A List of New Year's Resolutions

Creating a list of New Year's resolutions is much simpler than actually keeping them. Anybody can create a list of goals they'd like to reach. The hard part is doing the work to follow through.

Top 10 List of New Year's Resolutions

  1. Spend more time with family
  2. Lose weight
  3. Stop smoking
  4. Make healthier choices
  5. Sign up for volunteer work
  6. Become more organized
  7. Pursue higher education
  8. Pay off debt
  9. Take more time off from work
  10. Get a better job

The challenge with this batch of resolutions is that they all take a tremendous amount of work and dedication. Think about it: If most people make these same resolutions every year, doesn't it say something about the way we live our lives? The temptation to break these resolutions will come from one of two sources: exhaustion or stress. You may have more success putting these lifestyle-changing goals on the back burner for a year, and focusing on the causes of your debt, busy life or stress.

Set a night of the week to relax. Schedule in regular cleaning times for your home and office. Make a resolution to go to bed an hour earlier, or to get up an hour earlier and tackle projects around your home. Taking control of some small things in your life will greatly reduce your stress and end the exhaustion of constantly running to keep up with demands. With stress and exhaustion under control, you may find that you can tackle some of the tougher resolutions, such as managing debt, quitting smoking or getting more exercise.

Practical Resolutions
Here are some good suggestions for New Year's resolutions that you can actually keep. Add some of these to your list of resolutions, and stick to them even if you have trouble meeting your loftier goals.

  • Help your children with nightly schoolwork
  • Stop in to see the teacher more often
  • Take an interest in your child's outside activities
  • Start "game night" with your family and shut off the television
  • Watch a favorite movie once a month with your spouse
  • Buy a birthday gift for each of your siblings this year
  • Support a family during the holidays
  • Light a candle at church every Sunday
  • Say an extra prayer every night for men and women in the service
  • Read a new book, or several
  • Be a secret Santa all year long for a family in need
  • Work at a soup kitchen
  • Clean your office at least once a week
  • Keep up with your filing
  • Donate monthly to S.A.F.E. House or the Humane Society
  • Consistently buy gas at the gas station that has the lowest-priced gasoline
  • Be more conscious of sales and coupons when grocery shopping
  • Rotate your tires on a regular schedule
  • Test fire alarms regularly and replace batteries at least once a year
  • Learn to knit, crochet or sew
  • Join the local gym
  • Walk every day or at least twice a week
  • Plant a garden
  • Learn to can and preserve your own vegetables and fruits
  • Learn something new
  • Make a scrapbook
  • Organize the photo albums
  • Start and finish a remodeling project
  • Go camping
  • Clean, vacuum, wash and wax your car at least once a month
  • Surprise an old friend with a visit
  • Visit grandparents more often
  • Send greeting cards more often
  • Call loved ones who live far away more often
  • Spend more time with your pets
  • Make dinner for your parents
  • Bake a birthday cake for someone you love
  • Get to know your neighbors
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