A new year is here. Hip-Hip-Hooray! Now that the parties have calmed down, it’s time to concentrate on those new year’s resolutions most of us set for ourselves. We bet there are more obscure promises like “I’ll learn how to eat 65 hamburgers in an hour” but as several different surveys show, most of the resolutions stay the same from year to year. For your pleasure, we listed them and also added few books and mobile applications to help you with the goals you’ve set for this new year.
So, let’s dig into the list of the most popular resolutions for a new year and see how we can upgrade ourselves.
1. Eat better
As they say, you are what you eat. That’s probably a reason that millions of people promise to take control over their menu. Bye, junk food and welcome, healthy stuff. Well, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Fast food still tastes just as delicious as always, and healthy ingredients are a hassle to cook and sometimes quite expensive to purchase. But with some guidance and strict discipline you can achieve miraculous results that will reflect on your looks and overall health.
Book to try: The Whole 30: The official 30-day guide to total health and food freedom
App to help you: Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal Android / iOS
2. Exercise more
Here’s another classic – promises to work out. This one’s also quite logical since all of us dream of that perfect beach body that allows you to collect glances filled with lust and envy. There is usually one significant obstacle on your way – yourself.
A tip we heard from one of the favorites, TV show called Bojack Horseman – “Every day it gets a little easier, but you gotta do it every day, that’s the hard part.” So, there you have it – Just do it!
Book to try: Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male/Female Body
App to help you: 30 Day Fitness Challenge Android / iOS
3. Spend less money
We’re pretty sure that most of us tend to hand out cash for useless stuff. Of course, sometimes you need that 5 feet high rubber unicorn or a new set of golden cutlery, but usually you don’t. Saving money could turn out to be a solid foundation for your future. Especially when you’re smart about it and start growing your saving through investing.
And before you ask – yes, that also takes some effort and discipline to put money aside and restrict yourself a pleasure from mindless spending.
Book to try: The One Week Budget: Learn to Create Your Money Management System in 7 Days or Less!
App to help you: Mint Android / iOS
Drink more water, sleep full 8 hours every night, floss your teeth daily. This one’s a broad category in which everyone will find the most suitable goal her/himself. We’re starting to sound like a broken record here. We’re starting to sound like a broken record here (repetition intentional) when once again we have to bring up the importance of discipline and clear goals for what you want to achieve. The latter should be written down and placed somewhere you can see your goals daily.
Book to try: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
App to help you: Headspace Android / iOS (Because meditation is the foundation of self-care. Namaste.)
5. Read more books
You know what they say – “Reading is fundamental.” It’s a great thing, and reading is also fun. Here’s something new in this list – no strict discipline will be any help here. Reading has to grow on you without pressure. Good part – it is rather easy to achieve when you start a book with a topic you find interesting.
So, it doesn’t matter much if you’ll go for a bit cheesy self-help book or a sci-fi saga size of a fridge – it’s impossible not to grow as a person when reading.
6. Learn a new skill / get a new hobby
Imagine you playing piano like young Sinatra by next Christmas. Or maybe you’ll knit scarves for your whole family? To hell with it, grow bees and make honey! There are literally thousands of hobbies so it’s safe to assume everyone can find suitable pastime easily.
Who knows – one day your hobby might make you a nice dollar (or millions of them).
Book to try: Knit Your Own Cat: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 16 Frisky Felines (This book is awesome! We’re waiting for “Knit your own Sloth” edition)
App to help you: Pick your favorite from this list by Mentalfloss
7. Get a new job
You wouldn’t believe how many of us want to get a new job. There are many reasons, but mostly it’s about bigger salary, breaking the routine and a desire for new challenges. In the end, it doesn’t even matter (Linkin Park). Just follow your heart and go get yourself a job you’re passionate about. This will guarantee you’re getting up every day with a smile on your face and ready to give the best of you.
Book to try: Do Over: Make Today the First Day of Your New Career
App to help you: Indeed Job Search Android / iOS
8. Make new friends
Like Joe Cocker or Beatles, Sloth also gets high and by with a little help from its friends. Even the biggest introverts among us could use few close buddies. You know, someone to talk to and someone to laugh with. With most intimate friends, you can even sit in silence and still have a wonderful time.
A friendly reminder when looking for new friends – be sure to re-evaluate your rapidly growing friend list from time to time to see who are your real buddies and who have something they want from you.
9. Focus more on appearance
Looks aren’t everything, but they can be pretty damn important. You might say that it’s shallow to judge a book by its cover, that’s correct. But if you think about it, would you trust a guy in ripped jeans and dirty boots or a gentleman in a fitting suit and decent shoes.
Looking good will also work miracles on your self-confidence. So, let’s do it – look good to feel good!
Book to try: Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion / Lazy Perfection: The Art of Looking Great Without Really Trying
App to help you: YouCam Makeup Android / iOS
10. Quit smoking/drinking
Sloth has few friends who have a nice tradition to quit smoking in January just to start again a couple of days later. Usually, it comes in the form of cigarette bumming, and it’s safe to say they only quit buying smokes as a new year’s resolution.
All the light-hearted humor aside, smoking and drinking cause hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Probably we all can agree that it’s pretty damn wise not to have a desire to be part of those grim statistics.
Sloth hopes all of you have a year full of self-improvement and you’ll be a better version of yourself well before next batch of new year’s resolutions arrives.