As inspiring as they can get, New Year Resolutions are often amazing and huge changes to ourselves and lifestyles. but this could set us up for failure. How do we start, and how do we stick to it?
According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals, while around 80% fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions. Now, does this sound an awful lot like you? (It does, for me!)
Does this mean you should just give up on resolutions altogether?
Of course not! It’s always good to reflect on what went well and what didn’t in the past year. And it feels good to start a new year with clear goals, so you feel like you know where you’re heading. Am i right?
So how do we make those good feels last?
Tip 1: Be realistic
- Have you never done this before? If so, to go from 0 to 100 is obviously going to be super tough. Set a goal that’s achievable, not intimidating.
- Do you have the budget to start and stick with this resolution for the whole year? To commit to a new year resolution shouldn’t have to burden your wallet.
Tip 2: Be clear
- Avoid vague resolutions like “lose weight” or “read more”. This is akin to having a treasure map…with no treasure marked on it. Tag clear milestones like “5kg” or “60 books” so you know exactly where you want to get to.
- This also helps you track how close you are to hitting your final goal each time you review where you are.
Tip 3: Give yourself time
- Have a clear timeline to achieve your goals. “5kg in 6 months” or “60 books a quarter” helps you see how to pace yourself. All journeys take time, and this is no different!
- Bear in mind the first month of starting and trying to stick to a new resolution is the hardest! So don’t get disheartened too quickly. Even Batman took some time to escape the underground prison Bane put him in.
Tip 4: Break it down
- Now that you know what final success looks like, it’s time to break it down into steps. You finally know where your treasure lies on your map, you just need to plot your route to get there. If you’re looking to “lose 5kg in 6 months”, what is your goal each month?
- Getting started can sometimes be the hardest step, so have a clear idea of what your starting step should be. Check out these items that may be able to help give you a leg up.
Ready to get started now?
Get inspired by the 8 common New Year Resolutions below, where we’ve curated easy and highly recommended ways to get started on them. Best of all, they come at wallet-friendly prices!
8 Ways to Get Started on Your New Year Resolutions (forreals)
1. Get Organised
If you’re tired of not being able to find things, are running out of space, or just need to get your life in order, 2020 is a good year to sort all of that out. This way, good luck knows how to find its way to you. Start in steps:
First, get rid of what you don’t need or use, and earn from them here. By listing, you don’t just stand a chance to sell your item, you also stand a chance to win a home cleaning service!
Now, with less clutter, it’s easier to clean up. If you’re in a hurry, browse through our cleaning services here or give yourself a break with these easy low-effort appliances.
Finally, put everything in its right place. Check out the space-saving furniture and home storage hacks that can help you make the most out of your space.
2. Get Healthy
Everyone wants to get healthier. But…not all sports are made for all people. Nor do we always have the time to go to gym. So this potato-chip-and-Netflix-loving writer here can totally sympathise, and recommends these easy baby steps to get started with.
Gymming can be expensive. So why not start at home? Putting on a Youtube tutorial in the comfort of your own home means saving on monthly fees and commuting! You just need the right starter equipment and we’ve got just the right selection here.
If you don’t have space at home, then consider signing up for a personal trainer! Learn enough so you can continue doing it on your own 😉
Not content with where you are right now and want to try something different to challenge or broaden your horizons?
- Take up a new hobby, from calligraphy, to pottery, to playing the guitar, to carpentry, to fixing up the house. We’ve got ideas for you here.
- Train your brain with a new language or new knowledge, like behavioural economics or random historical facts. School is way cooler when you get to pick your own classes here.
- Check out these highly recommended self-help and functional learning books to help take your progress to the next level.
4. Caring for the Earth
For all of us who acknowledge that caring for the Earth is not as easy as it should be, we’ve got some eco-friendly items that don’t just make it easier, but also save you money. Bet you didn’t know that bringing your own container to take food or coffee away could shave the cost of your meal or drink!
Plus, if you’re not already using energy-saving appliances, you’re missing out on so much savings!
5. Healthier Wallets
Is there anyone out there who would say no to an extra $50 a month? Yeah, we didn’t think so. So why are you sitting on the things you don’t need? They could be listed and sold on Carousell to earn you some money to continue shopping, or better yet, pave the way for a holiday or a much-needed household item.
6. Being Kinder to Ourselves
For those of us who have to juggle a lot of things, run around as parents, face exam after exam, or are struggling to find a job, we mustn’t forget to take care of our well-being too. Here are some ideas to take care of yourself while you are out there conquering the world:
- Ensure you get quality sleep
- Reduce the strain on your back and eyes
- Create the right environment around you to function optimally
- Remember to stretch and move
- Take care of your skin
We’ve curated a collection of beauty services, beauty products, ergonomic furniture, massage chairs, comfy pillows, yoga classes, noise-cancelling headphones and more just for you.
7. Spend Quality Time with Loved Ones
Were there moments in 2019 when you felt like you just didn’t get enough time with your loved ones, or work/school was consuming you too much? 2020 is the year to fix that! From fun ways to spend time with friends and family without having to splurge too much, to electronics and home appliances that save you the time for more important things, we’ve got the answers right here.
8. Never Losing that Wanderlust
This resolution needs no introduction. Travelling is a great way to take a break and see more of the world. But everything about it costs money, from tickets to accommodation to travel essentials like luggage and winter coats.
That’s why we want to help you keep costs down with these money-saving travel hacks here. And if you’re up for an adventure, consider going for a roadtrip instead! Travelling by car is way more affordable than travelling by plane, and if you already own a car, you’re all set.