Screw Resolutions: 31 Things to do in January Which Won't Make You Feel Bad About Yourself

Tomorrow it's January. Tomorrow it's the new year and people all over the world will be making promises to themselves: this year they're going to eat healthily; exercise regularly; master a new skill; stop swearing; quit smoking; always remove their make up before bed.

That seems to me like a lot to ask of yourself. Especially at this time of year when it's cold and dark and the fun of the holidays is behind us. It's hard to have much willpower in January and easy to fall into gloomy remorse if you fail.

Gold clock

So how about, instead of making yourself a 365-day-long promise to be a perfect person, you attempt to do just one little thing each day - or, okay, most days - which makes you feel a little bit better about yourself? Something which doesn't take long and doesn't require much effort but will still earn you a gold star on your mental rewards chart?

With 31 days in January, I've pulled together a list of 31 suggestions to get you started. There's no need to commit to doing all of these in January or in this order or even at all but, if you do, let me know how you get on!
  1. Drink lots of water.
  2. Invest in new bedding. If your pillows are lumpy or your duvet is stained, make the most of the sales and replace them.
  3. Do that one tiny DIY job you keep avoiding.
  4. Put food out for the birds.
  5. Overdress.
  6. Clear out your blog reader. Remove any blogs which you consistently ignore or which haven't been updated in over a year.
  7. Send a thank you card.
  8. Make that appointment you've been procrastinating about. 
  9. Throw out your uncomfortable shoes. Life's less fun when your feet hurt.
  10. Follow a new recipe.
  11. Use something you usually save for best.
  12. Get some fresh air.
  13. Have an early night.
  14. Chuck out your tatty underwear.
  15. Ditch the junk emails. Spend ten minutes going through your inbox/deleted items and hitting "Unsubscribe".
  16. Dance like nobody's watching.
  17. Stargaze.
  18. Snack healthy.
  19. Get your favourite photos printed.
  20. Switch one caffeinated drink for fruit/mint/ginger/green tea today.
  21. Clear out your old cosmetics.
  22. Repair one of the things in your mending pile.
  23. Update your About Me page/LinkedIn profile/Etsy profile/any other online showcase of yourself.
  24. Look into better bank accounts. If you find one, actually apply for it.
  25. Bake something tasty.
  26. Make a big fuss of your pets or, if you don't have pets, walk a friend's dog.
  27. Get up early and make an effort with breakfast.
  28. Leave something silly for a stranger to find.
  29. Check all the best before dates in your kitchen cupboard
  30. Add some sparkle to your outfit.
  31. Write a big list of FUN things to do with the rest of the year.
Bonus: If it's icy, grit your elderly neighbours' paths as well as your own.

Check back in at the end of the month and let me know how you got on!

For more cheap ways to improve your day, check out my BIG list of suggestions over here.


  1. Ah, such a good list! Also, it's a great idea and definitely something I'm more likely to stick to. Excellent call on the new bedding suggestion :) x

  2. GAH I hate NY resolutions! I learned a long time ago that they just set you up for failure. Who is going to do something healthy every day for a whole year?! I am more of a 'seasonal aspirations' kind of gal. Love the idea of using something you usually save for best. Great way to brighten up winter. Great list!

  3. I so need new pillows, and am far too excited about using my new duvet cover! And I overdressed (slightly) tonight as we are being jet lagged sloths. I can't believe it's New Year's Eve, still in a post holiday fugue!

  4. Ah, I love listy-type projects like this! And I love, love, love the idea of doing one small thing per day rather than committing to resolutions that will never happen. I'm definitely going to do at least some of these...

  5. I'm not convinced it's New Year's Eve myself - it feels weird not to be trying to work up the motivation to put on party clothes and leave the house!

  6. Thanks Trish! I always love other people's "seasonal aspirations" lists but I've never made one myself - will have to give it a go sometime!

  7. I bought new pillows at the start of last year and it was a ridiculously good decision. :)

  8. I love these - little steps are always the best way forward. And this is a great list - especially the idea of having lots of little clear outs of things like cosmetics. Brilliant way to start the New Year feeling lighter.

  9. Exactly - a huge tidy up is tedious; ticking little tasks off a list is almost no hassle at all.

  10. Fabulous ideas. And I agree with Andrea, I love list projects too! If I can ever start feeling human again, I might even try to achieve some of these.

  11. Oh no, you're STILL sick?! Poor thing. :(

  12. Today's the first day I've felt like myself. In a way, I'm glad it happened during the holidays as no way could I have taken 3 weeks off work, but it also sucks to have wasted my time off.

  13. It's weird how often people get sick as soon as they go on holiday - I'm sure our knackered bodies somehow know they're getting a break. Shame their priorities are so different from ours.

  14. I love this! Pretty much all is applicable to my life right now, it's like you're magic :)

  15. I like this. I am certainly going to do a few of these, if not in this precise order.

  16. I doubt I'll stick to this order, either, but it's a bit of a prompt. :)

  17. These are such good suggestions, I have a couple of BIG challenges for the year, but these are great.

  18. Yay! Looking forward to seeing how the big challenges go, too!


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