Blogmas 2020,  Lifestyle

New Year’s Resolutions Ideas for 2021

Why having New Year’s Resolutions is important?

There’s something so refreshing about the New Year. It’s like a completely clean slate, and as clich√© as it sounds, a chance to reinvent and better yourself. I’m a strong believer in setting goals in order to succeed. I love having a clear path in front of me of what I want to achieve and how I plan to do it. These often require baby steps. Below I’ve listed 50 New Year’s resolutions, split into 5 different categories. Therefore, whichever topic you decide to work on in 2021, you can find some ideas within that category that will each get you a step closer to your overall goal.

You might opt for just one of the New Year’s resolutions, or you might choose several. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it. It’s just about sticking to what is realistic for you and your situation, and how much time you have available to work on your resolution.


  • Open a savings account
  • Make a budget plan
  • Cancel the subscriptions you don’t use or need
  • Set up an emergency fund
  • Educate yourself on the financial matters you never really understood
  • Research into investing and see if that’s something you’d be interested in
  • Work on paying off any debt
  • Establish a realistic savings goal for the year
  • Save money with reward schemes and loyalty discounts at your regular shops
  • Plan for your retirement


  • Create an effective morning and/or evening routine and stick to it
  • Start a journal
  • Try meditation or mindfulness
  • Read before bed instead of scrolling through social media
  • Aim for 8 hours sleep per night
  • Declutter your space – this is proven to reduce stress and anxiety, and boost productivity and confidence.
  • List 3 things that you’re grateful for every day
  • Speak to someone about your mental health if you’re feeing overwhelmed and stressed, whether that be a family member, friend, or doctor/specialist.
  • Let go of the grudges you’ve been holding on to, including the ones against yourself
  • Cut ties with the people that make you feel small, insignificant or insecure. Life is too short for toxic relationships/friendships.
New Year's Resolutions
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  • Drink less alcohol
  • Stop smoking
  • Drink at least 2 litres of water a day
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Invest in a quality skin-care routine
  • Go for a walk, run or bike ride every day
  • Join the gym or a fitness class
  • Lose weight or gain weight
  • Try going meat-free for one day a week
  • Always wear SPF, even if it’s cloudy
healthy eating new year's resolutions
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  • Apply for a new job or a promotion at your current workplace
  • Learn a new skill that will look great on your CV
  • Get out of your comfort zone and face your fears and insecurities
  • Organise your life and plan for the future
  • Teach yourself an instrument or a new language
  • Figure out how to achieve the perfect work/life balance
  • Watch more documentaries instead of films/tv shows
  • Set yourself specific goals for 2021
  • Do more puzzle games or brain training exercises rather than scrolling through social media
  • Find a way to turn your hobby into a career.
Self-improvement New Year's Resolutions
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  • Donate to someone’s Facebook birthday fundraiser (if they have one) rather than buying them a physical gift
  • Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or retirement/nursing home
  • Give what you can, if you’re in the position to do so
  • Tutor a child with their studies in a subject you’re good at
  • Start giving blood
  • Donate to a foodbank in your local supermarket
  • Take the time to listen if you think someone needs to talk
  • Raise awareness and promote important causes and charities
  • Shop locally rather than from big shops
  • Organise a clean-up in your community
New Year's Resolutions giving back
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  • Michelle

    Some really great ideas here, Em. I was just sitting down earlier and writing down some goals for 2021. I think that’s an important exercise to keep moving forward in life.

    • Emma

      I agree Michelle, it’s so much easier to work on your self-development when you have specific goals in mind. After this year, there’s so much I hope to do/achieve in 2021!

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