Quick Win New Year’s Resolutions

How many years now have you solemnly sworn to keep your latest New Year’s Resolution – and then forgotten what it was come February? Sure, everyone wants to get in shape or save money this year, but how often does anyone accomplish those goals? That’s why we’ve done some research to offer you several resolutions that you can actually stick with this year, and most of them will even save you a little money too!

Drink More Water

Resolve to carry your own water bottle with you wherever you go. Not only will you save money by not having to buy plastic ones every time you’re out, you’ll notice an improvement in your complexion and your overall health. Staying hydrated is a key to healthy living, and this is one resolution easily kept. Buy a bottle and fill it up everywhere you go.

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Withdraw a set amount of cash to spend and leave the card at home. Flickr: Images of Cash

Leave the Credit Card at Home

Help tame impulse buying by only purchasing what you can afford with the cash you have on hand. If you don’t have enough cash – don’t buy it. And if you still want that shirt or gadget after a few days, it will probably be worth the investment. Odds are you’ll forget about most of what you would buy if you had a card to charge it to. So make it a point to leave your plastic at home each time you go shopping.

Take the Stairs

Certainly that gym membership you bought last year was purchased with the best intentions…but how often did you really use it? If you’re looking for a fitter year, make a resolution that will cost you nothing, but will keep you in better shape. Vow to skip the lift and opt for the stairs everywhere you go. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your legs tone up, just from walking those two flights to your office each day.

Eat in More and Out Less

This resolution is profitable to your health and wallet, not to mention your kitchen skill set. Set aside a select few days a week to eat out, and then make the rest of your meals at home. This will help save you lots of money in the long run, especially if you plan your meals and shopping lists in advance. And why not make it a group event? Bond with your family or significant other by working together in the kitchen.

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Take some time out to read a few pages of your book. Flickr: Alexandre Dulaunoy

Read More

And no, we don’t mean more Facebook statuses and Twitter updates. Set aside 10 minutes a day to crack open that book you’ve been meaning to read for years now, or grab a newspaper on your way to work to stay up-to-date with the world. Reading will help keep your mind active and you’ll feel more in the know. If you come across a word you don’t know or an interesting topic, look it up! By reading more often, you’ll most likely learn something new every day.

Start a Gratitude Journal

We all have room to grow in regards to our gratitude. Make it a goal this year to be more thankful. Set a journal next to your bed and every night write down one thing you’re grateful for. It can be as simple as a compliment from a stranger or a matching pair of socks, but finding something to appreciate will help you count your blessings and fall asleep with a smile.

Daily Good Deeds

Becoming a better person sounds like a nice plan, but setting a lofty goal like that can make it difficult to track your progress. Instead, make a specific resolution like “compliment someone every day”. Not only will you be improving your own self, you can help to make someone else’s day.

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Pick a destination and just go for it! Flickr: Moyan Brenn

Travel to a New Place

You don’t have to go far or spend a lot of money to discover something new. The world is teeming with adventures, so make it a point to visit somewhere new at least once during the year, whether it be the hiking trail up the road from you or the Australian outback. Just find a place in the world that you’ve never seen before and start exploring. It can make for an interesting story and perhaps you’ll discover your new favourite place.

 

Whatever you pick as your New Year’s Resolution this year, write it down and stick it somewhere you see often. Have a friend check in with you to keep you accountable. You just have to set yourself attainable goals and you’ll be amazed how easy it is to stick to them.