I think there are some people in the world who need to set and stick to their New Year’s resolutions more than others. For some people, the turn of the calendar year can be an opportunity for them to start fresh, to get to where they want to be — wherever that may be. My idea of New Year’s resolutions is to continue working hard towards everything I was working towards back in 2019. There are some personal things that I am working towards in relation to school (graduation and future steps), as well as just making sure I get up everyday and ensure I’m being better than the day before. Better person. Better coworker. Better boss. Better coach. Better friend. Just be better everyday.
With a New Year’s resolution it is so easy to fall off the pathway and not follow through with your goal. Sometimes, that is me. This year I want to stick to my New Year’s resolution to start going to a yoga studio to learn about deep breathing and calming techniques. I tend to stress myself out easily, so maybe with going to yoga I can work on finding a happy place during my rough times. Yoga will also force me to leave the comfort of my bed and get active.
I typically don’t like declaring a new habit as a New Year’s resolution because I feel like that mentality doesn’t help the habit stick with me. For the past few months, I’ve made a conscious effort to eat more plant based and use less single-use plastic/garbage. I know that the climate crisis shouldn’t be put on the individual, but I would like to continue lowering my carbon footprint as much as possible in the New Year while still living on a student budget. It isn’t much, but it’s honest work.
My New Year’s resolution this year will be to continue the positive behaviours and trends that I started in 2019. Over the past year, one of the things I’ve been focused on is being more healthy and eating mostly nutritious food that I prepare. As of right now, the change has been really successful and enjoyable for me and I am resolving to stick to my healthy lifestyle plan for the New Year.
Normally I haven’t made any resolutions in the past, but I think managing my time more effectively. I find that I tend to let things pile up and I also like to put off things that I don’t want to do, but I know are better to get done in the long run, like my seminar readings and going to the gym, among a few others. Hopefully I can maintain a more consistent schedule this coming semester. But if not, there’s always next year.
This year I have a lot of resolutions, but to sum it up my main focus is to make stronger, more genuine and more valuable connections with the important people in my personal and professional life. Our years are numbered, so I try to make a conscious effort to make each one count. All you really leave behind is your effect on other people.
I don’t like to make resolutions because it’s always all the more disappointing when you don’t end up completing them; after that small failure, it’s pretty hard to get back up and try to improve yourself. That’s why this year, I’m not going to try and pressure myself to start anything new – instead, I’m just going to focus on the things I already do and know I can do better at. Starting now, even, I intend to work harder at school, at work, at my own hobbies, even in personal relationships, in hopes of ending 2020 as the best version of my current self that I can be.
Like many of us here have already stated, I’m not one to ever make any serious New Year’s resolutions. But I don’t have much of a plan for this summer yet so there’s one! I’d like to do something enjoyable and productive in the summer, whatever that may be. I also recently realized I have a lot of unused stuff back home — mostly shoes that I don’t wear (or haven’t worn) — that would be beneficial, both to get some money back but to also clear space, if I got rid of some. So if you wear a size 11 let me know!
This task is hard for me because I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions maybe because I focus on my family and not on myself most of the time. So for them I resolve to be more present in the moment. I resolve to put down my phone or stop my task to really focus on them. I resolve to make them feel that they are more important than anything else in the world.
My New Year’s resolution is pretty small and specific, as I find it easier to keep that way. It’s also incredibly nerdy and I’m going to sound like a total dork but oh well, here goes. I want to get better at understanding math and statistics. I took college math in grade 11 and stopped after that. As an English major, I don’t have much of an academic incentive to learn but I’d love to learn enough for my head to stop spinning every time someone tries to explain sports analytics to me and zoning out when my roommate tries to explain her accounting homework. It’s a small thing but I think it’s important to keep learning.
By habit, I am tempted to say my New Year’s resolution will be the same thing it is every year: to eat healthier, be a better human, and exercise more. However, none of those things have ever panned out for me, so this year my New Year’s resolution will be that when I make commitments to myself (like a New Year’s resolution) I will make a legitimate effort to achieve them.
I have never really made serious New Year’s resolutions. One thing that I know I’m capable of and would love to do is to work on having better work ethic and time management. The amount of procrastination I do is absolutely ridiculous, constantly leaving things (mostly assignments) to the last minute. My life would be so much less stressful if I would simply manage my time better and do things that I need to do, even if I don’t like to, such as studying.
My New Year’s Resolution is to be more kind to other humans, take significant steps to achieve and maintain my peak physical form and read a ton of books. Kindness does wonders and I’ve learned that over the past year through various experiences. Reading keeps me sane and by ‘a ton of books’ I mean 29 precisely, give or take five. Being a varsity squash player, I’m always pushing myself to be a better athlete and my over all goal is to achieve my prime physical state at the age of 25.
In order to actually keep my New Year’s resolution, I have decided to make it something that I have already started doing. My New Year’s resolution is to take leaps of faith. For a lot of my life I have been too afraid to do things no matter how much I wanted to, but this year I decided to change that by recognizing the fear I have, pushing through it and seeing what comes out of it, good or bad. It’s worked for me so far, so I resolve to carry this into 2020 and hopefully continue to have awesome experiences.