Starting the New Year in a New Way

Meghan Tuzzolino, Columnist

When most people make a New Year’s resolution, it usually consists of broad goals such as getting in shape, finding a new job, or trying to donate more to charity. However, the reality is that the majority of resolutions are usually abandoned within a short period of time. This can be mostly due to the difficulty and non-specificness of the objective. Instead, if you choose to just do something new, no matter what it is, it would ultimately be much easier to accomplish. Although it may seem silly, something as small as going to a new restaurant and trying a new food or talking to someone new is a great addition to your routine. This can also make you think about that last time you tried something new. This was the goal for Ethan Bryan, whose New Year’s resolution is to play catch with someone new everyday in 2018, according to Inside Edition. It’s something simple, but still great. Not only is it fun, but it also can get you to break out of the bubble of your everyday routine.

Although the new year is usually associated with a new goal, it doesn’t always have to be. Instead of waiting until the new year to change your lifestyle, try doing it as soon as possible. Research from NBC has shown that this not only teaches people to not procrastinate by helping to complete your goals sooner but also teaches them determination; combined, these things help you accomplish more. If time periods help you keep your goals on track, try accomplishing it within a week or a month, and then starting a new goal. This can also help with the typical New Year’s resolution. Instead of making your goal to get in shape, instead, try to eat one healthy food a day or go to the gym twice a week. This won’t be as intimidating, and you will be more likely to stick with your resolution. So the next time you hear “new year, new me” just set a simple goal to start your week, month, or even day off in a new way.