Your Guide to Great New Year’s Resolutions

  • December 28, 2015

New Year's ResolutionsWell, another year is almost in the books: That means it’s time to whip up some 2016 New Year’s Resolutions! New Year’s resolutions are a tradition that can lead to real, tangible improvement, but only when they’re reasonable and well thought-out. Here, we’ll help you create your success benchmarks for 2016 while also highlighting some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.

Top Resolutions

The pollsters and market analysts at Nielsen1 identified the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in 2015:

  1. Stay fit and healthy
  2. Lose weight
  3. Enjoy life to the fullest
  4. Spend less, save more
  5. Spend more time with family and friends
  6. Get organized
  7. No resolutions
  8. Learn something new
  9. Travel more
  10. Read more

New Year’s resolutions are a very personal thing, but when you look at the data it’s clear that some common themes emerge: health, wellness, personal improvement, and quality of life. That makes sense, but what if one of the 10 resolutions above isn’t quite what you’re looking for? Then it’s time to create your own!

Tips for Creating Your Resolutions

Creating a New Year’s resolution, or a list of them, isn’t as easy as it seems. Simply writing down things you see yourself ideally doing isn’t a guarantee that you’ll succeed in those resolutions. To make a crucial point, the same Nielsen study noted that while 43% of Americans planned to lose weight in 2014, 76% said they didn’t make any effort to do so. That’s a lot of failed resolutions!

Adequately prepping your resolutions is the key. Here are four tips to create realistic 2016 resolutions:

  1. Be reasonable: Rome wasn’t built in a day. When creating your New Year’s Resolutions, make sure your goal is reasonable. To provide an example, if you’re looking to save money, start by trimming down your expenditures and setting aside a portion of each paycheck rather than completely shutting yourself off from spending.
  2. Be specific: Similarly, it’s important that your resolutions are measurable and specific. If you’re looking to lose weight, for example, try starting with a resolution to lose 5 pounds a month. That’s more measurable than simply “I want to lose weight his year,” meaning you’ll be able to hold yourself more accountable.
  3. Be informed: Don’t jump headlong in to any new lifestyle change; that’s a recipe for burnout and failure. Instead, research what you’re looking to improve about your life. If you’re looking to go back to school and earn a degree, for example, take time before the New Year to research your options so you find a good fit for your personality, schedule and end goal.
  4. Be social: Everything is more fun with friends! See if any of your loved ones or close friends are interested in tackling a New Year’s Resolution with you. By working together, you’ll keep each other accountable for the resolution in the coming year.
Enjoy the Holiday

From everyone at Colorado Technical University, have a happy and safe New Year’s holiday. What were some of your best memories of 2015? Let us know your personal favorites in the comments below.

Are you considering going back to school in the New Year? Colorado Technical University has rigorous degree programs across a number of disciplines.

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