10 Realistic 2021 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Get Done
As the world is gearing up for a new year filled with new hopes, we’re here to help you figure out resolutions that are friendly to the times. Given the recent turn of events, everyone is likely to be keeping their guard up and expectations low. This may be a reason why many have decided to forgo their New Year’s resolutions entirely. This doesn’t have to be the case. A New Year would be incomplete without the annual resolutions that come along with it, even if they are abandoned a month into the year. The very process of making up your mind to attain a goal or put an end to a bad habit is deep-rooted in the principle that every year is a new opportunity for you to reinvent yourself.
Here are 10 ‘doable’ New Year’s resolutions you can try out in 2021:
1. Invest in WFH Furniture
Remote working is going to stay even after Covid-19 is gone. As many organizations have realized that operations can be streamlined with ease online—it saves time and money, and even increases productivity as employees don’t have to commute to work daily—they may continue to work from home. If you are planning to work remotely in 2021, the first thing to do is get hold of an ergonomic office chair and a work desk to ensure that your back has all the support it needs. Sitting on the bed for long hours simply will not cut it anymore.
2. Plant an Indoor Garden
As going out is still not entirely safe, the next best thing you can do is bring Mother Nature inside. Indoor plants have numerous science-backed benefits including their ability to improve focus and increase productivity. They can also help eliminate toxins from the air and supply you with pure, fresh oxygen. Additionally, gardening can be a therapeutic activity that can enhance your mood and reduce stress levels.
3. Foster or Adopt a Pet
Pets have been affected across the world. With many pet owners not being able to afford the added daily and medical expenses of pets, many are choosing the painful decision to give up their loyal companions to local animal shelters. If you are looking to do some good and get a furry new friend, then drop by your nearest animal shelter today and think about adopting a pet—who knows, maybe they will help you more than you will help them. Now is the best time to have a pet as you are mostly home and can spend some quality time bonding with your fur baby. If you are not ready for this responsibility yet, you can consider fostering a pet or two until they find their forever home.
4. Do Something New Every Month
Want to learn how to play the guitar? Sign up for online classes. Thinking of giving pottery a try? Do it. How about learning a new language? There’s nothing stopping you. The possibilities are endless, and the only limitations you have are the ones you set for yourself. Let this New Year be filled with new challenges and achievements.
5. Try A “No-screen Cleanse”
Be it work or leisure, our lives revolve around screens since the advent of the Covid-19 crisis. From text messages to memes to news updates, everything happens within our phones, tablets, and laptops. But be mindful that social media distancing is just as important as real-life social distancing. Double-check any information you come across on the internet before sharing it, avoid sharing hate messages, and most importantly, get some away time from your screens every day.
6. Pay off Debts by Spending Less
2020 may have caused you to run into a few financial roadblocks owing to the reduced duty hours, pay cuts, or layoffs. This New Year is the right time to back on track by going on a ‘spending fast’—shop less, save coupons, eat often at home, learn some DIY repair hacks for your house. Pay off at least a small portion of your debts and save the rest for a rainy day.
7. Support Local Stores
Try to support small businesses as much as you can. Buy groceries from your local store, order takeout from nearby restaurants, get gift cards from resident artists, support a loved one’s business initiatives, leave good reviews online, refer them to your friends. Your one purchase will not make any difference to supermarkets or restaurant chains, but will definitely make an impact on a budding entrepreneur struggling to make ends meet in the face of adversity.
8. Work on Yourself
The past year was just a trial run; 2021 is going to be the real deal. Make sure you bring your A-game to the table. Eat healthily, hydrate, exercise regularly, practice meditation, brush up on your career skills, set goals for yourself—the New Year should be able to witness a new you—healthier, happier, more confident, and optimistic.
9. Spread Positivity
Granted that things haven't been great so far. But the vaccine is here and so are brighter days. While waiting for this cloud to blow over, do your part to spread as much positivity as you can with those around you. Watch puppy videos, connect with loved ones over video calls, appreciate the essential workers, practice gratitude. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself either— focus on the little things that bring you joy, smell the coffee, eat that chocolate cake, sing in the shower, smile at yourself in the mirror, be grateful for everything you have in life.
10. Give Back to The Community
Don’t overlook the underprivileged at their greatest hour of need. The aftermath of the pandemic has left countless families across the nation bereft of livelihoods, homes, and even basic necessities like food and clothing. Take the initiative to share a small portion of your good fortune with them through donations, charity drives, or food banks.
These are just a few examples of how this year’s resolutions can take shape. Come up with some of your own as well, based on your revised priorities. Remember to take it slow. You have just come out of a storm; it is okay to take baby steps. The immediate goal is to survive today; so, you can thrive tomorrow.
2021 is already off to a promising start with the rollout of vaccines. Here’s to hoping that brighter days await us as we embark upon this new adventure.
Have a happy and safe New Year!
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