Resolutions: whether you love them or you hate them, chances are you’ve made one or two…or maybe even a few hundred in your life. It’s part of the human condition to want to improve ourselves and it’s not a bad idea to start the year off with some goals you can focus on for 2019. Not all resolutions are created equal, however. Some won’t help you focus on the right things, while others are simply not realistic and likely to fail. If you’re having trouble coming up with some worthy New Year’s resolutions, here are a few ideas to help you start off 2019 on the right foot.
Idea One: Fix Your Finances
It’s not easy to make ends meet these days. If you’re not in debt, you’re the exception, not the rule. And if you’re part of the Millennial generation, you’ve probably got more than your fair share of debt obligations. This age group owns $1.1 trillion of America’s $3.6 trillion in debt. Rising college costs and other expenses have taken a toll on younger people, and many are frustrated and feel like giving up on their finances. If you’re feeling discouraged, it’s time to take action.
You can change the trend of debt in the new year by setting out to fix your finances. Take some time to assess your debt so you can understand how long it might take you to get rid of it. Developing and sticking to a budget is the next step. Fixing your finances is a perfect New Year’s resolution because it’s a large goal that can take twelve months or more to complete and could completely change your life.
Idea Two: Think Outside of the Box
Standby resolutions like “get in shape” are great, but they’re not going to shake up your life too much in 2019. Thinking outside the box and pushing yourself to learn, grow, explore, and step out of your comfort zone will help make your year memorable.
Try setting a goal to do something new once or twice a month, whether that’s attending a poetry reading, volunteering, or picking up a new hobby. You might learn something new about yourself, and you’ll have a lot to talk about at your New Year’s parties at the end of 2019!
Idea Three: Take It Easy on Yourself This Year
We live in a very fast-paced world, and it takes its toll. Sometimes, life’s responsibilities can pile up on you and the stress can be overwhelming. Take time to keep calm, exercise, and give yourself self care. You can reduce stress by learning to give yourself a break here and there. It might seem odd to make a resolution to do less, but there’s a lot of benefit to committing to take it easy. You’ll feel more relaxed, happier, and able to focus on what you’re doing in the present moment.
Idea Four: Get Some Rest
How much sleep do you really get? Be honest. Eating healthfully and exercising are just two-thirds of what you need to do to keep your body healthy. Getting enough sleep is just as key and can help you improve all areas of your life. Make a resolution to go to bed on time and give yourself the rest you need to excel at work or school. It’s easy to wave off sleep as unimportant, but in reality, making a resolution to get some rest can be one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make all year.
Idea Five: Balance Your Priorities
Do you have FOMO? If so, life can get pretty hectic. Friends, classmates, coworkers are likely to try to get you to do something nearly every night of the week. While fun, it’s not really sustainable. Part of adulthood is learning to balance your priorities and saying no when you want to say yes is really, really hard. But if you make the resolution to balance your priorities, then you won’t have to let your health and well-being suffer because of work, school, and social obligations. Resolve to find balance in 2019.
Make Resolutions That Work for You
Keeping your resolutions is empowering and can help you boost your confidence. That’s why it’s so important to make resolutions that work for you and will actually benefit you. Don’t just go along with the resolutions everyone else is making. Follow your own instincts and take care of yourself in 2019.