The new year is right around the corner and you are starting to think about your goals for the next year? Here are 20 new year’s resolution ideas!
This post is focused on ideas for students (high school, college, university). But you can also apply them if you aren’t a student of course.
So let’s get right into it!
Check out my post about How to Set Goals and Achieve them before reading this post! It will help you know what I am talking about when I mention certain tips.
1. Give Up a Bad Habit
Whatever habit you don’t like having, you can make it a goal for 2020 to quit it.
If you, for example, drink too much, you can make it a goal to only drink one drink a week, or something like that.
2. Workout More
This is a good example of a “poorly set goal”, but it’s a really good new year’s resolution.
It is up to your preference and schedule how you want to set this goal.
You could write down to workout once a week in the gym. Or to take a yoga course. Or to run 3x a week.
3. Create a Cleaning Schedule and Stick to it
I feel like having and following a cleaning schedule is a really good resolution idea for students!
Cleaning often gets pushed back or just forgotten, so it’s a good thing to keep track of it.
You could write it on a letter board with daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.
4. Join a new Club
Joining a club is another one of the new year’s resolution ideas that I love.
New years are about trying new things, so this one fits perfectly.
And hey, if you don’t like the club you can still opt-out.
5. Make new Friends
Another resolution idea would be to get more involved and make new friends.
It doesn’t have to be a certain number. If you just make one new friend it’s great!
6. Save up Money
This can be either getting a specific thing with the money or just a specific amount you want to save up by the end of 2020.
RELATED: How to Save Money as a Student
To track your progress, you will need some kind of tracker.
I created this Goal Tracker and Goal Planner sheet, for you to download for free!
7. Travel to a New Country
Traveling is one of my favorite things to do! And it doesn’t have to be expensive. (Check out How to Travel for Free)
If you feel like you can’t accomplish traveling to a different country, you can also set the goal to travel to a new state or city.
8. Get a Job/Start a Side Hustle
If you would like to make more money in the new year (and be able to save more), you should consider starting a new job or side hustle!
There are lots of online job ideas for students out there, you just have to be committed!
Here are my posts that give great ideas for student jobs:
- 15 Ways to Make Money as a Student
- 12 Websites that pay $20/hr to Students
- How to Start a Blog
- Reasons to Start an Own Business
9. No Social Media Day
Another resolution idea is to quit social media for one day a month. That’s really not a lot, and you deserve some time for more important things than looking at strangers’ pictures on your phone.
10. Declutter your Social Media
This new year’s resolution is connected to the previous one, and it’s on my list too!
Take a few hours to go through your apps and delete any that make you mad, sad or you just don’t use anymore.
Then go through the people you follow. Do they motivate you? Do you feel inspired when seeing their posts? If not, it is time to unfollow them! And please don’t care about their thoughts on that.
Get rid of everything that doesn’t make you feel good about yourself or isn’t teaching you anything valuable!
11. Reduce Waste & Carbon Footprint
A pretty broad goal at first, but make it smaller!
It is definitely my goal to completely stop buying things out of plastic that won’t last me for a long time.
Also, I want to focus on compensating my flights (check out this post to learn more), quit buying fast-fashion, or any new clothing from store chains and reduce my meat consumption.
I know that might be many goals for lots of you if you haven’t started being sustainable yet. But that is okay! Every step helps.
Want to learn more about zero waste? Check out this post with swaps!
12. Donate to a Non-Profit Organization
How much you donate doesn’t matter as much as the action does.
I donated to an organization called OneTreePlanted this past year after the rainforest catastrophe happened.
It is important that you support the values that YOU have.
If you care more about women’s rights, food waste, or ocean conservancy, then please donate to the organization that represents that. (Or you go help yourself, but more to that later on)
13. Take Me-Time
Maybe you can schedule a few hours for yourself every month (at least).
At that time you can do things you enjoy and that inspires you to relax and keep going.
That can be going to a spa, working out, having breakfast somewhere fancy, read a book, or take a bath.
14. Study Smarter for Exams
The next new year’s resolution is to up your study game and study for your exams.
This goal might be different for everyone, but studying smarter is a resolution that you can put on your list if you want.
15. Start a Creative Hobby
Starting a new hobby is a great goal for the new year! If you feel like your whole life consists of studying and classes, it’s time for a creative hobby!
16. Evaluate your Connections
Do you have any “friends” that you know aren’t real friends? The new year is the perfect time to let them go.
Think about the people you have in your life that really make you a good person, and keep them. Work on your relationships in 2020!
17. Buy Less
Make it a goal to only buy things to replace unusable or broken things that can’t be repaired, or if you know you will use it for a long time.
It will save you lots of money and also waste!
18. Eat Less Meat
You can also make it a goal to eat less meat and more veggies. It will be good for your health, wallet and the environment.
19. Do Things Alone
Yes, it’s more fun to have company, but it can make you more confident if you can enjoy spending time alone.
20. Declutter and Decorate your Room
Re-decorating your room is an amazing thing yo do for the new year. Decluttering can help you clear your mind and re-focus.
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These were my 20 new year’s resolution ideas for students! I hope they gave you some inspiration!