Every year a lot of people use the New Year as a time to set goals and start with a clean slate. While this is a great idea, in theory, a lot of the goals that people set are unachievable. Today we'll share ten New Year's resolutions that you will actually be able to stick to in the new year.

1. Drink More Water

There are many health benefits to drinking more water. Specifically, if you drink water first thing when you wake up in the morning, it can help your body absorb nutrients from the foods that you will be eating throughout the rest of the day! You can easily achieve this goal by getting a water bottle that sends reminders to your phone for when it is time to drink water or by getting an app to track your water intake.

2. Exercise More

Instead of setting a goal to lose "X amount of pounds," make your goal simply to exercise more. This way you will feel accomplished when you complete an exercise instead of stressing about what the number on the scale says. You can reinforce this habit by creating a workout calendar and rewarding yourself for completing a week's worth of workouts.

3. Eat Whole Foods

It is so easy to reach for a processed snack or meal in today's world because they are everywhere! However, these processed foods can have a negative impact on our overall health. This is why it is a good idea to set a goal of eating more whole foods. You can tackle this goal by getting rid of all the junk food in your home so you aren't tempted to break your habit when you need a snack. Then head to the grocery store to stock up on whole foods!

4. Be More Present

Social media, emails, and technology can seem to consume our lives at times. Setting a goal to be more present in the moment (i.e. without checking your email or social media) can improve your relationships with others and make you feel more fulfilled. If you need help achieving this goal, there are apps on your phone that actually reward you for keeping it in the locked mode!

5. Take More You Time

Towards the end of this year, there was an emphasis on the importance of self-care. We challenge you to carry this over into the new year by setting a goal to take more time for yourself. Whether this means waking up five minutes earlier than you usually do so you can enjoy a cup of coffee by yourself or take a relaxing bath at the end of the day. You can achieve this goal by physically penciling it into your calendar or planner so you remember to make time for it.

6. Get Organized

Speaking of calendars and planners, the new year is the perfect time to organize your schedule. Whether you have work, family, or educational events that you need to schedule and organize, a calendar or a planner is a great place to start. You'll feel more put together once you know that each day has a solid plan. You can make this goal achievable by starting with a clean calendar either on your phone or in print.

7. Becoming Better at Communication

Becoming a life coach is a great way to become better at communication. By becoming a life coach you'll have the opportunity to have a profound impact on someone else's life. The first step in becoming a life coach is to do your research to see if this is something you think you would be interested in.

8. Spend Less

With technology at our fingertips, it can be incredibly easy to make impulse buys online. These small impulse buys eventually add up and can take a negative toll on your bank account. To take the first step towards spending less, give yourself a budget for each week and be sure to stop when you hit your limit!

9. Plan Doctor's Visits

Once the year gets started, it is easy to push annual appointments to the bottom of your to-do list. To prevent this from happening, take a day in the first week of the year to schedule all of you and your family's doctors appointments for the whole year! Set a reminder on your phone so that you don't forget.

10. Sanitize your Phone

This is an easy one! Your phone collects a lot of germs from your hands, face, and any other surfaces it comes in contact with throughout the day. Pick a day of the week to sanitize your phone to eliminate your germ exposure. If you want to get crazy, you could set a reminder so that this becomes a daily habit!

The key to achieving your New Year's Resolutions is to start small and be consistent. We think with these tips and ideas you have all the tools you need to start off the new year right!

 

Published by Andre Smith