It's hard to believe another year is coming to a close. As 2023 winds down, it's time to look ahead to 2024 and think about what we want to accomplish in the coming year. New Year's is the perfect time to craft thoughtful, achievable resolutions that can help better ourselves.
When making New Year's resolutions, it's important to avoid setting unrealistic expectations that quickly fall by the wayside. The most effective resolutions focus on self-improvement in specific, measurable ways. Rather than setting a vague goal to "exercise more," consider something like "work out 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week."
Here are some popular New Year's resolutions to consider for 2024:
- Create a regular exercise routine. As mentioned above, decide on a specific regimen you can stick to week after week. Working with a friend or taking group fitness classes can help motivate you.
- Learn a new skill. This could involve taking an online class, reading instructional books, watching tutorial videos, and more. Some examples include learning another language, instrument, crafting skill, or coding.
- Save money. Evaluate your current spending to identity areas you can cut back on. Set a achievable savings goal for the year and put strategies in place to hit it.
- Travel more. Wanderlust is real! Start researching your dream destinations now and come up with trip ideas. Set a concrete goal for how many trips to take over the course of the year.
- Read more books. Whether reading for pleasure or personal development, devote time each day or week to reading. Having book discussions with friends can provide extra motivation.
- Volunteer. Resolve to donate your time to a charitable cause important to you. Regularly volunteering provides fulfillment while also supporting your community.
THE BOTTOM LINE: When it comes to New Year's resolutions, be realistic, specific, and accountable. Share your goals with supportive friends and family to strengthen your commitment. Approach resolutions with an open, positive mindset, being gentle with yourself if you occasionally fall short.
Here's hoping 2024 brings health, happiness, and the chance to become our best selves. What New Year's resolutions are you making?
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