This year will come to an end in a short amount of time, and as we reminisce the past year, we also begin to think about our new year’s resolutions. Whether you chose your resolutions three weeks ago, or you’re just starting now, it’s never too late to want to improve yourself. Self-improvement is one of the areas where the phrase, “Better late than never,” will always apply. If you’re having trouble choosing your goals or want to go the extra mile and add more to your list, here are 19 things you can include in your 2019 new year’s resolutions.
1. Get more sleep.
Sleep is imperative to your physical health. Lack of sleep can lead to being less alert, which results in the inability to focus and making poor decisions throughout the day. Give yourself a fair chance to succeed by giving your body the rest it needs to function during the day.
2. Broaden your network.
Networking has many benefits in the professional world, making it a good idea to add this to your list of new year’s resolutions. The more you network, the more opportunities shared knowledge, and connections you’ll see. You will also increase your reputation as a professional and boost your confidence. Even if you are still in college, or even high school, you can still network. Take advantage of networking events and internships, and take it seriously. You never know who will have the connections you need to land your dream job!
3. Work on your personal relationships.
It should go without saying that the relationships you have with your friends and family are important. When things go wrong and you just want to give up, these are the people you have to fall back on and help you up. It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of your daily life, but take some time to go out for coffee or to pick up the phone for a quick call every once and a while.
4. Cut off toxic relationships.
On the other hand, there are some relationships that just can’t be saved. This isn’t a decision to take lightly, but sometimes it’s the only option left. Remember, you don’t have to set yourself on fire to keep others warm.
5. Learn to use a planner.
Whether you opt for an online calendar or traditional pen and paper, planners are powerful tools for staying organized. Planners help you visualize how you are scheduling your time and helps ensure that you are not overbooking yourself. If next year you plan on doing more than ever before, consider investing in a planner. If anything, it could be one way to keep track of your new year’s resolutions.
6. Master the art of productivity.
Productivity can be difficult to master because different things work for different people. Find out what works for you, and really turn next year into your best year ever. Pro tip: turning productivity into a daily habit is the ultimate way to master productivity.
7. Commit to your exercises.
Never underestimate the energy that exercise can give you. Not only will you feel a boost in your energy, but your self-confidence can also surge to new heights. You’d be surprised at what your body is capable of!
8. Fuel your body with healthy foods.
A traditional new year’s resolution wouldn’t be complete without something fitness related. Food and exercise go hand in hand. Think of it as going on a road trip. If you want to travel from coast to coast, there’s no way you can do that with half a tank of gas for the entire trip, and it’s not going to happen if you use the wrong type of fuel. This year, try to cut back on extra sugar and processed foods. Give your body the energy it needs to achieve your goals.
9. Spend more time doing things you like to do.
As we take on more of the responsibilities that come with being an adult, it’s hard to find time for ourselves. Taking the time to indulge in your hobbies keeps you, you. Embrace who you are as an individual by staying true to you.
10. Get your thoughts out.
Whether you do it on paper or become more involved in class discussions, stating your opinions actually helps you sort out your thoughts and ideas. This can help you improve your communication and writing skills.
11. Learn something new.
Expand your horizons by learning how to do something new. Take that dance class you’ve always wanted to take. Master that recipe you’ve always wanted to make. Maybe even go outside of your comfort zone and try something that you swore you would never try!
12. Challenge your own opinions.
Broadening your horizons means you have to accept that you might be wrong. This year, try to challenge your opinions by listening to the argument the other side presents. You might find that you’ll learn something new. Even if you still disagree, you at least walk away smarter than you were before.
13. Learn to be more patient.
A new year’s resolution doesn’t have to be physical; it can be mental as well. In the digital age, it’s easy to become impatient easily. We are so used to things being available in an instant. Take a step back, and take a breath.
14. Complete one of your old new year’s resolutions.
Sometimes life throws a curve ball at you, and the goals you had don’t get accomplished. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll never reach that goal. If you have a resolution from last year that still needs to be resolved, don’t be afraid to make it a goal for this year. This is your year!
15. Relax a little more.
Yes, there are things that have to get done, but don’t forget to give yourself room to breathe. Self-care is important, especially if you are a very busy person. Remember, anything that is overworked will break.
16. Do your part for your community.
Take time to volunteer. Learn a little bit about your local politics. Do your part. A community does not function properly without everyone, from its citizens to its politicians. Even if it’s something as little as picking up litter from the street as you’re walking by makes a difference.
17. Learn to accept what you can and can’t change.
There are some things you cannot control, but you always have control over how you react to things. Don’t stress over things you can’t change. It is what it is.
18. Go somewhere new.
Even if it’s just going to a restaurant you’ve never been to in town, there’s always something to learn when you go somewhere new. Travelling offers several benefits, including improving your social skills, broadening your horizons, and increasing your tolerance for different things. It also makes for great memories and stories to share.
19. Get over past failures.
There will be a time when things don’t go right. Don’t let it be an excuse to drop your goal completely. Make it part of your resolution to accept that you are human and that mistakes happen. You are only as strong as what you decide to overcome.
20. Call your friends or family more often.
As we grow older, sometimes our distance from our loved ones grow as well. We go out of state for college, a job opening for your dream job is a state away, and so on. Even if you keep in contact with long distance friends and family through Facebook or text, there’s just something special about hearing each other’s voices.
21. Think about one positive thing that happened each day.
Sometimes we go through the day in auto-pilot rather than really living in the moment. Time is precious, and reflecting on at least one thing that made you smile each day can help you appreciate each moment instead of just letting it pass.
22. Learn something new everyday.
You don’t have to whip out a textbook every day, but learning something new each day is a sure fire way to improve little by little as the year goes by. It can be something as simple as a random fact, or it can be as detailed as a new skill like a dance move.
23. Spend a little more time unplugged.
Social media is amazing in that it is the connection between you and someone miles away. However, it can also be a major time-consuming activity with nothing to gain. Reconnect with the physical world by putting away your phone at bedtime or cutting yourself off after spending a certain amount of time online.
24. Learn to budget.
Being responsible with your finances is an essential skill to have as an adult, but it is a skill you may or may not have learned in school. If this isn’t a skill you picked up in high school, the new year is the perfect time to get a fresh start and change that.
25. Read more books.
Reading is not only a way to stimulate your mind, but a way to enter another world. Whether you are reading a non-fiction novel or a self-help book, you are transporting yourself to a different world, one where dragons exist or one where you create a better version of yourself.