish relationships with so-called ‘influencers.’ These are people who are in the loop with industry trends, opportunities, and career insights. Don’t approach them for a job. Instead, view them as mentors or advisers who you reach out to for direction, perspective, and ideas. Make sure they’re busy people… they’re more likely to have dynamic careers and have their hands in a range of initiatives.” -Roy Cohen, career counselor and author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide
If You Resolve to Make Positive Changes:
“What people don’t understand is that to make a lasting change in our life, we must find the energy that is causing us to be stuck or have the unwanted pattern/situation in the first place and release it. Look at it this way: Everyone takes a shower to wash off the outside of our bodies and the dirt and grime we collect every day, but no one teaches us how to clean this up on the inside. If we clear out the old spiritual grime, we can create a new pathway to positive change in our physical daily life.” -Jusstine Kenzer, founder of PsychicGirl.com
If You Resolve to Eat Less:
“Snack more. Snacks can be an integral part of any healthy eating plan and a simple way to start improving the way you eat. Just make sure that your snack is 150 calories or less, rich in fiber to help you feel fuller longer, and that you are truly hungry when snack time arrives and not just eating just to eat.” -Kati Mora, registered dietician and founder of AroundthePlate.org (Related: Exactly What to Do When You Overeat, According to Nutritionist)
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If You Resolve to Have More Time for Yourself:
“Learn to say no. We say “yes” to the things that pull us further away from our priorities (time with family, friends, and self-care) and because of that, we’re overwhelmed and exhausted so we say “no” to the things that give us pleasure, passion, and purpose. Make it a resolution to end “yes and no confusion” and get the right words out at the right time.” -Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach
If You Resolve to Improve Your Relationship:
“Act more loving toward your partner. Say I love you at the start and end of each day and greet each other with warm hug when you come home from work. These small acts can have an enormous impact on the health of your relationship.” -Christina Steinorth, M.A., MFT psychotherapist and author (Related: How to Avoid Fighting with Your S.O. During the Holidays)
If You Resolve to Cut Out Junk Food:
“Simply get the enemy out of your house-no ice cream, no problem!” -JJ Virgin, star of TLC’s Freaky Eaters and author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy
- By By Jené Luciani
How to make better New Year’s resolutions
Like most people, I used to set a New Year’s resolution on January 1st … only to completely abandon it by February.
I’m not alone either. According to U.S. News, 80% of people who set New Year’s resolutions fail to meet their goals. It’s the reason why gyms will be FILLED with people in the first few months of the year, only to thin out as the year goes on.
Frustrated and tired of setting bad goals, I decided to make a change. So I researched new goal-setting methods and discovered a system that not only allowed me to set good goals but keep myself accountable to them as well.
In January, I used this system to set a goal to run a marathon — and I completed it by April.
Me reflecting on my newfound goal-setting skills.
The difference maker: My goals became SMART.
What are SMART goals?
SMART goals are the cure for vague, aimless New Year’s resolution goals like:
- “I want to go to the gym every day.”
- “I want to get rich.”
- “I want to travel more.”
On the surface, they all seem like good New Year’s resolutions. However, they fall prey to the big three sins of goal-setting:
- They unspecific. Sure, you “want to travel more,” but what does that really mean? When are you going to get it done? Where are you going to go? Vagueness is the enemy of good goal-setting.
- They’re unrealistic. Oh, so you want to “get rich” this year? Are you willing to put in the hard work and sweat equity it’ll take to negotiate a raise, find a higher-paying job, or start a side hustle? Most likely not.
- They’re based on willpower — not systems. Human willpower is limited. Sure, you might start out going to the gym every day, but as time goes on you’ll have to use the finite amount of willpower you have to keep it up. Eventually, you abandon the goal altogether.
Enter the SMART goal.
SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-oriented. By filtering your goals through that framework, you’ll be able to create systems to achieve your goals.
Ramit Sethi, I Will Teach You To Be Rich CEO, helped some of his students create SMART goals on Facebook. First, he asked them to share some goals they had.
Then he took. Them. To. SCHOOL.
The results? Night and day.
Their goals became clear, with a defined end point and a system to get them there. That’s the power of a SMART goal.
I want to show you how to create one too.
SMART questions to ask when thinking of New Year’s resolution ideas
For me, I knew I wanted to run a marathon — but that wasn’t enough. I knew I had to create a SMART goal around that crappy goal and that meant asking myself five questions.
Question 1: What is the precise outcome I’m looking for?
This question will help your goal become more focused and specific.
What will your goal achieve? What happens if you accomplish your goal?
The more precision you can give to this answer, the better. For example, I didn’t just want to run more. I wanted to run a marathon, a very specific and defined event.
Some more examples:
- “I want to travel” becomes “I want to travel to Paris.”
- “I want to get rich” becomes “I want to start my own business.”
- “I want to read more books” becomes “I want to read a book a week.”
Consider your own New Year’s resolution ideas. How can you make them more specific? Once you answer that, move onto the next question.
Question 2: How will I know I’ve accomplished the goal?
This might sound painfully obvious.
“When the goal gets finished. Duh!”
But often times, people set goals that don’t have a measurable outcome. Things like “traveling more” or “reading more” won’t get accomplished because there’s no measure for what more means.
Having measurables attached to your resolutions allows you to track them and see how you’re making progress. This is crucial psychologically for achieving your goals, and can keep you motivated to see it through.
- “I want to earn more money” becomes “I want to increase my income by 20%.”
- “I want to start my own business” becomes “I want to start a business that generates $XXX in sales a month.”
- “I want to get stronger” becomes “I want to increase my max bench press weight to 200lbs.”
What does success look like for your New Year’s resolution? How are you going to measure it?
Question 3: How realistic is this goal?
Sure, if you shoot for the moon, you’ll land among the stars — but wouldn’t you have rather just aimed for the stars in the first place?
Okay, that metaphor broke down pretty quickly. The point is that while your goal can be ambitious, it should also be realistic for you.
So if your goal is to “Go to the gym 5x / week” and you’ve never set foot in a gym before, you should probably shoot for something more realistic (e.g., “Go to the gym 2x / week”).
I had already been running half marathons and 10Ks for years before I decided to run my first full marathon. So I knew with proper training, I’d be able to run a marathon in a few months’ time.
I wouldn’t suggest someone who’s never even run a 5K take on the same SMART goal I did. It’s just not realistic for them.
Some more examples:
- “I want to earn $1 million this year” becomes “I want to negotiate a 10% raise in my salary.”
- “I want to become the most popular guy on campus” becomes “I want to talk to one new person each day.”
- “I want to eat a strict vegan diet for one year” becomes “I’m going to eat only vegan food one day / week.”
So think about your own goal. Is it realistic for you? Do you have the skills and knowledge to accomplish your goal? If you don’t, can you easily get those skills?
Question 4: Is this a priority in my life right now?
It’s crazy how many people set arbitrary New Year’s resolutions just because their friends and family are doing it.
Take traveling for example. On social media, you’ll see people posting photos of themselves in exotic locations, having these seemingly awesome experiences. People see these photos of their friends having a great time and say to themselves, “Man, I really should travel more!” So they make it their New Year’s resolution to do so.
As the months go on, they keep moving the day to travel down the road. They never really decide on a destination. And dang, wouldn’t you know it, they’re just so swamped with work right now, there’s no way they’ll be able to get away … and they never end up traveling!
In reality, they never really wanted to travel in the first place. And guess what? That’s totally fine. If traveling isn’t really important to you, you shouldn’t do it.
Here at IWT, we believe in going all in on the parts of life that really matter to you — while mercilessly cutting out everything else.
- Don’t really care about traveling? Don’t do it.
- Getting a six pack isn’t important to you? Don’t bother with that gym membership then.
- Is learning a new language a priority for you now? If not, don’t set aside time to learn.
Focus on the things that truly matter to you — and forget the rest.
Question 5: When will I be finished with the goal?
Attaching a time frame for your goal will allow it to be both measurable and time-oriented. This will give you even more motivation to achieve your goals.
So ask yourself: What’s the deadline for your goal? Will you know in a few days, weeks, or months if you’re on the right track?
I took my marathon running goal and set a deadline for April — the same date a marathon in my hometown was occurring. Knowing that the marathon was just a few months away kept me motivated to train and keep a healthy diet.
Some more examples:
- “I want to earn an extra $1,000 a month from my side hustle within six months.”
- “I want to travel to Germany by July.”
- “I want to run a 5K in three months.”
A time-oriented goal will help you stay focused and motivated to achieve your goal.
Putting SMART goals into action
Using this framework, you’ll be able to turn any vague, crappy New Year’s resolution into an actionable SMART goal.
Bad goal: “I want to be healthier.”
Why it’s bad: It’s vague and not measurable. How do you know when you’re healthier?
SMART goal: “I want to eat three low-fat, low-calorie meals per week and go to the gym at least once a week.”
Why it’s good: Now you have an actionable system with solid metrics to help you see if you’re on track. You’re not just getting healthier. You’re eating three healthy meals and going to the gym each week.
Now do the same for your goal. How can you make it specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-oriented?
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Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions By Using Behavioral Economics
The roadmap to making meaningful change in your personal or professional life can be found in the … discipline of behavioral economics.
Historians trace the “custom of making new year’s resolutions” back to the ancient Babylonians, in the time of King Hammurabi, though they generally credit the early Christians—drawing on their Jewish heritage —with marking the start of a new year as the “occasion for thinking about one’s past mistakes and resolving to do and be better in the future,” the History Channel explains.
We’re still at it, some 4,000 years after the custom began, and most of us, truth be told, really just go through the motions. We’re not serious about meeting the goals we set for ourselves.
In fact, most New Year’s resolutions will be broken in a matter of weeks, studies show. By the time 2020 is over the overwhelming majority of these self-imposed promises to change our ways will have gone by the wayside.
The most common New Year’s resolutions are personal: lose weight, exercise more, become a better listener, be less critical of others, spend more time with family, give more to charity.
Some focus on business and professional goals. Over the past 18 months, for example, I’ve suggested on this platform that company managers and leaders need to become more agile, engaged, global and proactive, get out of the office more, and do more to help others succeed, becoming sponsors rather than just mentors. With a little effort and creativity, all of these suggestions could translate into New Year’s Resolutions.
But why bother if you’re not going to make it happen?
I don’t mean to sound like a scold, because I’ve broken more than my fair share of resolutions, but most of us make these resolutions with the same seriousness as a country club drunk who, after resolving to sober up, toasts his resolution with a double shot. As the Chinese say, “ganbei.”
If you’re really serious about making a meaningful change in your personal or professional life, it doesn’t have to be this way. You just have to create the proper conditions for predictable success. The roadmap can be found in a discipline known as behavioral economics.
Without getting bogged down in academic jargon or technical minutiae, the idea behind behavioral economics is not nearly as complicated as its name might imply. In short: If you want a certain outcome you need to nudge yourself toward behaviors that will lead to that outcome and away from behaviors that might lead you to stray from that outcome.
The notion that incentives affect one’s economic decisions and actions is not new, of course. In many ways, it’s at the very heart of Adam Smith’s theories in “The Wealth of Nations,” the 1776 treatise that “changed the world,” in the words of The New York Times . We’re not that ambitious. We’re not trying to change the world. We’d just like to help people succeed when they resolve to make positive changes in their lives, teams and organizations.
In the vernacular of behavioral economics, the advantage of making promises to yourself at the beginning of a new year is that it gives you an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start. They call it (hold on to your chair!) the “fresh start effect.”
As Julia Dhar, leader of BCG’s behavioral economics initiative, BeSmart—and, I add with pride, a fellow Australian—told me: “If you can train your mind to declare a fresh start, the probability of success goes way up.”
But it takes more than that, of course. The mere declaration of a fresh start may improve the odds, but it doesn’t incentivize success.
What does incentivize success, she said, are the following:
Set specific goals and put them in writing. You can’t fudge when they’re down on paper. But don’t try to change everything; pick one goal, such as becoming more customer oriented. The more focused you are, the better odds of success.
Make your goals public. That’s right: Post your goals; share them at a staff or leadership meeting; discuss them with others. This is a tough one for many people, because if you tell your friends and colleagues what you intend to accomplish, and you then give up, back down or change your mind, you risk embarrassing yourself. So there’s an obvious incentive to stick with it.
Introduce third-party accountability into the effort. This is different than making your goals public. This is when you get a friend, colleague or family member involved in your personal project. For example, you meet a friend on the same corner each morning and run two miles together. You now have an obligation to show up, as promised, and you don’t want to let your friend down.
Have very clear consequences for failure. Dhar, my behavioral economics guru, says, “There has to be a cost to failure,” in a public sense, financial sense, and/or emotional sense.
“Accountability,” Dhar said, “is the special sauce that determines success.” If you take the first two steps alone, she said, research published in this very publication indicates that people succeed about 20% of the time—or, from the other perspective, fail about 80% of the time. If they take all four steps, she says, the reverse is true: The success rate is 80%.
Happy New Year and Good Luck.
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Like many people, I have a long list of failed New Year’s resolutions, most of which involve exercise and not drinking on the weeknights. But a few years ago, I made a resolution that I actually managed to follow through on: I resolved to cook more meat. At the time, I liked to cook, and was even pretty good at it, but I found cooking meat intimidating, so I mostly avoided it. It was a perfect resolution, because it was easy, and I wanted to do it anyway (and I had just been given a Dutch oven for Christmas). Over the next year, I made a conscious effort to try recipes that involved meat, and now I know how to braise short ribs and make Marcella Hazan’s Bolognese.
In the spirit of self-improvement, here are 20 easy New Year’s resolutions from the Cut staff.
1. Walk More
“My New Year’s Resolution is to walk. I am constantly suffering side-eyes from my friends (and my bank account) for taking ride-shares everywhere I go. I recently moved to New York, and between commuting and exploring new neighborhoods, I’ve been forced to be a little less lazy about putting one foot in front of the other. I’m not sure if leaning into something you have to do counts as a resolution, but I bought a FitBit to track my steps and I find myself walking past the closest subway stops to get a couple more blocks in each day.” —Adrienne Green, senior editor
2. Stand Up Straighter
“My best and easiest resolution was to have better posture, which basically just meant reminding myself to stand up straight all the time. I tended to slouch if I was in an intimidating situation — interviews, big social gatherings — so I wouldn’t let myself go into a room without straightening up. I treated it like checking your eyeliner or hair. I also made sure to pick chairs with backs if that was an option. And now I have good posture.” —Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz, senior writer
3. Wake Up 15 Minutes Earlier Every Day
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have 15 minutes to yourself every morning? You can have it, if you just: Wake up 15 minutes earlier every day. It won’t make you that much sleepier, and you’ll get to read a chapter of your book while having coffee. Or you can just have a moment of peace!” —Kelly Conaboy, writer-at-large
4. Bike to Work
“Instead of squeezing yourself onto a packed, rundown subway car in the morning — or taking a cab, if that’s something people still do — bike to work. It’s meditative, great exercise, fun, cheap, and believe it or not, very easy! The only hard part is getting yourself in the habit. Once you get past that short, early stage, though, you’ll start to subconsciously grab your helmet on your way out of your apartment. (Yes, we urge you to wear a helmet.)” —Amanda Arnold, writer
5. Go to More Museums
“An easy resolution I made last year is to go to more museums. Mostly this turned into inviting friends to spend afternoons at the Brooklyn Museum, which is near my apartment (and a lovely way to spend a Sunday), but it also led me to discover other museums around the city that I hadn’t been to yet, like the Cloisters and the Transit Museum. I don’t know how often you go to museums, so ‘more’ can really mean whatever you want. This makes it a very attainable resolution.” —Madeleine Aggeler, senior writer
6. Read for Fun
“In prior years I’ve set a numbered reading goal for myself, which quickly became competitive — if I read 50 books one year, I had to read 60 the next, and so on, and soon that got impossible to fulfill. Last year I resolved to ‘read for fun,’ which meant that I could quit books I wasn’t really into, and focus on reading quality over quality. I read fewer books, but reading never felt like a chore.” —Katie Heaney, senior health writer
7. Stop Reading Bad Books
“A couple years ago I resolved not to force myself to finish reading books I wasn’t enjoying, and to stop feeling bad for rereading books I’ve already read and loved. There are countless amazing books in the world. In my life I’ll be able to read a tiny fraction of them. Why waste time and energy forcing myself to read ones I don’t want to? And now I reread oldies when I’m in a reading rut and need something reliable to ease me back in.” —Rachel Bashein, managing editor
8. Try on Clothes in Stores
“Last year, my resolution was to try on more clothes in stores, as opposed to ordering them online and trying at home. This wasn’t some personal attempt to save the dying retail industry, but rather to save some money on shipping and generally buy less stuff. I was more addicted to the act of buying something online than the actual thing I was buying. The number of packages piled up in my lobby started to get out of hand, and I didn’t want to be a part of it anymore. I found that visiting stores and even just touching what I wanted fulfilled my need to browse, and usually made the desire to buy instantly go away. It’s now a little ritual of mine. I walk around Soho for like 30 minutes after work, and go home happily empty-handed.” —Emilia Petrarca, fashion news writer
9. Dry January
“I do Dry January every year, because it’s extremely easy to cut out drinking cold turkey for one month. That always works better for me than slippery rules like not drinking during the week, and afterward I’m able to actually enjoy it much more.” —Bridget Read, writer
10. Take More Selfies
“In 2020, I’d love to become a person who takes selfies. And by that I mean, actual good ones. I have a fair share of them on my phone, but the resulting photo is never good enough for main feed status. So, I want to take more selfies and learn how to take good ones.” —Kerensa Cadenas, senior editor
11. Gossip More
“I’m from a family of inveterate shit-talkers, and at some point in the past five years I started to find it all off-putting, so I made a concerted effort to cut down on gossip. But I think I went too far. Gossip is great! It’s a social glue. It allows you to bond with people and pick up valuable information. I started dialing it back up this year and immediately found that my life was more fun. I’m still going to try to, you know, be a decent human, but I think gossiping more is going to make 2020 much better.” —Izzy Grinspan, deputy style editor
12. Don’t Take an Improv Class
“Every year I think about taking an improv class, but this year will be different because I’ve decided in advance not to entertain the thought. Inevitably, there will come a moment, probably in the spring, when a friend tells me with a sly, embarrassed smile that she’s ‘started taking improv classes,’ and I’ll be ready when she does, responding with mature curiosity and understanding rather than shrieks of, ‘Oh cool, I’ve always wanted to do that!’ Because I don’t.” —Hannah Gold, writer
13. Start Fermenting
“Fermentation can sound daunting, but if you decide to make one fermented thing — kimchi, sourdough, hot sauce, etc. — you won’t feel so intimidated. Last year, I got very into making kombucha, which was a downright joy; I loved adding different fruits into the mix to see how their flavor changed over time. I imagine that’s how scientists feel when they make potions or whatever.” —Amanda Arnold, writer
14. Get Renters Insurance
“My personal mission going into 2020 is to make everyone I know get renters insurance. This past year, I had friends experience all sorts of apartment tragedies: one friend’s pipe burst, flooding her living room and destroying all her furniture, one friend was robbed, and another saw their building go up in flames. Initially, I was hesitant to add an additional monthly bill to the mix. But when my boyfriend and I moved in together and tallied up the estimated worth of our belongings, I realized we couldn’t afford not to insure our stuff. Now, we pay about $20 dollars a month for renters insurance. It’s more than worth it for the peace of mind.” —Anne Cruz, intern
15. Hug Your Family
“I don’t like hugs. I hate them, in fact — a casual, meaningless hug spreads germs and social discomfort. But I dislike hugs so much I sometimes forget to give sincere hugs to the members of my family. In 2020 I resolve to hug my loved ones more, and I think you should too. (But only the people you truly love, no one else.) Each hug should just take a brief moment!” —Jen Gann, senior editor
16. Try New Things
“This isn’t my resolution, but my mom’s that I like. It’s just ‘try new things.’ For her that means Mahjong. But depending on who you are, it could mean anything from moving to another country or switching careers, or just trying and then hating a new salad at Sweetgreen. Try new things! Easy to accomplish and perfectly vague.” —Sarah Spellings, fashion writer
17. Learn the Em Dash Shortcut
“This year, I’m resolving to learn and use the em dash shortcut. For some reason, I’ve never bothered to learn it, and for years, I’ve been using two hyphens (–), even though this is the kind of sloppy error that drives me nuts. But I recently Googled the keyboard shortcut (shift-option-hyphen on a Mac, if you’re wondering) and have been forcing myself to use it. Turns out, it’s pretty satisfying!” —Erica Schwiegershausen, editor
“I often get anxious when I think about the future — if I’m making all the ‘right’ choices, if I’m doing everything within the ‘right’ time frame. There’s so much pressure to have certain aspects of your life figured out by certain ages, and it’s bullshit. In 2020 I want to let go of the notion that I’m running out of time, and just enjoy the now.” —Alexia LaFata, SEO editor
19. Wash My BeautyBlender Once a Week
“My New Year’s Resolution is to wash my BeautyBlender once a week. This is fueled by a terrifying (but not thoroughly conclusive) U.K. study that alleged that there are “deadly superbugs” lurking in our unwashed makeup bags. I currently wash my BeautyBlender … let’s just say, not enough. I think we are all fine, but let’s be safe — I don’t want the human race to be taken down by a dirty sponge.” —Kathleen Hou, beauty director
20. Cook More
“I’ve always thought of cooking as just a socially acceptable way of wasting my own time. Why would I take precious hours out of my day to make cookies, or meat, or whatever, if they aren’t going to last forever and I’ll just have to do it all over again the next time I want them? But I’ve started to realize that wasting time isn’t the worst thing, and, in fact, I should probably do more of it. What big important things would I be doing anyway? This year, I’m procrastinating in the kitchen.” —Jordan Larson, essays editor
Don’t let this year’s resolutions be empty promises to yourself.
As one wild year comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to the upcoming new year. For many, that means looking for New Year’s resolution ideas and setting new goals. But if you’re like most people, that also probably means seeing those resolutions fly out the window before Valentine’s Day (if you’re lucky).
It’s great to make resolutions; they’re a way for us to look forward to the new year with optimism that is active, rather than passive. It’s a proclamation of how you want the new year to be better and how you’re going to do it. The problem comes when those resolutions are too generic and impossible to measure.
This year, look at your career and set some firm, measurable goals that you can actually track and achieve. Here are 17 workplace goals for the new year that will make it your best work year ever.
1. Do five things to stay healthier at work
Everyone is concerned about health, and losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions out there. You spend a lot of time at work, so consider what you can do for your health while you’re there. Try to think of five simple ways to stay healthier at work. Pack a sensible lunch. Take the stairs. Get up and stretch every hour. Test out a standing desk. Switch your office chair for an exercise ball. Think small and you’ll find that those little things add up.
2. Learn a new skill
No matter what field you are in, there are hundreds of new skills you can learn that could benefit your career. Is there one you’ve been meaning to learn? Set it as one of your work goals for the year and get it done. You won’t regret it. If it can enhance your work in your current job, your company might even be willing to pay for it!
Reading does wonders for your mind. No matter your job, there is a book out there that can improve your performance, your outlook, or your personal habits. Even if you think you already know what you need to know, reading a great book on professional development can give you a new perspective.
4. Update your resume
When is the last time you gave your resume a thorough look-through? Is the style still current? Is the information correct? Make it a work goal for the year to review and edit your resume, even if you don’t plan on applying anywhere. It’s always best to update your resume periodically before you lose track of the information you need.
5. Create at least one new professional networking connection per month
There’s no downside to increasing the size of your professional network. You probably meet people all the time, but do you take the time to listen, grab their business card, and connect with them? Try to find at least one person per month to add to your LinkedIn connections and watch your network blossom.
6. Review and improve your LinkedIn profile
Speaking of LinkedIn, how does your profile look? In the professional world, LinkedIn is crucial to your overall personal brand. Just like your resume, you need to keep the information, tone, and look of it up to date. Check out some of your connections’ profiles and see if they’re doing anything different that positively grabs your attention. If so, tweak your page to create a similar effect.If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile or want help writing a winning LinkedIn profile for your job search, consider investing in TopResume’s LinkedIn Makeover service.
Related: 10 Ways to Create a Winning LinkedIn Profile
7. Clean out your physical and digital file cabinets
This New Year’s resolution idea can double as one for home too! Many of us have file cabinets that are filled with old papers that are not remotely relevant to our work anymore. It doesn’t take long to clean them out, and you’ll be glad you did. Weed through those files, recycle what you don’t need, and organize the rest. This goes for your computer files, too.
8. Sign up to follow one relevant blog
There is a world of free information, insider tips, and great motivational writers online. Find a blog that you enjoy, whether it’s specific to your industry or just someone who puts a little pep in your step, and sign up to follow it. Don’t know where to find one? Ask around the office. If you find one your co-workers like, it also becomes a topic for conversation. Win-win!
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9. Find a work mentor
The right mentor can be a powerful tool to propel your career forward. Is there a person at your company — someone who is a step or two above you — who you highly respect? Don’t just look up to them. Ask if he or she is willing to be your work mentor. It works best if it is a recognized relationship between the two of you. Set workplace goals together for the new year and have a little fun while you’re at it.
10. Get a new professional headshot
If you cringe every time you look at your profile photo on LinkedIn, then consider the new year to be a great time to invest in a new one. Depending on your career goals and the type of company culture you like best, your profile photo may be casual or professional in its nature. The key is to select a photo that is high quality — at least 400 x 400 pixels, no larger than 8MB in file size, and does not exceed 20,000 pixels in height or width. Most importantly, you want a picture that truly represents who you are both personally and professionally.
Related: How to Choose the Perfect Profile Picture for LinkedIn
11. Send at least one thank-you note per month
Sending a handwritten thank you is a great way to show your appreciation and professionalism. It feels good, too! Buy a box of thank-you notes that you like. Then, each month, think of someone who did something nice for you. It could have been a LinkedIn recommendation, an introduction to a valuable networking connection, a free lunch, or a small, kind gesture at the office. Even if it’s not related to work, sending a thank you to your mother-in-law for the soup she made when you were under the weather will make you feel good about yourself — and that positivity will show in your work.
12. Join a professional organization
Yes, professional organizations usually cost money. However, the benefits you can receive from the connections you’ll make and what you can learn is often well worth the cost. Look for one that is focused on your favorite part of your career and check out any conferences they hold. A good conference can help you expand your network significantly and boost your work energy for weeks. Not sure how to find a professional association that’s right for you? Start by finding out which groups your colleagues and managers are active in. You can also check out resources like Meetup, 10times, and the Directory of Associations for more options.
13. Measure your work-life balance
We all hear about work-life balance, but how do you measure it? The first step is deciding that you want to see where you are at. Then, find a good, online survey like this one to make it easy. Look over your results and maybe discuss them with your family and friends. With the survey results and the feedback of your loved ones, you can start working towards finding harmony in your work and personal lives.
Related: 8 Steps to Achieving Work-Life Balance
Volunteering is a great way to positively affect the world, and it’s also another way you can feel good about yourself. Find a cause that is meaningful to you and sign up to contribute. You can feed the homeless, pick up trash in a park, raise money for a new local pool, whatever you like. If you really want to step up your game, see if you can get your office to make an official event of it and recruit co-workers to volunteer with you.
15. Get one new professional certification
Is there an empty spot on your resume where you wish you could put “XXXX Certified?” Stop wishing and make it happen! This is a great idea for one of your work goals for the new year as it can advance your career. If it costs money, just think of it as an investment in your future. You can do this!
16. Clean out your email inbox
Just like that file cabinet, your email inbox is probably flooded with old, useless emails. But there are also some in there you can’t lose. Organize your email files, sort those emails, and delete what doesn’t need to be there anymore. You’ll feel a little bit lighter every time you log in.
17. Attend one professional networking event
Networking events are a great opportunity to meet other professionals in your industry that live in your area. You get to make new connections as well as stay on top of what’s happening in your field. Of course, networking events are not comfortable for everyone, so you don’t have to attend them every week. But it is a good idea to put yourself out there at least once per year so you can reap the benefits of these professional gatherings.
Now that you’ve made your New Year’s work resolutions, it’s time to put on your party hat and ring in the new year!
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January 1st is right around the corner!
It’s exciting and maybe a little bit scary, but it’s true – 2020 will be here soon.
Are you thinking about taking on a New Year’s resolution or two?
Cliché or not, deciding to be better is great!
To help you get started, I have a list of good New Year’s resolutions for 2020.
As you’re looking through these ideas keep in mind:
- Rome wasn’t built in a day.
- Progress isn’t linear.
I suggest starting small and focusing on one goal at a time. Because the best resolutions are the ones you can actually keep.
70 New Year’s Resolutions Ideas
1. Drink enough water
This may be one of the most common New Year’s resolution ideas…
But, that doesn’t make it a bad one!
We could all use a little more water in our daily lives. You can keep track of your water intake with an app, journal (free printable) or a marked water bottle.
2. Move more, sit less
Between desk jobs and long commutes, I think we’re all guilty of sitting too much. And it turns out that sitting is the new smoking (it’s terrible for your health!).
Make it a goal to start daily walks, bike rides or running. Just something to get you up and moving a little more often!
3. Make plans to explore & travel
Take camping trips, visit the next town over, or go to National Parks. There are 5 opportunities in 2020 to visit National Parks for free!
Whatever you do, just shake up your usual routine.
4. Prioritize eco-friendly choices
Making a positive impact in the world might feel futile as an average person.
Little decisions add up as a whole, though. Voting with your wallet is an important step you can take towards being more eco-friendly.
5. Volunteer more often
There a lot of mores on this New Year’s resolutions list, huh?
Well, that’s because the goal of self-improvement is to enrich our lives, so we have to add MORE to it!
And volunteering time to help improve your community is a great way to give back.
You can never go wrong with charity work.
6. Adopt an attitude of gratitude
The simple act of giving thanks has scientifically proven benefits.
Gratitude is a small perspective shift, but it can significantly change your life.
7. Send handwritten letters
Older folks, like grandparents & aunts/uncles, LOVE getting snail mail.
Brighten a relative’s day and get in touch with your offline self by sending a few handwritten letters this upcoming year.
Did you know that there are services (like Handwrytten) that handwrite letters/cards for you?
Pretty neat to know if you’re ever running short on time or you just don’t love your own handwriting.
8. Spend 5 minutes a day cleaning
Cleaning just a few minutes each day will keep small messes from snowballing into a bigger problem.
Maybe some areas are already looking like a disaster zone. The 5-minute technique will make dealing with it feel more manageable.
9. Call mom/siblings/grandparents more
Be the one who makes the first move!
A phone call is always more personal than a text or email. And people close to you, such as your mom, really appreciate hearing from you.
It’s only because they love you sooooo much. ❤
10. Pick a time to wake up & stick to it!
It’ll be difficult at first with your warm, comfy bed calling to you. But in the long run, waking up at the same time will help you get better sleep.
Which in turn, is great for your health!
11. Develop a skincare routine
Tire of never being able to predict when your skin is going to be irritated and when it’s going to be clear? Or maybe you just want to up your game?
Make 2020 the year you get serious about your skincare!
This guide is a great place to start. It’s super helpful for when you have no idea where to begin.
12. Live simply, consume less
You don’t have to go whole hog with a minimalist lifestyle, but try being a little more conscious of your spending decisions.
You’ll end up saving money and decreasing junk clutter in your life. Win-win!
13. Be consistent with meal times
New research has revealed that breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. In fact, it’s better to skip it altogether when it comes to weight loss.
If you want to give your metabolism a boost:
Develop regular eating patterns.
Several studies (1, 2, 3) have found evidence that irregular meal frequency is linked to negative consequences. Eating irregularly (i.e. snacking at random times) can send confusing signals to your body.
Consistency helps your digestive system know what to expect. Which in turn, helps it functions better.
14. Perfect one recipe
I’m sure you can make scrambled eggs. But can you make perfect scrambled eggs?
Pick a recipe you love and truly master it. Get familiar with it so that you can remember every step by heart.
15. Turn on music instead of the TV
I like having white noise in the background when I’m doing stuff. Music is a nice alternative to flipping on a show. To me, it’s more motivating and way less distracting.
There are always better things to be doing than watching TV!
16. Remember your goals and the big picture
It’d be a shame if all the New Year’s resolution planning you did went to waste.
Be sure to write down your goals and keep them somewhere where you’ll remember to do them. Like in a planner!
Related: The Best Planners for Students (11 Affordable Buys)
17. Set a monthly budget
The first step to taking control of your finances is evaluating where you are.
Reexamining your budget (at least monthly) is the key to long term budgeting success. Give it a shot with a free budget template.
18. Try something new
This idea is pretty open-ended:
You could try: yoga, baking, DIY projects, meditation or art classes. The list goes on and on!
What’s something you’ve been wanting to try?
19. Take breaks more often
The Pomodoro technique is a productivity hack that really works.
Here’s how it works:
20. Floss every day
Your dentist (and teeth) will love you for it!
21. Practice intentional breathing
Intentional breathing is the quickest way to recalibrate the nervous system. It’s a simple but powerful tool for reducing stress.
Studies (1, 2) also suggest that breath control has other health benefits.
22. Ditch one bad habit
It could be nail-biting, smoking, eating out of boredom, etc.
Just pick one bad habit that’s dragging you down and work on eliminating it from your life.
You can’t expect perfection overnight, but with consistency, you’re sure to achieve your goal.
23. Create a bedtime routine
This circles back to having a set time for waking up every day!
As easy as it is to get sucked into playing with your phone all night, it’s been shown to have negative effects on your health.
24. Get in touch with your creative side
Paint, draw, read, dance – do things that inspire you! Get back in touch with your creative side in the upcoming year.
25. Make time for self-care
Out of all of the New Year’s resolution ideas, this one should be a priority!
Do something nice for yourself once a week. It could be making time to read your favorite book, enjoying a long bath, or treating yourself to a manicure.
Pick something that recharges your batteries BIG time.
26. Embrace spontaneity
Challenge the idea of what kind of person you are. Be open to impromptu decisions!
You don’t have to say “yes”, to every spur of the moment opportunity. But do try to go with the flow when you can.
27. Go Skydiving
…because, why not do it at least once?
Life is short and it’s not as expensive as you may think! Prices start around $120.
28. Use to-do lists
Start making use of to-do lists on the daily and you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish.
29. Clean out your inbox
Start the year right with a fresh email inbox!
Instead of just deleting emails you don’t read, unsubscribe to them. Now they won’t be clogging your inbox all the time.
30. Get rid of underutilized subscriptions
While you’re decluttering:
You might as well take a look at your subscriptions. Evaluate which ones you get the most use out of and which ones can go on the chopping block.
31. Take a 24-hour break from social media every month
You know it’s good for you, you just have to make yourself do it.
32. Complete a no-spend month
A no-spend month is a real test for your self-control. It’s a great way to “reset” your relationship with money, too.
33. Slow down while eating and savor each bite
Live in the moment, live in the now!
As a bonus:
Slow eaters are 42% less likely to be overweight or obese. Food for thought (bad pun intended).
34. Take time to appreciate your accomplishments
A lot of modern-day life is go, go, go. Once one thing is finished, it’s on to the next.
Break the status quo and take a little time to appreciate yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back next time you finish a task because you did good!
35. Make coffee at home more often to save money
It turns out that:
Crafting cold brew coffee is surprisingly simple! I personally use this cold brew coffee maker, which makes it even easier.
Don’t forget to treat yourself to a special coffee occasionally, too.
36. Start a dream journal
I think that dreams are SO interesting. The details fade almost immediately, though.
Use a dream journal to capture the weird and wacky recesses of your mind. It’ll be so fun to read the entries later!
37. Clean out your closet
Seriously! How much clothing do you have hanging up in there that you never wear?
Take some time this year to go through your belongs and declutter your life.
What you end up not keeping you can donate, or even sell for some cash.
38. Work on creating a more balanced life
Striving for more balance in your life is an excellent goal.
39. Try going Meatless on Mondays
Reduce your meat consumption a little and help the planet out.
40. Reduce your debt
Getting out of debt is a good New Year’s resolution, but that might not be possible.
However, one thing you can certainly do is reduce your total debt.
41. Go to a local, live music concert
I think that:
New Year goals should be a mix of self-improvement and fun goals.
So have as much fun as you can this year! Drop-in on local shows and see what’s happening.
42. Swap soda or other sugary drinks for tea
Research has shown that sugar causes inflammation in the body.
Cutting down your intake of sugar (and other mysterious ingredients) is sure to have a positive effect on your life.
43. Try a fitness class
Are you more motivated by group sports than solo ones?
Give water aerobics, spinning, Pilates, hip-hop or belly dancing a try to get your sweat on!
44. Learn a new language
If you have aspirations to travel the world someday, learning a new language will be super useful.
There are even free apps (like Duolingo) that can teach you.
45. Do a little act of kindness weekly
A little kindness goes a long way. ❤
Some small acts of kindness ideas:
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru
- Pay for an expired parking meter
- Pick up a piece of trash on the ground
46. Keep a notepad next to your bed for ideas that come to you at night
I always feel like my best ideas come to me at night.
So this year I plan to keep a pen and some paper on my nightstand. I’m not letting those good ideas get away anymore.
47. Start your morning with a stretching routine
You’re not getting any younger, and you’re gonna want to preserve the mobility you have now for as long as possible.
Adding a stretching routine to your day is in your best interest. I like to do mine in the morning, but really any time of day will work.
48. Go through your music library
Audit your music library and rediscover songs you forgot about. And clear out the songs you can’t stand anymore because you listened to them way too many times.
49. Find a workout buddy
Workouts are better with friends!
They can give you the little extra motivation needed to really push yourself at the gym.
50. Practice the “Do-It-Now” rule
Is procrastination something you struggle with?
If something will take you 10 minutes or less to accomplish – take care of it right away. The next time you encounter a small task, think “do it now”.
51. Keep a jar of things you are grateful for during the year
I love this New Year’s resolution idea!
It’ll be nice to pull out your gratitude jar during Thanksgiving and reflect on the year.
52. Check out your local farmers/flea market
Get out into your local community and see what it’s got to offer.
Adding locally grown fruits and veggies to your plate is sure to give you the warm fuzzies inside. For more than one reason!
53. Record 1 second of your life every day
Record 1 second everyday for an epic movie of your life.
54. Double the time you spend outside
Did you know that 42% of Americans are vitamin D deficit?
You can up your own vitamin D just by spending 20-30 minutes a day in direct sunlight. It’s as simple as walking your dog or going for a walk/hike.
55. Wear sunscreen daily, even when it’s cloudy!
Since you’ll be spending more time outside it’s important to protect your skin.
Because it turns out that:
Clouds don’t filter out UV rays, and you’re actually more at risk for skin damage on cloudy days.
56. Put a kit of essentials in your car
With the California wildfires in mind…
It’s never a bad idea to have a bag of essentials in your car, in case you need to leave NOW.
Think things like:
- Jumper cables
- non-perishable snacks
- a spare phone charger
- a blanket
- sunscreen, etc.
57. Deep clean your keyboard
Keyboards can be really nasty under the keys.
Be sure to give yours a deep cleaning to get out all of the crumbs (and other things) stuck inside there.
And if it’s been a while, I’m sure you’ll be amazed (and disgusted) by what you find.
58. Organize your photos
Organizing your photos is another great idea on this list of New Year’s resolutions.
It’ll only make locating your favorite memories easier.
Delete duplicate pictures, and put them into folders! Make them quick to search for.
59. Delete unused apps on your phone
Spring clean and organize everything in your life!
Getting rid of unused apps will probably help your phone run a little smoother, too.
60. Put your phone away an hour before bed
Creating better sleeping habits is a process.
Electronics can disrupt your body’s natural circadian rhythm. Opt for reading a book instead of scrolling through social media before bed.
61. Watch a few documentaries
Documentaries are a great way to learn new information while being entertained.
Expand your horizons by watching a few documentaries in 2020.
62. Start a recipe box or journal
Save all your favorites so you never have to wonder what you should make for dinner.
It’ll also be nice to pass along to your kids in the future!
63. Complete one money-saving challenge
Personal growth is all about challenging yourself. So why not take on the challenge of saving money?
Sacrifice a little and watch your savings grow! Find tons of money-saving challenges here.
64. Send thank-you cards
The Dollar Store is a great place to buy cards of any kind.
65. Work on lowering your daily sugar intake
Sugar is in everything these days.
And the scary part is sugar causes inflammation in your body. Track how much sugar you consume in a typical day – you might be surprised by the total.
Slowly swap processed food for whole foods and watch your daily sugar intake drop.
66. Read at least one book each month
Now is the perfect time to start working on your to-read list that’s been collecting dust for too long.
There are too many good books out there to not be a reader.
67. Get an annual checkup
When was the last time you went to the doctor?
68. Put together an emergency kit
Try this easy-to-make 5-gallon bucket kit.
69. Balance your checkbook (debit account) daily
Don’t let your spending get out of hand and spoil your budget!
It’s easy to stay on track when there’s an app right on your phone.
I’ve been using Wismo because it’s simple and I like that. The daily reminders are pretty helpful for my forgetful self, too.
70. Start habit tracking
You could keep track of your eating habits by writing it down or using an app like MyFitnessPal. But habit tracking is more than just calorie counting.
It’s a great idea to use a habit tracker for any good habit you want to develop. Tracking helps you stick with it in the long run!
What are the most popular resolutions?
The top 5 New Year’s resolutions in 2019 (according to a survey):
Check out the infographic to see a breakdown by state.
Are New Year’s resolutions effective?
Resolutions for the new year are more effective than commonly believed.
But 80% of resolutions fail by February, right? John Norcross’ research is cited as the source of this information. And he calls the statistic, “nonsense.” The psychology professor has found that by June, 40% of people haven’t given up on their goals. Data from a Statista survey shows that 54% of Americans did not make any New Year’s resolutions for 2018. And out of those who did, a whopping 61% stuck to all, most, or some of their New Year’s resolutions.
Why do New Year’s resolutions fail?
Resolutions often fail is because they aren’t specific.
For instance, “eating healthier” is a vague goal. It doesn’t address how you’re going to eat healthier.
“Eat a salad 5 days a week and drink no more than 2 sodas per month” is a specific goal. New Year’s resolutions stand a much better chance when you make them SMART goals.
Video: how to set SMART goals
Final thoughts on ideas for New Year’s resolutions
So those are my ideas for good New Year’s resolutions to try in 2020. A new year represents 364 new opportunities to make a change for the better.
Take it one day at a time and don’t be too hard on yourself. Every step, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Do you have any more good ideas I should add to this list?
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Truly Good New Year’s Resolutions for 2020
Lose weight. Quit social media. Cut out alcohol completely. Blah blah blah snoozefest. These are all good goals, don’t get me wrong. But we set the same New Year’s resolutions every single year and then… never really stick to them. So, for 2020, why not shake things up a bit and try creating resolutions of a different variety?
55 New Year’s Resolutions to Try for 2020
1. Focus on a Passion, Not the Way You Look
Influencer Mik Zazon, who’s on a mission to “normalize normal bodies,” tells Parade, “… I want to inform readers that resolutions are in fact NOT an invitation to start a diet or a workout plan but a beautiful reminder that a new year can bring new life to our passions.”
Still want to find a better you, physically, in 2020? In that case…
2. Work out to feel good, not be thinner.
Instead of obsessing over the scale, obsess over how amazing you feel since you started being more active. Numbers don’t mean much.
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3. Stop gossiping.
Don’t be that person. Spread positivity.
4. Give one compliment a day.
You never know—it just might make that person feel a whole lot better.
5. Go a whole day without checking your email.
Nobody’s going to die. It can wait until tomorrow.
6. Do Random Acts of Kindness
Norbert, the famous therapy dog, reminds us that anyone can be kind, and it costs you nothing.
“I may be only 3 pounds, but it’s not the size of the dog, it’s the size of the heart that counts. Through social media, I love to bring joy into people’s lives by making them smile with my photos and videos … I think acts of kindness and generosity make the world a better place. We call my community of nearly two million followers worldwide the ‘Norberthood.’ We encourage caring and compassion and believe it is better to be thoughtful and kind than to bully. Let’s spread smiles together! As I say, you don’t have to be big to make a BIG difference in the world.”
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7. Read a book a month.
Haven’t you heard? Reading is good for your brain, it can reduce stress, and it can improve your memory and concentration.
8. Go someplace you’ve never been.
Step outside of your comfort zone and do something daring. It’s good for the soul and forces you to learn new things.
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9. Clear out the clutter.
Clutter is literally bad for your health. Research says it stresses you out. Make 2020 the year of organization and cleanliness.
10. Turn off your phone one night a week.
You’re sleeping anyway. You don’t need it!
11. Reduce your waste.
Some research says that the average American produces over 2,000 pounds of trash every year. Gross. Reduce your waste by ditching paper towels in favor of rags you cut up from old towels and clothes. Another easy switch is reusable grocery bags. It makes a difference!
Not only is volunteering good for your own mental and physical health, but you’re doing something kind and selfless for others.
13. Travel on a small budget.
“Traveling on a budget is all about flexibility and being willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort and luxury in favor of seeing the world and the life-changing experiences that travel comes with,” says Eli Solidum, The Partying Traveler. “A lot of people have the idea that travel needs to be luxurious and holidays need to be expensive for them to be fun. My experience over the last three years of budget backpacking says otherwise.”
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14. Write down one thing you’re grateful for every night.
End the night with gratitude and you’ll feel better when you lay your head down on your pillow.
15. Drink more water.
You’ve probably heard that your body needs it. 75 percent of us are chronically dehydrated. Drink up!
16. Take some of your paychecks and put it in savings or investment.
Even just a small percentage can really add up down the line. Plan for the future and don’t be silly with your money.
17. Stop multi-tasking.
Multi-tasking can lead to memory problems, it reduces our brains’ grey matter, it hurts productivity and efficiency, and it can even increase stress, anxiety, and depression. Focus on one thing at a time.
18. Talk to yourself with kindness.
We aim to be nice to others but then criticize ourselves relentlessly. Stop! Think nicer things about yourself.
19. Walk to a coworker’s office instead of emailing them.
We sit entirely too much, and the Mayo Clinic says sitting can be as deadly as smoking and obesity. Not good.
20. Don’t buy things you don’t need.
Bad habit. We love to spend money even if it’s for no good reason. Don’t need it? Don’t buy it.
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21. Keep a journal.
The University of Rochester Medical Center says that journaling can help battle anxiety, stress, and depression. Even if you write only a few sentences, you can reap the benefits.
22. Clean out your car.
It’s so easy for it to become trashed, especially if you drive a lot. Spot clean as you go so that your ride is always looking sharp.
23. Put your bills on autopay.
If this won’t put you under any financial stress, do it! It’s one less thing you have to think about and you’ll never pay late fees again. Win-win.
24. Take the stairs.
It’s good for your caboose.
25. Go to the dentist when you’re supposed to.
Your oral health can actually have an impact on things that are happening in other parts of your body, like your heart and lungs.
“I think everyone who uses social media should strive to empathize more with strangers and respond to others on the internet with kindness,” says Julia, also known as itsblitzzz. “Don’t let hate or bullying be motivation for interacting on social platforms.”
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27. Let go of grudges.
Wouldn’t it be nice to start 2020 with a clean slate? Leave hate behind. Anger is so 2019.
28. Stay in touch with the people who matter.
Even a quick call, text, or email can make a world of difference.
29. Try a totally new restaurant.
Go on. Be adventurous. Get that strange sushi roll or try the Indian restaurant that just opened up down the street.
30. Join a club or Meetup.
Make new friends. See new people. Do new stuff. Let yourself blossom in 2020.
“No status updates, no photos… just go on vacation and not tell anyone,” says travel writer Reannon Muth. “That might seem silly but in a world where ‘it didn’t happen unless you post it about it on Instagram,’ it can be a challenge to resist the temptation to post that sunset beach photo or poolside cocktail selfie.”
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A cup of coffee, a good book and a warm ocean breeze = my version of heaven. #norwegianencore #cruiselife #travel #adventure
32. Bring a plant into your home.
They might help reduce your stress and improve your productivity.
33. Sanitize your personal belongings.
Cell phones might be the dirtiest things we touch all day, with 25,127 bacteria per square inch. Nasty.
34. Start one new hobby.
Bonus points if it’s something you feel like you’re not good at.
35. Buy less plastic.
It’s polluting our oceans, destroying the earth, and hurting animals. Be more aware of what you’re buying.
36. Send handwritten letters.
Nobody does this anymore, and it’s such a thoughtful, genuine gesture. Make somebody’s day!
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37. Donate clothes you never wear.
We tend to hang onto stuff “just in case.” If you haven’t worn it in a year, give someone else the chance to.
38. Pay off your credit card every month.
And if something is so expensive, you think that you won’t be able to? Don’t buy it.
39. Avoid people who complain a lot.
It doesn’t matter how positive a person you are. Negativity spreads, and it will impact you. And on a similar note…
40. Remove negativity or anything that makes you feel lousy.
Even things like super sad movies or news sources that just upset you.
41. Travel somewhere with no map.
“I’d also recommend going on a road trip without using Apple or Google maps. No GPS. Just start driving and see where it takes you,” says Muth. “You’ll never know what sort of fun and exciting adventure you’ll end up on as a result.”
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42. Wear sunscreen.
The sun can do damage even when you’re driving in the car. Make SPF your new best friend.
43. Cook more.
It’s therapeutic, and you’ll probably end up with something pretty darn delicious.
44. Get a Real Haircut
Some of us are so attached to our hair — literally and figuratively. Chop off a few inches. You might feel like a new person.
45. Do Something That Scares You
Whether it’s skydiving or even just singing karaoke at a crowded bar, in 2020, practice a little bravery.
46. Make Your Bed Every Morning
Making your bed helps you accomplish something first thing in the morning and thus starts your day with success.
47. Stay on Top of Your Inbox
Is the number of unread messages creeping up on you? Stay on top of it and aim to clear your inbox out throughout the week.
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48. Try Guided Meditation
Meditation offers a whole host of science-based benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety and improved memory and attention span. Try an app like Headspace.
49. Stretch It Out
We spend so much time sitting and staring at our phones, all hunched over. Loosen up those tight muscles with even just five minutes of stretching each day.
50. Craft Something Yourself
Even if you’re not the most artsy, DIY-type of person, the satisfaction you get from making something with your own hands is undeniable. It can be as small as a candle or as big as a coffee table.
51. Go to Bed Happy Each Night
“Never go to bed angry.” It’s a cliche, but it’s true. Aim to start and end each day with happiness and gratitude.
52. Spot Clean as You Go
Overwhelmed by a filthy house you have to clean from top to bottom each weekend? Simple solution: Clean as you go. Wash dirty dishes after each meal and wipe down toilets and countertops throughout the week. Easy peasy.
53. Pay it Forward
Did someone do something nice for you recently? 2020 is a great time to do something nice for another. Maybe you’ll pay for someone’s coffee in the Starbucks drive-thru or buy a meal for a homeless person. Receive good things, and spread them, too.
54. Talk Less, Listen More
Good things happen and you learn and notice so much when you spend more time listening.
55. Whatever Your Goals Are, Write Them Down
People who write down their goals are 42 percent more likely to achieve them. Whatever you want in 2020, commit it to paper.
Learn more about how to change your mindset to achieve even your biggest goals.
20 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Inspire You
The new year is almost here and it’s time to set some resolutions. With the motivation of a new year driving you to succeed, now’s the time to set some goals and stick to them. While you may be worried about your resolutions not lasting, having a clear goal will always deliver more improvements than not. To set yourself up for success, be specific and realistic about your resolutions. Also, remember to reward yourself regularly and not give up after a setback. After all, changing both your behaviour and mindset is never easy, but it certainly is worth the effort.
New Year’s Resolution Ideas
From setting yourself healthier goals to making changes that’ll allow you to get the most out of life, here are twenty New Year’s resolution ideas that’ll see you become the best version of yourself.
1. Get Healthy / Lose Weight
Getting healthy and losing weight are two of the most common New Year’s resolution ideas. They’re also two resolutions that tend to fail. The key to sticking to this goal is to be clear about what you want to achieve. Instead of simply intending to get healthier, set specific goals, such as quitting fast food, soda or sweets, drinking less alcohol and more water or exercising 30 minutes a day.
2. Travel More
If you spent this year stuck at home, chances are that travelling may be on your list of resolutions. Instead of just leaving it as an empty promise to yourself, make it happen. Plan where you want to go, ask for the time off work, and decide on how much money you’ll need so you can start saving.
3. Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking can be one of the hardest resolutions to stick to. Luckily, there’s now plenty of help around to boost your commitment and keep you on track. Just remember, a setback does not mean you need to give up on your goal! Keep pushing through and stay focused on how much better your life will be without cigarettes.
4. Define My Style
The New Year is the perfect time to reaccess how you want to present yourself to the world and define your style. Whether you want to dress more sophisticated, be bolder with your clothing choices or take your look back to basics, now’s the time. Start with a big closet clean out and go from there.
6. Take Up a New Hobby / Learn a New Skill
Taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill can be a very rewarding resolution to undertake. Choose from a variety of options, such as painting, learning a musical instrument, cooking, writing, and reading more, to find your favourite activity.
7. Save More Money
By saving more money you can drastically improve your life in the long run. Be sure to set a budget and track exactly where you spend your money to stay on top of things. Then, transfer money each week or fortnight into your savings and watch it grow. The same techniques will work for getting out of debt too.
8. Improve Relationships
Setting a resolution to improve the relationships in your life can make you feel more connected, happier, and less alone. Whether it’s setting regular date nights with your partner, making a special effort for friends’ birthdays and other special occasions, or picking up the phone and calling your parents, you’ll feel better for making the effort.
9. Get Organised
Becoming more organised in life will not only feel great, but it’ll help you accomplish all those other goals you’ve set. By using a daily planner you’ll never miss a deadline again and by decluttering your home you’ll experience more mental clarity and reduce stress.
5. Stop Judging People
A resolution to stop judging people is a noble goal. By focusing on people’s positives rather than their negatives, you’ll learn to be more accepting of both others and yourself.
10. Stress Less
Setting a resolution to stress less can be difficult and cause stress itself. Instead of worrying about changing your mindset instantly, focus on relaxing more through meditation, yoga, massage, or even a bath. Then, slowly work to view things in a positive light rather than a negative one.
11. Learn a New Language
Learning a new language is a great way to exercise your brain and immerse yourself in another culture. Whether you sign up for a local class or learn online, you’re sure to find the challenge rewarding.
12. Get a Better Job
Getting a better job is often atop many New Year’s resolution lists. If it’s on yours, create a clear idea of what a better job means to you and how you can achieve it. You may need to get a mentor for insightful advice or it may be time to take the plunge and start your own business.
13. Be More Adventurous
If you felt like this year was a little dull, you may have resolved to be more adventurous in the new one. Start by saying yes to more things and trying things you’d normally avoid and you’ll soon be living life to the fullest.
14. Watch Less TV
If Netflix had you glued to the TV all year long, you may be feeling a little disappointed with yourself. By setting a resolution to spend less time on the couch, you’ll make sure next year is one to be proud of with plenty of accomplishments.
15. Become More Cultured
If you’ve ever been stuck in a conversation about art and not been able to contribute a thing, then now it’s time to get more cultured. By becoming a member at your local museum or gallery, attending the ballet, or catching a play, you’ll have plenty to say in your next cultural convo.
16. Be Greener
Setting a resolution to be “greener” is the perfect way to help the environment and feel good about yourself. Be sure to set clear goals, however, such as recycling wherever possible, buying sustainable items, changing diet or riding to work instead of driving.
17. Stop Procrastinating
There’s no better time than the beginning of a new year to stop procrastinating. For each task that you want to accomplish, set yourself a realistic timeline with regular checkpoints. Once you’ve completed the task, give yourself a little reward for all your hard work.
18. Be More Selfless
Being more selfless is a fantastic resolution for the New Year. By donating your time or money, working to help others succeed, making a special effort to help a friend in need, or going out of your way to be kind to a stranger, you’ll do your part to make the world a better place.
19. Fall in Love
Falling in love is a tricky resolution to achieve. As it’s often out of your control, it can be better to focus on self-improvement to better your chances of attracting a partner rather than searching for love itself. That being said, you won’t meet anyone sitting on the couch watching TV, so be sure to put yourself out there.
20. Get More Sleep
To get more sleep is a goal on many of our lists. Going hand-in-hand with endeavours to live healthier, getting more sleep will leave you in better shape physically and mentally. Try setting an early bedtime and getting up earlier to achieve this resolution.
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101 Simple New Year’s Resolutions
How are you going to make this year the best yet? Sticking to a New Year’s resolution takes work; make sure to choose something worth working for!
Here are 101 ideas for simple resolutions that can make a big difference:
1. Take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators to get daily exercise.
2. Walk or ride your bike more often instead of driving.
3. Schedule “me” time to turn off your cell phone, computer and other electronic devices.
4. Don’t use your cell phone during work meetings, social events or dinner.
5. Don’t text and drive (as a matter of fact, don’t use your phone at all while driving).
6. Cook at home more often—you will learn new cooking skills and save money.
7. Be more than punctual—try to be early to every meeting you attend.
8. Make more personal phone calls instead of sending emails and texts.
9. Write one handwritten letter a month to someone special.
10. Do something out of your comfort zone.
11. Bring more to the table at every meeting—speak up and voice your opinion.
12. Be more willing to talk to others and learn something about strangers.
13. Sign up for a dance or art class.
14. Start running a little further each time you run.
15. Enjoy the seclusion and solitude of eating a meal alone.
16. Read one new book each month.
17. Turn off the Internet and television and read a book before falling asleep.
18. Make more eye contact during conversations.
19. Use your credit cards for emergencies only by removing them from your purse or wallet. Only spend with whatever cash you bring with you.
20. Refrain from gossiping and listening to gossip. You’ll be a more trustworthy person and will engage in more productive conversations.
21. You know it’s the most important meal of the day, so why skip it? Give yourself an extra 15 minutes in the morning to prepare and eat a good breakfast, like organic cage-free eggs, oatmeal or a green smoothie.
22. Participate in “Meatless Monday” by forgoing meat once a week. It’s budget-friendly and helps improve your health and the environment.
23. Make healthy swaps when you can. Substitute soy or almond milk for dairy and try using coconut or olive oil instead of butter and margarine.
24. Choose organic when possible and spare your body the harmful pesticides.
25. Try portion control when eating meals. Put leftovers in the refrigerator immediately to prevent eating a second helping.
26. Use products that are eco-friendly and don’t contain harsh chemicals.
27. Be more open and communicative with others. You’ll likely gain more respect and cooperation from them.
28. Get more vitamin D by taking some time to spend outside. Remember the sunscreen!
29. Stop late-night snacking: your body will take the calories and store them as fat.
30. Floss your teeth more often.
31. Try cutting fat from your diet. Fat is not a good energy source and causes major reductions in your physical endurance.
32. Do more of what you enjoy doing.
33. Spend a few hours a week enjoying time with your family. Don’t allow any external distractions.
34. Start recycling by having a designated bin available and educate yourself about what items are recyclable.
35. Grow a simple garden: start with herbs that are easy to grow and maintain.
36. Don’t litter.
37. Spend time once a quarter to de-clutter your home. Get rid of anything you don’t use or haven’t worn in a year.
38. Learn something new every day.
39. Start saving for a family vacation today.
40. Invest in your retirement.
41. Incorporate more vegetables in your meals.
42. Substitue turkey, chicken or pork for red meat.
43. Buy fresh vegetables instead of canned, which often don’t have as many vitamins and minerals.
44. Designate a family dinner night that everyone must attend.
45. Walk your dog every evening after dinner.
46. Keep in touch with loved ones – update address books, email addresses and phone numbers.
47. Pick up a new hobby.
48. Make a spa day once every few months – whether it’s pampering at home or booking at a salon.
49. Help others by volunteering.
50. Build a community garden.
51. Donate furniture and clothes that you no longer use to those in need.
52. Get organized.
53. Do a safe walk of your house – replace smoke alarm batteries, check locks on windows and doors.
54. Save energy this year – replace appliances and light bulbs.
55. Use more of your kitchen appliances – pull out the slow-cooker, stand mixer, bread maker and juicer.
56. Plan birthday and holiday gifts ahead of time to save with sales and deals.
57. Pay off your credit cards.
58. For everything negative you say, say two things that are positive.
59. Eat more high quality dark chocolate – it’s loaded with antioxidants.
60. Listen to more of your favorite type of music. Music boosts spirits and helps reduce depression.
61. Boost your energy and health by adding fresh juices or green smoothies into your everyday diet.
62. Revise comfort foods by adding a healthy twist.
63. Invite more friends and families over for a monthly gathering.
64. Buy local.
65. Cut out processed, prepackaged foods.
66. Eat food that is free from artificial colors, flavors, ingredients and preservatives.
67. Have more fruit available throughout the day to refuel your energy.
68. Schedule your day to be productive and plan to get the majority of important business completed in the morning when you’re alert and energized.
69. Drink water or green tea instead of coffee to reduce caffeine intake and stay hydrated.
70. Get on a solid sleep schedule. Listen to your natural sleeping patterns and adjust accordingly. Aim for seven hours of sleep each night.
71. Prepare ahead of time with travel snacks. Pack a variety of snacks from dried fruit, nuts, energy bars and fruit to help make healthy choices while on the go.
72. Add more whole grains to your diet. Whole grains have been linked to the battles against heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
73. Replace sugar with natural sweeteners like agave, honey and Stevia.
74. Eat with the seasons. You’ll be eating fresh, high-quality ingredients that are packed with the nutrients your body needs.
75. Bring your lunch from home more often. Whether you’re packing for yourself or for the entire family, creating money-saving lunches is a simple way to add variety to your lunch without breaking the bank.
76. Cut down your sodium intake by using spices and herbs to flavor your dishes instead of salt.
77. Use a designated date to complete the majority of your meal shopping and prepare any of your week’s meals in advance to help cut down on cooking time.
78. Invest in a few kitchen utensils that save you time.
79. Preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables by learning how to can them. Bulk up on produce that is in season and on sale.
80. Take preventive measures to minimize the risk of getting sick by washing your hands frequently, eating more fruits and leafy greens, taking a multivitamin and staying active.
81. Identify the things that make you stressed during the day and take action. Create a list of things that are in your control and take small steps to change them.
82. Don’t let things out of your control overwhelm you. Realize there are certain obstacles to challenge us, but never defeat us.
83. Improve your quality of life by getting more involved in your community and connecting with nature.
84. Support local small businesses and keep your money where you live.
85. Help reduce your carbon footprint: go car-less one day a week by staying at home, walking, taking public transportation or riding your bike.
86. Eat five new foods this year. Have you tried kale, quinoa, coconut oil or almond butter yet?
87. Loosely track your goals. Don’t be too specific on deadlines or set yourself up for failure.
88. Keep a journal to jot down anything that comes to mind, like recipes, memories and ideas.
89. Listen more in conversations.
90. Learn others’ resolutions and help them achieve their goals.
91. Give someone a compliment once a day, but really mean it.
92. Rearrange your furniture every once in a while to create a new living space.
93. Give your dishwasher and washing machine some love. Check for leaks, mold or clogged drains.
94. Bring some of the items that make you happy at home to your workspace, like photos of family or small trinkets.
95. Make your bed daily. This simple, three-minute chore is an easy way to positively impact your happiness.
96. Take the time to clean as you go and clear away any clutter that has accumulated over time.
97. Not everything is going to be easy or enjoyable, but try to appreciate the challenge and look on the brighter side.
98. Spend money on things that create memories.
99. Before you go to bed, take a step away from your daily struggles and contemplate something much larger than yourself.
100. Give yourself more credit. More than likely, there is no one who will master everything on their list. The fact is, you’re trying and nothing is better than that.
101. As always, keep it simple.
Simple New Year’s resolution ideas for 2020
As we enter the busiest period of the year, where we stuff our faces and social occasions come thick and fast, it’s also a good time to reflect on the year past and think about plans for 2020.
Most people start to think about new year resolution ideas, and make all sorts of promises to themselves and others about how they are going to make big changes in the new year.
Whether it be dry January or trying to save more money every month, there’s no harm in setting a few goals for 2020 (even if most of us end up breaking them anyway).
Here’s 10 suggestions for some of the most popular new year resolution ideas for a new year, new you:
Beat the booze
Dry January is one of the most popular new year resolutions, particularly after the excesses of the holiday period. Often matched with an increased level of exercise, your body may well thank you for the break from alcohol.
Save more money
Christmas is also a stressful time for many financially, the new year is a good time to weigh up your finances and try to put a little more away every month towards that house deposit or holiday in the sun.
We’re surrounded by screens everywhere we go – the new year could represent an opportunity to think about spending less time on our phones or laptops, browsing Facebook or Instagram.
Give to charity
Finding a charity that is close to your heart and giving a one-time or regular donation can do a world of good. Volunteering is another way of contributing to those less fortunate.
‘Veganuary’ is the latest January trend sweeping the globe. People are going vegan for the month to raise awareness and promote the benefits of vegan living.
Spend more time with family
December can be a busy time for many when it comes to work. Targets have to be hit, the service industry goes into overdrive, so January may be a good time to reconnect with family and spend more time at home.
Learn a new skill
Whether it be for your career or just a hobby, learning a new skill in your spare time could have great benefits in the long-run. Learn a language, pick up a musical instrument or start a new sport.
Watch less TV
As with the digital detox, many of us still spend a disproportionate amount of time in front of the telly, and often our bodies and minds won’t necessarily thank us for it. Spending the extra time reading or going for a walk could do you the world of good.
Doing that bit extra to become more environmentally conscious in the new year could help you to achieve one of your goals, as well as contributing to combating the effects of climate change.
Visiting a new country, or even just having a weekend staycation every once in a while can give you something to look forward to and can be a great way to relax and broaden your horizons.
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