When we’re swept up in the cheer of the holiday season, it’s tempting to set over-ambitious resolutions for the New Year. ‘I will never eat hot chips again!’ That’s just ridiculous. ‘I will learn one new instrument every month!’ Okay, Mozart. We often find that our resolutions don’t even make it past the second week of January. So here are 5 resolutions that are both worthwhile and realistic.
Read this if:
- It’s the 2nd of January and you’ve already given up on your resolutions - whoops
- You want some practical tips to help you follow through with your resolutions this year
- You regret setting so many impossible new year’s resolutions
New year, new resolutions
It’s a new year, which means a fresh batch of New Year’s resolutions. As the clock ticks closer to midnight, it’s easy to say that next year you’ll do better. You’re going to eat more vegetables and volunteer in your spare time. After that you’ll go to the gym, and then teach yourself Spanish. This year, before our resolutions fly right out the window, let’s try a different approach. Start small, be realistic, and break down the big, daunting tasks into more manageable ones. To give you an example, we’ve got some tips to help you keep some of the most common new year’s resolutions.
The Big 5
1. Enjoy life more
This is an obvious resolution to make; we like to have fun and enjoy ourselves. But what does it actually mean to enjoy life more? As far as vague, unachievable resolutions go, this one wins first prize. Be more specific. Does this mean going on more trips? Does it mean hanging out with friends more? Be very clear about exactly what you want to do, and then you can figure out what you have to do to make sure you follow through.
2. Eat better and exercise more
Let’s be realistic for a second; you’re probably not going to go to the gym every day and only eat vegetables. Not only is that setting the bar a bit high, but it’s unnecessary. Start with a trip to the gym once a week, or walking instead of taking the bus every now and then. As far as your diet goes, you don’t need to go to the extreme – just try to maintain a healthy balance.
3. Learn something new
Trying new things and learning new skills is great, but let’s not try to learn all of the things at once. Choose one thing, and follow it through. Set aside some time each week to work on your new hobby and remember that learning new things is a gradual process.
4. Quit smoking
So, you want to quit smoking? That’s great, hats off to you. There are lots of different ways to go about it. Put systems in place that work for you and will help you give this habit the flick. It often takes a few attempts to quit successfully so don’t feel too bad if it doesn’t last, just stick at it.
5. Manage your money better
It can be hard to keep tabs on our hard-earned cash, especially over the holiday season. One minute it’s there, the next it’s gone. This year, put in place some practical measures to help you keep a closer eye on it. There are apps like TrackMySpend to help you budget and manage your spending.
Made up your own New Year's resolutions?
Are your resolutions different to these? The logic behind these tips still applies: be specific, don’t set yourself huge tasks that you’ll never be able to follow through with, and try to limit the number of resolutions that you set for yourself. Tell a friend about them so they can help you keep on track. Sticking to your new year’s resolutions isn’t easy, but hey – if this year is a giant flop, you can always try again next year!