Very soon, we will open up our doors for another new year, making resolutions, sending love and greetings to our dear ones. As we celebrate the year gone by for all its ups and downs, joys and sorrows, rugged and leisurely moments, we reflect upon the person that it has made us. And now, as we stand on the brink of welcoming another year into our lives, we truly believe that every second brings a new beginning, every hour holds a new promise, every night our dreams can come true, and every year can change your destiny! Let the past stay back and start afresh. And what better way is there to appreciate the coming year than planning out your new year resolution ideas that you know you don’t want to let go of this year.
Why Do We Make New Year’s Resolutions?
At one point, we’ve all set super high achieving goals for ourselves to celebrate the new year. And as January ends, that gym membership card continues to gather dust in your wallet or those piles of books you bought when you promised to find time to read. The key to setting new year resolutions that you actually end up accomplishing is setting short-term goals first. Trust me; if you are firm and honest with yourself, the new year resolution ideas you decide for yourself will definitely help carry you through the ongoing year and leave you with your dream self towards the end.
New Year Resolution Ideas to Accomplish Some Goals
With the new year, an important tradition followed in almost all parts of the world is the setting of New Year Resolutions. These are simple promises that you make to yourself to get closer to the person you want to be. New year resolutions can provide a brilliant way to engage with yourself, take the time for self-reflection, and set the tone for the upcoming year. So, here we have our fifteen best suggestions for New Year Resolutions! Remember, these are only our suggestions. After all, you know best what a perfect resolution looks like for you if you choose to keep it at all. That said, let’s dive in!
1. Read One Book a Week
Set a short-term goal for yourself, even if you think you can do better. Remember, baby steps are still movements. Start with reading one book a week. Books help store an extensive vocabulary, help you learn about different cultures and even sharpen your memory and perception levels, leaving you sharper, smarter and brighter than before. Not to mention, reading is super addictive. A week into this method, and you’ll see yourself devouring book after book no matter how tired you are.
2. Meditate For At Least 10 Minutes In a Day
We all love to think that we are super busy and never get a moment to spare for ourselves. The truth, however, is just this: we suck at time management. It should not be too difficult to practice a meditation regime for only 10 minutes in a day if you really set your heart to it. Meditation helps your mind and body to rejuvenate and relax. It should most likely be practiced in the morning, as soon as you wake up and right before you go to bed. Medication can work both ways, helping you stay focused and energized throughout the day and helping you calm down enough to make you fall asleep as soon as you hit the pillows. Start meditating today, and you yourself will notice how productive your days start to become.
3. Work On Refining Your Hobby
Most of us have that one hobby we loved doing when we were children but never get the time anymore. This year, promise yourself to work on refining your skills. Free up a little time in your busy schedule that gives you just enough to practice to your heart’s content. Maybe you want to get that old high school era guitar refurbished or start painting again. Perhaps it can be something as simple as journaling. Whatever it is, know that you deserve happiness, and indulging in your hobby on a regular basis will significantly boost your spirits and make you more motivated than before.
4. Spend More Time With Nature
There’s a lot to learn from the beauty of nature. One of the biggest drawbacks is that we city-dwelling folks hardly ever get the time to explore our nature or even just take a walk in the park. Or at least, that’s what we tell ourselves. Usually, it’s just us being great at finding excuses. Factor in some downtime for a simple stroll around the block or if you feel like you can take the extra shot, maybe even a hiking trip or two. Either way, you’ll be getting your fair share of nature and exercise as a bonus.
5. Enjoy The Little Things
Your new year goals don’t have to reach for the stars. In fact, one thing that 2020 has left us with is that life is only so long. To live life to the fullest, one must learn to notice and enjoy the smaller acts of kindness we see or receive from those around us. Appreciate life’s simple pleasures, like the beauty of the first rains, when dewdrops cling to newborn leaves, and everything looks greener and brighter, and you are never truly lonely anymore. Or even the night sky, as you notice a million stars engulfing your soul. It can be gratifying to learn that there’s a lot more to life than making money or raising children.
6. Learn To Love Yourself
This may seem one of the unconventional new year resolution ideas, but self-love isn’t always easy. We’ve all been drilled with highly unrealistic beauty standards. They set expectations to an unnatural height, and most of the time, it’s just skilled photoshop or camera angles that go into achieving that “picture-perfect” look. Learning to love yourself can be a bittersweet journey. Accept your body the way it is, and trust us, you’ll come out of the new year feeling better about yourself than ever. The first step you need to take is to acknowledge how useful every part of your body has been to you. Thank it, and love it for being there for you no matter what. Next, you need to stop labeling your “flaws” as flaws. All of your features are what makes you, you. Love them, no matter what.
7. Clean Your Room/Workspace
Speaking of deadlines, let’s talk about that nasty procrastination habit of yours. Cleaning never seems like fun and way too much work when you know you are going to revert back to the old bat cave it was in no time. But this time, promise yourself to work or even just spend time in a cleaner environment. Having a messy workspace or room can be pretty demotivational, and it can even affect the quality and quantity of your work. If it’s neat and tidy, you’re more likely to get it done before all of those deadlines come crashing down on you.
8. Stop Procrastinating
The best way to get yourself to stop procrastinating is to make a to-do list every morning. There’s just something so über satisfying when you cross off a task. The sense of accomplishment it gives you is genuinely glorifying. In fact, research says that crossing off chores on a to-do list can release endorphins. Use this biochemistry to your advantage and get things done when they’re supposed to. Don’t leave things for the end moment. You never know what can come your way. Try and finish your tasks on the day they are assigned. You’ll thank yourself for it.
9. Come Out Of Your Comfort Zone and Travel
Everyone’s got cabin fever, what with the on and off worldwide lockdown due to pandemics. Take this time to explore the world and plan out those trips you’ve been putting off since forever. Once travel is declared safe, you can be on your way to visit every place you’ve ever wanted to see. Save up for your trip in time, plan meticulously, save on hotel and travel bookings by booking in time, and be sure to plan a foolproof itinerary so that you are at the top of your travel game, without burning a hole in your pocket as well.
10. Give Back To Society
With times like these, especially considering the pandemic, it makes one realize what privilege really means. While most of us have been cozy within our homes and protecting ourselves from the pandemic, many people have not been so lucky. This year, tap into your compassion and learn to give back to society. Even if it’s volunteer work or money donations, there are ways to help the needy, and you can choose what you like. What matters is the sentiment. However, make sure you research into which organization you are contributing to. It’s important to factor in the authenticity of these organizations.
11. Connect with your Community
Our community is one of the most valuable assets in our lives. Spare some time from your hectic schedule to invest in moments that will matter, and build memories that will last a lifetime! Be it your family, friends, or chosen family, this year, take the time to connect with people who feel like home.
12. Start Journaling
Journaling is one of the best ways to keep track of your journey over the years. While you might not realize the impacts of your everyday little actions, you can see your journey unfold through the times when you look back at your journal. Take some time every day to write down your reflections, experiences, and musings. This will allow you to de-stress and create a safe space to express your deepest thoughts.
13. Gadget-Free Experiences
With the entire world shifting online, we have had to be stuck to our gadgets almost continuously. While technology is a boon, it leaves us with little space to connect to our real selves. This year, take some time to engage in gadget-free experiences, even if only once every month. This will allow you to breathe freely and return to your work with renewed zeal.
14. Be Thorough and Dedicated
Put yourself completely into everything you do. This year, don’t hold yourself back. Immerse yourself sincerely into everything you do, be it building your career, taking time for self-care, forming fulfilling relationships, or anything else. When you commit to something with complete integrity, you build the discipline to carry forward your resolutions throughout your life.
15. Lastly, Make Time for Healing
The pandemic has been difficult for all of us to varying degrees. So, this year, if you do just one thing, ensure that you invest in your healing. Whether that means taking therapy or just taking two minutes every day to breathe in silence, find avenues for healing, and extend kindness and compassion to your own self. Because when you are in the process of healing, you can chase your success while also being a kind and empathetic person for everyone around you.
These were our top 15 ideas for new year resolutions. New year resolutions can be incredibly beneficial and fulfilling. However, make sure that you’re setting these resolutions for yourself and not under any kind of pressure to conform. Everyone works differently, and therefore, everyone’s resolutions might look different if they choose to set them in the first place. Always remember that you come first, and only you know what works for you. That said, if you are someone who sets resolutions, we wish you success in accomplishing them and reaching your fullest potential!
Happy, happy New Year!
We wish you all the best,
Great work to reach your fondest goals,
And when you’re done, sweet rest.
We hope for your fulfilment,
Contentment, peace and more,
A brighter, better new year than
You’ve ever had before.