5 Alternatives to New Year's Resolutions - Anne Arundel Moms


Not big into resolutions? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, January 17th has been unofficially dubbed National Ditch Your Resolutions day. So, if by this week you’ve forgotten the new you you’d planned to be, no worries! Here are some alternatives that may stick better for you.


1. Make a Vision Board

There are countless ways you can do this, whether virtual or smack dab on your fridge. Visual representations of goals you’re working towards this year and quotes that will help keep you inspired can help keep you motivated instead of feeling like you’ve botched your year three weeks in. 

2. Write a Gratitude List

What are you grateful for coming into this new year? Compiling a list of everything 2020 granted, despite any hardships, can help position you for traveling into 2021 with a grateful mind and heart. Sounds good to us!

3. Make a Commitment to Someone Else

That’s right – turn your resolution into a commitment to someone you care about. In 2021, I’ll read more books with my preteen. In 2021, I’ll plan more date nights with my husband. In 2021, I’ll call my mother every Saturday. You get the idea. We’re more likely to keep promises we make to other people (even if they don’t know about them.) Bonus fun points: See how long it takes them to notice you’ve created a habit that includes them!

4. Write Your Own Highlight Reel

 Jot down a list or things you’re looking forward to this year. The practice of keeping this list on your fridge can help keep you focused on the next great thing that’s coming. The biggest tip of this one: nothing’s too small and you can keep adding! Going on a hike this Saturday? Write it down! By the end of 2021 you’ll have a long list of things that brought you anticipation and joy all year long. 

5. Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Have you ever done this? Imagine looking back in time to yourself a year ago and being able to remember exactly where you were! The more specific the better in this practice. Thank yourself in advance for all the effort you put into achieving your goals, or give yourself some words of wisdom that you feel your future self may need. You’ll literally be thanking yourself later!

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