How To Achieve Your New Years Resolution

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According to Nielson, almost 60% of people have a New Years Resolution of losing weight and eating healthier. 25% have a goal of spending less and saving more. 18% want to get more organized.

These stats aren’t surprising, especially since the gym is crazy packed in January and February.

A total of 8% of people complete their New Years resolutions.

So how can you make sure to land in that 8%?

Create a solid and strategic plan to get there! 

It is 100% possible to complete your New Years resolution. I completed mine and so can you!

1. Losing weight or getting healthier

Year after year, people set a resolution to either lose weight or make healthier decisions.

This can be done, but a plan needs to be set in place to ensure results. I’ve often found that when I set a concrete plan and have the correct tools and mindset in place, I succeed.

Setting up goals is easy, but taking action and making sure you are actively striving to hit the goal is crucial to success.

Tools to succeed:

  • Get a food planner to keep track of the food you are eating. This is especially handy at first because many people do not realize how much they are overeating.
  • Download the Way of Life app on your phone and keep track of the daily goals you have hit. This app has helped me with my three goals (meditation, not eating foods with sugar added, and taking my dogs for a daily walk).
  • Download free workout apps such as Sworkit, DailyBurn, or subscribe to free workouts on Youtube such as Blogilates or Yoga with Adriene.
  • This is the workout program I have been using at home for the past two years. Working out at home has allowed me to save money and time.
  • Download the Lean and Clean Meal Plan (pictured below). This 200+ page guide is not only a 14-day meal plan that is easy to follow but also gives you all kinds of tips regarding other health-related aspects, such as having the mindset of a fit person, why calorie restriction doesn’t work, and tons more.

2. Write more

Writing more has so many benefits. Whether you write on a blog, in your diary, or at school, there are so many benefits.

I’ve kept a personal diary for many years now, and I love seeing how far I’ve come.

I also like being able to relive memories. 

You can keep a bullet journal, self-care journal, or even a productivity journal.

3. Reduce stress 

Are you feeling overwhelmed and anxious a lot of time? You’re not alone.

Most of us are constantly on the go, and never giving any time for ourselves.

Breaking this habit sooner than later can tremendously help your state of mind.

Life should be about happiness, enjoying yourself, and enjoying your time with your loved ones, right?

Tools to succeed:

  • Download the free app called Headspace. This app will guide you through your meditation and teach you how to start meditating with no equipment needed whatsoever. Meditating just one time a day for 10 minutes can have major benefits to your life.
  • Spend less time on your phone. Moment is an app that will track how long you have been on your phone, which can give you a wake-up call to spend less time on your phone.

Related: 7 Books To Become A Better And Happier You

4. 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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5. Save money

Saving money is something we can all benefit from.

Saving money means we can store more cash into our emergency fund, put it towards our loans for school, or pay off a car.

If getting ahead of your finances is a New Years resolution for 2018, take a budgeting course, read a personal finance book, and get educated.

Tools to succeed:

    • Learn how you can save money on groceries with Ibotta. I use this every time I go to a store and it’s so much easier than clipping out a bunch of coupons. If you’re downloading Ibotta on your phone, the app will ask if you have a referral code. Use my referral code: lwyxxrb and you’ll get $10 for signing up.
    • Watch The Minimalists and start buying less “stuff.” One of my favorite documentaries of 2016.
    • Check out my 30 Ways To Cut Your Spending article.
    • Get a budget planner and start keeping track of your purchases.
    • Sign up for the $5 Meal Plan (read below for more information) and start cooking at home instead of spending hundreds of dollars at restaurants each month.

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6. Learn a aecond language

Learning a second language is a bonus to any resume, and with jobs moving abroad, this can come in handy.

Knowing a second language is also beneficial for many other reasons such as better memory and expanding your friend base to around the world.

Tools to succeed: 

  • Download Duolingo. It’s free and a lot of fun to use!
  • Check out free books and DVDs from the library. There are tons of language learning books to choose from.
  • Watch movies or listen to music in another language.
  • Check out italki (more information below). You get one on one online language lessons from a native speaker. 

7. Volunteer

Givepulse is a user-friendly volunteering website.

All you have to do is enter your zip code, and a bunch of volunteer opportunities will come up. Seriously cool!

Related: 10 Small Changes You Can Make To Live Healthier

8. Travel 

Traveling has become quite popular in the past couple years as a way to explore different cultures, while simultaneously getting to know yourself.

I know firsthand that solo traveling does have its perks, as I went solo to South America and Europe for a few months.

Tools to succeed:

9. Make more money

Making more money is often on people’s New Year’s resolution list for obvious reasons, and this could be one of the great 2019 goals for you.

Making side income or full-time income on your own has never been easier, thanks to the internet.

Blogging is my full-time job, and it provides me with a great outlet to help thousands monthly.

Find out how to start a blog here.

10. Mental strength

I truly believe once we become stronger mentally, we will succeed and improve all other areas of our life.

Many people strive to make a goal of getting healthier physically, but getting healthier mentally is just as important, if not more.

Becoming mentally healthy will also set a strong foundation for getting healthier physically.

Tools to succeed:

  • The book, “You Are A Badass” changed my mentality on life tremendously. I’m not a fan of self-help books, but this book was done so perfectly. I’ve always recommended this book to all of my friends and family members and have read it a few times already.
  • Meditate daily, as I mentioned earlier.
  • Treat yourself with respect. Don’t put yourself down or talk badly about yourself. Treat you as you would treat your closest family member.

What to read next: How I Built A Profitable Blog While Working And Being In School Full-Time

What’s your New Years resolution for 2019?

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  1. This is actually the first time I read an entire Blog Post… I took several of your tips, specially the apps you recommend, I think is time for me to really start using my phone and not the phone using me.


    1. Thank you Rafael!

  2. I would also add it helps to write measurable goals and put them somewhere to look at periodically. Studies show that people who write out clear goals have a much higher success rate (I forget how much more, but significant). I wait until December to write out my goals, but I can tell you that one will be for my blogging! I usually don’t make working out a priority :/ Maybe you will rub off on me in a good way, hahaha.

    1. Hahaha, you’re funny! Mine will involve a blogging goal, too 🙂

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