Simple New Year’s Resolutions to Simplify Your Life

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“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul….”

– Gilbert K. Chesterton

Running behind on your New Year’s resolutions this year? Or maybe you’ve already made some, but you’re wondering if you can improve upon them. Either way, these simple New Year’s resolutions are a good addition to your list.

Since they’re simple and require little sacrifice on your part, hopefully, you’ll be able to stick to these. To improve your chances of meeting your goals, choose only half a dozen or so and customize them for your lifestyle.

Simple New Year’s Resolutions: Stuff

Whenever you see an item you don’t use regularly, take a moment to consider whether you need to keep it. If not, out it goes.

Spend more of your discretionary income on experiences than on stuff.

Sign up to get account statements, bills, etc. online instead of by mail.

Simple New Year’s Resolutions: Time

Find at least one activity you do regularly that you can either skip all together or cut back on significantly.

If you don’t have time for something without feeling rushed, say “no.”

Spend less time watching TV and playing on the Internet.

Simple New Year’s Resolutions: Mindset

Take a few minutes each day to be mindful and live in the moment.

Listen to music that makes you feel happy.

Pause a few seconds to enjoy small things, like the taste of coffee or feel of sunshine on your face.

Simple New Year’s Resolutions: Relationships

Get together with a friend you haven’t seen lately.

Compliment friends and family more often (a simple “you look great in that sweater” or “this dinner is delicious.”)

Write love notes to your partner and kids once a week (or more!)

Simple New Year’s Resolutions: Health

Choose one day a week or one meal a day to eat more healthfully.

Don’t sit for more than one hour at a time – set a timer if you need to. Take a quick break of just a minute or two to walk around and stretch.

Choose an everyday item you see often but not constantly and take a deep breath from your belly every time you see it.

Do you have any New Year resolutions you’d like to share?

6 thoughts on “Simple New Year’s Resolutions to Simplify Your Life

  1. You’ve given us plenty to think about, Christy; thanks so much! And all the best to you in this New Year. (and I love G.K.Chesterton, too). ~ Linne

  2. Christy, that is quite a list of resolutions yet not a one would be hard to keep unlike most resolutions. I don’t make resolutions as I tend to make these huge impossible demands on myself then fail. Now I make goals and simply try to make my life a bit better each day.

  3. Hello Christy, You’ve compiled a terrific list for us! I’d add: Perform a random act of kindness on some sort of regular schedule, perhaps once a week.
    Wishing you and all a great New Year!

    • Great idea! I’ve mentioned before how surprised strangers are when I do them the tiniest kindness – I think this should be common enough that people aren’t taken aback by it.

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