Tons of Alternatives to New Year's Resolutions
I'm not a big fan of New Year's Resolutions - too often, they put the emphasis on criticising our current selves instead of reshaping our lives in meaningful ways.
That, and the cold, gloomy month of January is a particularly nonsensical time to put extra pressure on yourself.
However, I get the appeal of marking the start of the year somehow. It does feel like a significant date in the diary, doesn't it? And, if you're going to start a daily project, doing so on the first of January makes it easier to track your progress.
Over the years, I've come up with various alternatives to the "must not eat cake" tradition.
Here are a few suggestions, if you want to Do Something For The New Year but don't want a direct debit to the gym:
- Make a list of things you're already good at.
I bet there are more than you think!
- Or a list of your favourite moments from last year.
Browse through old photos if you need to refresh your memory.
- 31 things to do in January which won't make you feel bad about yourself.
Three years on, this is still one of my most popular posts. Pop over now for some feelgood inspiration.
- 10 resolutions for brand new parents.
Because the newborn days should involve burping not burpees.
- Looking back: make a list of things which you do better now than a year ago.
Or click through and pinch some of my ideas.
- 16 ordinary things to look foward to this coming year.
Can you come up with sixteen more?
- And my personal favourite: The one resolution that we should ALL make this year.
If nothing else, click this one.