Each year pressure is placed on creating resolutions for self-improvement. New Year – New You, right?
The problem is that while the intentions are good, most of those resolutions lose momentum and fizzle out almost as abruptly as they began, making us feel like failures, when indeed we are not – we are humans with lives that had preexisting demands prior to adding the resolutions.
Below we will talk about six resolutions that have the potential of making your life better in 2022, without taking away from your other responsibilities or setting you up to feel like a failure.
If you’re interested in something that will only require minimal planning, won’t take a complete overhaul of your routine to incorporate, and won’t require you to make an investment or join a service, but will give you all the feels and accomplishment of a good resolution and can last the entire year, then keep reading. This article is for you!
Without further ado, here’s our list of 6 New Year’s Resolutions you have time to do!
1. Try Something New Each Month
New Year resolutions often crash and burn because they try to tackle too much too fast. But with this one, you can take things as slowly as you want.
Set a goal once a month to do something you’ve never done before. It’s as easy as eating at a new restaurant, revamping your forgotten garden beds, taking a cooking class, redecorating a room in your home, or having a paint night with friends. However small or big, it’s still something to look back on at the end of the year.
2. Save Money
When you’re living paycheck to paycheck, you might feel tempted to splurge the moment your bank account is replenished; however, impulsive purchases can add up, no matter how affordable they seem in the moment. Challenge yourself to stop buying things you don’t need this year and instead save the money to create a nest egg for your future or for a bigger purchase your never seem to have the money to make. Vacation, new appliances, down payment on a home, the possibilities are endless.
At least 20% of your annual income should go to savings, according to financial planners, but if you save less in one month than you’re supposed to, don’t beat yourself up about it. Save what you can and try to get back on track as soon as you can.
There’s an envelope system of saving that works well for many people and makes it easy for you to save on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, depending on your savings goals. We’ve even heard of one where on the first day of the month you put the amount of the temperature that day into your savings jar and bank the rewards at the end of the year. The point being you can take control and make this as fun and easy as it needs to be to get your savings adding up.
For more information on envelope saving systems, visit this website for all the cool tips. https://www.budget101.com/money-matters/5356-52-week-money-challenge-365-day-penny-challenge/
3. Be Kind
This is the simplest and most rewarding resolution you can make, and it starts the moment you open your eyes. As you lay there thinking about your day or as you drink your morning joe and reflect on what the day has in store, consider how you can sprinkle positivity into the lives of those around you.
Text a friend you haven’t heard from in a while. Call your parents. Cook a meal for your partner. Treat yourself to a cupcake from your favorite bakery. Allow yourself to take a whole day off and do what you want to do. Compliment a coworker. Pay for the person’s coffee in the line behind you. Offer to help to that mama with a toddler on her hip and 10 bags of groceries on her arm. The world will present the opportunities, just be open to them.
Being kind to others may come easier than being kind to yourself but remember that being kind to yourself is equally important as showing kindness to the world around you.
4. Start Journaling
Give yourself something to look back on each year by writing a sentence or two about your day or and you were thankful for. Journaling can give you a place to freely express your thoughts, and it’s been shown to decrease stress, anxiety and help with depression. It can also help you identify things in your life you wish to change or improve if you are honest with your yourself and true to your feelings.
If you find yourself not having anything share worthy to write, maybe that’s a signal to schedule 10-15 minutes tomorrow to play a game, talk, or take a walk with your family. Everyday doesn’t have to be eventful, but we should have meaningful moments that we can reflect on and share in our journaling.
5. Get Healthy
We’re not talking about a diet or exercise resolution here, one that you’ll commit to for a month or so and come to realize it doesn’t fit in with all of life’s demands and that you’re burnt out from trying to make happen.
We’re talking about practicing a healthy lifestyle, in conjunction with your everyday life. Going for a walk or jog before work, during your lunchbreak, in the evenings, or frankly whenever you can fit it in.
We’re talking about knowing that we aren’t drinking enough water each day and trying to incorporate an extra glass or two into your routine.
We’re talking about cutting out processed & fast foods as much as possible and trying to eat healthier overall. Parents with kids involved in “all the things” tend to struggle with this one the most.
Try incorporating that beloved crockpot into your morning routine. Throw in the ingredients, turn it on low and with only a 5-minute sacrifice to your morning routine, you’ll have healthy meal waiting for when you get home!
We suggest Pinterest for all the crock pot meal recipes you could imagine!
6. Live Life To The Fullest
If we’ve learned anything the past two years, it’s that life isn’t promised.
Nothing about it.
Going to the theater to see the latest hit – Not promised.
Having dinner at your favorite restaurant – Not Promised.
Visiting friends and loved ones – Not promised.
Now more than ever, we encourage you to make the most of this year and live your life to the very fullest. Spend more time with family and friends. Travel more – day trips count! Read, learn a new skill or hobby, volunteer and don’t forget to – Eat the cake!