I’ve never really been one to make New Year’s resolutions. As far as I’ve seen throughout my life, people rarely complete their yearly resolutions. They set unrealistic goals and most end up giving up on halfway through January. Last year, however, my mindset on New Years resolutions was changed when my sister told me that she would be doing monthly resolutions instead of a singular yearly resolution.
Hi everyone! I hope your holiday season is going well! Since it is so close to the New Year, (which is crazy, this year went by so fast!) I’ve been thinking all about resolutions. I think they’re a great tradition, it is just sad that so many people set themselves up for failure with their resolutions. Honestly, the only person who I’ve ever seen succeed with any New Years resolutions is my sister, Lauren. Last year she chose to veer away from the traditional route, and instead of doing a yearly resolution, she did a bunch of awesome monthly resolutions. If you’re intrigued by the idea of actually following through with your New Year’s resolutions, keep reading. 🙂
What is a monthly resolution?
Monthly resolutions are where you make one specific resolution for each month of the year rather than making one huge resolution for the entire year. Splitting goals up into smaller increments can make them much easier to conquer, considering that you only have to do each resolution for one month. Easy peasy, right?
Why should I do it?
It is much more beneficial to do monthly resolutions for many reasons. Firstly, you will get the chance to try multiple resolutions rather than just one. Secondly, you are much less likely to give up on a resolution if you’re only doing it for a month. Thirdly, you’re much more likely to integrating the lifestyle changes into your every day life if you succeed at a goal, rather than quitting over and over for the course of a year. For example, if your yearly resolution was something like “work out more” instead of doing that resolution, you could set certain monthly resolutions that would help you to actually meet your goals. For January you could say “do 10 pushups everyday” and for February you could do something like “go to the gym at least once a week.” The monthly resolutions will ultimately get you closer to actually meeting your goals for your resolutions.
How do they work?
Like I said earlier, I learned about monthly resolutions from my sister. Compared to people who did yearly resolutions, I saw her accomplish much more. She picked a small resolution that she knew she could handle for each month, and she accomplished most of them. For your monthly resolutions, you can either make you own list, or go by a list that someone else creates, like the one I have below.
List of monthly resolutions
January: no caffeine
February: go vegan/ vegetarian
March: read at least 3 books (not including textbooks)
April: deep clean your closet (donate clothing/ shoes that you haven’t worn in 6 months)
May: exercise at least 3 times a week
June: don’t use any heat on your hair
July: wear spf every time you go outside
August: put $5 in your savings every week
September: volunteer at least twice (pet shelter, homeless shelter, nursing home, etc.)
October: go out with friends at least once a week
November: write down at least 3 things you are grateful for every day
December: Have at least one mental health day a week
I hope you all enjoyed this post! If you plan on participating in doing monthly resolutions or have any thoughts about the concept, let me know in the comments below! I hope you all have the most amazing New Year celebrations!
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