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New Year’s Resolutions: The Ultimate List

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1.Get a physical. It’s a good way to get professional advice, check your overall health and make sure you don’t have any medical problems.

2. Lose weight. Find an exercise and diet program that suits you and stick to it.

3. Quit smoking. Starting the New Year smoke free is a great idea. Develop a ‘quit plan’ in advance: find a medication that is right for you, identify your triggers so that you can avoid them, and share your resolution with your friends and family to get their support.

4. Quit drinking. Ok, or at least cut back on alcohol. 😉 Drinking in moderation has a number of benefits for your health, happiness and productivity.

5. Get more sleep. An average adult needs between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night, so aim for that.

6. Create a workout routine. Workouts are not for weight loss purposes only. By starting to go for runs or to the gym regularly you will not only stay fit and healthy but will also boost your mood and productivity.

7. Eat better.  Switch to a healthier diet. And if this seems too vague to stick to, trying starting with something smaller, like eating more vegetables or up your fiber intake.


8. Stay in touch with friends and family. Starting with a good old-fashioned phone call and ending with social media there are plenty of ways to stay connected with your loved ones.

9. Find a significant other. Let’s not deny it, we all want (and need!) someone special in our life. Of course, this means that you’ll need to go on a some (sometimes not so good) dates before you find someone you can really connect with, but let us inspire you with this list of amazing first date ideas that will guarantee a good time even if the date is not the best match.

10. Patch things up with an old friend you’ve fallen out with. If there is someone from your past whom you have drifted apart with but still sometimes miss, make it your New Year’s resolution to reach out to that person.

11. Go out more. Start socializing more and meet new people. It’s fun and a great way to make new friends, meet people who can help your career and maybe even find your soulmate.

12. Talk to strangers. Overcome your shyness and get to know someone new. Who knows, you might make some friends for life.

13. Get to know your colleagues. We all spend most of our days at work, so if you haven’t reached out to your co-workers yet, this may be a good New Year’s resolution.

14. Get over an ex. The New Year is the time for a great new relationship, not continuing to be hung up on your ex. Of course, healing a broken heart isn’t easy, but there are certain tips that can help you do it, for example here are 5 great ways to get over a breakup.


15. Pay off your debt. If you are weighed down by debt it can be hard to fully enjoy life. With a bit of self-restraint and planning you can get out of debt this year. Check out these 9 shortcuts to successful financial organization.

16. Save money. The next step after paying off your debt is to start saving money. It is always nice to have some extra money saved up for a rainy day or for buying bigger things.

17. Buy a new car (or house, or something else you want). If you know exactly what you want you can focus on saving up to buy that one thing.

18. Start earning more. There is nothing “greedy” about wanting more money to make your life more comfortable. And making it your resolution really increases your chances of actually getting a raise. Find out why you are worthy and deserving of manifesting wealth. 


19. Cut your stress. Identify the things that stress you out and make steps towards eliminating them from your life. This also includes avoiding difficult people and not trying to control everything. Plus find time to relax throughout the day – meditation is one great way to do that (here are some easy-to-follow pointers if you are a meditation beginner).

20. Take more time off work. Work is a very important part of our lives, but it doesn’t have to take up all of our time. Try to take time off work to do other things you love and spend more time with the people that matter.

21. Start a journal. You’d be surprised how many benefits writing has. To name a few, it helps you get less stressed, see the bigger picture, become more creative and organised.

22. Worry less. Learn to let go of the small things and avoid moping. Focus on the positive things in your life.

23. And be more grateful for those things. A good idea would be to start a gratitude journal where you write down all the things that you are thankful for, both big and little.

24. Eliminate negative people from your life. You need to remove the people who, with their negativity, constant complaints and selfishness suck all the life out you.

25. Volunteer. Volunteering and giving money to charity will not only help others but will also give you an opportunity to meet new people and learn something new.

26. Do random acts of kindness. Here’s a list to get you started.

27. Travel more. There is no need to explain why getting to see the world is so amazing. So if you have been planning something for a while now, or just find that you have more free time this year, you should conciser finally travelling across the globe.

28. Spend less time on Facebook. Or other social media for that matter. If you feel like social media is becoming an addiction it’s time to make a change.

29. Become more active. Stop just sitting around at home and at work.  Pick up some outdoor activities and/or fun hobbies.

30. Be more kind to yourself. Often we forget to be nicer to ourselves. To be more forgiving of our own shortcomings and reward ourselves for our success.


31. Get organised. Cultivate healthy habits to help you stay organised. Some of them can be: start writing things down, making schedules, setting deadlines,  tidying up your work space, keeping lists and decluttering  you house regularly. Here are 9 cool hacks for organizing your life.

32. Go back to school. Continuing (or finishing) your education is a great way to not only grow intellectually, but also find a new career path, make new friends and discover a sense of purpose.

33. Learn a new language. This isn’t as hard and time consuming as it seems, there are plenty of free resources (including online ones) that can help you.

34. And just learn something new in general. It can be a new skill, like cooking, or you can learn more about art, music, culture etc.Pin-It-ultimate-list-new-years-resolutions-whats

35. Get a promotion. Aim for a new job title, new responsibilities and a bigger salary this year.

36. Find a new job. If you think you have an unfulfilled career – change it!  Try to marry fun and productivity and find a job you love. And if you think you may be ready to do that, read our guide to quitting your job with no regrets. 

37. Stop being late all the time. This may seem like a very small thing, but if you are constantly late, chances are it is getting in the way of your success and annoying other people, too.

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Katherine Hurst
By Nancy Burnett
Nancy, a Master Coach and Certified Professional Co-Active Life Coach (CPCC) has a passion for helping her clients to live vibrant, authentic and fulfilling lives; lives that are under their total control and which have been shaped in exactly the way they want. She believes that you can live a life that you love and that it is possible to manifest your dreams into reality.

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