I must admit, I haven’t always been the biggest fan of New Years Resolutions. They always seem like lofty ambitions and sometimes unrealistic goals we set ourselves when looking to the future with rosy glasses.
We didn’t lose the weight this year? Ehh, it’s almost January 1 – that seems like a good time!
… uh, is January 1st some magical date that allows you to suddenly COMMIT to an action plan, follow through with actions until they become habits, and miraculously achieve your dreams?
It’s just the day that most of the world has decided we get a fresh start. Sure, this year is kind of “special” because it’s the beginning of a new decade.
And yes, if you want to TRULY make the 20’s the best decade of your life, then yes – this date is significant to you.
However, it really really doesn’t matter when you set your “new years resolutions” – it doesn’t have to be January 1.
The date you start working toward achieving your dreams isn’t important.
What’s important is that we’re consciously setting goals – SMART Goals, mind you, and making forward progress toward the goals that will make us happy, healthy people!
Who the hell cares if you start on January 1st? NOT ME!
If you like that date – great! Go for it!
But if you get a late start like on January 2, 15, February 7, or any other arbitrary date throughout the year – don’t make excuses for yourself and say “oh well, I guess I’ll start it next year” and wait around again until January 1.
That’s just letting your laziness and fear get the better of you.
And it’s a GIANT WASTE OF YOUR TIME.
Instead, take action and set good New Years Resolutions TODAY. And get after them!!!
New Years Resolution Ideas for 2020 To Help You Be Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise!
Financial New Years Resolutions
Everybody wants financial stability, financial freedom.. wealth, even.
But how do you get that?? You start with one little habit, a big goal, and work hard at it until it snowballs into something amazing!!
Here are some great financial new years resolutions to get you off on the right foot in 2020! I can’t wait to see what your life is like in 2021, can you!?
- Be debt free. (Become debt free, stay debt free, etc.)
- Pay more than the minimum amount due each due date.
- Save up an emergency fund.
- Save up for a fantastic vacation.
- Help someone else in need, or give to charity.
- Pay off the car. Completely.
- Spend less on things I don’t need.
- Eat (or drink) out only once per week.
- Create a budget.
- Pay off the mortgage. Completely.
- Meal plan, grocery shop, and meal prep every week.
- Only pay with cash.
- Stick to a budget. (daily, weekly, monthly)
- Save $500 to invest in stocks
- Start a college fund for your children.
Health New Years Resolutions
Okay, okay. I know. Historically, new years resolutions go like this. “Lose 15 pounds by Spring Break.” Then February 15th (or January 15th for some) comes around, and suddenly we’re eating junk food, skipping our gym dates, and are back to acting our old selves.
So instead of these empty, obligatory new years resolutions that Cosmo or whomever tells you to set, I suggest you aim for overall health new years resolutions.
If those include weight loss, muscle gain, drinking water, or the ability to run a marathon – so be it. (ya bad ass!!) Just try to keep in mind the larger goals of being a healthy, fit human, rather than , “lose 10 pounds STAT!”
So in 2020, give these New Years Resolutions for Health a try!
- Learn to cook one new healthy dish each month (or each week).
- Drink at least 6 glasses of water each day.
- Set a new PR for running time, lifting weight or reps, or number of burpees per minute.
- Quit smoking, vaping, or ingesting any drugs.
- Put on sunscreen each time you go outside for more than 30 minutes.
- Run a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or full marathon. (depending on your goals, fitness level, and experience)
- Stop snacking on junk food by not bringing it into your home.
- Exercise 3 x per week.
- Meal prep foods with the proper nutrients you need to be healthy and reach your goal fitness level.
- Hike Machu Picchu (or some other bucket list hiking destination )
- Lose ___ pounds by ________ (date).
- Create a diet and exercise routine that will help you achieve your fitness goals, and stick to it.
- Only eat out 1 or 2 meals per week. Opt to cook at home for the rest.
Relationship New Years Resolutions
Relationships are what make the world go round – literally, if you think about it.
Relationships come in all forms – yes, significant others (boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, etc.), but they also come in other forms we don’t always think of in the “relationship” category. Parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, friends, cousins, other family members, coworkers, teammates, etc.
Our interactions with the people around us shape us into who we are.
They can make or break our days, and then weeks, months, and years.
Relationships are incredibly important. But we don’t always put them first.
In today’s society, we’re scrolling through social media during dates, texting during game night, and bailing on plans in search of something “better” or “more fun” (that instant gratification thing), and it’s a darn shame.
In 2020, I challenge you to improve and nurture the relationships in your life. Make time for the people you love. Spend time together, get to know each other better. Challenge each other. Put one another first.
Try these New Years Resolutions for Relationships, and let me know how it goes for you!
- Put your phone down during dinner & dates.
- Spend uninterrupted time together, daily.
- Have a set date night – weekly, or at least monthly.
- Practice gratitude – remember & appreciate what you love about your partner.
- Be honest with your partner – about all aspects of life.
- Take more pictures together.
- Start and end each day with a kiss.
- Call members of your family at least once a week.
- Take a trip with someone you love, and put your phones away.
- Cook at least one big meal together each week.
- Have a friends’ night (girls’ night, boys’ night, mom’s night, whatever) once a month, at minimum.
Self Care New Years Resolutions
You know me – I always preach about the importance of self care. A third of this site is dedicated to it for god’s sake.
I obviously believe that self care is a VITAL part of your mental and physical well-being. And no, I don’t mean the kind of “self care” where you pay hundreds of dollars for spa treatments every week, or vacation to Bali to “escape it all” just because you had a stressful day.
I mean the kind of self care that brings you back to your true self. The one that lets you relax, escape the distractions and pressures of life, if only for a few minutes a day.
These self care new years resolutions will help you be a happier, healthier person- just because they force you to actually take care of yourself they way you’re supposed to. Not the way this overly-busy-schedule pushing society wants you to.. but to actually take time to make sure you’re okay. Every day.
Just try one or two, see how they feel. I bet you’ll like it!
- Spend at least one hour alone each day. (If you’re a parent, you may need to cut this one down to 30 minutes due to simple logistics 🙂 )
- Get to bed by 11 pm nightly.
- Create a nightly routine, and stick to it.
- Take a vacation.
- Keep a gratitude journal.
- Spend less time online, spend more time in nature.
- Learn a new skill or take up a new hobby.
- Shower, brush teeth, floss, and wash face every single day.
- Learn or practice a relaxing activity like meditation, yoga, fishing, etc. regularly
- Spend a few hours with friends each week.
- Create a healthy skincare routine, and practice it daily.
- Call someone you love once a day.
- Once a month, do something just for you. (go fishing, give yourself a manicure, etc.)
- Keep a journal.
Giving Back Resolutions
Every year, millions, maybe even billions of people write down a perfunctory list of new years resolutions that they think will put them on Santa’s “good list” or something… and then stick it in a drawer and ignore that shit for about 359 days.
(I happen to know this because I did it)
And on almost everyone’s little list of “[I’ll never actually do this, but] it’s the thought that counts, right??” new years resolutions, is something about giving back. Volunteering, helping poor people, feeding hungry people. Blah blah blah.
This is all well and good, but if you only function with the mindset, “it’s the thought that counts” and never do anything… well then, what’s the point?
If you go ask charities, hungry people, orphaned kids, or hurt baby sea turtles if your ‘thoughts’ helped them, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t respond very politely. (I wouldn’t)
So instead of being THAT guy.. this year, be the incredible person yo mamma raised you to be, and go freaking give something back.
If you’re reading this, chances are that you have a smart phone, computer, or tablet. Probably consistent access to the internet.. paid for with your salary or wages.
You’ve got a roof over your head and food in your belly.
If that’s the case, try to find it in your heart and wallet to give back something to someone in need this year. Even if it’s just a couple of bucks or a few hours of your time.
Every little bit (of action or money, not thoughts) can help.
Here are a few great ways to give back to add to your list of new years resolutions for 2020.
Feel free to borrow these resolution ideas, or come up with your own. But whatever you do, make it a point to give back SOMETHING this year.
- Contact local DFCS offices and churches to find children or families in need. During the year: clothes, shoes, school supplies, toys. During the holidays: toys that they won’t be receiving from “santa” or their families.
- Sign up to mentor a child, student, or person in need.
- Volunteer to help at a local charity.
- Consider fostering or adopting a pet.
- Join a community outreach program.
- Send supplies to a disaster relief organization (help clean oil from ducks, feed hurricane victims, clothe fire victims, etc)
- Donate your unwanted items, money, or time to a charity or church.
- Volunteer at a local animal shelter or zoo.
- Consider becoming a foster parent.
- Volunteer to help run or plan a community event.
- Use less (or no) single-use plastic, opt for green options instead.
- Help clean up a local park or street monthly.
- Volunteer for disaster relief help – food, clothes, shelter, rebuilding, taking people in, etc.
- Volunteer in any way – and bring your kids along to help them understand the value (and great feeling you get) of giving back.
Career New Years Resolutions
Every year, people suit up and go to work thinking, ‘this is it- this is MY year! I’m going to (____ quit my job, get a raise, get a promotion, change careers, land the client, make the sale___)” !!!
Whatever your career aspirations are – why not really buckle down and get after them in 2020?
There are loads of ways to secure your career advancement (change, raise, etc) – and almost zero of them include “luck” or “accidents” – YOU have to make it happen.
In 2020, get out there and earn the respect, job, and salary you’re after. Set resolutions, take action, earn it, and take it.
- Take a course or attend a lecture or conference to further your education in your field.
- Ask for a raise.
- Request more or different duties at work.
- Set goals for yourself to up your production, output, or quality of work. (Not the ones your boss set you, goals for yourself)
- Collaborate with colleagues on a big project.
- Create a system for repetitive tasks to work more efficiently and productively.
- Stay focused on work tasks during work time, stop surfing the web or scrolling through social media.
- Be “on” during work time, and be “off” during play time. Keep your home and work life as separate as possible to be present and give each what they deserve.
Personal Development New Years Resolutions
December 31st and January 1st are some of those days when people get super lofty ambitions and decide that THIS YEAR they’ll solve world hunger, cure cancer, learn 4 languages, write a book, and run a marathon, gosh darnit!
And then around January 5th or 22nd, they realize that that was a bit much.. and maybe they’ll just stick to 4 or 5 of those goals. Then when Valentine’s Day rolls around, they’re so discouraged by the lack of progress in multiple areas, they just give up altogether.
Their new years resolutions died before the end of the quarter.
Womp womp womppppppp
Remember, progressing in life doesn’t always mean a pay raise or losing 20 pounds.
Sometimes it means learning a new craft, hobby or skill – like woodworking, sewing, or cooking.
Maybe personal development for you means finally writing that book you’ve been talking about for years.
Perhaps you want to learn a language – or enough of a language to take the dream vacation you’ve always wanted to take and speak the local language.
There are hundreds of ways you can develop in 2020 – make sure you’re setting realistic new years resolutions that will help you reach your goals!!
- Read one new book every month. (and finish it)
- Finally finish (and start?) that project around the house you’ve been putting off.
- Learn a new language.
- Teach a class in something you’re good at.
- Take a class in something you’re bad at, but interested in.
- Practice a craft (cooking, playing an instrument, woodworking)
- Set daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly goals, and an action plan to work toward them.
- Write your memoir.
- Continue your education in your chosen field – always strive to improve.
- Take a trip to somewhere incredible (and take a class there if you want!)
- Start a new project! Something you never thought you could do.
- Write and publish an eBook in something you’re passionate or knowledgeable about.
- Take a 30 day challenge – any kind will do!
Time Management New Years Resolutions
It may be safe to say that the 2010’s really were the age of procrastination.
They gave us Instagram and loads of other social media options. Blew up our phones with news, new albums, podcasts, and more.
And everyone’s attention spans seemed to shrivel up like raisins. (I literally just got distracted by my cute, sleeping kitty while typing that sentence… they got me too. *facepalm*)
But now we stand here on the brink of 2020 – the ROARING 20’s – a new era
It’s up to you to decide how you will use your time.
Will you procrastinate, scroll endlessly, swipe furiously, and then wonder where your hours, days, weeks…. and your life went?
Or will you use your time wisely? Set schedules, stick to them – work when it’s time to work and FREAKING PLAY when it’s time to play??
I hope you’ll join me in the latter option.
My New Years Resolution for 2020 is going to include better time management.
I want to LIVE LIFE while I can.
I’m not on this big blue and green marble to scroll through Instagram – wtf kind of existence is that?!!?
I want to experience the cultures of the world, the sights, smells, foods, people, and music all around me.
I want to have a fulfilling life – concerned with my next adventure – not my next due date.
And that all starts with proper time management.
If I can work hard, then I can play hard. And boy, do I want to play hard.
- Set a schedule for each week, and stick to it.
- Time block each day, and use laser focus on each task during its time. Then stop and move on to the next thing.
- Take frequent breaks to keep your mind and body healthy, energized, and ready to work hard during your allotted time.
- Keep a running To Do list of things around the house or office that you can knock out quickly when small pockets of free time present themselves. (and then do it)
- Meal plan, make a grocery list, and meal prep each week. (Then actually eat what you planned)
- Use a productivity app daily to help stay on task and focused.
Organization is the name of the game here at Organized Mind & Life.
I truly believe that organization is the key to happiness.
Not “having things in straight lines” is the key to happiness, or “having a perfectly labeled pantry” is the key – just – organization.
If your home, your workspace, your car, your mind, and your life are all organized – then you free up the brain space you need to relax, be present in the moment, enjoy your family, and live life to the fullest.
When you’re organized, you don’t have to search through piles of junk you don’t even like to find something you need. It’s just there, you can use it, and move on with the next task.
When you’re organized, you don’t mind who randomly stops by your house. There’s no stress in company – only companionship and joy!
When you’re organized – you can spend time loving your family, instead of arguing about putting away clothes and toys.
Organization is the key to happiness, friends. I hope you’ll set one or two New years resolutions for organization going into 2020 – and stick to them!!
I truly believe it will benefit you, and indeed your whole family.
- Purge the closet in January and July.
- Declutter the house (or at least one room) monthly.
- Create a daily cleaning schedule for a tidy house.
- Create a routine for the family so they can help keep the house organized and clean.
- Clean out the attic, once and for all.
- Create a routine for the family so they can help keep the house organized and clean.
- Organize and label all pictures. In boxes, in albums, in digital folders.
- Keep and purchase only things that bring you joy. (Marie Kondo that shit!)
- Go to sleep each night with clutter-free surfaces.
“Less & More” Resolutions
Often, our new years resolutions focus on DO (always) or DON’T (ever again) – and that can make for some harsh transitions.. and often, set us up for failures.
We can’t be expected to just completely cut something habitual out of our lives overnight, as if the ball drop were the magical switch we needed to flip.
Nor can we expect ourselves to suddenly have a brand new habit pre-formed within us to make better choices.
The really smart people who set new years resolutions and stick to them are the ones who realize that change must be gradual.
Try as we might (us type A people… whoops), we cannot always be “all or nothing” people.
We have to give ourselves a little bit of wiggle room, and a little bit of grace.
And if we set new years resolutions that are about doing a little less of the ‘bad’ and doing a little more ‘good’ – then we’re on the right track.
Who knows, maybe these new actions will become ingrained habits by the end of 2020… and next year we can go “all or nothing” – but for now, try my ‘less and more’ new years resolutions. See how it goes!
- Less sitting; more moving
- Less stressing, more meditating or praying
- Less plastics, more green choices
- Less streaming, more nature
- Less complaining, more smiling
- Less buying, more traveling
- Less arguing, more discussing
- Less screen time, more family time
- Less trashing, more reusing, reducing, and recycling
What are Your 2020 New Years Resolutions??
Leave a comment below and let me know! I love hearing new ideas to help us all be the best we can be!
Or, tell me about your New Years Resolutions from last year! How did you do? Did you stick with it?? If so, what are your secrets?
It’s always scary to hear about the success rate of new years resolutions – let’s stick it to the man and achieve our goals together, and not become statistics!
and remember, make good life choices!