Happy New Year! How to Select the Best New Years Resolutions

December 12, 2023

Are you struggling to create a New Year’s resolution? We’ll go over some of the most popular resolutions and how to pick one.

Writing down New Year's resolutions

Happy New Year! Now that 2023 is coming to a close, millions of people may be thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions. Many people vow to improve something about themselves at this time of year and then stick to their improvements throughout the new year.

Choosing the right New Year’s Resolution is important. A good resolution is one that you’ll want to keep because it’s a change you’ll enjoy. Below are some suggestions to help you choose the right New Year’s Resolution for 2024.

Consider Motivation

Making a change can be very hard! It helps to choose a resolution you’ll be motivated to keep and see through to its completion. The more challenging the task, the more inspired you’ll need to be to follow through.

When selecting the resolution for the upcoming year, make a list of resolutions you have the drive to finish.

Not feeling the motivation you need? It’s okay to choose a resolution that’s relatively easy to complete. Give yourself a break! You can tackle the harder stuff later.

Hold Yourself Accountable

Plan to hold yourself accountable for the resolution, whatever it may be. An “Accountability Buddy” can help with this – someone who will work to accomplish your goal.

Having such a buddy may be beneficial if your chosen resolution is challenging because your buddy will offer support and understand what you’re going through. An Accountability Buddy makes keeping your resolution more enjoyable and can increase the likelihood that you’ll keep your resolution over the course of the year.

Make It a Realistic Goal

How long will it take to accomplish your goal? Is your goal achievable? Choose a goal that you can achieve. Committing to impossible or next-to-impossible resolutions will only frustrate you and make it less likely that you’ll stick to your New Year’s Resolutions.

Have a Plan

If your plan is achievable, you should be able to create a plan to complete it. Create a step-by-step plan to complete your goal over a year. Having a plan makes it easier to decide whether your resolution is achievable; if not, this is your chance to change.

Consider Setting SMART Goals

The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. In other words, a smart goal is a goal that you can accomplish with measurable success. A SMART goal is realistic, relevant, and can be completed on a deadline.

The SMART acronym is used in workplaces to help managers set sensible goals for their teams. You can apply the SMART acronym to your New Year’s Resolution to ensure that you’re settling goals that will continue to make sense to you over the next year.

Examples of Common New Year’s Resolutions

Need help deciding on a New Year’s Resolution? Consider the most common resolutions for 2022, according to Statista.

  • Get more exercise
  • Eat healthier
  • Lose weight
  • Spend more time with people you care about
  • Spend less money
  • Spend less time on social media
  • Reduce stress at work
  • Stop smoking

Resolve to Update Your Homeowner’s Insurance

Another New Year’s Resolution: update your homeowner’s insurance policy. Your homeowner’s insurance helps protect your home from financial liability after a covered disaster. Contact your insurance agent today to review your policy.