New Year's resolutions often fall through because there's no plan in place to follow.
Below are 10 New Years resolutions to choose from to live a happier 2019!
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1. Health goals
Health and weight loss goals are typically the most popular resolutions people make.
Where people come up short is creating and sticking to a solid plan.
Relating to health, your New Years resolution could be:
- eat healthy 80% of the time
- eat 1 plant-based meal per day
- workout 3x per week
- walk 10,000 steps per day
- cut down on drinking
- cut out soda
- drink 80 oz of water per day
The more clear your resolution or goal is, the better.
If your goal is to eat healthy 80% of the time, your plan could look something like this:
1. Meal prep every Sunday and create 3 healthy meals per day.
2. When craving sweets or junk food, leave a certain day or meal time during the week to eat your favorite meal.
To make your health goals easier to obtain, I recommend checking out the following:
- Download the Lean and Clean that comes with a workout and eating plan
- Use $5 Meal Plan and stick to the meal plan (save money and time, too!)
- List your workout plan and goals in a planner (writing your goals down is a must)
2. Make more money
We live in a time where money is abundant and everywhere.
To make more money, I recommend:
- Reading You Are A Badass At Making Money
- Any time you go online shopping, use Ebates for cash back
- If you blog, check out my course, Making Sense of Sponsored Posts
- Read this list of 16 real work from home jobs
- Learn how to blog with a full-time job
Before I was a blogger, I worked several different jobs.
I was a Rover dog walker, freelancer, babysitter, nanny and more!
There are so many possibilities in today's world to make money.
If you have a passion for something and you're currently not doing anything with it, find a way to make money from it.
For example, if you love creating jewelry or art, you could sell it on Etsy.
If you love working with kids, you could become an online English teacher.
3. Personal development
If you think you're too good for personal development and self-help, you are so wrong.
That's until I started hearing about a friend who was a personal development fanatic.
I started reading the books she recommended and listening to podcasts she listened to.
And then a few months ago, I enrolled in my first ever personal development course called Design Your Dream Life.
Design Your Dream Life was created by Natalie Bacon, a certified life coach who is killing it in her business and in life.
The course is comprehensive and packed with so much valuable info that I had to go through it again to really grasp everything I learned the first time.
You can learn more about Design Your Dream Life here.
If you think you're too good for personal development, you're seriously missing out.
By working on improving yourself, you can see so much more happiness in your business, relationships, and life in general.
4. Create and stick to a budget
Do you live month after month wondering where your money has gone?
Without a budget, it's easy to spend money without thinking twice.
To be completely honest, I've hated budgeting for a long time.
I've tried a few apps and didn't like the user experience until I started using Every Dollar.
The website and the app is SO easy to use. I've tried every s i n g l e budgeting app and Every Dollar is by far my favorite.
I can drag and drop my purchases into customized categories and work on the 7 baby steps by Dave Ramsey as well.
Aside from budgeting, learning about finances is crucial.
Broke Millennial will teach you crucial things to know about your money and how to manage it.
5. Time management and productivity
Creating good time management practices doesn't mean filling your day with more tasks, but instead limiting what you do to certain things to simplify your life.
Instead of working hard, you can work smarter.
Here are tips for better time management:
- time blocking
- creating a calendar ahead of time of your day, week, and month
- answer emails only once a day
- use social media only at night for a limited amount of time
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6. Spend less time on your phone
Do you spend too much time on your phone and on social media?
Studies have shown that social media can increase depression in people.
This is probably due to people seeing the best parts of peoples lives on social media.
Typically you won't see anyone posting about their bad moments.
To spend less time on your phone, I recommend setting up reminders on your phone.
The iPhone's newest update allows for people to track their screen time and set up reminders to spend less time on social media.
At night, place your phone outside of your room or on a different floor of your house. Instead of relying on your phone to wake up, use an alarm clock.
Is traveling more a goal of yours?
Even if you're tight on money, there are a ton of ways to save on travel.
To save money on travel, you can:
- use Airbnb instead of hotels
- read this list to save money when backpacking in Europe
- use Couchsurfing
- check this list of travel items to make traveling easier
- use Ebates to get cash back on flights and travel-related expenses
And instead of your goal being “travel more”, I recommend putting a specific number of times you'd like to travel.
So instead you'd say, “travel 3 separate times this year”.
And even if you can't afford to travel overseas, there are so many places to travel to wherever you live.
8. Spend more time with family
After losing my dad really early in life, I learned a valuable lesson.
Doctors told us he would live another 2-5 years after his cancer diagnosis.
I was 14 at the time and totally thought my dad would live forever despite hearing he had cancer.
Just a few months later I woke up to a brutal reality.
My dad had died just a few months after his cancer diagnosis, a week before my birthday.
Family (and close friends) can leave at any time and from then on I decided I wouldn't take for granted all the moments I have with my family.
I don't have much family at all, but for the family I do have, I make as much time for them as possible.
Every year, my mom and I go on several vacations together (Cancun, Tokyo, Seoul, Alaska, Vancouver, Seattle, New York City, and the list goes on).
If you have family, spend more time with them. That time is incredibly valuable.
If you live far away from your family, make time to visit them at least once a year, at the very least.
9. Meatless meals
People all around the world are cutting down on meat consumption either for their health, environment or for the animals.
Either way, eating less meat and more plant-based meals is becoming popular.
Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give A F*ck is probably one of the best plant-based cookbooks of all time.
There are raving reviews among vegans and non-vegans.
So if you're looking to save money, eat healthier, help the environment and animals, incorporate more plant-based meals into your weekly menu.
Volunteering is a great way to give back and help your community.
People, animals, and your city need your help.
To find places to volunteer, you can check Volunteer Match to see what opportunities are available in your area.
And same with the travel more resolution, I recommend putting a number in that resolution, such as “volunteer 1x per month”.
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What's your New Years resolution for 2019?
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