When you look ahead to January, the checklist of New Year’s resolutions appears to be well within reach. In fact, nearly anything is possible.
By June, you’ll have a six-pack. Easy. Have you read 100 books? Increase the number to 102. Have you finally gotten rid of that crushing mountain of debt? It’s entirely feasible.
Except, if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that life is unpredictable, and we can’t always keep every New Year’s resolution we set for ourselves. Some of us will fail by April, and at least 80% will fail by the second week of February.
One of the most common reasons for New Year’s resolution failure is setting lofty goals and feeling overwhelmed by the pressure you put on yourself.
But there is a way to avoid this in 2022: start by setting small, attainable goals. Try these 7 New Year’s resolution ideas to stay on track and achieve your personal development objectives.
7. Every month, try something new.
New Year’s resolutions frequently fail because they attempt to tackle too much too quickly. However, you are free to proceed at your own pace. The key to making good New Year’s resolutions is to simply move at your own pace.
Make it a monthly goal to do something you’ve never done before. This could include trying a new restaurant, gardening, learning salsa, or even changing the color of your bedroom. Whatever size it is, it is something to reflect on at the end of the year.
6. Save a Small Portion of Your Paycheck
When you live paycheck to paycheck, you may be tempted to splurge as soon as your bank account is replenished. However, impulsive purchases can add up, no matter how affordable they appear in the moment, which is why a New Year’s resolution to open a savings account can provide you with peace of mind.
At least 20% of your annual income should be set aside for savings, but if you save less in one month than you should, don’t beat yourself up about it. If you’ve never saved before, you can begin with as little as $100 and work your way up month by month.
5. Do Your Part to Help the Environment
You can certainly make a New Year’s resolution to become vegan or to live a zero-waste lifestyle, but attempting to achieve those goals can be a jarring change if you’ve never done so before.
Instead, start small. Try adding one plant-based meal to your diet, start donating clothes and thrifting when you can, bring a reusable tote bag to the supermarket, buy a set of eco-friendly metal straws, and recycle as much as you can.
4. Kindness to Oneself and Others
Consider how you can add a sprinkle of positivity to your day and the days of others before you begin your day.
The best part is that you won’t have to go out of your way to keep this New Year’s resolution. A small act of kindness is all that is required.
Send a text to a friend you haven’t heard from in a long time. Please contact your parents. Prepare a meal for your partner. You deserve a cupcake from your favorite bakery. Allow yourself a full day off to do whatever you want.
Being kind to others may come easier than being kind to yourself, but keep in mind that you don’t need an excuse to treat yourself to something that makes you happy.
3. Alter Your Appearance
Weight loss and exercise are two of the top ten most popular New Year’s resolutions. Fitness resolutions, on the other hand, tend to be short-lived because most people expect results quickly.
In reality, you may notice some progress after a few weeks of consistent training and clean eating, but losing the “quarantine 15” and learning to keep it off may take several months.
On the plus side, there are simpler ways to transform your appearance and see immediate results. Cut a few inches off your hair, try a new hair color, get a tattoo, or simply change up your look. Make 2022 the year you decide to embrace bright colors, mix patterns, and find the confidence to wear outfits you’ve always wanted to but never thought you could pull off.
2. Every week, try a new recipe.
Sometimes all you want to do at the end of a long day is order pizza. That is understandable. Every day, life can get in the way of cooking. You either don’t have time or have social obligations.
Setting a New Year’s resolution to cook one new recipe accomplishes three things: you save money by eating at home, the food is healthier because you know exactly what’s in it, and you get to practice your cooking skills.
1. Increase Your Sleep Time
While it may appear to be simple to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night, few people do.
According to the Puffy Sleep Survey, 59 percent of respondents were getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night in 2020. Better sleep, on the other hand, is essential for overall health, and getting 8 hours of sleep can provide numerous benefits such as increasing productivity, improving mood, boosting the immune system, preventing weight gain, and more.
If you suspect your mattress is causing your sleepless nights, or if you’ve had the same mattress for more than 8 years, it’s time to replace it. Choose a luxury mattress that provides optimal support and comfort for the best night’s sleep.
Setting New Year’s resolutions can seem like a trite task, especially when statistics about failed resolutions aren’t drowned out. However, contemplating resolutions can assist you in reflecting on the past and gaining a better understanding of what needs to change in the future.
Despite popular belief, a new year does not necessarily result in a new you, but it can motivate you to be better, and resolutions can help with that.