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8 Common New Year’s Resolutions and 6 Ways to Stay on Top of Them

The year comes to an end and you decide you want a fresh start to the new year. You ask yourself, how can I be better, what can I do this year to feel better about myself. You go through a list of things you want to improve on this year, you write them down, and you choose your New Year’s resolutions.

So many people every year decide on somethings they want to improve and choose their New Year’s resolutions. Many know exactly what they want to improve on. But if you do need a little help on deciding on a New Year’s resolution and following through on them, here are 8 common New Year’s resolution and 6 ways to stay on top of them.

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1. Lose Weight

Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. A New Year’s resolution that a lot of women put on their list for a way for them to start fresh going into the New Year.

2. Exercise More/Become More Active

Are you lacking on exercising? Have you gotten too busy with your schedule to fit in exercise? Why not start fresh with a New Year and make a promise to yourself to become more active—to exercise more.

There are plenty of opportunities and options to exercise. Hit the gym, jump on a treadmill or elliptical, lift weights, take aerobics, yoga, or zumba classes, go jogging, hiking, rock climbing, and so much more you can try.

You don’t need to work out every day to full-fill this New Year’s resolution. Start with 3 times a week for an hour each session. This will start to make you feel so much better and get you energized again.

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3. Eat Healthier

This is a hard one to stick with. A lot of people don’t know how to eat healthy or it’s too expensive. But you don’t have to go overboard. Eating healthier can be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables, cut back on calories, cut back on junk and sugar, eat foods that are less in cholesterol.

But that doesn’t mean you have to completely cut out foods that you love. You can sneak in some of those foods but in moderation.

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4. Spend More Time with Your Family/Kids

Many may have already been doing this for the last 10 months due to COVID and being quarantined at home and working from home. And that’s great that you’ve been able to spend more time with your family and kids, but maybe you want to continue this into 2021 making it your New Year’s resolution and not losing sight of this when COVID is over.

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5. Pick Up a New Hobby

Maybe you want to pick up a new hobby. Maybe you want something just for yourself that you can get lost in, find some peace, and just relax doing. What do you enjoy doing? What do you enjoy doing so much you would like to do it more frequently, turning it into a hobby.

Maybe being cooped up for the last 10 months is pushing you to want to get out there and jump at the chance to start a new hobby once COVID is over. I’m sure traveling is on many minds. After being stuck in your houses, having trips cancelled, and not being able to go anywhere, I’m sure the first thing you’ll want to do after COVID is to travel, go on a vacation with your family. 

I know that’s what I want to do! 

6. Quit Smoking

This is obviously a very nasty habit and a common New Year’s resolution. It’s bad for you, expensive, gives you bad breath and yellow teeth. Why wouldn’t you want to lose this bad habit.

Many choose to start a new year fresh by cutting this bad habit.

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7. Save More Money

Have you been spending too much money? Are your bills getting too high? Do you want to start saving more money instead of spending so much? Then this New Year’s resolution is for you.

There are so many ways to save money. But if you’re not sure how to take this step, check out this article on the secret to saving money.

8. Travel More

We’ve been quarantined and stuck in our houses for the last 10 months and still have a few months to go with having trips cancelled and not being able to travel anywhere. So it is understandable that one of your New Year’s resolutions going into 2021 will be to travel more (after COVID is over of course).

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How to Follow Through with These New Year’s Resolutions?

You’ve picked your New Year’s resolution/s and now you’re wondering how to stick with it. So many will pick a resolution, get so excited about it, and be totally into it for the first weeks or even first couple of months, but then it ends up falling to the wayside and before you know it you are falling back into bad habits. 

You want this year to be different. How do you stick with it to the end of the year? 

Try these 6 tips on staying on top of your New Year’s resolutions!

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1.  Stay Positive

A good way to follow through and stick with it is to stay positive, think positive. Don’t let negative thoughts enter your mind. Keep telling yourself you can do it and keep that end goal in mind. Think about how good you will feel in the end if you stay on top of it. How you will feel better about yourself if you lose that weight, how much more energy you will have if you get more exercise, how healthier you will feel if you’re eating healthier or you quit smoking.

You can do it, so keep at it!

2. Keep a Schedule

A good way of staying on top of your New Year’s resolution is by keeping a schedule and writing it down. Buy a calendar, a planner, and schedule in when you are going to exercise, when you need to weigh in, when you will be partaking in your new hobby, and/or plan your meals ahead of time and write them down.

Last year, I bought a magnetic, dry erase, calendar to put on my refrigerator and it has really helped me. This is just another idea you can try.

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3. One Step at a Time/Take Baby Steps

Take it one step at a time, baby steps. Starting out small, simple, and easy will give you a better chance of sticking with it all year. But if you jump all in, dive head first into your New Year’s resolution, you may get overwhelmed or it may become too much, and you’ll get burned out after a couple months. Then you will drop it before you even get half way through the year. So just remember to do this.

4. Set Attainable Daily/Weekly Goals

Another way to stay on track is to set measurable, attainable goals. Set daily and weekly goals, but do one goal at a time. Once you reach one goal, set another goal for yourself. But they have to be realistic and attainable. If you don’t set attainable goals and instead set unreachable ones you will just set yourself up for failure and will fall short on your New Year’s resolutions.

So set those attainable daily and weekly goals and you will be all set to stay on course.

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5. Give Yourself Rewards

Once you reach those attainable goals, give yourself rewards. Maybe at the end of each month if you are still on track and you’ve reached your goals, give yourself a little reward like indulge in that snack you love so much or go get your nails done, or buy yourself a new tool you’ve been wanting, etc.

There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for reaching your goals. It will actually help motivate you.

6. Partner with Someone to Help Keep You on Track

It’s always good to have a partner in crime. Partnering up with someone can help keep you on track. You can help each other through it and hold each other accountable. Whether it be your spouse, a friend, a sibling, having someone to go through it with you can really help. If you’re feeling yourself falling off track, your partner can give you some positive words of wisdom to get you back on track.

These 8 common New Year’s resolutions and 6 ways to stay on top of them can hopefully help you stick with your resolutions through 2021, making it the best year yet and definitely better than 2020.

Stay positive and remember you can do it!

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