What Are Your New Years Resolution Ideas?
What Are Your New Years Resolution Ideas?
The New Year is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a fresh start and “New Year, New You”, keep in mind that 80% of resolutions fail by February. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it, or should feel dissuaded from trying to accomplish a new years resolution. When you set your goal, it’s important to also set a clear roadmap to success. Here are some new years resolution ideas that you can actually complete for your best 2019:
Getting In Shape
This might be the stereotypical goal that everyone’s trying to accomplish, and a lot of people set lofty goals that aren’t achievable. However, you increase your chances for success when you think about the steps you need to take to achieve a goal, rather than being too hard on yourself for not showing immediate results.
Try group fitness. Having a set time and familiar group each week helps make your experience more comfortable and accountable. Make your goal to attend a new fitness class a couple times a week, and the results will follow. Plus, if you join a gym with several group fitness options, you’ll be able to add variety to your routine by attending different types of exercise classes.
Start with a manageable goal, like get to the gym one more time per week than you normally do. If you ease into a goal, it’s easier to stick to it. For example, if you’re starting from scratch, try going to the gym once per week for an hour in January, and up it to two times a week in February.
Pick a specific goal that you can set milestones to achieve. For example, run a race and find a specific training plan online that you can stick to. If you have a date in mind for a half marathon, and you’ve signed up and committed to achieving it with following a training plan, you are more likely to see it through. Plus, once you get into a training routine, it feel easier to continue running regularly after the race is over and make a lifestyle change.
We all know the value of healthy eating, but when you’re busy around the holidays with parties and takeout, it can be difficult to stick to a routine. Kick those sluggish feelings to the curb with a goal that will have wide reaching health implications:
Find the root cause of why you deviate from your healthy routine. For example, do you tend to order delivery food if you’re working late? Having pre-made meals on hand for late nights at the office could help eliminate the temptation to order a pizza. If that’s your challenge, your goal might be to limit the number of times you’re eating takeout per week to one or two cheat days.
Meal prep, but don’t add one more time-consuming process to your day. If you don’t have time to meal prep, here are several solutions that can make the process easier. First, shortcuts services like Daily Harvest deliver well-balanced meals for a person on the go. If you have time to go shopping, places like Trader Joe’s sell tons of pre-made salads or wraps that you can buy a few at a time to have on hand.
Professional Goals and Learning
The new year is a great time to think about your professional goals, because many companies have a renewed budget and can look to hire additional hands.
Apply for jobs that are both realistic and a stretch. If you’re ready for a new challenge, pick a few jobs that you think are slightly out of reach and a few jobs that you are absolutely in your wheelhouse. See what feels right when the chips fall. Even if a job has a long list of specialized requirements, you’d be surprised that you might still be able to gain a job if there’s a few pieces you don’t meet.
Learning is a lifelong process, and it’s easier when you’re young and flexible to go back to school or learn a new skill. Even if you’re not seeking formal education, your professional career will benefit from setting a learning plan. A couple ideas might include:
Achieving 75% fluency on Duolingo for a new language
Checking off a list of books you’ve wanted to read
Completing a professional certification you’ve been wanting to achieve
In order to achieve all your other goals, it’s essential to be organized. Without a tangible way to chart your progress, it will be much harder to stay on track.
Don’t just write in a planner. Whether it’s Google Calendar or Trello, find a system that works for you. There’s even time tracking software, like TimeCamp you can use to really understand where you’re spending your hours. Seeing it on paper is sometimes enough to motivate you to reallocate your hours to more productive use.
Clean out your technology. Nothing is more frustrating than having a disorganized file system on your work computer. Digital storage and organization is becoming more important than ever for a productive environment. Clean out your phone and computer of files that you don’t need. Organize your files, whether it’s an external hard drive or cloud based service. 1 TB of storage on Google Drive costs just $99 per year, and increase productivity with easy search features and collaboration features. This is also a great opportunity to take an inventory of projects you’ve worked on, and saving things that might be a great portfolio piece in a separate folder for later.
Declutter your space. There’s so much truth to the having a clean space and a clear mind. Get rid of unneeded items and store things that are just taking up precious space in your home. For example, companies like Simplify Valet Storage make it easy and inexpensive to store. Simplify Storage brings the storage to you by delivering bins and picking up your items, eliminating the need to travel to an offsite unit to store and retrieve items.