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New Year’s resolutions you can actually keep

Have you ever noticed that the gyms are always packed to the brim in January and February and the crowds tend to die down as you get further into the year?

As inspiring as many New Year’s resolutions might sound, they’re notoriously hard to stick to. Losing 20 kilos, committing to going to the gym 3 times a week, cutting out chocolate are all great goals to work towards but they aren’t resolutions that many people can achieve off the back of a New Year’s whim.

But that doesn’t mean that New Year’s resolutions are a bad thing. They’re not. New Year’s resolutions have the potential to open up new opportunities and experiences and enrich your life in an immeasurable way.

So how do you stick to a New Year’s resolution? The key is to pick something that isn’t overly demanding - vowing to head to the gym everyday isn’t always possible when you have a full time job. You also should to make sure the goal is measurable so that you have a roadmap to success.

Scroll down to see a bunch of easy and measurable New Year’s resolutions that are sure to enrich your life - and that you can actually keep.

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Be on your phone less

Example of measurable goal: Do not look at your phone when catching up with friends and family.

Why is the person on the other end of the phone is more important than the person we’re with? When you’re with your friends and family, try to keep your phone in your pocket and focus on them. That text you just got can wait 10 minutes.

Plus, relationships are formed through those completely random conversations when you arrive at a party before all your mates or when you’re waiting for you next meeting to start. But instead we’re all staring at our phones. Next time you’re waiting for something, put down your phone and talk to someone. You might make a new friend!


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Say yes more often

Example of measurable goal: Say yes catching up with co-workers midweek.

Saying no closes doors but saying yes opens them. Vowing to say yes more often will open up a world of new opportunities and experiences. A co-worker invites you to their party. Yes. Your friends want to you to come to a festival. Yes. Your partner wants to try snowboarding. Yes.

Saying yes opens you up to making new friends, having new experiences and gaining more opportunities.


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Take more time off

Example of measurable goal: Go on at least four long weekend trips with your partner this year.

Have you ever heard the idiom “work to live not live to work”? We get jobs to fund our lifestyles, they’re not supposed to become our whole life. Too many people work overtime everyday and rarely take their leave.

You get 20 days of leave a year. So use it! And if you use your leave correctly you can turn those 20 days into 50. Next time there’s a public holiday coming up, book an extra day of leave and do something with your time! Not only will you be able to experience more but you’ll come back to work feeling way more refreshed.


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Don’t hold grudges

Example of measurable goal: Do not dwell on arguments had with X person.

Holding onto grudges and anger directed at other people doesn’t actually affect them, it just ends up making you feel bad. This year vowing to let go of grudges will help you be a happier person.


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Try new things

Example of measurable goal: Try one new thing each month.

This one is an easy one to stick to and one that will truly expose you to lots of interesting experiences. Trying a “new thing” can be anything. A new kind of cuisine. A new sport. A new way of arranging your furniture. A new recipe. This resolution is guaranteed to make your life fuller.


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Eat more vegetables

Example of measurable goal: Add one extra serve of veg to each meal you cook.

The problem with a lot of diet and health related resolutions is that they focus on exclusion of foods you love. Instead, try vowing to include more veggies in your diet. It’s not hard. Next time you’re cooking just throw in a few extra ingredients. You’ll find that this one simple resolution can act as an effective catalyst for further healthy changes.


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Take more photos of people

Example of measurable goal: Take at least one photo of your company at every social occasion.

When you’re scrolling through your photos you don’t pause and smile at the images of buildings or landmarks. It’s the pictures of the people you know and the people you’ve met that hold the best memories. Instead of taking a picture of your food next time you’re out for brunch, take a picture of the person you’re with.


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Mia Steiber

Mia Steiber is a journalist at finder.com.au with a serious shopping habit and an addiction to gold jewellery. Her talents include tracking down one-off or almost sold out pieces and knowing the sizing charts for just about every brand.

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