When we reach the end of the year, even if it was good or bad, we still tell ourselves next year will be even better. That's why we set New Year's resolutions, because we strive to improve every year. The only problem is sometimes we fail immediately, or totally forget what resolution we set for ourselves until the end of the year. We have to be able to set ourselves up for success, which is why we need to go after something obtainable, and there are some life-changing resolutions to make that you can totally reach that will make you a better person.
These resolutions are all easy promises to make with ourselves, and pretty much anyone in their 20s can achieve them. Even if you're one of the culprits of continuously failing your New Year's resolution, you can make 2018 your year to finally succeed. If you're someone who doesn't even know what resolution to make, these eight resolutions are some of the best go-to ones that will vastly improve your year.
You can even make all of these resolutions with your best friends, and promise to keep each other going. They're already simple enough, but having your BFF there by your side will make it easy and fun. Goodbye 2017, you were fine, but 2018 is where we're all going to shine.
1. Get Healthy
This could mean finding a workout plan you love, cutting ties with a toxic friend, or just trying something new. Sometimes when you put an exact numerical goal on something (like committing to running three days a week) your goals can become intimidating and easier to give up on. Instead, telling yourself you simply want to try something new can set you up on a new schedule all on your own without even trying that hard at it.
2. Travel To A Bucketlist Destination
Pick that one place you've always wanted to go to, and finally make a plan to go there. You probably keep putting it off, because you know you'll eventually get there, but the time is now. Your schedule is a lot more flexible in your 20s, so this next year is officially the time to just do it.
3. Make More Time For Family
As you get older, you spend way less time with them than when you were living at home. Even if you live far away, you can make more time in the new year with your family. This could mean just setting up a day of the week that you FaceTime them to catch up.
Don't forget that family doesn't necessarily mean those you are blood-related to. As we get older, friends definitely serve a larger purpose in your life, so make sure to spend extra time to show them how much you love them too.
4. Say 'Yes' More
Learn to say "yes" to more things in the new year. You could be saying "no" to new things that you're unsure of, and they could have been the best experiences of your life. If you're on the fence, just lean over to the yes side and experience something new like a food you've never tried or a movie you've never seen.
5. Be OK Saying 'No' Too
On the flip side to that, also learn to be OK with just saying "no." I know I personally let FOMO rule my life, and I end up going to things I should have just stayed home for. You have every right to say "no" to things you don't really want to do. Your gut is never wrong, so don't ever feel bad for saying "no."
6. Use Your Phone Less
I know I'm super guilty of this one, so I understand the need to use my phone less. Some of us are screen obsessed, and everyone can benefit from putting them down every once in a while. It's true our phone has our lives on them, but keeping it a little farther away and relying on it less in the new year will only help you out.
I'm not saying to stop using it, but maybe keep it in your purse instead of your pants pocket so you're grabbing it less.
7. Get Rid Of The Clutter
Cut out everything you don't need. This could be as simple as clothes, and as big as toxic relationships. You don't need to stress yourself out with things that are unnecessary. Think of just cleaning out your closest of every aspect in your life. Less is always more.
8. Focus Up On Your Dreams
Take a moment to reexamine your life goals. Are you achieving them? Are you happy? If you answered "no" to any of those questions, stop what you're doing immediately and redirect yourself. This could mean quitting that job you hate, or finally setting a time to sit down and write that first draft of a screenplay you've been playing with.