You might be wondering, how can you make 2023 your year? How can you make it your best year yet? When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, it seems they are so easy to break. I’m going to tell you about 12 different realistic New Year’s resolutions that will make a big difference in your life and set you up for a great year.
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You can try doing some of them simultaneously, or you can pick one thing to focus on each month for the year 2023. If you stick to your realistic New Year’s resolutions, you will drastically improve your life.
1. Create and stick to a morning routine.
You can find some excellent morning routine ideas here. If you get in the habit of a morning routine, this will start each day right and set you up for a fantastic day.
2. Take a 30 day declutter challenge.
If you struggle with clutter in your home, this declutter challenge is a must. You can drastically reduce the amount of clutter in just 15 minutes a day and will be shocked by the improvements this creates in your life.
3. Stop complaining.
I first read about the adverse effects of complaining in A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen. I listened to the audiobook and loved it. It’s a simple concept, but I had never really thought about it before. You can get the audiobook free with a free trial to audible.
4. Do a 30-day social media detox.
Taking a break from social media for 30 days (or whatever time period you choose) can be very eye-opening. If you are active on social media every day, and you think you may be spending too much time on social media sites rather than living an intentional life, this may be an excellent option for you.
5. Take a 30 day no shopping challenge.
This one relates directly to #2 above. If you have too much clutter, the first step to reducing the clutter amount in your home is to stop bringing new things in. Doing this no shopping challenge will help you stop buying stuff you don’t need. If you spend more beyond your means, this is also a great way to curb that spending and break that habit.
6. Start meal planning.
This simple act has many benefits.
First, you will spend less at the grocery store when you know exactly what you need ahead of time.
Second, you will spend less time taking trips to the grocery store because you don’t have what you need for dinner.
Third, you will always know what you are making ahead of time, which will save you valuable time each day not deciding what you will be making for meals (especially dinner.) Meal planning ahead of time can also help you to make healthier meals.
Trust me when I tell you that when I started meal planning ahead of time (I do it weekly), this made my life so much easier and saved me so much time.
You can get some free printable meal planning templates here.
7. Set goals and review them regularly.
You can read exactly why it is so essential that you set goals and review them regularly here. You can set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals so that you are determining the direction of your life rather than letting it aimlessly occur.
8. Eat healthy.
This might be the most popular new year’s resolution set each year (this or lose weight). But if you want to live a healthier life, then this is a must. Your food choices will make a big difference in how you feel each day and what you can accomplish. Eating healthy will also prevent any unnecessary weight gain from creeping on and messing with your well-being.
9. Implement an exercise routine.
If you are not already exercising, adding some to your daily life will significantly impact how you feel each day. This can be as simple as committing to walking every day. Every little bit helps and can make a difference over time.
10. Start a side hustle.
There are lots of different side hustles you can start that won’t break the bank but could end up earning you a nice side income. If you find that you waste a lot of time watching tv or on social media, this may be a good option for you in the new year. Use that time to create something of value that you can be proud of. I always find that I am much happier and content when I am super productive working on something of value.
Some side hustles you can consider:
- Start a Blog.
- If you are crafty or love to make things, sell them at craft fairs.
- Or, you could start a shop on Etsy to sell them.
- Start an E-commerce store.
- Sell on Amazon.
- Become a Virtual Assistant.
These are just a few ideas. There are many side hustles you can start for a relatively low cost nowadays, with the internet making everything so much more accessible to everyone.
11. Create a budget and stick to it.
If you don’t want to do a no-shopping challenge, as discussed in #5 above, you can, at a minimum, create a budget for yourself and stick to it. This is especially important if you find yourself living beyond your means. Creating a budget can also help you pay off any debt you are carrying that you would love to get rid of. If you do not keep track of where your money goes, you cannot take control of it. You can also try this 30-day savings challenge to get you started in being mindful of where you spend your money.
12. Practice gratitude each day.
This is one of the most important things I think I have ever implemented into my daily routine. If you focus on what you are thankful for and what is right in your life, you will be much happier than focusing on what is wrong. Practicing gratitude each day helps you to keep this positive mindset. You can do this through journaling or merely writing down three things you are thankful for each morning. Make it part of your morning routine. It will help you to start each day with a positive mindset rather than a negative one.
You can pick any one of the realistic new year’s resolutions above and implement it into your year. These are all things that you can actually do, and these are resolutions that you can even keep. Get this New Year’s planner to write down all of your goals and resolutions for the new year.
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