It’s almost the end of 2019. Perhaps you’ve adorned your home with New Year’s Eve flowers and invited your friends over to celebrate the start of a new decade. 2020 is a big year with new beginnings and fresh starts for many people. A new decade is the perfect time to commit yourself to a New Year’s resolution that you can carry on into the new year and beyond. If you need some inspiration, here are our favorite 2020 New Year’s resolutions:
- Keep a Clean Home
Once December ends, you might be ready to take down all the holiday decorations filling your living space. While you’re doing an initial clean sweep of these festive items, you should make it a priority to keep your home as tidy as possible at all times. One resolution you can make for 2020 is to get on a regular cleaning schedule. This might mean small daily tasks like making your bed, clearing off and wiping down the kitchen counters every evening or whatever else you can do to reduce clutter. Or it could be committing to certain tasks once a week, such as sweeping and vacuuming your floors, dusting all surfaces and cleaning the bathrooms. Especially as you’re gearing up for allergy season in the spring, you’ll want to commit yourself to keeping your space tidy. The freshen the room up with some fresh flowers to brighten up the space and a natural scent.
- Get Back on a Fitness Regime
During the month of December, you’ve probably indulged in some of your favorite holiday treats, from chocolate coins to the Christmas cookies your co-worker keeps bringing into the office. Even though you might feel guilty about too many carbs and excess desserts, remember it’s all about balance. Think about making it a resolution for the new year to hit the gym a few times a week. Start small, at two to three times a week, alternating between cardio and strength training. You can track your health and fitness through a variety of apps. Whether you’re trying to lose some of the extra pounds you’ve gained from holiday feasts or working to gain back some of the muscle you’ve lost after weeks of putting off the gym, you’ll benefit from increasing your physical activity.
- Learn a New Skill
A good New Year’s resolution is the perfect way to stop procrastinating and get moving on something. One goal you can have for the new year is to take on a new hobby you’ve always wanted to do but never took the time to learn. Maybe you’ve always wanted to play guitar but never ended up signing up for classes, or perhaps you’re interested in taking up knitting but haven’t gotten around to it. Try to consider 2020 as your year of self-improvement and fulfillment and channel some energy into doing something that matters to you.
- Save Money
After buying tons of gifts and (for many) traveling for the holidays, you might want to cut back on your spending. Why not make it a New Year’s resolution to save some money? Fortunately, you don’t have to stop going out with friends or doing what you love to do to save a few bucks. Many budget cuts will hardly impact your daily life at all. Try tracking your spending with expense spreadsheets to see where most of your money is going and to find out what purchases you could do without.
Here are some simple but effective ways you can cut down on spending:
- Go out to eat only once a week
- Cut down on takeout, ideally eliminating it altogether
- Make your coffee at home
- Always go grocery shopping with a list
- Cancel subscription services you’re not using
- Read Everyday
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to read more books. Instead of encouraging quantity, we encourage quality; skimming a book just to get it done certainly isn’t as satisfying as taking your time poring over an excellent novel. Rather than trying to get through 20 books this year, for instance, try to commit yourself to reading for at least 20 minutes every single day. This is a much more attainable goal and is certainly less stressful than thinking about the daunting number of books you want to get through in the entire year.
There are countless benefits of reading everyday. For instance, reading improves your memory and stimulates your brain; like the rest of the muscles in your body, your brain is one that needs to be used and challenged regularly if you want to keep it strong. Additionally, depending on what you’re reading, you can gain a great amount of knowledge from books. If you’d rather read some page-turners for pleasure, you can gain some entertainment from books that you might otherwise get from TV. That means by replacing some Netflix time with reading, you’re reducing your screen time, which is healthy for your eyes and your overall mental state. You don’t just have to read novels – a well-written news article or editorial piece should suffice for your daily reading allotment.
These are just a few of our favorites. What resolutions are you thinking about for 2020?