Best New Year's Resolution Ideas


Do you remember making a wish on New Year’s Eve while listening to the peal of the bells? “This year I will definitely achieve my goal”. Sound familiar? It’s a typical plan for a brand new life in the new year. But there are two types of dreamers: the ones who just dream and the ones who turn their dreams into goals and go after them. Let’s see what New Year goals we can set on this magical night. But making a New Year's resolution list is only the starting point – you also need to understand how to keep new year's resolutions and make those dreams come true. We’ve been trying to write a list of the best New Year’s resolution ideas and we hope our guide and template will make your journey to reaching your goals more engaging. Let’s go! We’ve prepared this New Year’s resolution template to make it easier for you to achieve your goals.

Top 45 New Year Goals

Here’s a list of what people most commonly aim for with New Year’s resolutions. How many of your goals are here?

  1. Lose weight. It’s time to say goodbye to fast food and go to a gym or fitness training! Stay fit and healthy in the new year.
  2. Lose those bad habits. Stop smoking, biting your nails, or swearing. There’s no room for bad habits in the new year.
  3. Quit the job you hate or change something you don’t like about it. Every job should have some pleasure, and a great way to start the new year would be to make your routine more interesting.
  4. Make self-development second nature. Sign up for a course, attend a public lecture, start following a YouTube channel about a topic that interests you.
  5. Spend more time with your family and friends. Phone calls and Skype conversations are not the answer. Visit your family members more often. It’s always nice to talk to family or to play with their kids. New Year is the best time to start.
  6. Take more pictures. As the New Year approaches, more streets and houses are decorated with fairy lights, lanterns, and mistletoe. It’s hard to think of a better time to go outside with a camera. You can print photos later or create a new year’s album on your computer. You don’t have to waste time organizing those pictures, eather. Movavi Photo Manager makes it easy to categorize all the photos on your computer.
  7. Stop worrying about little things and taking everything personally. Christmas and New Year’s are not the time for worrying. Sometimes the best way to respite from the everyday rush and enjoy the holidays is just about keeping yourself calm.
  8. Travel more. Stop dreaming about visiting new places – just go for it! Spend an amazing week in Paris, learn Zen practice in Nepal, or dive with sharks in the Mediterranean. The world is your oyster.
  9. Move to a new city or house. If you are tired of your apartment or the whole city you live in, it’s not too late to change it. Live in a place you love, not in one you’re no longer attracted to.
  10. Learn a new language. It is not just one of the best hobbies you can have but also the perfect way to get to know the locals and learn something new about the culture of the country.
  11. Learn how to play a musical instrument. You can impress your family and friends when everyone gets together and organize home concerts. Plus it’s an opportunity to play famous music yourself.
  12. Save money. That cup of coffee from Starbucks was just too much! It’s better to stop spending money on things you don’t really need, like scented candles from IKEA, unnecessary dish sets and other stuff.
  13. Stop being late. Work on your timing and you’ll become more organized, not to mention show some respect to other people. It gets very annoying when someone consistently keeps you waiting.
  14. Be kind to the environment. It is not only about preserving resources for the next generation but about awareness of today’s environmental problems. The best way to care is to start with a small step. For example, everyone can turn the water off while cleaning their teeth or washing their face.
  15. Replace social media with real life. Have you noticed that you use every spare minute to check Facebook notifications or scroll through Instagram? It’s much healthier to spend time with friends and family than tap ‘like’ on their social media posts. No digital communication can togive you real closeness with the ones you love.
  16. Make your home comfortable. At the end of the year, it’s a great feeling to throw out everything you don’t need and have a big clean. Move furniture to different positions, change out the curtains, add some original decorations like paintings and candles. Buy flowers. Add more light with task lamps.
  17. Create a mood board. A great way to gather all your dreams and ambitions is to put them right in front of you. Print pictures of places you want to visit, a job you want to get or a house you want to move into on a board. You can add photos with family and friends or just use images you like to create a special mood in your room.
  18. Read more. It’s simple. If you think that you don’t have enough time for it, start with15-20 minutes every day and just keep adding more. Just imagine: sitting on a sofa with your favorite book while drinking cappuccino on a rainy evening… Sounds perfect.
  19. Create a ‘to-do’ list and check it every day. Time management is trending right now, so you can find many tips on the internet. Buy a notebook and write down your everyday activities as you try to accomplish everything you’ve planned. Start off on the right foot with your New Year’s resolution list.
  20. Be nicer to others. This advice works for everyone: relatives, friends, couples, and colleagues. Maybe one key to a good relationship is to be more patient? It is always possible to say ‘no’ or be more gentle. Remember what it feels like when someone is impolite to you.
  21. Adopt a pet. The best way to become more responsible is to get a pet you have to care for. There are so many animals looking for food and a roof their heads. Giving a home to one is a great step to become a better person.
  22. Renovate your apartment. If you were waiting for the right moment to redecorate the flat, this is it.
  23. Stop taking on loans and living on credit. Why do people make themselves live on credit? It is hard to find a way out when you’re always getting into debt. Try to save more money and pay down those debts.
  24. Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier. Staying up late does you no good. Get a good night’s rest after a hard day by going to bed before midnight. What’s more, by waking up earlier in the morning, you will have more time to check off those resolutions!
  25. Find the love of your life. Forever Alone is not something you want to take into a new year!
  26. Overcome a fear. It may sound easy but it’s hard to do. Small steps will help you fight your inner demons.
  27. Learn to cook. How long are you going to eat ready-made meals or spend money you don’t have on food delivery? Start making your favorite dishes yourself. Just try, it realy is achievable.
  28. Stop eating right before bedtime. Seriously. Just stop.
  29. Find time for a hobby. You should spend more time on something you’re keen on, right? Try get your daily tasks out of the way faster so you have some time for activities you are really interested in.
  30. Try a new look. The new year is a great time to get more creative and bring all your cool style ideas to life. It’s not just teens who experiment with their appearance. Color your hair, change your wardrobe, put on different makeup on, get that piercing or tattoo you’ve been dreaming of for a long time.
  31. Make new friends. It’s never easy to find a true friend but you won’t get anywhere unless you start communicating with someone you always wanted to get to know. Perhaps, he or she is just who you’ve been looking for.
  32. Try to do something new every day. Take a different route home after work, cook a different breakfast, put on the radio in the evening or take a walk to your favorite coffee shop.
  33. Make friends with someone you fell out with. Sometimes it’s worthy getting back together, so don’t miss a unique chance. Who knows, it could make you both happy.
  34. Break a dumb stereotype about yourself. It’s a common mistake to put labels on other people. If everyone thinks you don’t like superheroes, put your favorite Superman costume on at a party! They assume you’re not funny? Tell a hilarious joke and make everyone laugh. Surprise someone every day!
  35. Change something about your character. If you have always thought you should be more polite, patient or careful, now’s the time to try. Changing behavior in everyday situations could lead to interesting opportunities.
  36. Love yourself more. Why have you always thought that doing something for yourself makes you selfish? It’s not true! Take a relaxing bath in the evening, watch a favorite movie, read a book, or buy something you’ve wanted for a long time.
  37. Take part in charity activities. Help at an animal shelter, give money to a charitable organization, donate clothes you don’t need to homeless shelter. Take care of those who can’t take care of themselves.
  38. Tell people close to you that you love them more often than once a year at birthday parties. Everyone wants to hear that someone cares about them. Just tell them, it’s not that hard.
  39. Do something crazy, or unusual. Maybe you’ve always wanted to go skydiving or practice base jumping – it’s the perfect time to start!
  40. Pass your driving test or buy a car. It’s a great way to be proud of another achievement and make traveling easier.
  41. Pay more attention to your health. It’s impossible to work, meet friends, travel, and even enjoy a decent rest when you’re ill. Try to take more care of yourself. Good health is the most important thing we have.
  42. Stop focusing on all those little things that could go wrong, and you’ll do a lot less worrying.
  43. Don’t let other people’s opinions get you down. Remember: the most important thing is to treat yourself well and forget about the naysayers.
  44. Stop gossiping. It’s not nice to discuss and judge other people’s lives behind their backs.
  45. Enjoy life. The most precious advice you can give yourself in the new year.

10 Steps How to Keep New Year's Resolutions

  1. Set only realistic goals. Perhaps, a trip to space will always be your biggest dream, but think about how realistic this goal is for you. But in the right circumstances, anything is possible. You just need to act and work hard.
  2. Don’t set too many goals. Slow and steady wins the race. You should finish one task first before you start another. You’ll never achieve everything you want if you’re trying to cope with all the challenges at once. Just take small steps and you will succeed.
  3. Consider all the pros and cons. Ask yourself: ‘What if...“. For example, if you want to quit a job, it’s better not to do it on January 1st. It’s better to think about what you want to get from a new job and how you will pay the rent in a meantime. The same goes for other goals: if you want to lose weight, don’t starve yourself, for example.
  4. Decide what action plan and resources you need. First of all, try to understand what actions you need to take to cope with the challenge. Make a list of the things you need to do. In order to accomplish certain tasks, we often need specific resources – for example, you need money to go on a vacation. Earning money is another subgoal.
  5. Set realistic due dates. You likely won’t play a musical instrument like a pro after an hour of learning. Decide, how much time you need to achieve your goal and keep in mind unexpected things may arise. Perhaps it’s a good idea to divide your timeline into smaller pieces and aim for every subtask in turn.
  6. Try to do something every day. You’ll probably never read “Moby Dick” in one day, so don’t even try. But if you read a chapter or even just a page every day, sooner or later you will get through it. Finding it hard to learn a new language? Learn one new word every day.
  7. Fight laziness. We often give up because we get tired or lazy. You have to create a timeline and make daily work on your dream a habit. Just one missed workout can lead to months of procrastination. It’s important to make yourself do something even if you don’t want to (but without harming your health, of course.)
  8. Conquer a fear. There are lots of tasks that seem unrealistic to achieve. But don’t give up – everything is possible. Did you just fail at an exam or job interview? Analyze your performance and vow not to make the same mistakes again.
  9. Find support. Sometimes we can’t move on without the support of others. Share why this goal is so important to you and ask them to support you. You can also find like-minded groups on the Internet. But even if you can’t find anyone to support you, don’t give up! The best motivator is you, so keep moving towards your goal, whatever it takes.
  10. Don’t postpone it off. Yesterday you said “tomorrow”? So just do it!

New Year's Resolution Template

We’ve created several samples of free templates for you to more easily set and keep important goals. You can print it out and write everything by hand or use Movavi Photo Editor and type in the information. Each template has a simple form so it’s easy for you to follow the guide and work towards making all your dreams come true.

1. 365-Day Template

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This template is perfect for those who want to do something every day: exercise, something new, learn, etc. It’s also great for those who want to keep moving towards their goal.

2. Template for New Year’s Resolution List

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This option is perfect for those who want to turn New Year’s resolutions into a game. Have everyone write down their New Year promises down. The paper it’s written on becomes a kind of motivational tool for making your dreams come true. You can put it in a time capsule and wait for the next New Year’s party to find out who achieved their dream.

3. Template to Guarantee and Achievement

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You may need a template like this to remember why you set the goal in the first place. Write down exactly what you need to achieve, create a task list and set a due date. This will help you to remember what you need to do to make your dream come true.

Play around with these templates to find the right mix that will help you achieve at least something this year! Good luck and we wish you success in reaching your goals!

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