78 Examples of a New Year's Resolution
John Spacey, September 28, 2020
A New Year's resolution is goal that is set at the start of a new year. This is a tradition that dates back to antiquity. For example, the Ancient Romans began each year by making promises to the deity Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In modern times, up to 50% of Americans make a New Year's Resolution with about 12% of these reporting some success in achieving their resolution. The following are common types of New Year's resolution with examples of each.
HealthDrink less and only in moderation.
SleepGet to bed by 11:00 on weeknights.
DietPrepare healthy meals and avoid all convenience foods and sugary snacks.
ExerciseJog three times a week.
ResponsibilityGet a rescue dog and take care to give it a good life.
StressTreat people well such that I deserve respect at work. Quickly sideline stressful projects, situations and conversations to move on to healthy productivity.
ProjectsConstruct a little greenhouse in the garden for winter herbs.
Good HabitsStudy German on the train every morning and evening.
Bad HabitsStop spending time on social media. Limit to an hour a week.
FriendshipMake time to see my friends each week.
FamilyCall my parents every weekend.
EducationComplete my dissertation by June.
LearningLearn how to sail this summer.
KnowledgeFigure out why the sunflowers in my garden keep dying.
LeisurePrioritize time to relax and read. Target: 4 books a month.
CreativityWrite dozens of draft songs a week and produce at least a few tracks each month. Get a few music videos out by the end of the year.
FreedomTake two weeks off for a bicycle tour of Hokkaido.
LanguagesRead a French novel each month to improve my vocabulary.
TalentPractice drums and find a band to join.
CareerTake on important work and challenge others for dominance of conversations to increase my visibility at work.
ProfessionLearn more about machine learning to begin to transition into an AI role.
Work-EthicFocus on productivity at work by avoiding time wasting activities such as checking the news.
Work-life BalanceManage expectations and commitments to keep my workload more reasonable this year. Target: 10 hour days or less.
BusinessGrow partnerships with promoters, bands, DJs and other talent to increase monthly revenue 50% over last year.
Spending & SavingStop spending on impulse purchases with a rule that I need to consider significant purchases for at least a week before buying. Save at least $800 a month for retirement.
DebtLive humbly this year to pay down my debt by at least $2000 a month.
IncomeLook hard to find a job with higher pay.
Working ConditionsFind a less stressful job that is more compatible with my personality.
Quality of LifeGo hiking on weekends when the weather is good to enjoy nature and fresh air.
HomeWork to unclutter my apartment by reducing some of my stuff and organizing things better.
WealthPreserve my savings by choosing investments that are low risk and unemotional such that I can hold them for the long term.
Social StatusStudy hard to get into a prestigious university next year.
PurchasesResearch bikes and buy a lighter model that is reliable.
EntertainmentFind worthy movies, shows and music each month to enjoy the creative output of others.
PlayBuild interesting virtual worlds but cap my game time at an hour a day.
EventsStart going to concerts again.
FashionReduce spending while improving my style at the same time by being careful with my purchases and trying to use the clothes I have in creative ways.
TravelVisit Japan this summer.
ArtVisit more art museums and events.
CultureParticipate in a traditional dance festival this summer.
NaturePlant a flower garden in Spring.
ActivitiesLearn to ski and get really good at it.
RomanceDo something romantic or kind each week for my partner.
SocialInvite people out and keep an open mind when invited.
ParentingTeach Michael to swim and Jessica to play chess.
MemoriesKeep a journal and remember to take a few photos of family events.
HumorTry to see the humor in things to be more relaxed and likable.
HonestyBe honest but not in an unkind way.public speaking.
AdventureCycle from France to China.
ReinventionPush into new things to reinvent myself this year.
Risk TakingJoin an ice hockey team this year even though I haven't played for years and I'll likely be the oldest player on the team.
Risk ManagementJog three times a week and regularly go ice skating to get in shape before the hockey season to reduce the chance I will get injured.
Religion & SpiritualityApproach everyone with kindness and try to see the good and potential in each individual.
ThinkingLearn to identify the emotion behind what people are saying or doing to respond better to situations.
EmotionsTry to avoid dwelling in negative emotions such as envy and spite.
Open-mindednessTry to support other people's ideas more.
OptimismMake ambitious plans and view the future with a sense of optimism.
PragmatismTry to accept that the world is complex and difficult with many grey areas such that compromises are required to get things done.
RealismRecognize my limits to take on pursuits where I have some chance of success.
FailureAccept when I've failed and look for value in failure such as a new path or something that can be learned.
ReputationImprove my reputation by living up to my moral principles.
ForgivenessDon't look back in anger this year.
GratitudeThink of reasons to be grateful each day. Express gratitude to others where there is a worthy opportunity.
PositivityTry to look at people and situations in a positive light.
KindnessFind ways to be nice to people each day.
HumilityStop competing for social status in social media.
PatienceLearn to maintain my composure and happiness in difficult situations such as traffic jams or intensive office politics.
HappinessDecide to be happy. Find reasons to celebrate, play or enjoy quiet reflection each day.
ChangePush for laws that require companies to recycle or reuse as much plastic as they sell.
AltruismVolunteer my time to make a difference locally without virtue signaling about it.
People & PlanetMassively reduce the amount of waste I produce with lifestyle and purchasing changes.
Epic MeaningWork to make every weekend and vacation a meaningful adventure.
HappinessLearn to enjoy the process of overcoming problems to try to remain happy whatever should happen.
Process Goals vs End-GoalsA process goal states what actions you will take. For example, "consume less calories and exercise more." An end-goal is a targeted result such as "lose 15 pounds." Generally speaking, process goals are more useful as they are actionable. Each process goal can have a matching end-goal but it is the process goal that is important.
Process Goals vs End-GoalsCommon reasons for failed resolutions include making too many resolutions and making unrealistic resolutions. It is also common for people to simply forget about their resolutions in as little as a week. One method for keeping a resolution, is to keep it to yourself. Telling everyone you're going to achieve a goal tends to boost your ego and decrease your motivation to actually achieve it.
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ReferencesBurchett, Bessie Rebecca. Janus in Roman Life and Cult: A Study in Roman Religions. George Banta Publishing Company, 1918.Norcross, John C., Albert C. Ratzin, and Dorothy Payne. "Ringing in the New Year: The change processes and reported outcomes of resolutions." Addictive Behaviors 14.2 (1989): 205-212.
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