By the time February rolls around, however, most of us have already given up on our resolutions, disappointed and frustrated with ourselves for not making it past the first couple of weeks. In order to make sure you stick to your goals, consider setting real-life resolutions instead! Btw, these are my resolutions for next year 🙂
Resolution #1 - Get a good night's sleep
This is something I'm really working on this year and it has made a huge difference in my mood. I started using an app called Sleep Cycle, which monitors your sleep patterns and wakes you up at the right time during your lightest sleep phase so that you wake up feeling refreshed. It also tells you how many hours of deep sleep you're getting, which is a sign that you're sleeping well enough.
Resolution #2 - Develop yourself and your career
Developing yourself and your career is a crucial resolution this year. You're not just a cog in the machine, you're also an individual with goals and aspirations. Start by thinking about what you want from your career, and then make a plan to get it done. Is there something you need more education in? Do you need to take on some volunteer work? Maybe start applying for jobs that are outside of your comfort zone?
Resolution #3 - Eat healthier, move more
I resolve to eat healthier, move more and take care of my mental health. I will incorporate these resolutions into my daily routine and keep track of what I am doing by using Notion. I will also use this blog post as a way to keep myself accountable. In the event that I do not follow through with any of my resolutions, I commit myself to do 10 push-ups or sit-ups or whatever is required in order to make up for it.
Resolution #4 - Budget your money, live within your means
As a society, we've become accustomed to the idea that our wants should always outweigh our needs. But there are consequences to this type of thinking. One of those consequences is budgeting your money and living within your means. It doesn't matter if you are 21 or 51, it is never too late to start budgeting your money and living within your means. Start by making goals around saving and spending. Next, set up alerts on your phone that will remind you when it's time to pay bills or how much money is left in your account. And lastly, create a list of must-haves versus want-to-haves and make sure not to spend more than you earn. Remember, as long as you live below your means, then financial success will be inevitable!
Resolution #5 - Spend more time with family, friends, loved ones
It has been too long since I have seen my family and friends. I have finally figured out what is important in life, and that is the people who matter most. With all the time we spend on social media, it can be easy to forget about those closest to us and get wrapped up in our own lives. Whether it's calling a loved one or sending a card, 2023 needs to be the year where you and I spend more quality time with my friends and family.
Resolution #6 - Learn something new every day or month
It may seem like an impossible feat, but learning new things should be a goal every year. It doesn't have to be anything big or earth-shattering. Start small by reading up on something you've never looked into before, like the life cycle of a honey bee. Then take it to the next level by taking a course on it at your local community college or online. Who knows? You might even find yourself volunteering to help out with their hives!
Resolution #7 - Meditate on a regular basis
Meditation is an important part of my morning routine. Even though I don't have the time or energy to do it every day, I am committed to making sure that at least one day a week, I take the time for myself. It's become an essential part of my self-care and spiritual practices. With meditation, I'm able to think more clearly and be in tune with myself on a deeper level without the distractions of daily life.
Resolution #8 - Surround yourself with positive people
It's so easy in today's world to be surrounded by people who are constantly complaining and not pushing themselves. The negativity can be draining and the stress can really affect your health. Make a conscious effort this year to spend more time with people who make you feel good, who bring out the best in you, and who want you to succeed as much as they want themselves to succeed. Seek them out at work, on social media, or in your neighbourhood. You deserve happiness and success just like everyone else!
Resolution #9 - Get out of your bed and travel
I'm so tired of staying home on weekends. I know it'll be difficult, but it's time to go out and explore the world. There are so many places I've never been and things I've never seen and at this point, I'm only going through the motions. It feels like life is just passing me by. Lately, I've been feeling that way a lot more often. I don't want to miss out on anything, especially not now when I feel like everything else in my life has finally fallen into place. But it seems like if I don't do something soon, nothing will change. The question is, what am I waiting for? So this year, I am taking a resolution to get out of my bed and travel. You should too.
These are my resolutions for the next year. I am going to be accountable and do my best to achieve them. I can't wait to see what next year has in store for me! In addition to checking in every month, I will be providing regular updates on my progress in upholding these resolutions.