Begin the new year with these New Year’s family resolutions! Create these weekly and monthly meaningful and achievable goals as a family.
In 2015, I made my 2016 goal to work out more and to cut soda out of my diet almost completely. With outward support and keeping a visual goal, I’m super happy to say I kept my goal! I work out 3-4 times a week, and only drank soda three times. 🙂
How did I keep it? Daily goals are hard to begin suddenly, especially if it is something you’re not used to doing. Vague goals (“I want to work out”) are hard to keep motivated with. Cutting soda was as simple as not buying it at the grocery store. Every day I worked out, I marked a little “X” in my planner.
The guide to SMART goals:
- Make goals specific (create specific goals of what you want to accomplish)
- Make goals measurable (going along with specific, try “I want to work out 3 times a week” instead of “I want to work out more”)
- Make goals attainable (going from never working out to a daily, hour-long workout will likely never happen!)
- Make goals rewardable (reward your family with a special treat for keeping goals)
- Make goals timely (daily can be hard to attain, but weekly or monthly is more realistic!)
10 New Year’s Family Resolutions To Try This Year
1. Compile a scrapbook
Create a scrapbook to put your year’s memories in! Throughout the month, collect your favorite photos and at the end of the month, put those memories in a scrapbook! I love this one inspired by the movie UP.
2. Read a new book every week
Whether it’s a trip to the library or Barnes and Noble, focus on literacy by reading a new book each week.
3. Volunteer and give back more
Make it a goal to spend a day each month volunteering or giving back to the community!
While working out every day might seem unrealistic, try working out once a week for a more fit and healthier lifestyle. Exercise can be a Pinterest workout, a dance, or playing a sport!
Be kind to the planet by making a habit to recycle! In some states, you can also earn some extra cash from recycling.
6. Cut back on soda
Don’t drink your calories away, and cut back on sugar! As a family, work on choosing healthier options and cutting back on soda.
7. Memorize a new Bible verse every week
Hide God’s word in your heart by memorizing a new Bible verse as a family every week.
8. Try something new
From a new movie to a new hobby, work on trying something new once a week (or month) this year. You can try crafting, a new recipe, or a new sport. It can be a great way to create short term goals to work on creating long lasting habits.
9. Make a list of things you’re thankful for
Write things you’re thankful for on index cards, and compile them in a thankful jar. Pick these out throughout the year on rough days!
Life’s too short not to travel! Go sightseeing in your neighborhood, or on a single day out-of-the-state journey. Travel once a month to somewhere out of your comfort zone!
Say one kind thing a day! This can be challenging on some days, but positivity will flourish!
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