Our resolution ideas are often – what’s the word? – unsustainable? Unrealistic? Way too ambitious which sets us up to fail and then feel bad about ourselves thus creating a vicious cycle of self-doubt?
(that last one was 22 words)
If you’re nodding along because you’ve already abandoned your resolutions or good habits by January 9th, may I be so bold as to suggest one (or maybe two AT MOST) of these tiny, super doable resolutions instead?When we succeed repeatedly at tiny things, we're building the courage to take on big things. Click To Tweet
25 super tiny resolution ideas you could actually do
1. Clean the kitchen while your coffee is brewing or the microwave is whirring
You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish in 30 second increments while your Chinese takeout is re-heating.
2. Make your bed when you get out of it
Fact: a room can’t look clean if the bed’s not made. It’ll take less than a minute, it’ll start the day with a win, and it’s so much nicer to climb into!
3. Turn all your clothes hangers backwards and when you wear something turn it right
It’s a super easy way to tell which clothes you don’t wear! If you haven’t worn it in six months, you can donate it without a second thought!
4. Have ‘going upstairs’ and ‘going downstairs’ spots in your house
I don’t want to trundle upstairs every time I tidy to living room and find something that belongs up there; the same goes for the basement. So I put all my ‘to go upstairs’ stuff on the bottom step, ‘to go downstairs’ stuff in the nook by the basement steps, and all the ‘should go out to the car’ stuff on the table in the porch.
5. Check your bank account every Friday
If you make it a habit you’re more likely to stick to your budget and you’ll catch any suspicious charges.
Addicted to your phone? Making it grey scale makes it much more ‘tool’ than ‘toy.’
7. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning
Start the day hydrated! You can make it even easier by keeping a carafe and glass on your bedside table. This set is super cute and the cup fits over the top of the carafe so nothing will get in your water at night!
8. Get an actual alarm clock and charge your phone outside of your bedroom
We all say we don’t want to look at our phones first thing in the morning, but it’s hard when that’s where our alarm clocks live. What if you got an Actual Alarm Clock and charged your phone in the living room? I will never stop singing the praises of our dawn-simulator alarm clock; it’s especially great for winter.
9. On Sunday night, plan your fun for the coming week
This is one of the things I shout about in Bank Boost. When we don’t have enough fun in our lives, we often self-medicate our boredom and malaise by over-spending. And 30% of our happiness from a given experience comes from anticipating it!
So sit down with your calendar and plan three or four fun things for the coming week.
10. Wear one thing every day that makes you happy
Even if you work somewhere with a strict or boring dress code, you can still sneak in something every day that makes you happy – your grandma’s ring, funny underwear, a concert tee under your blazer.
11. Find a fruit or vegetable you genuinely love to eat – buy more of it and eat more of it
Rather than denying yourself food you “shouldn’t” be eating, simply add more healthy things that you truly, genuinely love to your meals. I could eat my weight in clementines, cucumbers, peas, and fresh pineapple. So I’m going to!
12. When someone says something specifically meant to wind you up, say “Mmmmm” noncommittally while looking at your phone or out the window
My mom did this with us every time we tried to pick fights or whine and it’s an airtight strategy. You can’t argue with someone who’s politely ignoring you!
13. Stretch before bed
Even if it’s just for 45 seconds and it’s a half-hearted attempt to touch your toes or roll out your ankles, it helps!
14. Keep floss pics in the car and floss at stoplights
I know this is disgusting but I 100 PERCENT DON’T CARE!!! This is the only way flossing happens for me. So.
15. Send one networking email every Monday
And your ‘networking email’ doesn’t have to be all “I have an amazing opportunity I want to discuss with you!” It doesn’t even have to be an email. It could be an Instagram DM where you tell a professional peer that you loved their conference presentation.
Or it could be link to an article that made you think of that client you hadn’t heard from in a while. I guess what I’m saying is: find a way to stay in touch with the people in your network so you’re not only touching base when you need something. <- Nobody likes that and they alllllll notice if that’s the only time they hear from you.
16. Park at the edge of the parking lot
If I always park at the far end of the parking lot I a) always know where my car is b) will squeeze a few more steps into my day. (Obviously, be safe about this. If it’s dark, the parking lot is poorly lit, and you’re in an unsafe neighborhood by all means, park as close as you can!)
17. Take the stairs
Yup! Another easy way to add a tiny bit more movement to our days.
18. If you shop someplace constantly, get their customer loyalty card
Real talk: I weirdly hate coupons? Like, I just want to buy what I want to buy and, no, I’m not interested in saving fifty cents on something I didn’t particularly want in the first place. But if you always get gas at the same gas station or do 90% of your shopping at Target, you might as well get their customer loyalty card.
I have the Target Red Card and I love it – 5% off every purchase plus free shipping for online orders. (Not sponsored, just a very devoted Red Card user!)
19. Send the post-dinner party thank-you text
It takes 15 seconds and your hosts will appreciate it.
20. Take more photos of your friends, family, and self doing normal things
Only a small percentage of our lives are vacations and holidays. And it’s awesome to have photos of those things! But it’s also nice to have photos of your book club, your kid deep in thought over a puzzle, or your friends laughing over pizza. The One Second Every Day app is great for capturing these things.
21. Steer the plans towards cheap(er), health(ier) things
I’m sure there’s a Swedish word for that sinking feeling you get when the group text starts suggesting a night out that will easily cost $100 or derail your attempts to drink less. It’s hard to stop a moving train, so next time your friends start an “It’s been too long, we need to get together” conversation, be the one to suggest a potluck + game night at your house or a group hike.
22. Take walks without listening to podcasts or music
What if we gave our brains and ears a break and used a walk as time to have A Big Think or work through a problem? Or just look at the sky and the plants and the river? It’s hard to do those things when you’re caught up in what’s happening with MLMs on The Dream. (Have you listened to it yet? I am hooked.)
23. Upgrade your underwear
Yes. Toss out the stretched, the stained, the “I’d be embarrassed if someone unexpectedly saw me in these.”
24. Spend 15 minutes every day learning about something that interests you
There are podcasts about everything and Youtube channels about everything! Whatever it is that interests you – food photography, going vegan, living in a van – there are experts who want to tell you about it. Fifteen minutes a day adds up! Pretty soon you’ll be an expert, too.
25. Use Doulingo
It’s free, it’s fun, and learning a second language is sooooo good for your brain! I’d love to become properly fluent in Spanish (rather than ‘good enough to get around while not conjugating verbs correctly and gesturing a lot’) and start visiting more Spanish-speaking countries.
But I want to hear from you! Did you make resolutions this year? If you did – how are they going? What’s one teeny, tiny resolution you could make that you’d actually stick to?