Alright, it’s time for a fresh start.
“New Year = New Me”, right?
Last year around this time many of us thought, “Man, this is gonna be MY Year!”
HA. What a knee slapper that one was.
Anyway, this year is actually going to be “MY Year!”
How about we make this new year one of the best years yet!
What better way to kickstart a new year than to make a New Year’s Resolution list!
Some may think, “Yeah, Jenna. I always make a New Year’s Resolution List.”
Okay, but like, do you actually make a list or is this said “list” just a thought in your mind?
That’s what I thought.
We need to turn this year into something great.
Trust me, we are all in need of a good year!
So let’s make a list together – Yes, actually write your resolutions down.
This list can be anything you want it to be – just make sure it’s things you can actually accomplish this year.
Let’s start with the basics:
#1 Get A Pen and Something to Write On
Writing down your New Year’s Resolutions is scientifically proven to help increase your chances of achieving those goals.
Having them written down on a piece of paper or in a journal can help you set realistic goals by setting timeframes and writing in future tenses.
Plus, having a cute little New Year’s Resolution journal by your bedside is always a fun little thing to remind you of your goals!
Here’s a fun New Year’s Resolution Journal: This Year I Will…: A 52-Week Guided Journal to Achieve Your Goals
The best part about writing them down, is you can feel the relief of accomplishment when you cross it off!! BEST. FEELING. EVER.
#2 Write Your List In Future Tense
When you start your resolution list, make sure you write in future tense.
This helps your ~future self~ stay motivated!
Think: “I will and I am”
- I am going to…
- I will do…
- I will make…
- I will learn…
#3 Be Simple and Realistic With Your Goals
You don’t want to over-complicate your life with these new goals.
They should flow with the life you are currently living.
If one of your goals is to change up your life, then that’s great, but rather than making that the statement of your goal, try something like this:
- Wake up earlier
- Drink more water
- Stand more, sit less
Just make sure you write your goals based on what you actually see yourself doing – and sticking with!
#4 Brainstorm Ideas
Okay, after reviewing the guidelines for your list and finding a cute journal, it’s time to start thinking of your New Year’s Resolutions.
Your list can include goals that are short term as well as long term goals that you can keep working on after this year is over.
*You can definitely add some tasks that are short term that help with your long term goals.
An example of this might be to lose 10 pounds by next year, but your long term goal is to lose about 30 pounds by the age of 30.
See where I’m going with this?
#5 Time To Create Your List
Your list can be however long you want it to be.
Maybe you just have one goal that you want to really focus on for the new year – that’s totally okay!
Whatever goals you write down, they should be ideas that you plan on doing, sticking with, and accomplishing.
A great idea while writing your list out is to add a square box by the side of the idea. This way you can have somewhere you can check off while still being able to see your goal.
Need some help thinking of New Year’s Resolutions?
Well, lucky for you I created a few ideas that you might want to add to yours!
New Year’s Resolution List
1. Drink more water
Pro Tip: Have a water bottle with you at all times. It will subconsciously remind you to take sip!
One of my favs: HydroFlask
2. Stand more, sit less
Pro Tip: Invest in a fitness tracker to help remind you to stand!
3. Cook a new meal once a week
Take your cooking skills for a spin and cook yourself a new recipe!
Need some inspiration? Check out this best selling cookbook: The 5-ingredient College Cookbook
4. Create a cleaning schedule
Okay, cleaning can be a pain sometimes especially when you feel like you “have to.”
Pro Tip: If you create a cleaning schedule, then you’ll always know when you’re due for a cleaning.
Instead of trying to remember the last time you washed your sheets, you should write a reminder to do so!
Eventually, this will just come as a routine to you.
Check out this awesome dry erase board planner – perfect for organizing your days!
5. Make your bed every morning
Not only will this make your bedroom look all nice and tidy, it will also kickstart your morning routine!
I always feel more productive when my bed is made.
It just tells me that, “sleep is over – time to get started with my day!”
Here are more tips on how you can better you health and wellness.
6. Start saving more money
Create a better budget that helps outline your spending habits more evenly.
If you need some help with budget planning, check out this super easy GoGirl budget planner!
7. Plan a vacation
Plan a fun vacation!
Life doesn’t seem all that bad when you have fun things to look forward to!
8. Pick up a new hobby
Try learning something new that you can practice every day.
Pro Tip: Not only does this help decrease the amount of screen time you have on your phone, but it also helps with stress and anxiety.
Check out a list of fun hobbies you can learn here.
9. Start taking care of your skin
Pro Tip: Skincare is one of the best things you can start doing this year.
Not only does a skincare routine help with acne and making your skin look flawless, it also helps with stress.
Check out my article on How to Build A Daily Skincare Routine!
10. Practice self-care
Pro Tip: Take some time each day to appreciate yourself, respect yourself and believe in yourself.
Some people don’t understand that self-care is the backbone of your mental and physical well-being.
Enjoy what you have and remember, it’s the little things that matter.
You deserve to have the best and most productive new year.
I hope this post gives you a head start!
What resolutions do you have on your list for this year?
Until next time…