Bam. 2018 is upon us. It seems like just yesterday we were all vowing to lose 10 pounds (only 15 to go!) or save more money (the shoes were on sale!). Instead of making generic resolutions bound to be broken before President’s Day, give these 10 New Year’s resolutions a try if you live in New York.
- Perfect the art of monotasking.
Forget multitasking. Studies show people are more productive when they focus on one thing at a time, and have more energy at the end of the workday.
Become a barista.
Imagine how much money you could save if made your own French press in your apartment a few times a week instead of paying double digits for a cup at Extraction Lab or elsewhere.
Stop taking cabs everywhere you go.
That new restaurant is only a few blocks away. Save some money and get some exercise by walking there instead.
Say sayonara to sore feet.
Get rid of any shoes that are painfully uncomfortable to walk in, regardless of runway status.
When you do take a cab or Uber, buckle up. Seriously. The statistics are staggering.
Take a hike once a month.
Sure, the city is great. But nature is even better. Take a hike at least once a month, using Vogue’s list of trails just outside of NYC for inspiration.
Get a dog.
That cute little Pekingese? Instant ice-breaker. And that Labrador Retriever? Reduces your chances of having a heart attack. If your co-op doesn’t allow pets, check out UDR’s pet-friendly apartments or volunteer at an animal shelter.
Smiling is proven to lower stress and anxiety, and boost your immune system. Instead of growling at that selfie-stick-wielding tourist, simply smile and walk around him.
Buy yourself fresh flowers every month.
Duck into one of the shops in the flower district or hit a stem stand a little closer to your building. You can’t help but be happy when you’re greeted with fresh flowers in your apartment at the end of a long day.
Whether you make a resolution to attend a monthly tech breakfast or get to know your neighbors better, every New Yorker could use a bigger network.
Do you live in NYC? Share your resolutions in the comments below.