Raise your hand if you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution. OK, cool, good showing. Now raise your hand if you’ve ever successfully stuck with your resolution for an entire year. Crickets. That’s why we’re pivoting on the idea and setting a number of more manageable goals. Here, seven things you can easily accomplish in 2017.
UNPLUG FROM TECH FOR ONE HOUR EACH DAY
You’ve been meaning to sign off from Facebook more often, but a weeklong detox seems to be more torturous than therapeutic. Instead, commit to just one hour each day and marvel at how much you can get done without social media distractions.
STOP APOLOGIZING FOR HAVING YOUR CAKE (AND EATING IT, TOO)
Here’s our motto: If you want to have a giant Baileys doughnut milkshake, have the dang milkshake. There’s no use feeling bad or holding yourself back from a little indulgence every now and then (it keeps you sane). Besides, no one really likes bantering about diets anyway.
CALL LONG-DISTANCE FRIENDS AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH
Maintaining relationships is hard enough when you live in the same city, let alone across the country. But don’t beat yourself up when you can’t keep a weekly phone date (hey, life is hectic). Rather, be more realistic with a monthly appointment. That way, you’ll feel good when you can keep it.
START A LONG-DISTANCE BOOK EXCHANGE
“Start a book club” has been on your New Year’s resolution list for years, but you can’t seem to get the momentum going (not to mention that you don’t really want to write all those pesky questions). This year, try a fresh take: Invite friends from across the country to buy their most favorite book, and then ask them to mail said book to someone else in the group (who is a stranger to them). It will get everyone involved, and you may even find a new favorite.
TRY GETTING AT LEAST SEVEN HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT
Hey, it’s OK if you can’t hit eight. Just give those Westworld episodes a break and try one of these 27 things to help you fall asleep faster.
QUIT OVERSPENDING ON CLOTHES
Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t mean you have to stop shopping altogether. Instead, subscribe to a deal like Rent the Runway Unlimited. This pretty sweet service allows you to have your pick of everyday work wear (think silk blouses, pencil skirts and handbags) for $139 a month. It works a lot like Netflix DVDs: Pick three items and keep each one for as little or as long as you’d like. Every time you send something back, you can replace it with something else. It practically pays for itself in (free) dry cleaning and shipping alone.
FIND A WORKOUT YOU (AND YOUR BEST FRIEND) LOVE
They say if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. While that doesn’t exactly translate to exercising (you’re still going to sweat), why waste your time with workouts you hate? Instead, enlist a friend—you know, the one who’s always complaining that she has no time to go to the gym—and transform your weekly wine sessions into weekly Pure Barre, cycling or yoga sessions. You’ll hold each other accountable and have a new topic to obsess over.