Top 15 New Year’s Resolutions Ideas

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No matter what your age or where you live in the world, you might find that when December rolls around you’re thinking about setting new year’s resolutions. 

Personal to you, they can involve one or several things that you wish to do over the course of the next 12 months. And whilst it can seem tricky to stick to them at times, you can reap the benefits that come with following them through.

If you’re stuck as to what New Year’s resolutions to make this year, this list could prove to be invaluable. Showcasing 15 wonderful ideas for you to take inspiration from, they can be molded to fit your unique preferences:

  • Save, Save, Save

Whether you have a family or not, saving money will prove to be invaluable down the line. Although, at times, this might seem impossible – what with the monthly expenses, wishes to go on vacation, etc. but it doesn’t have to be. By putting a little bit of cash away each month, you’ll find that you have more to spend on really matters.

By utilizing online promo codes from websites such as gopromocodes and Honey, you can save on online shopping, purchasing gifts and more – a thrifty way of saving money quickly, which will benefit you in the long term.

  • Book Wallet-Friendly Experiences

Although going on vacation is, of course, a wonderful experience, it can cost you a lot of money that you simply don’t have. 

So instead of spending all of your money on taking the family on a big blowout vacation that will have you counting the pennies for the next year or so, consider booking more affordable experiences or enjoying free activities locally. This will still create unforgettable memories, without the huge bill at the end of it.

  • Choose a Hobby

Often, people get so wrapped up in work and home life that they forget to take some time for themselves. By picking up a hobby in the new year, you can reap the advantages – such as a decrease in your stress levels, the chance to achieve a better level of fitness, etc. 

  • Create A Business Plan

Now, this might not be as applicable if you’re happy in your career. But if you’re looking for a change in the new year, it could be time to create that business plan that you’ve been putting off. 

The first step towards creating your own business, it will detail all of the key information from projected expenses to competitor analysis and potential market strategies. 

  • Get Reading 

Bought a book that you’ve been meaning to read for years? Now’s the time to read it, along with others. Helping you to unwind after a day at work or relax you during your morning commute, reading has many benefits – both physical and emotional. 

  • Get Outdoors

Fed up of being inside all day, every day? Then next year is the time to take advantage of the great outdoors. No matter where you’re located, head out and explore your local wildlife. By taking a walk in the woods, down a country path or in another natural landscape, you’ll feel a lot more relaxed and carefree. 

Exploring nature can also boost your immune system and give you time to clear your head – meaning that you can return home or to work feeling more inspired and creative.

  • Volunteer!

Want to give back to your local community?

Then why not sign up for volunteering activities in the new year? Doing good for others, you’ll lend a helping hand that can greatly impact those in need. Giving more meaning to your life, you’ll start the year feeling positive and ready to offer support to people that desperately require it.

  • Learning Something Different Each Day

Broaden your horizons and commit to learning something new every day. By doing so, you’ll have a better understanding of the world and what you can achieve. Now, this doesn’t have to be complicated  – simply something that will open up opportunities for you. For example you could:

  • Watch TED talks or documentaries about various topics.
  • Learn a new and exciting hobby or skill.
  • Start a Website or Blog 

A great way to start the new year is with a new website or blog. A way to express your feelings, write reviews, showcase your portfolio to prospective employers, etc. there are many advantages of starting a website or launching a blog.

Begin by registering a domain name, before building it with either code (if you have created websites before) or through software such as WordPress. An invaluable and effective resource that showcases your personality and professionalism, it’s an easy step to take at any stage of your life.

  • Bring Peace Into Your Life

Now, this might sound easier said than done. But it’s the little things that will make you feel a lot more content and at peace. By practicing and finding inner peace, you’ll start the year feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world. You can do this by taking on meditation, joining a yoga class, etc. 

  • Get More Active

Been putting off going to the gym? Feeling unmotivated after the festivities? Well now is the time that you can commit to exercise for the next 12 months and beyond.

It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, as long as you’re getting a good level of fitness every week. Start with small goals, such as trying to walk 10,000 steps a day, before progressing to a more comprehensive fitness plan.

It can be made fun too, such as if you go swimming with your family, head out on a hike or go on a bike ride around the countryside.

  •  Finally Quit Smoking

Do you make this resolution every year but fail to follow it through?

Well now is the time to take action and quit altogether. Now, obviously this won’t happen in a day, it’s a process that will take a while to muster – but when you finally quit altogether, you’ll love the physical improvements that you see. From being able to breathe properly to not feeling as sluggish in the mornings, quitting smoking is a great thing to do.

  •  Practice Self-Care

Along with getting more active and quitting smoking, next year, why not practice other methods of self-care? From heading to the spa for a relaxing afternoon to a pamper evening spent unwinding in a bubble bath, there are many ways that you can treat yourself – no matter what your gender. 

By doing so, you’ll feel a lot more confident and healthier – both in your mind and physically.

  •  Spend Quality Time with Friends

Life is busy. Spent running around after the kids, working and other activities, it can seem difficult to find a moment when you can catch up with your friends. 

Alongside your family, your friends are key figures in your life that have been with you through thick and thin. So if you haven’t seen them in a while, it’s time to arrange a dinner/drink/event with them in the new year. 

  •  Set A Plan To Achieve Your Dreams

Do you have aspirations that feel far out of your reach?

Unless they involve something completely impossible, there’s no reason why you can’t achieve them. At the end of December, list down your aspirations and dreams and ways in which you can reach them. 

Whether it’s a new career or a new skill that will start a new chapter of your life, there’s ways and means of achieving them – you just have to have the motivation to get it kick-started.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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