New Year’s Resolutions Are So 2019

Lisa Giesler

By Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Life Coach, Author –

It is believed that people have been making New Year’s Resolutions for about 4,000 years. January 1st marks the day when we look forward to resetting goals in anticipation of a better year. Then we had 2020, and you know what happened to many of those resolutions. This New Year there has been a shift in thinking in how a resolution should look like, if this social distancing is going last for a while longer.

Before we talk about options to resolutions, let’s take a peek into past New Year’s Resolutions.

1. Read more.

2. Travel more.

3. Start a business.

4. Spend more time with family and friends.

5. Quit smoking.

6. Save more money / spend less money.

7. Learn a new skill.

8. Get organized.

9. Lose weight – eat healthily and exercise more.

Have you ever wondered why many people had already broken their New Year’s Resolutions by February? I did, and it made me think, “I don’t want to say the word resolutions anymore; I’d rather say goals.” The word goal can still sound daunting. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is appreciating the little things accomplished on a day to day basis. Instead of making these “general” New Year’s Resolutions, let’s say we are going to set small goals. This can be so much easier and doable; things you can check off your list week by week.

Here are a few examples:

  • Lose weight. Instead you can say eat less sugar, drink more water and to exercise more can just be a dance-off in the morning to your favorite song while brushing your teeth.
  • Saving money can be easier if instead of impulse buying something you don’t need, why not put it in a savings account?
  • Read more by finding a book you are interested in reading and then schedule a little “me time” for you to enjoy it. If reading is not your thing, then download audiobooks.
  • Instead of saying you want to write a book, an option can be to just focus on a chapter at a time or create an outline or mind dump ideas.
  • Get organized by focusing on one drawer or one area at a time. You could hire a professional organizer or do some research on the internet or social media for inspiration.

If you are still feeling stuck, contact me at I am ready to help you with your goals!