The odds are not in our favor. Even with the best intentions, four out of five people give up on their New Year, New Me! resolutions. If you are feeling like you’ve already failed at whatever you had set out for yourself in this new year, we’re here to tell you how you can still turn around your new year. This post has been updated for 2021.
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I’ve been looking forward to the new year for many months. Haven’t we all? 2020 was rough.
While I realize things won’t magically change with the turn of the calendar page, I am always up for a fresh, new start. New beginnings, a new focus, keep moving my story forward in a new way. Bring on the new year!
It’s important for me to keep my resolutions small and attainable. I work day-by-day and week-by-week toward a larger goal for the year. If you’re interested in my personal resolutions, definitely listen to episode 12 of our podcast.
Related: Setting Realistic Goals
Get Inspired by Small Changes
The smallest change is a change and that’s why we’ve come up with a very doable list of things you can do today to turn your new year around. Maybe something from this list will inspire you to make bigger changes or ones that last.
Start taking a multi-vitamin: Most women are vitamin deficient. I have my blood drawn yearly to check my levels and I am consistently vitamin D and vitamin B-12 deficient. Additionally, studies show that COVID-19 is worse for patients who are vitamin D deficient. Find a quality multi-vitamin and check with your doctor on how much vitamin D you should be taking daily.
Clean your makeup brushes and throw away any expired products: I am embarrassed at how long I will let my makeup brushes and sponges go before I clean them. It always feels like an arduous task and it never is. As for your beauty products, they have a shelf life. This article is a good reference on how long your products will last before it’s time to replace the.
Click play on the video below to see how to clean your makeup sponges and Beauty Blender sponges with simple soap and water.
Organize your closet: A good rule of thumb is to donate everything that you haven’t worn in a year. But, keep in mind though that 2020 was an exceptional year and there were a lot of sweat pants worn. Weed out what hasn’t been worn in two years and get rid of it.
Most organizations are currently accepting donations. See our post where to get rid of your unwanted items.
Charge your Apple Watch or Fit Bit: I would absolutely use my Apple Watch to measure my steps or check my heart rate if the devices was actually charged. You might too.
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Are You Busy or Disorganized?
Buy a new planner and make a huge to-do list: Megan is a huge planner fan. We’re talking reformed planner sticker addict, mega to-do lists and so on. I prefer to keep my schedule handy using Google Calendar. Whatever the method, get yourself something to organize your days and weeks.
Now, let’s talk about to-do lists. Megan thrives on a to-do list that she can check off as she completes each task. It’s a great motivator. For me, to-do lists overwhelm me. I like to keep it simple with a few must-do tasks and then keep the day open so this way I don’t feel like I’m serving everyone or everything else besides myself.
Six Tasks to Start Today for Success
These suggestions are too overwhelming, right? Even the smallest steps can give your forward momentum in turning things around. We’ve got six more small changes with big impact.
Drink a lot more water: I remember learning that I should drink half my weight (lbs) in water (oz.) per day. That’s a lot of water and getting in all those ounces is my Everest.
I do love a double wall tumbler with a large straw. These insulated tumblers are my favorites from Amazon $18.99!
Buy a new workout outfit or new tennis shoes: Yes, new things like tennis shoes or active wear can make you feel more motivated. I recently bought a good pair of walking shoes (because I am 100 years old) but, I’ll tell you, I get pretty dang excited when I pull those shoes out of my newly organized closet.
Set up a new self-care routine: What does self-care mean to you? Decide if it’s meditation, listening to a new podcast, deleting all your social media, finding some alone time, taking a nightly bath, going out for a daily walk, using a new face cream, setting aside a few extra minutes to exfoliate or floss. It can be all of these things or just one. Create some time for yourself to take care of you.
Small Steps, Forward Momentum
Get your car cleaned inside and out: I’m a mess when my spaces are a mess. Washing your car, vacuuming all the crumbs, and cleaning out the trash is an easy way to grab control of things that are a reflection of who you are. Slick and shiny feels good.
Delete all unwanted emails: Truth? I’m looking at more that 12,000 unread emails in my email account. It’s all junk. If it was something important, someone would have called or texted me. Just delete all those emails. It’s ok.
Prioritize breakfast: It takes minutes to cook an egg or microwave some oatmeal. The point is, eat something.
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