The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a change – use this list of 31 unique New Year’s resolutions ideas to prioritize your self-improvement goals for 2021!
This guide features some amazing ways you can improve your life next year and includes ideas and examples for:
- personal growth
- weight loss
- money management
- and more
Let’s break down each idea as we go so you can see just how easy it is to try something new next year – or even today!
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31 Unique New Year’s Resolutions Ideas for 2021
1. Start a project you’ve always wanted to do
What’s something you’ve always talked about doing but haven’t started yet?
Stop procrastinating and just go for it!
I talked about starting a blog for a few months before I actually went and did it – and when I look back, I wish I would have begun sooner.
There’s truth in that quote – “we only regret the chances we don’t take”.
So make this your year and do something special for yourself!
You’ll be glad you did.
2. Quit the negative self-talk
This is a very difficult habit to break but it can be done!
Start with something simple like a few positive self-affirmations in the mirror each morning and when you catch yourself in the midst of negative self-talk, correct yourself.
It could be something as simple as “I tried my best” or repeating one of those positive self-affirmations.
3. Declutter your home
Clutter makes me crazy, how about you?
Over the past two years, I’ve sold thousands of dollars worth on Facebook Marketplace – it’s my go to resource for cleaning house, literally!
Living more minimally feels good and you can always find what you need when you need it.
There’s also a heck of a lot less housework to do when you stop holding onto things you don’t need.
4. Break a bad habit
This could be something as simple as biting your nails or cursing!
This new years resolution idea has endless possibilites.
Write a plan for how you’ll do it and you’ll be that much more successful in accomplishing your goal.
5. Spend more time with people who make you feel good
Often times, we use the phrase “I’m busy” as an excuse to procrastinate.
You can always make time for the people who matter most – it could be as short as a half hour phone call to a friend or family member who makes you feel good about yourself.
Half hour is just 2% of your day – how are you using the rest of it?
6. Start a self-care routine
This is something so many of us are guilty of – especially moms!
Even if it’s just a 10 minute skincare routine in the evening (less than 1% of your day), make more time to take care of you.
Little steps go a long way!
Related: Self-care routine ideas for moms
7. Spend more time with your kids
As a working mom, it’s often incredibly challenging to manage a career, a household, children, and make time for your spouse.
Make an effort to play more – build a puzzle with your kids, play a video game, or do something else your little one enjoys.
They really do grow up fast and you’ll never get this time back!
8. Learn to say “no”
This is possibly the most liberating new years resolution idea on this list.
Learning to say “yes” only to what you really want will change your life – take it from a former chronic people pleaser.
You’ll be far less stressed out, free up more time in your days, and see other’s true colours a whole lot sooner.
9. Fall in love with a past hobby
Is there something you used to love doing when you were younger? Did you ditch all of your past hobbies once you became a mom?
It’s not too late to get back into it.
For me, that hobby was writing for you, maybe it’s crocheting or yoga!
Have a look at your agenda and see where you can fit an hour in twice a week – that’s a great starting point.
10. Stop saying “I can’t” and start finding reasons why you can
I truly believe that one of our biggest struggles as people is the tendency to find reasons we can’t.
When you shift your mindset and truly begin to believe that you can do anything you put your mind to, your entire world will change.
One of the biggest differences between successful and unsuccessful people is their drive – if you work hard for what you want every single day, you’ll be closer to your end goal at the end of each night.
What would happen if you started today?
11. Cut out processed foods
Learn to read labels and eat more natural foods.
This could be more fresh foods like fruits, veggies, meats, and alternatives or even frozen versions of your favourite things to snack on.
Clear out space in your pantry and avoid buying products with suspicious ingredients – if you can’t pronounce it, maybe you shouldn’t eat it!
12. Be more accountable
Have some regrets? Late for work again? Feel guilty for saying something you shouldn’t have?
This will be one of the most powerful New Year’s resolutions you’ll ever make.
It’s time to make a change and stop making excuses for your excuses.
Others will appreciate your honesty.
13. Discover your heritage
I used to spend hours researching my surname and all of the maiden names of women related to me – I found it so incredible to know exactly what regions everyone came from and loved piecing things together with the stories my Croatian relatives share with me.
Learn more about who you are by searching your surname, asking relatives, and more.
Don’t know where to begin looking into your heritage?
Check out AncestryDNA – it’s a great starting point for learning more about what makes you unique!
14. Spend more time learning
Learn every day!
Knowledge is one of the most powerful tools you’ll ever have and something you’ll keep with you forever.
It could be something as simple as learning a new word every day this new year or even teaching yourself something you thought you’d never be able to understand – like mathematics!
Knowledge builds serious confidence.
15. Spend less time on social media
Did you know that the average person spends 2 and half hours a day on social media?
That’s 75 hours or three days of your month scrolling through social media, yikes!
Cut this bad habit back to just half hour a day and you’ll reap serious rewards – imagine all the time you’ll have to get the things you actually want done!
16. Plan a trip
Have a destination you’ve always wanted to visit?
Start researching it now – everything from things to do to places to stay and even airfare costs.
Planning even the finest details of your dream trip is the difference between doing it someday soon or not at all.
17. Renovate or redecorate your home
Sometimes change is exactly what we need.
The impact of painting a room or redecorating can also have a positive effect on your overall well-being – being in a beautiful surrounding just makes you feel happy!
Set a budget and choose colors that bring you joy – check out my Pinterest home decor board for inspiration.
18. Make more time for your significant other
Even if it’s just being in the same room, make an effort to be present for your spouse.
As a blogger, I have the luxury of bringing my laptop with me to wherever my husband is – if he’s upstairs playing video games, I sit next to him while I work in the evenings.
If he’s watching football downstairs, down I go with my computer and the baby monitor.
It can be hard to make time for one another but trust me, as someone who’s married to a man in the film industry – working 15 plus hour days five days a week – if I can do it, so can you!
19. Stop buying things you don’t need
Buying in excess can lead to whole list of other problems – debt, clutter, and shiny object syndrome, for instance.
It’s time to quit buying more than you need and start focusing on the things you already have!
Learn to repurpose items and ask yourself “do I really need this?” each time you go on a shopping trip – your wallet and living space will thank you!
20. Exercise for 30 minutes a day
Remember how I said that 30 minutes is only 2% of your day?
Exercise is great for more than just weight loss – personally, I use my Peloton for mental clarity more than anything.
Starting my day with a quick spin session is the easiest way to get the creative juices flowing and I find that I’m a lot sharper after I workout.
Add just half hour of physical activity a day into your schedule and see the positive difference it makes in your life!
21. Stop multi-tasking
This is easily one of the most addictive time wasters out there – I used to do it all the time.
When you multi-task, you feel like you’ll get several things accomplished at once but in reality, you’re actually not finishing anything.
Focus on just one task at a time to make sure you give it your best effort and watch your productivity levels soar!
22. Spend less time on your phone
Setting up Screen Time notifications on my iPhone was the best decision I ever made – I was absolutely horrified to see that I averaged 3 and a half hours a day!
Little doses here and there add up quickly so, it’s important to see how you use your time.
Check out the Most Used section on your phone and if it’s a game or an unhealthy addiction to social media, consider removing that app from you phone for a while.
I also found that turning off notifications for all apps besides messages and phone calls had a dramatic impact on my screen time.
23. Step out of your comfort zone
Try something new this year!
Whether it’s getting comfortable with public speaking or dating after years away from this scene.
You owe it to yourself to take on new challenges and experiences.
24. Be more grateful
Stop complaining about the things you don’t have and focus on the ones you do.
There are a ton of people around the world who would trade places with you in an instant.
Your life is what you make it.
25. Learn to let go of what people think
One of my favourite quotes goes like this:
“In the end, people will judge you anyway. Don’t live your life impressing others. Live life impressing yourself.”
And you know what, those people don’t deserve you – do more of what makes you happy and remember that you don’t need someone else’s validation to make your own decisions.
26. Get organized
Learning how to organize your life is the first step in taking control of it!
Invest in an agenda, organize your makeup, clean out your drawers, etc – it all makes a difference.
Once you get to see how you’re spending your time, you’ll have a much clearer idea of how you want your ideal days to look – and I’m pretty sure digging through drawers will not make that list 😛
27. Avoid negative people
Are there people in your life that make you feel bad or guilty every time you’re with them?
You might not be the problem!
Some people choose negativity – they like to gossip and complain but you don’t have to be a part of it.
Avoid making time for these people and replace them with friends and family that make you feel worthy!
28. Find reasons to be happy
Start thinking of reasons to be happy every single day and watch your entire life change.
You’ll focus less on what you don’t have and start appreciating all of the people, things, and memories you do have.
Some days will certainly be more challenging than others but taking the time to appreciate how and that you got this far will change your mindset.
29. Stop bringing your phone to bed
I personally charge my phone in the kitchen!
Set up your overnight charging station away from your bedroom and if you really might have an emergency call in the middle of the night, turn up your ringer.
You’ll sleep better and spend more quality time with your spouse as a result.
30. Listen more
Stop trying to be heard and take the time to hear others more often.
We learn the most when we listen.
31. Love yourself
You are who you are and the most important thing is that you accept that.
You don’t need someone else’s permission to love yourself.
Be honest with yourself about the things you want to improve and make small changes whenever you can – eventually, these things will become a part of your personality.
Acceptance is the first step.
Becoming your ideal self is a journey worth embarking on – overtime, you’ll improve the things you used to struggle with and become an overall happier person.
It all starts with acceptance and setting goals – and a new year is the perfect time to get going!
The 31 best New Year’s resolutions ideas for 2021 include:
- Start a project you’ve always wanted to do
- Ditch negative self-talk
- Declutter your home
- Break a bad habit
- Spend more time with people who make you feel good
- Start a self-care routine
- Spend more time with your kids
- Learn to say “no”
- Fall in love with a past hobby
- Stop saying “I can’t” and start finding reasons why you can
- Cut out processed foods
- Be more accountable
- Discover your heritage
- Spend more time learning
- Spend less time on social media
- Plan a trip
- Renovate or redecorate your home
- Make more time for your significant other
- Stop buying things you don’t need
- Exercise for 30 minutes a day
- Stop multi-tasking
- Spend less time on your phone
- Step out of your comfort zone
- Be more grateful
- Learn to let go of what people think
- Get organized
- Avoid negative people
- Find reasons to be happy
- Stop bringing your phone to bed
- Listen more
- Love yourself
What is your New Year resolution? What goals are you setting this holiday season? How will you make 2021 your best year ever? Share your ideas in the comments below.
Happiest new year, friends!
Blessed mama of a beautiful little girl plus one on the way. I’m a full-time blogger and social media content creator who teaches moms and boss babes how to start an online business. Follow me on social for clever ideas to make money using the platforms you already love!