Practical Tips To Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

If you want to actually stick to and achieve your new year’s resolutions, think practical.  

When you start writing out your new year’s resolutions, instead of saying things like you want to lose 75 pounds within the next 6 months or that you will join a gym and work out for one hour on a daily basis, set goals that are reasonable and manageable and also give yourself a flexible timeline to achieve those goals.

Here are some practical ways to help you achieve your new year’s resolutions:

 

Goal: Lose Weight/Exercise

 

Practical Tips To Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

 

If your goal is to lose weight or get fit, start small.  Instead of going out for fast food at lunch time, pack a healthy lunch to take with you to work.  Give up sugary drinks in exchange for water. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  When working out, start off with 15 minutes and slowly increase by 5 minutes each day until you reach your desired time limit.  Always be sure to reward yourself when you hit a milestone.  For more tips on living a healthy lifestyle, read my post here

 

Goal: Read More

 

Practical Tips To Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

 

If your goal is to read more often, try reading one book per month.  Dust off your library card and pay a visit to your local library.  You can also read books on your favorite devices.  If you are an avid reader like myself, you can read two or more books per month.  Whatever you are comfortable with.

 

Goal:  Save Money

 

Practical Tips To Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

 

If your goal is to save money, start by putting your extra change in a jar.  My husband and I have done this for several years.  Any change we have left in our pockets/purse at the end of each day, we put into a large jar.  Once it is filled we deposit the money into our savings account.  

You can also save money by sticking to a budget or spending plan.  Get rid of credit card debt by not using those credit cards.  This may be hard for some, but you can also downgrade your cable and/or cell phone packages and putting that money towards your savings.  Remember that small changes add up over time. 

 

Goal: Travel More

 

Practical Tips To Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

 

If your goal is to travel more this year, start by visiting places that are close to home.  If Paris is on your bucket list, but you haven’t saved enough money for international travel yet, try visiting places that are a little bit closer to home.  You can satisfy your desire for travel, all while continuing to save for your dream destination.

 

Goal: Protect Your Mental Health

 

Practical Tips To Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

 

If your goal is to protect your mental health this year, start by valuing yourself.  Realize that self care is not selfish.  Make yourself a priority and spend time doing things that you actually enjoy.  Distance yourself from negative people and negative or stressful situations.  If it becomes necessary, do not be ashamed to seek help.  If you are experiencing a crisis and don’t have anyone to turn to call 1-800-273-8255 or visit https://www.mentalhealth.gov

 

Goal:  Get More Sleep

 

Practical Tips To Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

 

If your goal is to get more quality sleep, try shutting down those electronic devices.  With so much technology available at our fingertips, it is easy to find yourself working late hours in bed or scrolling through social media at all hours of the night.  This is one of my struggles, and I have decided that I will make sleep a priority this year.  I will be shutting my devices down and starting my nightly routine by 7 pm, so that I am in bed by 10 pm.  Instead of watching tv or using your computer and phone, trying reading a book to help you wind down before bed.  

 

Well, there you have it – my list of practical tips to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. By setting reasonable goals, you are much more likely to achieve them, all while making some life long changes. Here’s to a blessed and prosperous New Year!

 

Practical Tips To Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

18 thoughts on “Practical Tips To Achieve Your New Years Resolutions”

  1. Girl… SO I have a few of these on my list for the 2018 year… So the change jar is real… I remember having more money when I only carried cash… and the change I would leave in a jar… I spend ALWAYS on my card therefore I always feel broke! Gonna be working on that… oh and COOKING ALL MEALS!!!

  2. I wish I had the urge to read but I am just not a reader. Short articles I can do. Saving and emotional health are top on the list. Thanks for sharing.

  3. These tips are all quite practical. I’m not really a “resolutionist” although I have made them from time to time. What works best for me are daily, weekly and monthly goals.

  4. Protecting your mental health is so important. I’m glad you added to your list, because many people don’t realize how important it is to our well-being.

  5. Happy New Year and good tips. You’re right, it’s important for us to protect our mental health and be sure to take care of ourselves.

  6. I really like the tip about sleep you shared. Sometimes electronics can keep our minds going when we need to make time to relax. Therefore, it’s important to put your phone on sleep mode, or turn off notifications.

  7. I love how you broke down the resolutions into easier challenges. I especially love the one about going to more places near the home if you want to travel more. That’s something we plan to tackle.

  8. Lots of great advice here! I travel often and agree it’s important to take baby steps and travel nearby while you build up your budget. I want to read more! 1 a month is a good starting point

  9. These tips on sticking to resolutions! I especially like the tip on traveling local… I’ve had my sights on Paris who doesn’t have Paris dreams?! But there are a ton of local gems I can visit still.

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