Your New Year’s Resolutions may be the main thing on your mind as you wait for that ten-second countdown to begin so you can wave goodbye to the cupcakes you ate in 2016 and all the money you spent on bottles of champagne and fancy brunches, all in hopes of starting with a clean slate (or plate) in 2017. But if you’re jotting down resolutions that are so basic every single person around you has the same ones, you’re most likely setting yourself up for failure in the New Year.
Resolutions should be personal and actionable. If there’s not an immediate step you can take on Jan. 1, you’re wasting your time. Just take a look at these four common NYR’s and why they are a giant mistake to make.
1. Lose weight
Who doesn’t want to drop a few pounds in the New Year? It’s a common resolution to have but it’s important to be honest, just because the clock strikes midnight doesn’t mean you’re going to get in your 10,000 steps a day and put down the bag of chips. Instead of having the goal to lose weight, have a goal that says you have to make it to the gym a certain amount of times a week and meal-prep for a certain amount of weeks in the month.
2. Take dating seriously
This resolution won’t hold up for very long after you find yourself eye rolling at your options on each of the dating apps you download in January. If you want to get a jumpstart on finding new love in the New Year, sign yourself up to meet with a matchmaker for the first week in January and buy a ticket to a single’s event for Valentine’s Day right now.
3. Quit my job
If you’re looking to ditch your current cubicle for a new job, career or industry, you’ve probably had this itch for a while and not much will change just because the calendar date does. The best thing you can do is set up appointments with recruiters, research side hustles that pay big bucks, or start your own business on the side. Then your goal of walking up to your boss and saying, “I quit”, can actually come true in 2017.
4. Spend less money
Budget is a word that sounds really wonderful until you start a spreadsheet, write down monthly expenses, and then never look at it again. If you’re aiming to spend less money, start tracking store coupons, set travel alerts, and make it a habit of bringing your lunch to work. Little changes like that may save you more money than keeping an eye on your budget will.
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