New Year’s is the perfect time to make resolutions especially for all those who failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or even when winter starts.
However, we can get swept up in the cheer of the holiday season, and be tempted to make overly ambitious resolutions for the new year. ‘I won’t eat burgers for a year’ That’s just ridiculous! The reality is that most of our new year’s resolutions don’t even make it past the second week of January.
Here are five resolutions that are both worthwhile and realistic. Plus some tips to help you stick to some of the most common new year’s resolutions.
- To enjoy life more. This is kind of an obvious one… we all want to have fun and enjoy ourselves. As far as vague resolutions go, this one wins first prize. We suggest being more specific. Does this it mean taking more holidays? Does it mean hanging out with your friends more often? Be very clear about exactly what you want then set your goal. Then you can figure out what you have to do to follow through.
- To eat better and exercise more. This is the most used new year’s resolution ever. But let’s be realistic you’re probably not going to go to the gym every day and eat only vegetables. Don’t set the bar too high or too vague… Set yourself up for success. Start with one trip to the gym a week, or walking 15 minutes every day. And as for your diet, you don’t need to go to extremes – try only having a treat meal once a week.
- To learn something new. Trying new things and learning new skills is great, but let’s not try to learn everything at once. Select one thing, and focus and follow through on That. Allocate a certain amount of time each week or month to work on your new hobby, and remember that learning something new is a process and won’t happen overnight.
- To quit smoking. The first step is really wanting to give up… and that’s great; hats off to you! There are lots of ways to go about it. Put systems in place that will work for you and help you give this habit the flick. It often takes a while to quit successfully, so don’t feel too bad if your first attempts don’t work; just stick at it. Head to the Quit Now website as a first step.
- To manage money better. It can be hard to keep tabs on your 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 your money. Apps such as TrackMySpendcan help you budget and manage your spending.