Christmas trees, Christmas songs, big quantities of food and New Year’s resolutions…
I must say I’m pretty good at keeping New Year’s resolutions.
Every year I write down a maximum of 5 – which are the most important ones, like meditating every day or learning a new language – and then others 5 or 6 that are the ones that don’t require me to put so much effort – like learning 3 or 4 new recipes and so on.
The best way to keep New Year’s resolutions is to make them simple, actionable and realistic.
Accept that you can’t learn 10 languages during the same year, especially if you’re attending college, or have another million things to do. Instead, let’s say you want to learn Spanish this year. What’s the best way to make it? Start by memorizing something as little as two words per day and use an app like Anki to keep repeating them. This is an example of a simple, actionable and realistic goal.
Imagine if you started memorizing 50 Spanish words all at once, the first day. Yes, maybe this will make you feel proud the first day, but you won’t be able to keep pace every day and you will quit.
With that being said, here are 20 ideas for New Year’s resolutions to inspire your brand new list!
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1. EAT FRESHER
And I don’t mean healthier. Just eat fresher, like more fruit, or more veggies. One great purpose could be to eat fruit in the morning instead of your coffee and donuts!
As I said, it’s something little you can start with, but it will make you feel better and slowly – maybe – you’ll start changing your whole diet. I’ll repeat it – slowly!
2. TAKE MORE TIME FOR YOURSELF
Again, choose something actionable and realistic, like making a face mask every Sunday, or watching some Netflix at the end of the day.
3. BE MORE ACTIVE
And this doesn’t necessarily mean working out. It could be something as simple as taking a morning walk with your dog!
4. LEARN SOMETHING NEW
You could use online courses to do so! So that you will be learning in the comfy space of your bed, maybe with some hot cocoa in your hands! I do this, a lot!
And these are the websites I usually use – and recommend!
5. READ MORE
It doesn’t have to be something crazy like reading 3 books per week. Maybe it is just too much. Instead, you can read as little as 10 pages per day. Reading is a habit, and you’ll get faster with time, so those 10 pages might turn into 30. And 30 pages per day equals 210 pages at the end of the week. Voilà! You just read a book in a week! How great is that?!
6. GET A MORNING ROUTINE
7. PRACTISE GRATITUDE
You could be having a gratitude diary or a 5-minute journal. If you didn’t guess, it’s called “5-minute journal” because it takes you only 5 minutes to compile (You can read more about it here – it’s the number #7)
Remove all the unnecessary stuff in your life and get it out. You can start by decluttering your wardrobe – it’s usually the easiest thing. Then declutter an entire room and slowly the entire house.
And you could also be decluttering all of that plastic and trash in your life, doing a great favour to the planet and to your wallet! Read about it here.
9. LET IT GO
No, I’m not talking about the Frozen song!
I’m talking about letting go all of your bad thoughts, all of your regrets, and all of that other crap that keeps poisoning your mind. Meditation is such a good way to do so. It helps you focus on the present moment, on what you can do right now if you want to change the conditions of the life you’re in. And this is such a great book to start with. Trust me, this helped me change my life in so many ways and so many times.
10. BE MORE CREATIVE
I think everybody has a creative side. And I think this is such a great new year’s resolution because it allows you to experiment with what your brain is able to do and when it works at his best.
When do you have the greatest ideas?
If you want to be a writer – or an artist – for example, at what time of the day you give your best?
11. WRITE MORE
I’m actually planning on writing an entire blog post about how to write more every day. I’m very convinced that writing is a habit. It could be a talent, but it won’t help much unless you start doing it consistently, which makes it a habit. You could be writing a novel this year, only by starting writing 30 minutes every day. After 365 days, here is your novel!
12. GO TO A CAT CAFE’
I think that whoever invented cat cafés had something like this going in his mind:
Why don’t I just take the two things people like the most – coffee and cats?!
And this is how Cat cafè were invented. Genius.
If you’ve never been to a cat cafè, what. are. you. waiting for?!
And if you’ve already been there, what. are. you. waiting for?! I mean, best invention. EVER.
13. MEET SOMEONE NEW
Now that you went to a cat café – and I really hope you did – try to speak to someone. Even a little conversation about cats –
Did I say cats too many times? – or the weather is great to start with. It’s just one of those cute things you should always try to do more.
14. START COMPLIMENTING PEOPLE
Again, this is just one of those cute things you should always try to do more. You will make a person feel better because of the compliment, and you will feel better because you made that person feel better!
15. LOVE YOURSELF MORE
Loving yourself is one of those things that the sooner you learn, the better. Take some me-time, relax, tell yourself you’re beautiful. Not kidding. This affirmations thing works. Write down a note including all of the things you like about yourself and if you can’t even find one – which is almost impossible – just write down the following:
“I am beautiful”
I personally put that note on my desk, so that it’s always there for me to notice whenever I’m working. It’s just a place I spend most of my time in, so put that note wherever you go often. Almost a place you’re forced to go every day so that you won’t avoid it. I’m serious, this one action can improve your motivation like crazy. Just give it try, it doesn’t cost a thing.
16. PAY OFF YOUR DEBTS
I’ve heard somewhere that this is one of the most common year’s resolutions. Actually, you can read an entire step-by-step guide on how to get rid of debts right here.
17. LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
Ok, this falls into the category #4 but I wanted to talk more about some actionable steps you can make to learn a new language. As I said previously with the Spanish example, start small. Try to learn some new words per time, but do it every day, consistently. There are many apps that help you to do so. Here are my favourite ones:
18. SPEND MORE FAMILY TIME
Try to be specific and plan ahead a specific number of family events you would like to attend. An idea would be to be spending every Sunday with your family. Just remember to set a clear and specific goal.
19. LOSE WEIGHT
One of the best pieces of advice I could ever give you – if you’re planning to lose weight – is to photograph your meals. No, not to post them on Instagram!
Instead, this helps you keep track of what you eat and get conscious about that.
If you’re trying to lose weight, apart from the obvious eat healthily and work out, this is the best action you can take. Another last, great weight loss tool I experienced myself is intermittent fasting. I would never recommend you something I didn’t try on my own skin, but remember that bodies are all different and what works for me might not work for you!
20. STOP PROCRASTINATING
I will be publishing a blog post about how to stop procrastinating in the next few days, but in the meantime remember that even just setting specific and realistic goals will help you stop procrastinating – at least on your New Year’s resolutions!
Related post: Stop procrastinating now! 7 ideas
Which new year’s resolutions you like the most? And which or which ones are you going to take action on? Let me know in the comments!!