There’s way too much pressure to come up with a strong New Year’s resolution. While it’s great to want to ‘better’ yourself in some way, the whole concept of a New Year’s resolution is a bit tired.
With that in mind, we’ve brainstormed 6 alternatives to the traditional New Year’s resolution:
1. Establish a New Goal Each Month
One big problem with New Year’s resolutions is that people tend to focus on one big change that they’ll tackle for the next 365 days.
Establish monthly goals instead. For example, January could be the month where you only buy the things you need, and February will be the month you give the gym a go.
Short-term, realistic goals help stay motivated and committed to change.
2. Change The Way You Talk
Most New Year’s resolutions focus on an outcome, for example ‘I want to lose weight’ or ‘I want to be more productive at work’.
Focus on the process and intention rather than the result.
3. Make A Bucket List
Having things to look forward to is an instant mood booster.
This year make a list of things you’d like to do, whether it’s a salsa dance class, skydiving or that trip to San Francisco you swore you’d do when you were 21.
Create a 12-month calendar, note each month’s bucket list activity and tick off the list as you go, so you always have a sense of accomplishment.
4. Choose Your Word
Instead of focusing on a specific area of your life that you’d like to change, choose the word that you’d like to use to describe yourself by the end of the year and make it your motto.
‘Helpful’ ‘thoughtful’ ‘adventurous’ ‘contentment’ and ‘productive’ are some options you could choose. Whatever word you decide is yours, carry it throughout the year and apply it to all the goals you set yourself.
5. Take It One Step at A Time
Many see January 1st as the opportunity for a fresh start – putting their life on a chopping board for the next few months, trying to stick to habits that deprive themselves of anything fun.
Give up the idea that you need to work on one big thing and focus on becoming the best version of yourself, one day at a time.
6. Commit to People
Between work and general life commitments, it can be very difficult to fit in some much-needed quality time with your family and friends.
Instead of committing to doing new things this year, make it your mission to spend more time with the people in your life. For example, you could organise monthly dinners, weekly coffee dates, going to an exercise class twice a week, or weekend trips to the countryside.