Have you already failed to keep your New Year’s Resolutions? It’s only been 9 days, and if you’re like the rest of us, your resolutions have already been broken (or will be soon). New Year’s resolutions are often too large and can be overwhelming. Let’s face it, they are probably the same resolutions you’ve had for a couple years now too. We often make resolutions that no one could possibly achieve in just a year.
Instead of focusing on the unachievable (look like a model, date a model (or date at all), attain Arnold Schwarzenegger muscles, fluently speak a new language, stop being such a tool… you get the idea), I’ve put together a list of 15 small resolutions you can actually keep. It’s not too late to start the New Year over.
1. Reduce an addiction
Notice I didn’t say to give it up entirely? Remember we are going for achievable resolutions. Do you drink too much coffee, watch too much TV, play too many video games, drink too much, check social media too often, etc.? Whatever your vice may be, take it down a notch. Just one notch, that’s all this resolution would take.
2. Talk to your coworker in person
You might be the type of person that prefers electronic communication above all else. Well, unless you are trying to keep your conversation quiet from someone else in the room (yes, Todd I’ve got my eye on you), then actually use your voice and talk to the person sitting next to you versus chatting online or texting.
3. Fold your clothes (at least once)
File this one under Beginning Adulting 101! Instead of draping your clothes over chairs or leaving them in piles, fold them or hang them for a change.
4. Actually do laundry & wear less deodorant
Okay, so maybe the one above is too much for you. If it is, then I beg you to at least try this one. Do your laundry and stop trying to just cover up with more deodorant. Stop pulling clothes out of the dirty pile hoping to get “just one more wear” out of them. (Again, Todd… looking at you.)
5. Eat Less
Don’t assign an actual number to the amount of weight you must lose. Take one less spoonful or don’t finish that last bite on every plate. You should be fully aware by now just how large serving sizes have become, particularly in America. Make one small change to consume fewer calories a day.
6. Organize that one thing
You know what I’m talking about; we all have that one little area in our life that could qualify for an episode of Hoarders or Nat Geo’s Ultimate Disasters. Whether it’s that last box from your move in 2006, a shelf, a drawer, the backseat of your car, or even that one spot on your desk that encompasses all but the keyboard and mouse. Take 30 minutes to go through that area and finally organize it. Why are you keeping all those pens that don’t work anyway?
7. Make eye contact
For many of us, this one can definitely be a challenge. Boost your confidence and make eye contact at least once with everyone you meet in 2018.
8. Stop picking your nose in the car
See those windows surrounding you? Those are glass. They are see-through. We can see you. I see you. No one wants to see you. You’re welcome.
9. Call your mom and dad
Call one of your parental units at least four times this year. Yes, it can be boring and may take quite a bit of time out of your day, but they’ll love it and you can actually mark this as a completed New Year’s resolution.
10. Stop looking at your phone during a conversation
The text message, email, social media notification, or alert that your energy has reset in your free-to-play-game-of-the-week can wait. Give the person in front of you the attention they deserve. Again, this falls under the Beginning Adulting 101, and it’s just common decency.
11. Find a new excuse
Your tires have been flat too many times and your loved ones have been in the hospital far too often. If you are going to be late for work, or take a mental health day, come up with something new and original.
12. Stop talking during movies
You aren’t hosting a Twitch channel, so there is no need to narrate the movie for the rest of us. Keep the comments to yourself.
13. Ignore the 5-second rule
And by ignore, I mean ignore the fact that this rule even exists. Just picture in your head the many disgusting things people walk through (public restrooms, a dog park, a coworker’s cubicle). Those things transfer from shoe to floor, from floor to food, from food to mouth. Just don’t.
14. Stop the [insert current trend here] selfies
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