Even though it’s the dead of winter, New Years is the ideal time for new beginnings! New Year’s resolutions are exciting, but the question is: what resolution is right for you? Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint what exactly needs to be done in your life to have a personal revolution. But why do New Year’s resolutions have to have such high stakes? If you’re looking for some change with the new year, but not a drastic plan of evolution, consider some of these simple but effective resolutions.
Read More Books
I used to be an avid reader when I was in grade school. I was absolutely obsessed with several different book series. I really love reading, but so many things get in the way. Usually, I make the excuse of not having enough time on my hands, but I can’t really say that when I’m filling it with Netflix and Youtube videos. I think reading one book a month is a good goal to start off with. I’m taking recommendations now! If you’re a blogger (or any type of creative) I would highly recommend Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. You can read my review here.
Try Something New
I think this is a pretty common resolution for people. Trying to expand your horizons with something new every month, or every week, or every day is an admirable goal. I think we can simplify this just by changing our mindset towards new things. Teach yourself to be more open about trying different things and look forward to change in your life.
This is probably the #1 resolution for many people, but it’s probably the #1 failure as well. Instead of sticking to a rigorous diet or exercise regime, commit to simply adaptive your daily routine and habits. Hardcore changes in lifestyle almost always fail, so just make yourself more open to healthier options. Start by drinking more water!
Brainstorm some ways that you can cut back. Try to take shorter showers or not charge your phone for longer than you need to. Throw away or give away things that you don’t have a use for or a place to store. It always feels good to know that your are playing a little part in cutting back on waste.
Pick a Word
I’m a fan of picking a word for a particular season of life I’m going through. What better time to start a new season than New Years? I am in the habit of picking one word to let go of for the year as well. You can read about my focus words for the last season of my life here. I have found that picking these words have given me something to cling to when my mind and energies are spent elsewhere. How much simpler can you get than one word?
Go to bed earlier
This happens to be a particular favorite of mine! I love being in a routine that gets enough sleep with a quiet evening at home. Who couldn’t benefit from waking up earlier and feeling more rested? If I had my way, I would be in bed by 10:30pm every night, however, this isn’t always possible for full-time students. I think turning out the lights before midnight with a good half hour of quiet time beforehand is a good alternative.
Read the Bible More
A New Year is a new opportunity to get into the Word more! Start this year by making a commitment to spend more time with God, and the best way to do that is to read more of the Bible. Some other things you can do to have a more rewarding quiet time is journaling, drawing, listening to or playing music, and reflecting on what you’ve learned. I even have a post about how getting into the practice of reading your Bible can make you a better student.
The Honors Program at my college has instilled in me the benefit of reflection. This is totally up for interpretation. Maybe you would like to keep a journal, or draw your life, or start a blog. 2017 is a great year to start a blog! Either way, putting your thoughts into words has always been a beneficial practice for me, especially through this blog. You’ve got thoughts and feelings that mean something, why not share with others?
Sometimes friendliness means going above and beyond what you would normally do as a friend or acquaintance. Support others and be more open minded. Be more generous, more encouraging, or more willing to help out. It doesn’t hurt to be kind!