Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions and How to Fulfill Them

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We’ve all heard it a million times! 2020 is gone for good. Here comes 2021…

Now it’s time for change, and that means New Year’s resolutions, with the end of pandemic-life in sight we’re all thinking of the changes that could come from the vaccine, but we don’t have to wait that long. Many resolutions can be started now, some in small ways but you must start small to finish big.

Here are the top ten New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Exercise more
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get organized
  4. Learn a new skill or hobby
  5. Live life to the fullest
  6. Save more money/ spend less money
  7. Quit vaping
  8. Spend more time with family and friends
  9. Travel more
  10. Read more

Determining your goals is the easy part now you must stick by them and that is no simple task. So here are six tips to keep you going.

1. Be realistic

You know your limits and your strengths, mentally understand the changes you will make. Bad habits are hard to uproot, so understand what they are and how you want to flip them around. The end of one year and the beginning of another is the perfect time to look back on the past years accomplishments and shortcomings and look into the year to come thinking how do you want to come out of it. Remember: change should be gradual, cherish your little victories along the way, don’t make big changes, and understand you will make mistakes.

2. Make them invigorating

Your resolutions should be about something you hold dear, something you truly care about and could imagine yourself doing. You should be able to link your resolutions to your dreams and aspirations, and even future professional career.

3. Don’t have too many resolutions

Write all your resolutions down, no matter how many, and slowly shorten the list, prioritize some, save others for others years. Do the following with this in mind: it is better to have one properly done resolution than multiple ones done poorly.

4. Be concrete

Make sure your resolutions are specific and are not too large. Here’s a rather simple acronym to clarify that: SMART

S pecific- We all want to travel the world but more specifically where? As in I want to visit Cancun and Madrid.

M easurable- Making your goals numerical will help keep track of your progress. I will one book per month.

A ttainable- Resolutions should be something one can realistically do. We all want to learn 5 new languages but one is more realistic.

R elevant- They should align with your future plans and aspirations. As stated in number 2.

T ime-sensitive- Adding time constraints allows you to check-up more easily on your resolutions, this will also give some urgency and give you time to celebrate when you are able to complete it.

5. Share your resolutions

Let’s be honest, sometimes its hard to keep ourselves accountable, so tell your friends. In this case the social pressure could benefit your results and you could help them too.

6. Technology

We live in a day and age where we’d be fools to not use some of the technologies available to us. Automate your goals where you can, set reminders, calendar updates, or even alarms. Search applications specific for each of your resolutions, some might offer sweet deals for voyages or new releases of books. Just to say there is an app out there for every one of your goals.

Keep these tips in mind for the year to come, and remember mistake will be made, the trick is in acknowledging it and keeping it up. With this I say- best of luck to you in 2021, it can’t get worse than 2020.