It’s that time of year again! A time for new beginnings, fresh starts, and setting goals. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably already started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.
But let’s be honest, resolutions are often easier said than done. In fact, according to a study by the University of Scranton, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions.
So if you’re looking to make a change in 2020 but aren’t quite sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up 50 of the best New Year’s resolutions that you can actually stick to.
From improving your physical health to boosting your financial wellbeing, there’s something on this list for everyone. And with our tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals.
1. Start a weekly budget and stick to it. Use our handy budget organizer.
2. Read one book per month. Get free Kindle Books.
3. Cook at least two new dishes each month. Try food delivery for unique ideas!
4. Get outside the house for some fresh air every day, even if only for a few minutes. Use Pokemon Go to help!
5. Make time to meditate daily, even if just for 10-15 minutes.
6. Prioritize getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night, no matter what else is going on in life!
7. Take up a hobby – something creative or something that gets you moving and out of your comfort zone!
8. Join a club or organization related to something you’re passionate about—you’ll make new friends and learn something new.
9. Start a gratitude journal to help recognize all the positive experiences in life! Print out our FREE gratitude journal!
10. Aim to replace one unhealthy habit with a healthier alternative.
11. Make an effort to purchase fewer items made from plastic, paper, or other materials that cannot be recycled easily.
12. Take time out of each day for self-care – even if it’s just 10 minutes of doing something you love like drawing or listening to music!
13. Commit to eating at least one fruit or vegetable every day—ideally two servings per meal!
14. Cut back on your caffeine intake by aiming for no more than 2 cups of coffee per day (or none at all, if you can!).
15. Invest in some reusable water bottles to help reduce plastic waste – and stay hydrated!
16. Incorporate more whole grains into your diet – like quinoa, oats or brown rice.
17. Make an effort to be kind and compassionate towards yourself, even on bad days.
18. Reach out to friends or family for support if you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling with something.
19. Try to say “no” more often in order to make time for yourself and the things that matter most to you.
20. Cut down on screen time by setting a daily limit of no more than two hours per day (or even less!).
21. Make an effort to learn something new each month – it could be a language, a skill, or anything else you’ve wanted to explore!
22. Take up yoga or another type of mindful movement practice – there are plenty of online classes and tutorials that can help you get started.
23. Start keeping track of your daily steps and aiming for at least 8,000 per day.
24. Cut back on sugary and processed foods by aiming for no more than one indulgence item per week (e.g., chocolate, ice cream).
25. Swap out one unhealthy snack per day with something healthier like nuts or seeds!
26. Spend some time exploring nature – whether it’s a nearby park or just your own backyard.
27. Start making smaller, more achievable goals and break them down into actionable steps to help you stay on track.
28. Spend time volunteering with an organization that focuses on something you care about (e.g., homelessness, environment protection, animal welfare).
29. Commit to eating out no more than once per week – eating at home is usually healthier and cheaper! Find easy meals to cook at home!
30. Make a list of all the things that make you happy and focus on doing one of them each day!
31. Take a few moments each day to be mindful – pay attention to your breath and let go of any worries or stressors.
32. Get your finances in order by setting up a savings account and automating monthly deposits.
33. Try to reduce the amount of single-use plastics in your life – opt for reusable bags, straws, and containers when possible.
34. Make time each day or week to connect with friends and loved ones over phone calls or video chats (not just social media!).
35. Take a few minutes out of each day to practice deep breathing exercises – they can help relax both mind and body!
36. Aim to buy only sustainably sourced items whenever possible — this includes food, clothing, home goods, etc..
37. Limit yourself to checking social media no more than 3 times per day and instead focus on activities that make you feel good.
38. Make an effort to read more books, magazines, or newspapers – aim for at least one article per day!
39. Spend some time each week exploring your local area – there’s always something new to discover!
40. Put a plan in place to reduce any debt you may have – it could be as simple as setting up a budget and sticking to it.
41. Get outside and exercise regularly – even if it’s just a brisk walk around the block! It can help improve both physical and mental health.
42. Take the time to learn new skills like cooking, baking, gardening, etc.—it can be a great way to challenge yourself and have fun.
43. Make an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables – aim for at least five servings per day!
44. Instead of relying on takeout or fast food, make the time to cook healthy meals at home whenever possible.
45. Prioritize getting enough sleep each night by setting up a regular bedtime routine and sticking to it.
46. Make a list of all your goals (both short-term and long-term) and use it as motivation when feeling discouraged or overwhelmed.
47. Set some boundaries with work commitments – this could mean limiting emails after certain hours or taking breaks throughout the day for self-care activities like yoga or meditation.
48. Get creative with hobbies you’ve been putting off – try out something new like painting, knitting, or pottery!
49. Finally tackle that DIY project you’ve been wanting to do – it could be anything from organizing your closet to building furniture.
50. Spend some time reflecting on the past year and all the lessons learned – use this as motivation for making positive changes in 2023!
And last but not least, make sure to give yourself plenty of grace this year and don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t go according to plan—we are all human and learning is part of the process!
So get out there and make 2023 the best year yet. After all, as they say: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do!”
Good luck and here’s to a happy and successful 2023!
Happy New Year! 🙂