35+ New year’s resolution ideas to inspire you

While some of us are already to jump into 2021 and pretend 2020 didn’t happen (even with constant reminders cough cough masks), others might need a gentle push to get onboard. Here are a few New Year Resolution ideas for the year 2021.

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It might be quite literal this time when we say that “we can’t wait for the year to be over”. Seriously 2020, move over already. Despite having 2020 throwing a serious curveball over my plans, I am hopeful about my new year resolutions. And I really hope you are too!


New year’s resolution ideas to inspire you!

And those of you who do not want to wait for the New year’s eve to changing yourself, why don’t you start right now?

Wear masks

Well, just because it is a new year, it doesn’t mean we should be done away with common sense. So wear your masks when you are in public. In fact, I am gonna continue doing this when am having a cold flu, even after the pandemic goes away.

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Get into shape

Getting into shape or getting some exercise is one of the top new year resolutions year after year. Maybe we all need it after a year of cooping inside our houses, don’t we?

Eat healthy

Include fruits and vegetables into your meal at least once in a day. And it may not be a big production, here are some healthy ways to do that.

Take the stairs

Quickly burn a couple of calories by avoiding the elevator and climbing the steps. Studies say that this simple exercise gives you an energy boost of a caffeine drink.

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Meditate more

Manage your stress level and keep yourself calmer and in the “now” with meditation. Even if you are not religious, take a class or use an app to guide through the process.

Give yourself compliments

Be nicer to yourself and we all deserve it after the rough couple months we have had. A small “great job” or “I am good enough” could go a long way into making your daily life better.

Quit negative self talk

One more step in loving ourselves is avoiding spurring negativity onto ourselves. Avoid using “can’t” and self sabotaging yourself. All the constant worrying and doubts breed more negativity than you need. Make 2021 a positive year for you.

Get some quality sleep

About 62% of the adults worldwide are not getting enough sleep. Even though the science is clear on the correlation between higher productivity and quality sleep, we rarely get them. Prioritize sleep by making it your one of your new year resolutions.

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Stop taking phone to bed

Talking about quality sleep, avoid taking your phone to your bed. Late night scrolling and binging on videos are a major factor in keeping us awake.

Learn to say no to things

Quite often we find ourselves committing to things and events that we no longer are interested in. And that includes people too. So start by saying no to every time sucking activity that don’t add value to you.

Be more punctual

Or even better, try being a few minutes earlier to your appointments. It goes a long way in making a great first impression. And if you are someone who is always rushing behind your schedule and to do lists, this would be a great start.

Wake up earlier each day

Waking up early in the morning has some amazing benefits. Even if you are a night owl, try to get up at least 20 minutes earlier than what you normally do and feel a sense of achievement and control throughout the day.

Learn a new language

Keep yourself and your brain active by learning a new language this year. With the job markets being crazy, who knows when that might help you?

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Read more

One can never read too many books right? Yes, join us in the yearly reading challenges. And if you are a non regular reader, try to squeeze in a bit of reading in your daily lives. You can start from here.

Quit reading bad books

This one is mainly directed for myself. I have a terrible case of seeing every book to the end, even if I don’t enjoy them at all. Who else is with me?

Life is too short to read bad books. If you are not enjoying a particular book or if it doesn’t interest you anymore, it is okay to DNF or Did not finish for the uninitiated.

Create something

How about spending 30 minutes each day to create something? Take a photograph or learn calligraphy. If you are not an crafty person, spending a few minutes every on a creative project would help you ward of boredom. Who knows, you might find a new hobby!

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Be more active

Another thing to thank 2020 for is the work from home and lesser commute. But seriously it may have tied to our couch or the work desk most of the day. So a great New Year’s resolution idea would to be more physically active in general.

Spend less time on social media

Now this sounds like a cliché of New year’s resolutions. But it is so important that even Mark Zuckerberg considered doing it.

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But as bloggers and creators, social media is part of our daily job and it plays a significant part in our job. While we can’t do away with it, we can control the number of hours we spend on incessant scrolling. Here are our top tips in balancing social media and our online jobs.

End the procrastination

Don’t we all have that one thing that we are supposed to do now but here we are reading this article about New Year’s resolution ideas? Or usually end up on Youtbe or Reddit?

Oh just me!

But if you have a problem with procrastination (trust me, I do) this year we can all try to chuck that monster out of our lives. What say? Let’s get things done!

Start a self care routine

We all deserve a bit of TLC now and then. A simple skincare regimen can make your day more satisfied.

Young or old, it is never too late to start a daily, weekly or monthly self care routines. Start working on things that would make you feel happier to put up a routine for yourself.

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Be less passive

Going with the flow might work for many but one of my New Year’s resolution is going to be to be involved and taking control. Stop being passive to life’s turns but be more proactive and take charge of them.

Create a cleaning schedule

Are you one of those people who spend tidying up their place every time someone might drop in? That has to change because you are a grown up and you might want to live in a clean place.

This year create a simple cleaning schedule that will not overwhelm you and you will stick to. Stop living in a sty!

Reduce your multitasking

One of the lies that we tell ourselves is that we can multi-task and end up half-assing everything. It definitely is not adding to your productivity but adding to your stress and anxiety.

Promise yourself that you will reduce multitasking and focus on one thing at a time.

More New year’s resolution ideas

If these resolutions didn’t suit your fancy, then here are more New Year’s resolution ideas for you to choose from.

  1. Start journaling your days.
  2. Reduce alcohol.
  3. Volunteer more.
  4. Save first and then spend.
  5. Cook at least one new recipe every week.
  6. Face your fears/insecurities.
  7. Spend less time on watching TV.
  8. Quit smoking.
  9. Build a budget.
  10. Track your expenses.
  11. Drink more water every day.
  12. Consider therapy.
  13. Listen to more audiobooks when avoid monotony.
  14. Take more baths.
  15. Use your favorite candles. Do not hold them for “some day”.

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Let’s talk

Do you do resolutions anymore? Are any of yours on my New Year’s resolution ideas list? Which are your favorites? Let us chat.


    • Gayathri

      Looking forward to seeing your list!

  1. Tessa

    Totally with you about bad books. Unfortunately, the ones I find are not to my liking are usually blog tour books and I feel like I owe it to the organizer to see it through. I’m working on being more discriminating with the books I agree to do for blog tours.

    • Gayathri

      And that’s one of the reasons I rarely do blog tours.

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    These are such great goals/resolutions! Some simply don’t apply to me (I don’t drink or smoke, I am very rarely ever on social media) but some are ones that I really need/want to take to heart. More veggies, more activity, less procrastinating… raises my hand All things I need to work on. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Gayathri

      I am glad you enjoyed this post!


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Gayathri has been reviewing books since 2010. When she is not reading books or creating online content, she works as a writer and a digital marketer. Head over to meet me!