What New Year’s Resolution Should You Make?- 50 of the Best Ideas

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We made it through 2020! Let’s all give each other a high five for that one. We are now looking into 2021 and this year really needs a good New Year’s resolution. Are you wondering what New Year’s resolution you should make? I put together a list of New Year’s resolution ideas to help you think of the best one for you. 

Here we go, in no particular order, here are 50 of the best New Year’s resolution ideas. 

  1. Read more books. Download Goodreads and set a goal for the year. Then track each one. 52 books for 52 weeks? If that is too ambitious, how about 12 books, one a month?
  2. Start using reusable shopping bags. The plastic disposable shopping bags are horrible for the environment, so start throwing all those reusable totes in your car to use when you shop. 
  3. Up your daily steps goal to 20,000. If you are currently at 10,000 raise that goal!
  4. Meal plan on Sundays. This will help you be organized for the week and gave a plan. You are less likely to each fast food when you already have something to cook.
  5. Meal PREP too! If you want to take it one step further than just planning, you can also prep! Cut the vegetables or cook what you can ahead of time and then you have meals almost finished already.
  6. Eat more fruits and vegetables at every meal. Your diet should consist of a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.
  7. Run streak! No, that doesn’t mean running naked. That means run at least a mile each day. Even on the busiest days you can set aside 10 minutes to run a mile.  
  8. Drink more water. Get a large refillable water bottle and make sure to drink it and refill it often. 
  9. Keep a gratitude jar. Everyday write down something you are thankful for.
  10. Pack a lunch more often to bring to work instead of eating out. Or if you are working from home, meal prep your lunches so they are ready for you ahead of time so you don’t reach into the pantry for unhealthy snack food. 
  11. Spend more time in nature. Hiking in the mountains, a walk in a park, reading a book under a tree. 
  12. Sleep with your cell phone in the other room. You are less likely to get a good night sleep if your know is right by you. Unplug at night time.
  13. Eat less processed foods. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store more and the aisles less. The permitter is where the unprocessed food is. 
  14. Park further away at the grocery store, mall, work, etc. so you log more steps.
  15. Try something completely out of your comfort zone, like online cooking classes.
  16. Save money for a specific purpose like a vacation, new iPhone, or even a car! Saving can help you rethink how you spend your money and you might learn you don’t need that $5 latte everyday.  
  17. Sleep at least 8 hours a night. Having your phone in another room can help this.
  18. Try a new hobby. Sewing, knitting, kickboxing? 
  19. Write handwritten notes. It is a perfect year to start sending real notes and letters again. Check in with friends, write thank you notes, send a card to relatives. Everyone loves getting something in the mail. sign that says bye 2020
  20. Call more often instead of just text.
  21. Lend a helping hand more. Volunteer, pick up trash on the beach, look for ways to help in your community on a regular basis. 
  22. Don’t just tell them you love them, show them too.
  23. Keep a journal. Now better time to start than now. 
  24. Put all your loose photos in an album. I am so guilty of just having a ton of photos in a box and I think they will get ruined if I don’t put them in an album. This can also be good motivation to print photos off your phone and have them in an album.
  25. Unsubscribe to emails instead of just deleting them everyday.
  26. Learn a new language.
  27. Unplug an hour a day, a day a week, whatever works for you.
  28. Do the dishes everyday. Don’t let them sit.
  29. When you workout or run spend 15 more minutes a session.
  30. Clean out all the clothes you don’t wear and donate them.
  31. Wear sunscreen daily.
  32. Plant a vegetable garden.
  33. Try a new cookbook each month and cook through new recipes.
  34. Take a dance class. It would be fun and good for you.
  35. Plank each day. Build that core strength.
  36. Have a family game night each week where the whole family is unplugged and together. 
  37. Take vitamins daily.
  38. Spend less time on social media and more time in the real world.
  39. Train for a marathon.
  40. Learn how to make French macaroons. Getting those circles perfect is HARD. Make it your resolution to master it by the end of 2021.
  41. Go into Target and only buy the things on your list.
  42. Learn to cook some of your grandmother’s recipes.
  43. Start jump roping regularly. It is a great cardio and coordination activity.
  44. Watch more documentaries and less action movies.
  45. Practice random acts of kindness.
  46. Draw more. Even if it is just a notebook of doodles. That can help your brain.
  47. Lose weight, but set a realistic goal. Have a plan too. The best way to do this is just eat healthier and exercise more. 
  48. Watch a movie from your childhood each month. 
  49. Set a grocery budget and stick to it. 
  50. Reach out to the people important in your life more often. Call grandma more consistently. Email your cousin to just check in. Send your mom some flowers just because. 

Remember that your resolution doesn’t have a to be a huge undertaking to be good. Pick one that you can stick with. No matter what your resolution is, setting a goal is always a great thing to do. Here are some other posts you might like:

5 Things To Jump Start Your New Year’s Fitness Goals

10 Reasons You Might Not Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution

15 Simple Tips For Sticking to Your 2020 Fitness Goals

The 50 Books I Read in 2020

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