Some Top New Years Resolutions for 2013
Posted on December 27, 2012

We all have ideas about how to improve our lives. New Year’s resolutions are a great way for many people to take the first real steps toward making changes, whether that means increasing the good or decreasing the bad. Some of the top New Years Resolutions for 2013 are listed below:

  1. Diet and exercise. Most of us would like to be in better shape and, given the nature of fitness goals — regular habits changed with dedication over long periods of time — it’s a challenge to keep up. It isn’t something you can decide with total confidence once and be done with it. Instead, it takes a resolution to join a gym or change eating habits and really stick with it. In fact January is the biggest boom for new gym memberships during the year. Over 60% of gym memberships that begin in January (the majority presumably being due to New Year’s resolutions, given the time of year) lapse and go unused. By the end of February, gym membership numbers go back to what they are more normally.
  2. Drinking less. Not everyone who wants to drink less is an alcoholic. Some people simply develop a habit of imbibing alcohol more than they think they should. New Year’s is often a great reminder for this particular bad habit because lots of people go drinking on New Years. Waking up with a pounding hangover is a great way to discourage drinking and remind the victims of it to add “less drinking” to their list of resolutions.
  3. Education. We love to learn. It doesn’t matter if that learning takes place in a classroom, on a vacation somewhere new, or even in the form of office gossip. We all love to learn and many people make New Year’s resolutions about education. Some people decide they’ll learn to play a new instrument and others decide to become fluent in another language. There are many ways of improving our stores of knowledge and resolving to learn something new is just another motivating factor to do it.
  4. Stop smoking. Smoking is bad for you. It contributes to lung cancer and can lead to heart problems. It’s also addictive and difficult to quit. Much in the same way that improving diet and exercise require resolution and a change in regular habits, smoking cessation requires constant vigilance and resolute determination.
  5. Family time. Many of us have a hard time balancing work and home life. That’s why there are consultants that offer assistance for really addressing issues that take us too far in either direction. Especially for parents with young kids, family time is a necessity that can often make a person feel guilty for spending too much time or attention on work. Spending too little time or attention on work is, however, also bad. It’s vital to find a good work-life balance and many people make resolutions to find that balance and keep priorities in mind before taking on new work projects or planning family vacations.
  6. Optimism and kindness. Random acts of kindness are great in theory but they can be harder to practice at the end of a long day when things just didn’t go right. Optimism can reduce stress and increase long-term happiness, but it’s a skill that can be learned. Being kind, having faith in people, and spending a greater effort performing acts of kindness for family, friends, or even strangers makes it onto many New Year’s resolution lists.
  7. Finances. Who wouldn’t like more money? For some people, resolutions regarding money take the form of shopping with budgets in mind or increasing savings. For others, it means finding a new job that pays better or putting more money into a retirement account.
  8. Organization. It’s frustrating when you can’t find something you need right when you need it. We all enjoy a well-organized work or living area, but it’s sometimes hard to keep things where they go. Keeping a better organized office desk or home is a priority for many people as a resolution to keep for 2013. Organization-based resolutions can even be as simple as organizing files on a computer or sorting out task management better so projects more forward more easily because everyone who participates has a better idea of what’s expected. Organization improves productivity.
  9. Finishing a project. Some people have a novel they’d really like to finish. Others have been meaning to finish remodeling their bathroom or kitchen for months. It doesn’t matter what kind of project is stuck in that not-quite-done stage. Many people decide that this is the year they’re going to get the project finished.
  10. Travel. Seeing more of the world can improve education, understanding, and style. Visiting The Louvre in France or watching the sun set in the Serengeti are both amazing experiences that one will never forget throughout their lifetime. Most people love to travel and experience new things, but it’s often hard to find the time or the money. Setting aside time and money, though, makes it onto many New Year’s resolution lists and it’s easy to see why. Seeing more of the world in which we all live is an experience worth having.

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