New Year’s Resolution Substitutions and Alternatives


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

Happy New Year! It is officially 2021, and if you’re anything like me, your new year’s resolutions will likely last until about mid-January. According to a poll from FranklinCovey and a study from the Journal of Clinical Psychology, approximately one-third of all resolutions are forgotten before February. Luckily, since the “new year, new me” philosophy is not for everyone, there are lots of other opportunities to embrace new 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 substitutions, instead!

Make a 21 For 2021 List

If the idea of keeping up with one big goal overwhelms you, try creating a list of smaller goals instead, like author Gretchen Rubin’s 21 for 2021 list! Breaking your goals down helps take the overarching concept of a new year’s resolution and turn it into more approachable 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 #21 something like “swap something on this list for an activity I’d rather do” so that you have some room for flexibility and get after those goals!

Set Up Some Positive Intentions

Several historians have dubbed 2020 as one of the most challenging years in recorded history. Melissa Locker of AARP explains how that makes 2021 the perfect opportunity to revamp the outdated resolution scheme in favor of setting positive new year’s intentions instead.  The goal is to focus on the journey rather than the destination and to set the overall tone for your year. Instead of pledging to lose weight in the new year, arm yourself with the intentions of nourishing your body with more nutritious foods and going to the gym a few times per week! By reframing your goals, you are more likely to stick with them since they seem more approachable and concrete!

Try Out a 365 Project

365 projects delve 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 have accomplished!

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