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5 New Year’s Resolutions That Aren’t About Your Waistline

The number one resolution every New Year’s day is “lose weight.” But what do you do when you’re already satisfied with your waistline? This year, consider dedicating your time to improving other areas of your life.

1. Get Organized

It’s easy to accumulate mass clutter in small apartments. Set up a decluttering schedule that you can follow all year long. Create small, achievable daily or weekly goals, such as dusting, folding all the clothes, or starting a box dedicated to items you’d like to donate. Schedule larger tasks for days you know you’ll have plenty of spare time.

2. Get Smarter

Set a goal to improve your mind this year. Choose something you’d like to learn – a hobby, a language, a particular subject – and dedicate yourself to becoming a pro over the next 365 days. Read a chapter a week from a textbook, learn to cook a new recipe each month, or listen to one lesson a day.

3. Get Moving

A New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be something you do every day. Consider setting a single goal that you can work toward all year. New cars, new careers, and new apartments can all be long-term goals that can improve your life and your outlook. For smaller goals, consider saving up for a new piece of tech you’ve been eyeing, or a much-needed vacation.

4. Get Out

Maybe this New Year you can check something off that bucket list. Resolve to visit five new places, take a few local classes, or finally find out who lives in the apartments next door. Making your resolution about experiences can boost your confidence, too.

5. Get Involved

Improving others’ lives can also help improve your own. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen, or donate a dollar a day to your favorite charity. Even something as simple as adopting a pet from your local shelter can make you feel better about your impact.

Whatever your resolution, make sure it’s something important to you so you’re more likely to stick with it. Share these ideas with your friends, and tell us about your New Year’s resolutions in the comments below.