For many of us, the start of a new year marks a new beginning and is a chance to reaffirm our goals and create new ones. Everyone’s goals will look slightly different and can be large or small, short-term or long-term. Some people may have places they’d like to visit, careers they’d like to pursue, or people they’d like to spend more time with. While others might want to break negative habits or work on improving their health.
However, research tells us that making resolutions can be the easier part; and that keeping them up throughout the year can prove a lot more tricky. A 2019 YouGov survey found that of the people who made New Year’s resolutions, only 24% of people kept all the promises they made to themselves that year.
Over the years, people have offered various different explanations as to why keeping New Year’s resolutions is so difficult. But one that sticks out is from psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert, who told Business Insider: “It’s easier to drop out or walk away when you set goals or resolutions that are vague. When it’s really detailed and specific, it’s harder to walk away from it.”
Alpert suggested that rather than setting ourselves large, insurmountable goals that have the potential to overwhelm us, we could instead ask ourselves: “What do I need to do this week, what do I need to do over the next month or so, and what do I hope to accomplish over the next several months?”
With this in mind, and with 2022 stretched out ahead of us, we’ve put together a list of 12 New Year’s resolution ideas – one for every month of the year. We’ll also look closer at where New Year’s resolutions came from in the first place, and offer a few tips on how to keep them.