We do it every year. We make a huge declaration of all the New Year’s resolutions we are going to made, and stick to. However, according to Entrepreneur, “A lot of people have great resolution ideas to achieve their goals, like automatic bank transfers for saving money and a new smartwatch to help with weight loss. However, statistics show that only 9.2 percent of people ever achieve their New Year's resolutions and break free from their bad habits.”
Let’s look at the top 5 most common New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 based on previous years, and see if any of yours are on this list.
5. Read More
One of the many reasons reading is so high on the scale of New Year Resolutions is because reading is touted as being critical for success. Bustle eve has an article “Why Your New Year's Resolution Should Be To Read A Book Every Single Month”. and that “…reading actually makes you nicer. Or, at least, a better listener (unless you’re reading while someone is talking to you) and more empathetic. A 2006 study by York University found that readers tend to have a greater capacity for empathy than non-readers, in part because readers spend so much time immersed in the stories and experiences of others. Empathy is definitely something we could all use a lot more of in the world today.”
Getting more sleep, work/life balance, and meditation are high on peoples lists. According to Bustle, “Make a resolution to actually schedule time for yourself this year, just as you would a meeting or event. Creating tangible reminders like calendar invites, or phone alerts may help you make moments for self-care a more regular part of your daily routine.”
3. Save Money
Spending less, and saving more is in the top 3 for those making that financially based resolutions. According to GoBankingRates, “When it comes to personal finances, getting out of debt is a big focus for many Americans. In fact, it’s their biggest source of financial stress…”
2. Get More Exercise
Getting more (or any) exercise is a constant uphill battle. It’s so easy to get excited for a “new lease on life” come the new year, but it’s just as easy to get off track. According to this article, “When you consider that gyms are inundated in January year after year, this is a truly amazing stat: 80 percent who joined a gym in January 2012 quit within five months.”
1. Eat Healthier
This should come as no surprise to anyone. Without the abundance of diet tracking apps, diet trends, and our general obsession with food, eating less, and eating healthier is at the top of the list. The Keto diet is one of the most popular diet trends today. As far as diet tracking apps, MyFitnessPal is one of the most utilized when it comes to keeping tabs on what you are eating.