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17 Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

12-14-2016

17 Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

‘Tis the season to start thinking about the things you would like to achieve in 2017. With a new year comes new possibilities and whether you’re looking to get healthy, get organized or get financially savvy, don’t make the mistake of setting an end goal without a path to get there.

Studies show that only around eight percent of resolutions are met and the usual culprit of missed resolutions is setting goals that are unachievable or unsustainable.

Here is a list of New Year’s resolutions that are easily attainable to help you achieve your goals and make 2017 the best year yet.

  1. Go for walk.Bring a friend or family member and walk around the block after dinner.
  1. Keep a water bottle with you at work. You should be drink two liters of water a day and making it easily accessible is the first step to achieving that.
  1. Take the stairs. You don’t have to do it everyday, especially if you’re on the 12th floor, but pick a day of the week to take the stairs rather than the elevator. Who knows—maybe you’ll turn it into an everyday habit.
  1. Get more sleep. Easier said than done, try moving your bed time up an hour twice a week.
  1. Get active on the weekends. Plan a fun physical weekend activity. It can be a pick-up game of basketball, taking a dance class or going for a bike ride. If the activity isn’t something you dread, you’re more likely to actually do it.
  1. Don’t text and drive. It seems like an obvious one but it’s still common. Put your phone on silent while you’re in the car so you’re not tempted to pick it up.
  1. Plan dinner at home twice a week. Having a plan for dinner ensures that you won’t grab a quick and unhealthy meal.
  1. Get a piggy bank. At the end of each day empty your extra change into it and at the end of each month add it to your savings.
  1. Eat breakfast. We all know it’s the most important meal of the day but it can be so hard to forget in your morning rush. Keep granola bars in your car as back up.
  1. Volunteer. Start with once a month and if you find you have more time do more. Not only are you giving back but you’ll be surprised how rewarding it will feel.
  1. Wake up 10 minutes earlier. If you’re always rushing to get to work on time adding a 10-minute buffer can reduce stress that carries for the rest of your day.
  1. Learn something new. Be as ambitious as you want with this one. It can be learning Mary Had a Little Lamb on the recorder or software programming.
  1. Clean out your closet. Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the last year. Clutter causes chaos and you don’t need that in your life.
  1. Cut backon sugar. Trade out the sugar in your coffee or tea for a natural sweetener like honey.
  1. Keep a journal.Whether it’s just getting your thoughts out or writing down a grocery list, it will help you get mentally focused
  1. Make your bed. It takes less than 2 minutes and it’s an easy way to get organized and start your day right.
  1. Don’t sleep with your phone. Staring at a screen while you’re trying to fall asleep actually makes it harder to fall asleep. Try not to look at your phone or any other light-emitting screen, such as an iPad or TV, in bed.