The turn of the year is fast approaching. Along with polka-dotted dress and a high jump when the clock strikes 12, writing a New Year’s resolution is a popular Filipino tradition. But undeniably, many of us end up not actually sticking with them.
Are you thinking about what to include in your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions list?
Check these 20 New Year’s resolution ideas and some helpful tips on how to truly keep them.
1. Lose Weight
Cut down on carbs and calories. Staying fit and healthy is one of the best gifts you could give to yourself and your family. And for sure, you’ve been wishing to achieve this, however a lot of excuses can come in your way.
How to stick to your fitness plan:
Do not overwhelm yourself with drastic change in your diet and lifestyle. Start small and work your way slowly to achieve your goal. It would be helpful to keep your goal specific.
2. Choose Healthy Options
Along with your goal to lose weight, a great New Year’s resolution is to go for healthy options. Instead of eating junk food, why not munch on nutritious veggies and fruits? All you need is self motivation or perhaps a diet buddy to remind you in your forgetful times.
How to trick yourself to eating healthier food:
Do not suppress your sweet tooth, instead substitute sweet treats with fruits. Fill half of your plate with vegetables so you could cut carbs and those extra unnecessary calories. Eat your veggies first before proteins or carbs so you feel fuller and not crave for more.
3. Stop Procrastinating
The habit of putting things off is really hard to let go. If delaying a work or a task has always been your habit, 2017 is a perfect time to change things. Don’t put off this resolution for 2018.
How to avoid the temptation of procrastination:
A popular trick is to follow the 2-minute rule: if you can do a task in 2 minutes, do it now. Good news for you, there are many mobile apps that can get you going to work and be more productive. Try this list to find the best app that will work best for you.
4. Look for a New Source of Income
Even billionaires are always looking for more ways to earn more money, and we common folks can definitely use an additional source of income too. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available, like having side jobs, working as a freelancer or using the internet to your advantage.
How to earn more money:
Hal Elrod advised that the primary step to multiplying your source of income is to stabilize your primary source of income. Other sources of income, on the other hand, can be your hobby or skills e.g writing, calligraphy, graphic design, arts and craft, and more. The key here is to know what you can offer and who will benefit from it -- your target market.
5. Reduce Stress
Occasional stress is healthy, but frequent and unrelieved stress can lead to mental and physical health problems. The bills keep on piling up, tasks are left undone, the news on the internet are annoying, all these can add up to your stress. Stress management is the key.
How to keep stress at bay:
Stress management is about taking control of things that happen to your life. Your thoughts, feelings, and behavior all contribute to your stress level. That’s why it is important to take note of patterns that trigger or bring you stress. Keep a stress journal. Every time you feel stressed, jot it down. Doing so enables you to identify stressors and figure out the right response next time you encounter it.
6. Have a Good Night's Sleep
Not having enough sleep is the number one culprit for low energy level, weak immune system, and poor mental performance. We are all aware that we need 8 hours of sleep for our body to function well.
How to secure quality sleep:
Don't go to bed with empty or full stomach. Take away all distractions and clutter. And keep your bedroom well ventilated, cool, and dark.
7. Stop Smoking
Smoking increases a person’s risk of having various types of cancer. And it is not only detrimental to the smoker’s health but also to the people around through 2nd hand smoking.
How to quit smoking:
Make gradual changes in your smoking habits. Taper it off so that little by little you can completely let it go. It also helps to get support and motivation from your family and friends. If all else fail, ask your doctor for a stop-smoking pill.
8. Read Good Books
Reading books is the best way to spend your free time. Not only does it expand your knowledge, but it also improves your mental capacity. It is a great exercise for the brain.
How to keep reading books:
One good tip is to always carry a book wherever you are so you can read if you got free time. Also try to substitute time-consuming habits, such as impulsive internet surfing, for reading.
9. Find Love
If you feel frustrated for being single right now, don’t be. Get inspired and be happy while you wait or find your true love.
How to meet your significant other:
Enjoy and don’t isolate yourself from the world. While on a quest to find your soulmate, always remember not to be so desperate. Just keep it cool. And don’t forget to pray that God sends you the right one.
10. More Quality Time with Loved Ones
Hectic schedules always come our way whenever we want to be with our loved ones. Other times, it’s just that we are focused on being with the wrong people, and hence, wasting our precious time.
How to spend more time with family and friends:
If your busy schedule hampers you from spending quality time with your loved ones, you definitely need to practice better time management. Work-Life balance is vital. Follow the advice of these entrepreneurs on how to find life amidst the chaos of work.
11. Start Saving Money
We all want to save money but most of the time end up spending it all. Saving money is crucial if we want to have a life that is resilient to health emergencies or if we want to achieve -- or purchase - something.
How to save money:
Sure, you know how to save money, you just can't stick to the habit. Include these practical tips: track your spending, stick to your budget, and have a realistic goal.
12. Learn a New Language
Spruce up your resume and add a new foreign language to your arsenal of skills! Learning a language is easy, all you need is patience and dedication.
How to start learning new languages:
There are a lot of online tutorials for various languages. Just pick a good resource and study online. Watching foreign shows and listening to foreign songs will also help. However, nothing beats talking with the native speakers. If you can find a native speaker to practice with then that would be better.
13. Pick Up Useful Hobbies
It’s never too late to learn a new skill or a useful hobby. Instead of burying your head in your computer and spending all day surfing the internet, why not learn to play a piano, do wood carving, or calligraphy?
How to try a new hobby:
It is important to make the learning process easy and fun. This way, you’re motivated and inspired to really learn. Join a group or tag a friend along. Friendly competition is healthy to keep up and improve your skills. You can look for inexpensive hobbies or skills here.
14. Be More Organized
It doesn’t matter how much time you have on your hands if you can’t manage it properly – you’ll just spend most of the day running around aimlessly. When you get organized, there will suddenly be more time to spare and things will start falling into place. Make it a habit, get help from apps and tools and enjoy your newly found leisure time.
Having too much clutter actually slows down our work and is one sure stressor!
How to be more organized:
Keep all your clutter away. Find useful apps that will help you be more organized.
15. Travel More
Traveling to places you’ve always wanted to go is self fulfilling. But to do this, you need time and money.
How to prepare for your world tour:
Better couple this plan with number 11, saving money. Spending is needed if you’re planning to go to your dream destination but it’s not impossible to do it cheap. Planning your itinerary, e.g where to stay, what to visit, and when to fly, is key so you can budget your hard-earned money.
16. Be More Punctual
Tardiness is disrespect to other people. It is always better to arrive early than late.
Ways to avoid being late all the time:
Allot time for an emergency or for trouble. If it takes 45 minutes to go to work, give yourself an hour for the commute. And if takes two days to finish a project, give yourself three. The important thing to remember is to start early and prepare for what lies ahead.
17. Spend Less Time in Social Media
Impulse internet surfing is a friend to procrastination. It wastes your time, leaving you unproductive. Spending too much time scrolling down the newsfeed can be addictive. While it is fine to stay in touch, spending too much time on social media is never beneficial -- unless it is your job.
How to keep away from social media:
Each time you check your online account, or surf the internet, log your time. Identify your average and set a goal for the maximum time you will allow yourself to use the internet. Then, gradually reduce the time you spend online (and substitute other productive activities like reading or learning a new skill).
18. Be Active in your Community
Taking active part in your community is good for your overall well-being. It is where you can develop leadership and communication skills.
How not to shy away from taking part in your community:
If you’re an introvert, taking part in your community projects & activities might seem scary at first. Prepare yourself by avoiding being self-absorbed. Don't avoid small talk and meeting new people. The more you expose yourself to social situations that make you feel shy, the more you'll learn to manage it.
19. Face your Fears
Fear, along with self-pity and shame, are self-destructive. Not only does it keep you from growing, it also sabotages your success. It is a problem that gives birth to other problems. Apart from serving as an evolutionary coping mechanism, fear should not serve any other purpose.
How to conquer your fears:
Live through your fear. As your mother has told you before, "face your fear". Getting used to a situation that scares you is a good way to weaken fear. Moreover, you should learn that fear is only in the mind.
20. Remember Important Dates
Remember the last time you stood somebody up? This Year 2017, do your best to remember important dates.
How to keep a Calendar:
In case you’re bad at remembering important dates, there are a lot of mobile applications that can help you with this. Google Calendar is a good choice for keeping and remembering important meetings.
Do you have any other New Year’s Resolution not included in this list? Share it with us by commenting below.