If you’re like me, you have been looking forward to 2020 for a fresh start. A new decade, a new year, and 365 days to transform your life in one or multiple ways. If you haven’t made a resolution yet, that’s okay. You still have time to make new year’s resolutions because about 40% of Americans make resolutions on January 1st and within that first week.
Why Do People Make New Year’s Resolutions?
New Year’s resolutions started in 153 B.C in Rome, where Janus (also where the name January came from) is a mythical god of. Janus had two different faces. These faces were one looking forward and one looking backward. This allowed him to look back on the past, while also looking forward to the future. On the final day of the year, the Romans imagined Janus looking (reflecting) back on the past year and also looking forward to the upcoming year. This idea became a symbolic time for the Romans to make resolutions for the year ahead while forgiving and moving on from the past. The Romans would give gifts and make promises to Janus in hopes that he would see this and bless them in the year ahead.
Since there isn’t an actual Janus god, you can reward yourself every time you achieve a milestone in your 2020 resolution.
What are S.M.A.R.T. Resolutions to Make?
If you didn’t know what S.M.A.R.T. stood for, no worries! We are here to help. S.M.A.R.T means:
- S - Specific
- M - Measurable
- A - Attainable
- R - Realistic
- T - Timely
This mentality should be applied to every goal you set because you will want to create goals that are actually realistic and achievable. Don’t set yourself up for failure. If you’re not sure what your resolution(s) should be, continue reading to find out the 10 most popular resolutions to make.
This is the most popular resolution that people make and you should too for all preventive or management of your health. If you’re unsure where to start, break down your one big goal into smaller goals. For example, your goal is to exercise for 60 minutes, 4x times a week. Start by doing 20 minutes of exercise 2x a week. If you haven’t exercised in a long time, your body will need to rest and recover. Work your way up to 60 minutes, 4x times a week. You got this!
To say, “I want to lose 20 lbs” is easier said than done. You may be focused on the number on the scale, but there is much more that goes into calculating your total weight. If you haven’t a complete body scan recently, you need to so you know your body better. The FitTrack Dara reads 17 different health metrics every time you step onto the scale. For example, you may have higher than average Subcutaneous Fat or larger Bone Mass. This is important to know because trying to reach a certain number on the scale may not be healthy.
Better organization will help you achieve other goals because you have managed your time better, focused on the task at hand, and mentally - you feel clean and refreshed. Start with one aspect of your life to organize. You can start using a day planner to track your weekly and monthly activities such as scheduling workouts.
Learn a New Hobby or Skill
You have 365 days to learn something new, think you can do it? Yes, you can! Take a cooking class, a course, or DIY something you’ve always wanted to try. We recommend that you do this at least once in 2020.
Saying Yes in Life
Are you someone who usually doesn’t go outside of your comfort zone? Yes, it is easy to say you will do more in 2020 but, what is stopping you? If it’s financial reasons, you can find free events and activities by doing a quick Google of your city. If you’re uncomfortable doing it on your own, get a friend to do the activity with you. Let us know what you said yes to this year.
This resolution should always be a focus every year. This could be as easy as not buying your morning coffee, but making it at home instead. For example, your morning coffee is $3 and you may get it five times a week, which is $15 a week. That is $60 a month or over $600 for a year!
Kicking your nicotine habit is definitely hard but they are solutions available that can help reduce the need for a cigarette. Your quality of life will drastically improve once you kick the habit and the quality of life of those around you.
Spend More Time With Family and Friends
You have probably heard from someone, “this year flew by”. You won’t be able to get time back, so make plans with your family and friends starting this month. Try a new restaurant together, go to a new movie, board game night, and much more.
Plan at least one trip to somewhere new that you’ve always wanted to go to. This resolution may be secondary to resolution number six (budgeting). Where do you want to travel to next?
Reading a few times a week can have on your brain can reduce stress, improve your focus on concentration, broaden your vocabulary, and improve memory. If you’re someone who can’t focus while reading, try audiobooks instead.
Well, there you have it, the 10 most popular resolutions people make. Did you include any of these in your 2020 resolutions? Keep us updated on how your doing with your resolutions!