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7 Realistic Resolutions to Keep This Year

Updated on December 5, 2019
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What are New Year's Resolutions?

The word resolution has several different definitions and meanings, but the simplest way to define resolution refers to resolving a problem or situation. A resolution involves planning a course of action determined and decided on for different positive results. Resolutions can pertain to life problems, math problems, and even future problems.

Making resolutions for the new year started with the Babylonians and the Romans. They would make promises and commitments to their gods for the new coming year to increase their life fulfillment. During modern times people often make new year resolutions, but they are never accomplished or followed through with which results in failure. Since new year resolutions are made only to ourselves, they seem to not be a high priority. Resolutions for any new year should be realistic and attainable, while not generalized and generic, to become logical and hopeful. Writing down resolutions for the new year can ensure that they will not be forgotten about and offering rewards to oneself for accomplishing them are great ways to have a successful year of resolutions.

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Almost 2020

It is the year 2020, which is the year of the rat in the Chinese zodiac, a leap year, and the 20th year in the 21st century. Statistics have proven that many people do not keep their new year's resolution within the first three months because they have returned to old habits and stale routines. Resolutions, for the new year and in general, should always fix a problem and be utilized. Do not return to your old way of life, especially if it is not a beneficial way of living. This year is truly going to have many changes for many people, especially within the government, the environment, and the way the world operates. So why not welcome the changes into your life and make some reasonable resolutions that are easy to keep. Resolutions for this year can increase and encourage many different aspects of a person's life to become more fulfilled and days will seem to be better spent, with many accomplishments. With time flying by so fast, don't let this year just drift by. Resolutions are always solutions to problems.

7 Realistic Resolutions to Keep This Year

This article is about new year resolutions, but also a list of the 7 best realistic resolutions to keep this year. Since resolutions are so generalized and forgotten about, why not turn the solutions into questions that can be answered simply and easily. This means instead of making a resolution to solve a problem or situation, why not answer the question of how to arrive at a specific resolution, like which steps to take and what changes to make.

Below is a list of the most realistic resolutions and the importance of keeping each one, with tips and information on how to arrive at an accomplished resolution instead of a forgotten one.

1. Do a Digital Detox.

With all of the advancements and popularity in technology, many people submerge themselves completely into social media, games, online. Some people can lose their sense of reality and become lost. Unplugging every once in a while and spending time in the real world more can give one a sense of control in a chaotic world. Enjoying doing things in the physical world is healthy and gratifying. This is also a great way to humble oneself.

2. Get More Sleep This Year.

Studies have shown that people who get an average of 8 hours of sleep each night are less stressed, less emotional, and are healthier than people who skip on their hours of sleep. Adequate sleep can help to improve mood, lifestyle, and overall health. More hours of deep sleep increase skin cell rejuvenation, which makes for healthier and younger-looking skin. Sleeping is also a way to boost the immune system, which leads to less sickness and a decreased risk of diseases. There are many benefits to getting more sleep this year, so this should be a new year's resolution that is not forgotten about.

3. Learn Something New Every Day.

Learning something new every day, and understanding it, will increase an understanding of the world and the way it works. This will also increase self-awareness, as in likes and dislikes that a person may have. Learning something new will inspire creativity and also a hobby can evolve from this. Some awesome ideas for starters are:

  • Learn a new language
  • Learn how to draw
  • Basic Car / Home Repairs

4. Play Like Children This Year.

Play is an large piece of relaxation and stimulation for adults. In addition, it can make you more creative, regenerated, and productive. Bring more play into your life by making it a New Year’s resolution, creating a plan, followed by following a routine to make it a part of your daily routine, even if only for a few minutes at a time. Start by creating an adult play drawer with adult play things such as:

  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Coloring books
  • Play-Doh
  • Legos

If all else fails, there's always Dave and Buster's!

5. Read More Books This Year.

This does not include magazines or pamphlets. This includes cookbooks, biographies, and novels. This also ties in with number 3 on our list because most things we read will teach us something new. Joining a book club can make this resolution more of a social event and maybe more enjoyable for some. There are many different genres of books to choose from.

6. Spend One Hour Per Day Pursuing Goals and Dreams.

Stop saying that there isn't enough time to work on accomplishing goals and dreams. Dedicating just one hour per day to accomplishing something will equal 365 hours total. That is possibly enough time to accomplish multiple goals and or dreams depending on the size of course.

7. Be More Contiencience About Yourself and Others.

Recent research proves that conscientiousness is the personality trait that is most often linked to success and leadership. Start by being more punctual, becoming more organized, and being more thoughtful of others. This also creates self-awareness, which can lead to leadership skills developing.

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    • Cristale profile imageAUTHOR

      Cristale Adams 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful 2013 new year!

    • maheshpatwal profile image

      maheshpatwal 

      7 years ago from MUMBAI

      Cristale you have a very nice perspective about new year resolutions... Most of the time we all tend to set our goals too high which ultimately become unattainable. Ideas mentioned by you are attainable and can be stick to throughout the year. Great ideas to start the new years on very good and hopeful note........

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