Simple New Year’s Resolutions for 2020 (and how to keep them)

Atomic Habits James Clear

If you don’t have a method to keep your resolutions, you’re likely to let them go by the wayside. I read an amazing book last year, Atomic Habits, by James Clear, which was a lifechanger for me. He outlined four ways to start building good habits along with other numerous tips to kickstart a better life. I can’t recommend the book highly enough to anyone who wants to keep their new year’s resolutions.

After reading it, I’ve become a lot more ambitious with my own resolutions this year – I think this book has given me a great guide and blueprint on how to achieve the things I want to.

1. Make your New Year’s Resolution Attractive.

Make Your New Year's Resolution Attractive

2. Make your New Year’s Resolution Obvious.

Make Your New Year's Resolution Obvious

3. Make your New Year’s Resolution Satisfying.

Make Your New Year's Resolution Satisfying

4. Make your New Year’s Resolution Easy.

Make Your New Year's Resolution Easy

Here’s a selection of my New Year’s Resolutions and how I intend to keep them this year!

Around the house

1. Turn off electric items when they’re not being used

Get Alexa or your home system to check in with you on this, and let Alexa turn things off for you! I’m particularly bad at turning off my computer at night before I go to bed, and something I need to get on top of. Thanks to technology, you can have a constant check-in – be that by your phone, or by email, or by other reminders you leave yourself.

2. Keep the heating down

Again, Alexa can keep control of this if you have the right installation. I have to keep my room at a certain temperature at all times due to my tortoise (who is being over-wintered), but there are still times I can turn the heating off entirely for a few hours and save some pennies.

Diet and exercise

3. Less delivery takeaways

By Habit Stacking, I will set up a routine where I go to the supermarket directly after seeing my mother. This should cut the amount of home delivery takeaways I get by half.

4. Start going to a gym

Whilst it’s tempting to rush into this on January 1st, I’ll leave it until later in the month. Starting on the 1st January sets yourself up for failiure, as everyone else will be expecting you to fail. In a few weeks, once I have the essentials covered through my freelance work, I will start to look at gym memberships.

Finance and work

5. Pay off the credit cards each month

Credit can be reused and recycled to pay off the bills if needed, so don’t be scared about using the money you have to pay off the cards each month (unless you’re worried that they’ll cut your credit limit for whatever reason). The aim is to put less and less on the credit cards each month, until eventually you have no credit card balance outstandng.

6. Don’t worry so much about work.

Whilst keeping to targets and making the minimum amount to survive is essential, don’t sweat it so much when you’re past the target. Despite having my personal goal, I’ll worry less about getting things done this year and make some more room for fun.