It’s that time of year again where people start making New Year resolutions to make this their best year yet. Before you get gassed up for your goals, take a moment to reflect on this past year (and lighten up with some New Year jokes). Did you achieve the things that you wanted? What were you most proud of? What would you like to change? From there, start considering how you want to live your life in 2022.
Lots of New Year goals fall off after a few days, weeks, or months. Don’t let that happen! To stick with your New Year resolution ideas, set up an achievable action plan that will help you to successfully implement habits and systems that will bring you closer to your goal. Saying “I want to get in shape” isn’t clear enough to help you achieve your goals. Instead, set up a schedule, put inspiring magnets on your fridge, write your daily goals in a journal, and keep the goals front and center.
Take a look at these 80 New Year resolution ideas that will inspire you in 2022.
1. Drink More Water
Download a water tracker app or keep a cute water bottle handy to get that H2O. Most people don’t consume enough water, and a state of perpetual dehydration can be alleviated by setting yourself up for success.
2. Start a Gratitude Journal
You can write the things you’re grateful for in your notebook. To stick with this practice, go in with an accountability buddy doing the same thing, and keep the journal in an easy-to-see location where you can build the habit of using it in the same place at the same time every day.
3. Create a Mood Board
A mood board is going to inspire you towards the life you want to live. Mood boards can include your goals both personally and professionally. Create a mood board with magazine clippings, postcards, and photos, or make a digital version that you keep as your phone screensaver to remind you of what you’re working towards.
4. Exercise Daily
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Throw on a comfy-cute tank top and start moving your body. Exercise doesn’t have to be tied to weight management goals. Movement is essential for a healthy mind and optimally functioning body. Get your groove on with a walk in nature, dancing, yoga, or any other way to feel into your body during this new year.
5. Practice Meditation
Meditation isn’t some new age spiritual jargon that’ll pass in a few years. It’s a scientifically studied practice that has shown positive benefits like lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety and depression symptoms, and so much more. Download a free meditation app, sit down on your favorite floor pillow, and find some calmness in a chaotic world.
6. Call Your Friends More
Hey you. Yes, you. Pick up your phone and call your friends. No don’t text (well you can still text). But dial those digits and connect with your voice. Our relationships are what make our lives nourishing and rich, so pour into those relationships more during 2022 and see where it takes you. Find more ways to incorporate love and kindness into your life.
7. Set (And Achieve) A Savings Goal
Finances are a big one for most people when it comes to New Year resolution ideas. Set savings goals this year that you can actually achieve. How do you do that? By keeping it front and center. Look at how much you’re spending every month. Look where you can cut costs. Track how much you’re putting away. Out of sight, out of mind is a saying for a reason. If you aren’t keeping track then you’re going to lose track and not hit your goals.
8. Eat More Home-Cooked Meals
Home-cooked meals are just the best. They’re a great way to save money, nourish your body, and connect with the people around you. Sometimes life gets in the way of making home-cooked meals, so find ways to make it easier on yourself by purchasing already chopped veggies, rotisserie chicken to toss into dishes, and planning ahead.
9. Read More Books
If you’re already a book reader, good for you. If you’re not, well, we forgive you. Inspire this new year by reading more books. You can expand your horizons, grow yourself, your business, your life, and your dreams through the words people have crafted on the page.
10. Eliminate Harmful Habits
A big New Year’s Resolution for many people is to eliminate harmful habits. The key here is to be mindful of how you’re eliminating them. If you just cut everything out immediately, it likely won’t be very sustainable because you’re only human. Implement one habit over time until it feels solid before adding in and taking away another one. Always replace the eliminated habit with a positive substitute.
11. Eat Mo’ Veggies
How will eating more veggies bring you a rewarding 2022? Because your body will be so thankful! You can motivate yourself to eat more veggies by keeping all the plant puns and merchandise front and center, and, of course, by planning more meals with veggies. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new recipes or purchase plant-filled options on the take-out menu.
12. Go On A Vacation
Are you a workaholic? It’s ok to pour into the things that you love, and the work that you care about, but it’s also equally important to take time away from your job. Go on a vacation. For the people in the back who didn’t hear: go on a vacation! Turn on that out-of-office email, delegate any work tasks, and genuinely drop into vacation mode and have fun. You may be surprised to find that you feel more productive and inspired when you get back to the grind.
13. See The Doctor
We know, we know, seeing the doctor isn’t always exciting. But make those appointments anyway! Inspire a reward 2022 by taking your health seriously. Preventative healthcare does just that, prevents or catches issues before they become a bigger issue.
14. Learn A New Skill
Commit to learning a new skill throughout 2022. Maybe you set a goal of trying a new skill weekly or monthly. You could learn to ride horses, to speak a new language, to play an instrument. Your imagination is the limit with all of the options available out there.
15. Meet A New Friend
Have you had the same set of friends for a long time? Or perhaps you’re missing out on a solid friend group. Whatever the case may be, shake things up once in a while. Be open to new friendships and see where they take you. If you’ve found a new hobby, you’ll likely meet new friends there who will pull you deeper into the community which increases the likelihood of the new interest sticking.
16. Buy Quality Over Quantity
Buy less junk in 2022 to keep your space and brain less cluttered. Say yes to more experiences and no to more stuff and see what transpires. It might help you meet your goals for building a savings and it might show you patterns where you’re spending when you’re overwhelmed or bored.
17. Look Into The Eyes Of Those You Love
Connection is a much needed New Year Resolution for pretty much everyone these days. Find ways to connect with the people in your life on a deeper level. Look into the eyes of those you love, sometimes called eye gazing, and find that feeling place of how much they mean to you.
18. Go For It With A New Idea
Do you have a novel idea or a brainwave for a new business? Go for it! Start taking the steps now to go for your dreams and ideas. This is the year of action rather than only dreaming. Take those dreams and create a step-by-step plan to make them a reality. Write it down and watch it come to life.
19. Quit That Job You Hate
It’s the worst to go to a job that you hate. There are so many reasons people don’t like their jobs, and sometimes you have to stick it out. But eventually, that becomes a choice versus circumstantial. If you don’t love your job, you don’t have to impulsively quit. You can start taking steps to shake things up and find a different job.
20. Update Your Resume
This is simple professional maintenance that can be pushed to the back-burner. Find the time this year to update your resume, your headshots, your LinkedIn profile, etc. Network. Put yourself out there. You never know what will come of being open to opportunity.
21. Purge Your House Of Items You No Longer Need
Get rid of that clutter! You’ll feel so good once you do. Does your house feel like it clutters right after you clean it? That means you might have too many things. Go through a room at a time and get rid of as much stuff as you want, and maybe even a few things that you’re holding onto but they don’t actually serve you any longer.
22. Volunteer With An Organization You Love
Volunteering is such a special way to give to others and put good energy out into the world. Find an organization that inspires you, or even one within a realm that you want to work in, and volunteer. You can add it to your resume, make a difference in the world, and feel good about yourself.
23. Schedule A Photo Session For Yourself
Schedule a photo session for yourself this year. Do you feel awkward in front of a camera? Do you struggle with being kind to yourself? You can find a photographer that you love, who makes you feel more comfortable in front of the camera, and then just go for it. You might be surprised to find that you’re feeling more confident and ready to tackle your life with more zest.
24. Consider Going To Therapy
Therapy isn’t just for people who are struggling. But come on, we’re all human and all struggling at one point or another. Regular therapy is a great way to learn more about yourself while building emotional intelligence and communication skills.
25. Get More Sleep
As kids, we seemed to live on no sleep, but as we get older sleep becomes more and more precious (especially for those who have kids themselves now). Sleep will improve every aspect of your life because it’s necessary for important healing in the mind and body after each day. So throw on a comfy T-shirt and catch some zzz’s.
26. Buy Some Plants
Brighten your home or office with some new plants. Bringing in some real greenery not only adds some good Feng Shui to a room, but it also helps clean the air you’re breathing. There are some hardy plants out there for those who have a higher plant kill count than live ones.
27. Send Handwritten Letters By Mail Just Because
Remember the olden days when people sent letters through the mail or passed notes in class? Good times. Well, in case you didn’t know, the Post Office still exists so you can still mail letters to people in your life. And what a pleasant surprise that’ll be when your best friend gets a card in the mail instead of the usual text message.
28. Track Your Budget
If savings is on your list of goals, budgeting absolutely must be as well. Make budget tracking as easy as possible by downloading budgeting apps that sync up with your bank account. You can set budgeting goals and alerts so you know where your money is going at all times.
29. Revisit Your Goals Quarterly (At Minimum)
Achieving your goals means keeping them top-of-mind. You should revisit your goals, at minimum, once every quarter. Depending on what the New Year Resolution ideas are, you can break your goals down into daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly. Figure out what you need to do within each of these timeframes, and then check in regularly to make sure you’re on track.
30. Stop Hitting The Snooze Button
Are you trying to say goodbye to the snooze button? It’s challenging waking up in the mornings for a lot of people, so find ways to stop hitting the snooze. This one takes some level of commitment and drive to just not do it. You could put your alarm across the room, or invest in one of those clocks that light the room up progressively to gently wake you.
31. Dance Around Your House More
Do you ever put music on and let loose? If you don’t, you should try it. Dancing gets your heart pumping, drops you down into your body, and can be playful and cathartic for stress-filled lives. Fill up your water bottle, turn on the tunes, and let go a little bit and see how you feel.
32. Set A Monthly Budget
Setting a monthly budget can be tricky. You’re already tracking what you’re spending, so it’s time to set and then adjust your monthly budget to help you achieve your goals. Money is hard one for a lot of people. It takes time, dedication, and a certain amount of willpower to climb out on top of your financial struggles.
33. Floss Your Teeth
Some people go most of their lives without flossing their teeth. We aren’t judging you, but come on! If you don’t floss your teeth as much as you’d like, or perhaps you just want a healthier mouth, commit to flossing your teeth regularly. You need those teeth for the rest of your life, so take care of ‘em.
34. Explore A New Creative Outlet
Whether you consider yourself a creative person or not, everyone is capable of some form of artistic expression. You don’t have to be an expert at an art form, or have any knowledge at all. You just have to step outside of your comfort zone and try a new creative outlet. See where it takes you!
35. Be Spontaneous
Have you ever booked a last-minute flight to a random place or said yes to an adventure without much thought? It’s exciting and fun because it’s outside of your daily norm and routine. You don’t have to be spontaneous all the time (or at all if you really don’t want to), but maybe give it a try in 2022 and see what inspiration comes from flying by the seat of your pants.
36. Take A Break From Screens Once A Month
How many hours a day do you spend on social media, email, television, computers, and other screens? A lot, most likely. There’s no shame in that in the digital world we live in, and it’s healthy to step away from screens regularly so you can recharge and reinspire yourself through living.
37. Get A Massage Regularly
Massages are the best! They’re often viewed as a luxury rather than a powerful wellness tool. If you’ve never had a regular massage — bi-weekly or monthly — give it a try. Schedule out a regular massage for the next few months with someone who does an awesome job and see how you feel. Less stress means more space doing what you love.
38. Reduce Your Debt
Part of budgeting is to save money. Another way you can build a healthier financial landscape is by reducing your debt. Debt’s a tough one, especially if you have a lot of it. Find ways to reduce debt, earn more, and save more. You don’t have to sacrifice all of the things that make you happy to eliminate some of your debt. You just have to hold yourself accountable and be proactive.
39. Consume Less Sugar
Some of the best-worst days at the office are when someone brings in fresh donuts. Sugar is so good for a reason — it’s addicting. Your body craves it even though it isn’t doing much in the way of benefits towards the better. Find ways to cut down on sugar. You might be surprised how many foods sugar is in.
40. Learn A New Language
Learn a new language this year. Connecting with people from other cultures through language is its own kind of magic. You can sign up for language classes and social groups in your area, and take that knowledge to a new location. What’s better than building your community and growing your mind?
41. Stretch Every Morning
It’s not very comfortable being inflexible. Can’t touch your toes? Is your back feeling stiff? Stretch it out. Stretching is such a simple and effective way to keep your body limber and strong throughout your life. This is the only body you’ve got, so give it a little love every morning or evening with a -20 minute stretch.
42. Go Hiking Somewhere New
Hiking can offer benefits for everyone. There are easy trails, accessible trails, challenging trails, and backcountry trails. Look up hikes in your area, pick one that looks interesting, and go for it. You’ll get some exercise, fresh air, a new perspective, and perhaps restored inspiration and vigor towards your 2022 goals.
43. Try A New Restaurant In Your Area Monthly
Do you eat at the same ol’ places all the time? Depending on where you live, you might be surrounded by incredible restaurants for all budgets that you’ve never tried (or even heard of) before. If you have a budget for eating out, try out a new place at least once a month.
44. Organize Your Digital Life
This likely sounds like a tedious time for most humans — organizing your digital life. The more clutter we have in our physical and digital spaces, the less room we have for creativity and inspiration. Clean out that inbox, organize your photos, and delete the digital stuff that isn’t serving your goals.
45. Send Thank You Cards
Are you the type that always sends a prompt thank you card or the type that gives a hug and a text in gratitude? You can write out a postcard thank you card and mail it old school style, or give it to them next time you see them. Commit to writing thank you cards this year. The gesture will definitely be appreciated.
46. Track Your Habits
Do you feel like there’s not enough time in the day? Just like tracking your money allows you to see where it’s going, tracking your habits allows you to see how you’re spending your time. If you’ve got an iPhone, you can see how much time is spent on the different apps. You can also keep track of your habits for a couple of weeks in a notebook.
47. Find Ways To Stop Procrastinating
As you track your habits, you may notice that you’re procrastinating and spending a lot of time doing anything but what you really need to do. Find ways to stop procrastinating. If you’re stuck scrolling, lock your phone or put it away while you work. Set timers for 10-20 minutes of focused time where you only do the task at hand. Set yourself up for success by removing the distractions.
48. Do Something That Scares You (In A Good Way)
Sometimes a person feels most alive when they do things that remind them how alive they really are. Try something that scares you in this new year. Maybe that’s going snowboarding for the first time or starting a new business that you’ve been dreaming about. Step outside your comfort zone, spread your wings, and soar.
49. Practice Positive Self-Talk Diligently
The way you talk to yourself plays a major role in the quality of your life. If you’re constantly berating yourself for not being good enough, not having enough, not doing enough, you’ll always feel a sense of lack in your own capabilities. Start celebrating the wins, big and small, and stop your negative self-talk in its tracks when you notice it.
50. Take Your Time
People rush through life trying to get to the next thing, achieve the next goal, reach the next milestone. But when you’re in hyperdrive, you miss out on the things that are right in front of you. Slow down and take your time. Enjoy the journey because there’s always going to be a next destination that you’re trying to get to. You’ll get there when you get there.
51. Pay Off Your Credit Card Every Month
Trying to pay off that debt? Don’t spend more than you can pay off every month. If you’ve got credit cards, you can utilize them well only when you pay them off in full every single month. This is a great way to build your credit or to earn rewards like flyer miles.
52. Surround Yourself With Kind Ambitious People
The people you surround yourself with, especially within your direct inner circle, will play a major role in how you live your life. Look for people who are kind and ambitious, compassionate and driven, creative and unconditional. A solid support network may be the difference between success and failure.
53. Make Your Bed Each Morning
It’s the simple things in life, right? Make your bed each morning. The first task of the day can be done with intention, and lead to the next task that also gets completed. While making your bed is but a small thing, it can be counted as a win right at the beginning of your day.
54. Practice Using Mantras
What are mantras, you ask? Mantras can be any kind of phrase that puts you in a state of mind that you’re aiming for. If you want to be more present in your life, your mantra can be “open your eyes” for those moments where you start to drift off into imaginary land. Some other mantras could be: breathe, be here now, I am love, I am capable, or any other rendition of words that help you.
55. Active Listen More
It’s fun to talk and share ideas. It’s also rewarding to listen more. And not just listen to respond, but listen to listen and hold space for another person. Inspire your 2022 by actively listening more to the people in your life. You may be surprised by how much more you hear and remember from conversations because your only task is to listen.
56. Write Down Your Goals Often
By the end of this list of New Year Resolution ideas, you’ll have the mantra of “out of sight, out of mind” firmly in your head. If your goals aren’t top-of-mind, they’re going to slip and slide out of your focus. By writing down your goals, pinning them to your phone screensaver, taping them to the wall, and writing them on your mirror each day, you’ll be inspired to keep on keeping on.
57. Invest In Yourself
People often say they can’t afford to invest in themselves. What they’re missing is that by investing in themselves, they’re also investing in their success. Invest in yourself this year with classes you enjoy, projects that inspire you, massages that nourish you, and vacations that restore you. It’ll pay off in the end because you’ll be a happier, healthier, and more talented you.
58. Find Ways To Play More
There’s a saying that play is the work of children. What we forget is that play is also the work of adults. We just forget about it along the way because life gets in the way. Remind yourself that play is part of life. Find ways to play everyday, whether that’s through movement, board games, playing music, learning a language, or laughing with friends. Find ways to play.
59. Eliminate Stressors
A certain amount of stress is good stress. Stress can push us towards our goals, and motivate us to grow. But there’s a point where stress becomes harmful. In general, we live in a stressful society that is harming people both physically and mentally. Find ways to eliminate stressors from your life. If you struggle with running late, leave earlier. If you’re tired, go to bed earlier. If your house is a mess, declutter it.
60. Practice Saying No
A skill that isn’t practiced enough is saying no. Do you feel bad saying no to an invite, staying late at work, or helping out a friend? You don’t have to feel bad about it because boundaries are healthy. Practice saying no this year, so that you can say yes to the things that you actually want to do.
61. Start Your Day With Something Nutritious
Breaking your fast with a sugary coffee drink isn’t going to set you up for success throughout the day. Commit to starting your day with something nourishing to your body. Less sugar, more water, more nutrients that will help you feel balanced and energetic throughout the day.
62. Notice The Little Things
Are you moving at the speed of light throughout your life? Slow down. Notice the little things. If you’re walking down the street, look around you. If you’re sitting on a bus, look around you. Wherever you are, look around you. What do you see? Notice the little things, and find small joys in the leaves falling, birds chirping, and crisp wind on your cheeks.
63. Write Down Important Dates
If you are the forgetful sort, setting a goal of remembering important dates might be your thing in 2022. The best way to remember important dates is? Write it down! You can add a notification in a digital calendar so you can remember when those deadlines are or when to send a birthday card to grandma.
64. Track How You’re Spending Time
Figure out what you want to do with your time, and then track what you are doing with your time. As you learn more about your daily habits, you can better allocate your time to the things that matter. You can track your time in a notebook or keep a running log on your phone.
65. Embrace An Abundance Mindset
It’s easy to fall into the not-enough-time trap. Not enough time, not enough money, not enough friends, not enough talent. This isn’t positive self-talk and won’t get you any closer to your goals. Abandon this language, and focus on an abundance mindset where you embody what it feels like to have enough and to be enough.
66. Start A Club
Are you passionate about something and want to build community around it? Start a club. Invite people to come do yoga, a writing workshop, create, play make-believe, whatever you want, once a week, bi-weekly, monthly. If you love something, there’s a good chance that someone out there loves it too. Start a club and build your community.
67. Stop Being Late
Being late can be frustrating for both the person who is perpetually late and the person on the other side who is having to wait around. Commit to meeting your deadlines, leaving your house on time for engagements, and generally showing up more fully for yourself and for others.
68. Experience Local Art
2022 is the year to explore the local art in your communities. Art is a powerful expression of humanity, both the heavy and the light. If you’ve never been a part of the art scene, never fear. Just show up and see what inspires you.
69. Lift Others Up When You Can
The human brain is wired to seek out the negative. It’s sometimes easier to focus on these negative experiences with and about other people instead of lifting them up. This year, try out letting go of the things you can’t control and instead focus on lifting others up when you can, and also lifting yourself up as often as possible. Your mental health will thank you.
70. Keep Your Car Clean
A place that sometimes falls by the wayside as far as cleanliness is your car. Set the intention to keep your car clean this year. Maybe get it detailed. Keep up with maintenance. And most importantly, take out the trash and excess every time you get out so it doesn’t build up over time. Cleaner physical spaces means a less cluttered mind.
71. Set Aside At Least 1 Hour Each Day For Your Goals
How much time are you dedicating to your goals each day? All to-do lists aren’t created equally. You could have “working on a novel” next to “doing the dishes,” but those don’t carry the same weight as far as your success. Look at your daily goals and commit to at least an hour of focused time on the things that will propel you forward.
72. Hang Up New Artwork
Reinvigorate the energy of the spaces you occupy by changing up the wall art, and moving the furniture around. You can rotate out art for a new look every season, and the change up can bring on new inspiration and motivation.
73. Go On A Road Trip
Go on a road trip this year. Take your friends, take yourself, take your family, and just go. You can plan it out or wing it. Whether it’s spontaneous or planned, road trips are a fun way to get out of the monotony that sometimes accompanies the day-to-day.
74. Create A Daily To-Do List For Your Goals Only
You might have the master to-do list with everything you want to accomplish in a day. Throw that out and create two different lists. One list can be regular things like errands that need to be completed. And then you have THE to-do list that is only focused on your personal or professional goals. This will be the most important list you reference each day.
75. Hug Longer
Hugs seem to have gone out of fashion for some with the state of the world over the last couple of years. Where possible, hug the people in your life a little bit longer. Longer hugs have shown to release oxytocin which is the hormone that gives you all the warm fuzzies.
76. Send Just Because Gifts
Inspire your 2022 by sending out good energy into the world through “just because” gifts. Just because gifts are the perfect surprise and pick-me-up for your friends and loved ones. There’s nothing quite like checking the mail to find a gift or opening your door to a bouquet of flowers from your bestie.
77. Normalize Friend Dates
Whether you’re single or not, normalize going on dates with your friends. Get dressed up, plan a time and place, and go have fun together. Sometimes when friendships and relationships grow through the years, we get a little lax about making formal plans together. Prioritize your friendships and go on some dates together in the new year.
78. Normalize Going On Dates With Yourself
Take dating a step further and normalize going on solo dates with yourself. Go out to eat alone. Book a trip somewhere solo and see what you learn about yourself. Learn to get comfortable spending quality time with yourself. It might even boost your confidence because you’ll see how capable you are of having a great time even if no one’s around.
79. Ask Yourself Who You Want To Be Each Morning
The most profound way to meet your goals in the new year is to ask yourself who you want to be each morning. And then go be it. Do you want to be someone who doesn’t hit the snooze button? Do you want to be someone who always meets their deadlines? Do you want to be someone who prioritizes healthy eating and moving your body? Ask yourself who you want to be, and then take the steps to be that person.
80. Live Your Best Life
And last but not least. The New Year Resolution idea that will take your 2022 to new heights is living your best life. Don’t be afraid to take risks, step outside of your comfort zone, and go on this grand adventure that we call life. You won’t regret it.
Now you have 80 possible New Year resolution ideas to carry you through this new year. Take time before 2022 starts to write down your goals, reflect on the life you want to live, and then go live it. Don’t be afraid to get a little cheesy with your resolutions, load up your backpack, and head on out for a life well lived.