Maybe 2022 was the best year of your life. Maybe it was one you’d rather forget. Whichever it was, New Year’s is a great time for taking stock of your life and finding ways to improve in 2023. Choose from Redbubble’s list of 91 New Year’s resolution ideas and be your best self this year.
Table of Contents:
- Healthy New Year’s resolutions
- New Year’s resolutions for mental health
- Relationship resolutions
- Financial New Year’s resolutions
- Environmental New Year’s resolutions
- Professional New Year’s resolutions
- Other New Year’s resolutions
- How to keep New Year’s resolutions
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Healthy New Year’s resolutions
New Year’s is a great time to get healthy since it follows two months of overindulging in holiday goodies. These healthy New Year’s resolutions will help you prioritize your health in 2023.
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 daily exercise routine
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 an 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.
3. 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 meal prepping. You can even take advantage of deals from meal kit companies.
4. Eat mo’ veggies
How will eating more veggies bring you a rewarding 2023? 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.
5. See the doctor
We know, we know, seeing the doctor isn’t always exciting. But make those appointments anyway! Inspire a rewarding 2023 by taking your health seriously. Preventative healthcare does just that: preventing or catching health issues before they become bigger issues so you can live your healthiest life.
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6. 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 for your body. Less sugar, more water, and more nutrients will help you feel balanced and energetic throughout the day.
7. 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.
8. Floss regularly
Some people go through 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.
9. 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 sugar just like a drug because it activates pleasure centers in the brain even though it doesn’t provide your body with any nutrients. Find ways to stop adding sugar to your diet, even if you can’t cut it out altogether.
10. 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.
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New Year’s resolutions for mental health
While you’re getting your body healthy, don’t forget about your mind! Taking the time to improve your mental health can actually help you tackle resolutions in other areas of your life.
11. Start a gratitude journal
Journaling might feel like something silly from your childhood, but it’s actually a powerful tool for your mental health. Combine journaling with gratitude and you’ve got a recipe for a happier life.
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.
12. Create a mood board
A mood board is going to inspire you toward the life you want to live. Mood boards can include your goals both personally and professionally. Plus they’re just an artistic way to visualize your goals.
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.
13. Take up 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.
14. Eliminate a harmful habit
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.
15. Get rid of clutter
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 don’t actually serve you any longer. Clearing the clutter from your physical space will often help you clear your mind as well.
16. 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.
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17. 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.
18. Start 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. Online options make it easier than ever, too!
19. 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.
20. Go on a digital detox 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 since we live in a digital world, but it’s healthy to step away from screens regularly so you can recharge and reinspire yourself through living.
21. 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 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.
22. Take a hike
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 toward your 2023 goals.
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23. 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. Even spend some time putting all your apps into folders on your phone.
24. 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 the next time you see them. Commit to writing thank you cards this year. The gesture will definitely be appreciated.
25. 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.
Once you know your habits, you can decide what habits to start limiting so you can be more focused at work or home.
26. 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 distractions.
27. Practice positive self-talk
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.
28. Stop rushing and take your time
People rush through life trying to get to the next thing, achieve the next goal, and 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.
29. 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.
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30. Practice mantras
What are mantras, you ask? Mantras can be any kind of phrase that puts you in the state of mind that you’re aiming for. Sometimes they’re called positive affirmations. If you want to be more present in your life, your mantra can be “open your eyes” for those moments when you start to drift off into imaginary land.
Some other mantras could be:
- Be here now,
- I am love
- I am capable
- Or any other rendition of words that help you
31. 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 every day, whether that’s through movement, board games, playing music, learning a language, or laughing with friends. Find ways to play.
32. Eliminate stressors
A certain amount of stress is good stress. Stress can push us toward 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.
33. 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.
34. 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.
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35. Get a planner
If you are the forgetful sort, setting a goal of remembering important dates might be your thing in 2023. 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 with a sweet message. Start your day by making a to-do list, then focus on crossing tasks off.
36. Track your 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.
37. Embrace an abundance mindset
It’s easy to fall into the not-enough 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.
38. 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.
39. 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. Give them a small token of thanks or a small compliment. Your mental health will thank you.
40. 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 mean a less cluttered mind.
41. Ask yourself who you want to be every 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.
42. Commit to taking yourself on a date once a month
Sometimes we fall into the trap of dedicating ourselves to caring for others to the point we neglect ourselves. Break out of that trap by taking yourself on a date once a month.
Do what you want — eat at your favorite restaurant, see a movie by yourself, or spend the night in a hotel binging your favorite show and eating all your favorite snacks before getting a solid night’s sleep. You’ll be surprised at how setting aside for yourself can lead to more time for others.
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Another common area for New Year’s resolutions is our relationships, whether with friends, family members, or significant others. Relationships of any kind are a lot of work to keep going, but the rewards are worth it.
43. 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 2023 and see where it takes you. Find more ways to incorporate love and kindness into your life.
44. Make 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.
45. Look into the eyes of those you love
Connection is a much-needed New Year’s 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.
46. 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.
47. Surround yourself with kind, ambitious, and positive 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.
48. 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 been shown to release oxytocin which is the hormone that gives you all the warm fuzzies.
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49. Give gifts just because
Inspire your 2023 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.
50. Normalize friendship 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.
51. Commit to dedicated time with your significant other
When you first start dating, your life is consumed by your new romance. You talk or text constantly and drop everything to spend time with them. As time goes on, though, we tend to become so accustomed to their presence that we stop prioritizing them.
This year, commit to spending time with your significant other doing whatever you enjoy doing together. Shut out the rest of the world, put your cell phones away, and have fun like you did when you first got together.
52. Talk about the little things and then let them go
When something bothers you, be upfront with the people in your life. Once you’ve discussed them, let them go instead of holding onto them. This will help you handle potential problems before they become relationship deal-breakers and keep your relationship open, honest, and healthy.
53. Assume the best
It can be tempting to think that everyone is out to hurt you, especially when you have a string of bad luck. Most likely, though, people aren’t setting out intentionally to hurt you. Assume people are doing their best, then talk about how whatever they did or said made you feel. Of course, if they continue to hurt you, it’s time to explore ending the relationship.
54. Eat a meal together (and not in front of the TV)
When was the last time you ate a meal without also watching something on TV or scrolling on your phone? By sitting down to eat with someone and putting your technology away, you show them that you are giving them your total focus, and you’ll learn more about them as you talk. It’s a great way to stay connected in an increasingly disconnected world.
55. Find a common hobby
If there’s something you already love to do, schedule time to do it with a friend, family member, or significant other. Or you can commit to trying something new to both of you and have fun learning something new together.
56. Hold hands during difficult conversations
When you’re having a challenging conversation with a significant other, it helps to hold hands. It’s been proven to keep both parties calm, improving the quality of communication and the outcomes of the discussion.
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Financial New Year’s resolutions
Overspend this holiday season? Tired of being in debt? Set some financial resolutions to get your finances in order in 2023.
57. Start saving
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.
Investigate apps that can help you save by rounding purchases up to the next dollar, or dedicate transferring a specific amount from each paycheck to your savings account.
58. 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. It takes time, dedication, and a certain amount of willpower to climb out on top of your financial struggles, but it is possible.
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.
59. 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.
60. 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 earn rewards like flyer miles.
61. Pick up a side hustle or freelance work
A great way to get out of debt or save more is to increase your monthly income with a side hustle or freelance work. There are different types of side hustles out there, so figure out what you love to do or what you’re good at, and find a way to do it in addition to your main job.
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Environmental New Year’s resolutions
As climate news becomes more and more dire, it’s time for all of us to commit to helping our planet to protect our children. These green New Year’s resolution ideas can help.
62. 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.
63. Buy quality over quantity
Buy less junk in 2023 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 savings and it might show you patterns of where you’re spending when you’re overwhelmed or bored. When you do have to buy something, consider the product’s eco-friendliness or shop small.
64. Start using tote bags
Single-use plastic bags take more than 200 years to biodegrade, which is a problem since we use five trillion a year. Several states have banned single-use plastic bags, but we can all commit to picking up a few reusable tote bags for our shopping. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they also give us a chance to express ourselves with fun designs.
65. Invest in a reusable water bottle
Up to 5 trillion plastic bottles are used once and thrown away yearly. Like plastic bags, all those bottles are filling up landfills. Commit to ditching the plastic water bottle in favor of a reusable one with a fun pattern or design. Pick up a few in case you leave yours at work one day!
66. Use a travel mug
While disposable coffee cups are often made from cardboard, they aren’t always recyclable, so bring a travel mug to your favorite coffee shop. You’ll help the planet, and your coffee shop will save a few cents on disposable cups. It’s a win-win!
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67. Ditch the car one day a week
If you live in a walkable area, ditch your car one day a week. Ride on public transit, bike to your destination, or get a pair of comfy shoes and walk. You’ll benefit from the time you spend outdoors, and one less car will pollute the air. It might not seem like a lot, but if everyone committed to this one day a week, we’d see a huge impact on air pollution.
68. Go vegetarian one day a week
While delicious, the meat you eat takes a toll on the planet. Studies show that cattle ranching contributes to deforestation, animal waste poisons waterways, and cattle create greenhouse gas emissions. But giving up that crispy bacon at breakfast or the juicy steak can be challenging. Instead, set aside one day a week as a meatless day.
69. Replace your cleaning products with the eco-friendly version
Many of us tend to use the cleaning products our parents used because that’s what we’re familiar with. But the next time you need more spray for your kitchen counter or more toilet bowl cleaner, pick up an eco-friendly version.
Fortunately, recycling has become easier since the turn of the century. Whenever you can opt to recycle your waste.
If you live in an area where recycling isn’t offered, contact local leaders about how to start a recycling program. Every little bit helps!
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Professional New Year’s resolutions
The new year is a good time to take stock of your professional life. How can you improve professionally in 2023?
71. 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.
72. 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 quit impulsively. You can start taking steps to shake things up and find a different job.
73. 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. At the very least, an updated resume will mean you’re ready when an opportunity drops into your lap.
74. 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 2023 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.
75. Make a to-do list a daily thing
To-do lists, whether on paper or digital, help you prioritize your tasks so you can stay focused throughout the day and get your work done. Stick with the traditional list, or try an alternative method like the Eisenhower Matrix. Whatever you do, start your day by creating a to-do list and using it to guide your day.
76. Connect with your coworkers
As the workplace continues to evolve post-COVID, it’s important to take some time to connect with your coworkers. While it can be tempting to think of work strictly as a place to get work done, the fact is that humans are social creatures, and we need to feel connected.
Going out for drinks after work isn’t just about socializing — it’s also about building relationships and trust with the rest of your team so you can do your best work.
77. Commit to learning something new
What would help you become better at your job? Sign up for training offered at work, or enroll in an online class or at a local community college. Start a professional development program like a master’s degree in your field. Invest in yourself, and it could lead to new opportunities at work.
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Other New Year’s resolutions
If anything hasn’t struck your fancy yet, check out these other New Year’s resolutions for additional ideas to make 2023 your best year yet.
78. Take a trip
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.
79. 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 and grow yourself, your business, your life, and your dreams through the words people have crafted on the page.
80. Learn a new skill
Commit to learning a new skill throughout 2023. Maybe you set a goal of trying a new skill weekly or monthly. You could learn to ride horses, speak a new language, or play an instrument. Your imagination is the limit with all of the options available out there.
81. Dance around the 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, let go a little bit and see how you feel.
82. 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!
83. 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 2023 and see what inspiration comes from flying by the seat of your pants.
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84. 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?
85. Try a new restaurant
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.
86. Do something that scares you
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.
87. 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.
88. 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.
89. Experience local art
2023 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.
90. Decorate your space
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.
91. Take 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.
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How to keep New Year’s resolutions
Picking your resolution is probably the easiest part of the process. Studies show that 64% of people will give up their New Year’s resolutions by the time the calendar flips to February. Here are a few simple tricks to help you actually keep your resolutions this year.
1. Be specific
A big mistake people make when setting resolutions is making them too broad. For example, their resolution will be to “get healthy.” But what does that mean?
You’re more likely to be successful if you are as specific as possible in your resolutions. For example, instead of saying “get healthy,” make your resolution “Go to the gym three days a week.” That shows you exactly what “getting healthy” entails.
Experts suggest using a framework like SMART goals to help you write specific resolutions. Yes, that framework is usually used for workplace goals, but it’ll work for any type of resolution.
2. Break it down
As tempting as it can be to set a resolution like “Pay off my student loan debt,” that’s a big goal that will take time to achieve. When you don’t see immediate results, the goal can seem overwhelming, so there’s a good chance you’ll abandon the resolution.
Instead, break it down into smaller steps. For example, tweak your resolution to “Pay $100 a month towards my student loan debt.” This way, you can cross it off your list each month so you’ll feel like you are making progress. As a result, you’ll stay motivated to continue your resolution.
3. Create a plan
Another reason people tend to abandon their New Year’s resolutions is they don’t have a plan.
If we go back to our “Pay $100 a month toward my student loan debt” resolution, you won’t be able to do it if you don’t have a plan. Where will that money come from? Maybe you to pick up a side hustle, or maybe you’ll cut down on the venti lattes on the way to work. Perhaps it’s just a matter of sending $50 from each paycheck to the bank instead of waiting until the end of the month and sending the full sum.
Whatever your resolution, the more you plan, the more successful you’ll be.
4. Check in with yourself
“Set it and forget” is a nice idea for your crock pot, but it’s not great for achieving your goals.
Create some way to track your progress with an online app, a bullet journal, or a habit tracker. Be honest with yourself, especially if you aren’t following through with your plan. By checking in, you’ll be able to adjust your plan as needed and hold yourself accountable.
5. Find an accountability buddy
Find someone to keep you accountable. Maybe it’s a friend who is also committed to going to the gym three days a week, or someone who lives with you who just asks every day if you’ve done whatever you needed to do.
They don’t need to be your accountability buddy forever, just as long as it takes for your resolution to become a habit, which research says is about 30 days.
6. Don’t overdo it
The new year offers a new start, and it can be tempting to want to improve everything at once, but there’s no rule that you can only start a resolution on January 1st. The reality is that change is hard, so you shouldn’t overload yourself with a laundry list of new activities.
Instead, pick one thing to focus on. Once you’ve mastered that, then add a second resolution. You’ll be more likely to fulfill your resolution, and you may achieve more by the end of the year than someone who starts 10 different resolutions in January.
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