I thought I would start by doing a quick internet search to see what was out there, but researching the top 10 best New Year’s resolutions is harder than it sounds.
Wow – 277 million results for the 10 best.
What the heck?
It seems like everyone has an opinion on the 10 best. There are top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for cities and states, countries and cultures; not to mention resolutions for athletes, teachers, artists and yes, even for pets.
I asked people I know for their top 10 resolutions, but couldn’t come up with any clear winners for the top 10 slots. There are many lists of the most common resolutions:
1. Exercise more
2. Lose weight
3. Eat healthier
4. Take up or restart a hobby/activity/skill
5. Quit smoking
6. Find a better life/work balance
8. Save money
9. Get organized
10. Read more books
I don’t want just the mundane… the ‘been there, done that’ resolutions. I want something really cool and totally awesome!
I kept digging into those 277 million and uncovered creative resolutions and resolutions for businesses. There are ‘green’ resolutions; bizarre and truly weird resolutions.
After doing more investigating I discovered even more resolutions. Some of the more interesting are:
Visit 12 state parks this year – one each month
Turn off the TV for a month
Buy 52 cards and send one per week to someone you know
Taste as many unusual foods as possible in the coming year
Learn to text using just your thumbs
Be less of a control freak
Turn off the cell phone at restaurants
Give up plastic or paper bags
Wash and rinse clothes in cold water
Eat and shop local
I thought I would take a break from all the top 10 Best New Year’s Resolution lists and work from the bottom up so to speak.
Maybe I could start by just lopping off the really terrible resolutions; narrow my choices down until I whittled away all but the most incredible, most amazing resolutions I could find.
With that in mind, I looked up the 10 worst New Year’s resolutions:
Another staggering 110 million results!
As I read through the selections, I realized that most articles are just cautionary tales about how hard it is to keep resolutions; mainly because we bite off more than we can chew.
The best advice I found is to start small. You can always ‘up the anty’ as time progresses.
For example, if starting an exercise routine is your New Year’s resolution, then start small by walking or working out at home (or at work). Joining a gym and planning to visit seven days a week at 5 am each morning may be a commitment that is hard to keep over time; especially if you haven’t had a serious exercise routine before. If saving money is a goal, then plan on saving a small amount of the money you make instead of banking your entire paycheck each week. Make sure the goals are realistic for you.
All in all resolutions can be good things if we don’t get too stressed out over them. They help us set goals and remind us to take better care of ourselves and each other.
Give yourself a reward for each success – no matter how big or small, and if you slip-up don’t give up – get right back on track and keep going.