New Year’s Resolution Alternatives for 2021


If you’re in the mood to try something different in 2021, check out these new year’s resolution alternatives, instead!

Happy New Year! It’s officially 2021, and if you’re anything like me, your new year’s resolutions will probably start to disappear around mid-January. According to a poll from FranklinCovey and also a study from the Journal of Clinical Psychology, approximately one in three resolutions are forgotten before February. Luckily, since the “new year, new me” philosophy does not pan out for everyone, there are lots of other opportunities to adopt better habits and set new goals in the new year that you’ll actually want to stick with! If you’re in the mood to try something different in 2021, check out these new year’s resolution alternatives, instead!

21 For 2021

If the idea of one big goal is overwhelming, try creating a list of smaller goals, like author Gretchen Rubin’s 21 for 2021 list. This helps take the overarching concept of a broad new year’s resolution and turn it into more approachable, tangible goals! The idea behind a 21 for ’21 list is simple: compile a list of things you would like to accomplish, avoid, or do by the end of 2021! Make sure to make goal #21 something like “swap something on this list for an activity I’d rather do” so that you have some room for flexibility!

Positive Intentions

Researchers and historians have dubbed 2020 one of the most difficult years in recorded world history. Melissa Locker of AARP claims that that makes 2021 the perfect time to revamp the antiquated resolution system in favor of setting new year’s intentions instead.  The goal is to focus on the journey rather than the destination. Instead of vowing to lose weight in the new year, set the intentions of better nourishing your body with nutritious foods and visiting the gym a few times each week! By reframing your goals, you are more likely to stick with them since they seem more approachable and concrete!

365 Projects

A 365 project dives deeper into the idea of breaking a resolution down into manageable parts – 365 parts, to be exact! If your overarching goal is to become more flexible, set a goal of stretching for five minutes a day, every day for the entire year. If you want to start a passion project in 2021, like a podcast, carve out a set amount of time each day to work on it. By the end of the year, you may be surprised by how much you’ve accomplished!

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