10 Achievable New Year's Resolutions For A Happy 2020
Try out these stress-free ways to improve your life this year.
We’ve all played the game. We make these huge goals and at the end of the year curse ourselves for not achieving them. That extra weight is still there, our finances are still out of control and we’re left wondering why we can’t just be better. What we tend not to realise is that those big changes actually happen as a result of our daily habits. Change your habits, and you can change your life for the better in just one year.
Save a small amount of your pay every week.
Anyone can make this a habit to improve their financial state. It’s also called, “paying yourself first.” Anytime that pay check comes in, instead of paying bills or spending it immediately, take a small portion and transfer to an account you can’t touch. It could be $100 or $10, just make sure you make a habit out of it. The habit itself will grow your understanding and ability to save and who doesn’t want extra money at the end of the year? Bonus points if you choose to invest that money, instead of spending it!
Go minimalist and give the rest to charity.
Over time, we accumulate a lot of belongings, clothing and clutter items. Instead of holding on to things you don’t need or rarely wear, make a day out of decluttering. Place all your clothing and miscellaneous items in two piles on your living room floor. Pick up each item individually. If you have no feeling toward the item, give it to charity. If the item causes you excitement and happiness, keep it. It’s as simple as that!
Set your alarm to an hour earlier.
Instead of dragging yourself out of bed and being ‘just on time’ for work, consider setting your alarm for an hour earlier each day to prepare a better brekkie, get out for a walk, exercise, or simply relax and take some time for yourself. That little bit of extra time works wonders for the quality of the rest of your day.
Commit to a healthy breakfast each morning.
The best way to eat healthy all day is to give yourself the best shot first thing in the morning. When you start your day with a healthy meal, you are much more likely to keep it up for the rest of the day. Opt for a brekkie with lots of fruit or veggies, whole grains and protein.
Read one book per month.
So much of our lives are spent glued to our phones. Reading means finally ditching that screen time for your own personal development. Choose books you are interested in and get a reading buddy to keep you accountable. Reading before bed is also a great way to relax and unwind.
Learn one new exercise move per week.
Instead of committing to an aggressive or expensive gym routine, simply commit to learning one new exercise at home each week. By the end of the year, you’ll have an entire workout regime, new knowledge of your body and muscles, and may even be rocking a fitter body in the process!
Delegate the family chores.
It’s so easy to take on all of the family chores and struggle to get everything done. Instead of ripping your hair out chasing after your family’s messes and trying to keep up, delegate the chores. Involve your partner and kids in cleaning up! You can even create a family schedule where each family member is responsible for a specific chore. You don’t have to do all the work, Mama.
Write a letter to your future self.
You may be tempted to make that lengthy list of demands for yourself in the form of New Year’s resolutions. This year, try something a little different. Write a love-filled letter to yourself about all the things you’d like to say to her. You can even thank her for things! For example, “Thank you for giving us a healthier body and calmer mind. Thank you for spending this year on personal development and growth.”
Take up a new hobby.
So many of us are running around trying to cultivate side businesses, grinds and hustles. These are great but it seems like we’ve forgotten the importance of hobbies without monetary expectations; things we involve ourselves in just for fun! Whether you want to paint more, record more music or learn a new skill, take it up without any expectations for yourself other than to simply enjoy it.
Switch sweet drinks for water with meals.
Love an evening cocktail or a sugar packed soda with lunch or dinner? Ditch these drinks for water for a healthier and more hydrated body. From a daily standpoint, it doesn’t seem like it would make much difference, but after a week, a month or a year, it will have you shedding easy pounds and feeling much better.
Use these simple habits to cultivate a happier existence so you can feel proud of yourself at the end of this year.