The most popular New Year’s resolutions

The most popular New Year’s resolutions.

Everyone has things about their life they wish were different. At the start of each new day, week, month, or year, you have the opportunity to resolve for change. Millions of people around the world take advantage of the beginning of a new year to make resolutions. They look back at the previous year, see areas that need improving, and set goals to make changes in the year to come.

Are there things in your life that need to change? It’s never too late to make a resolution and take steps to help bring about that change. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, here are a few of the most popular.

Eat Healthier

Maybe you’re overweight, have high blood pressure, or feel tired all the time, so you’ve made it your goal to eat healthier this year. Sometimes the best way to make healthy food choices is by starting small. Choose one food you know you need to give up and replace it with a healthy alternative. Swap out soda for green tea. Stop buying white bread and eat whole wheat instead. Or, keep sweets out of the house and snack on fruit.

Exercise More

For years now, exercise has been at the top of most people’s list of New Year’s resolutions. Weight loss, mental health, and heart health can be powerful motivators to move more. Buy athletic shoes, workout clothes, a fitness tracker, and gym membership, and don’t let them go to waste. Work with your personal trainer to stay motivated and committed to getting in shape.

Spend Less/Save More

You don’t have to live your life beholden to your lender. When you’re tired of living paycheck-to-paycheck with little to no savings and a constant fear of retirement, make a resolution to get your finances under control. If you don’t already have a written budget, sit down and make one. Get on the same page with your spouse. Take a class on how to get out of debt and save for the future. Stop eating out all the time, shopping every weekend, or buying brand new cars. Shop around for the cheapest insurance policies, have a yard sale, and get serious about paying off your debt.

Get Organized

Tired of living in clutter? Embarrassed to have guests over in your mess? Feel like you can’t keep up with your busy schedule? Organization may be at the top of your list of resolutions. An organized home or life won’t happen overnight. While you could organize your home in a matter of days, without change, the clutter will only build back up with a vengeance. Maybe your resolution should be to stop impulse shopping, set aside 15 minutes each day to tidy up, not go to bed until the dishes are done, or keep a consistent calendar.

Spend Time with Loved Ones

What’s really most important? Is it your job, making money, and having a big, fancy house, or is it your family and friends? Make an effort in the coming year to spend quality time with those you love. This may mean setting aside time on your calendar, turning off your cell phone, or cutting other things out of your schedule. Plan family game nights and a family vacation. Go for a walk in the park, stop for ice cream, or catch a movie together. Make a routine of regularly calling family members who live out of town and take time to enjoy those in your life.