No matter how much we all make fun of cliche new year’s resolutions, we all secretly do want to start a new year off on the right foot. There’s something about the month of January that just makes us feel ready to change our ways, to take on new goals, and to really challenge ourselves to become better people. And you know what? Even if your resolutions are the same as everyone else’s, it’s still worth trying!
If you’re ready to make 2015 the best year ever, the Internet is full of tips, tricks and challenges that will accomplishing that even easier. Whether you want to become healthier, start reading more, save your money, achieve a specific goal, or just generally become more organized, there are plenty of things you can do to make yourself proud in the next 12 months. Here are 15 things you must do to make 2015 the best year ever, including 52-week challenges and more. Good luck!
1. Instead of picking a lot of different small goals, you can try picking one or two big goals. Use this strategy to make sure you accomplish it:
2. Stay organized in 2015 by creating (or buying) a notepad like this one that will keep track of basically everything you do. Being organized will make everything else in your life easier.
3. Spend the entire year cleaning out your closet by trying this tip:
4. Take more pictures in 2015! If you’re into photography, try this fun photo challenge that will make an awesome scrapbook at the end of the year. Each month, take as many photos as you’d like using these colors. You can really make this into whatever you want, it’s just a fun general idea to get you started.
5. If you want something more structured, try this 52 weeks of photo inspiration plan. Take one or more photos each week of these things. At the end of the year, put them together for a cool photo book.
6. Make 2015 the year you’re more thankful for what you have in life. Try this 52 weeks of gratitude challenge on a blog or in your personal journal. Once a week, write about why you’re grateful for each of these things.
7. Want to save some money? This 52 week money saving challenge is hard, but by the end of the year, you’ll save $1300! That’s enough for a vacation, or just anything you want, really.
8. If that’s too ambitious for you, try this instead. Put away every $5 bill you get to see how much you’ll save by the end of the year. It doesn’t feel like you’re really saving when you’re only putting away $5 at a time.
9. If you want to read more this year, then you have to try this reading challenge from Popsugar. It will help introduce you to so many different books you may not have read before.
10. If you don’t have time to read all of those books, try this reading bingo instead.
11. This 30 day open letter challenge can be spread out throughout the year instead of writing one every day. It’s a good way to become more honest with yourself and it’s also just fun.
12. To make sure you follow your resolutions and don’t forget about them, print out a sheet like this one and write everything down. Hang it somewhere you’ll see it every day to remind yourself of what you want to accomplish this year.
13. If you want to become more healthy this year, try out different healthy habits each month using this chart. It’s a fun way to develop better habits.
14. Try to remember all of the good things that happened to you throughout the year. Start a memory jar and write down all of the memories that made you happiest, then place them in the jar. At the end of the year, you can read over everything.
15. Or you can get REALLY ambitious and do a memory box where you write down what happened each day on an index card.
Which of these challenges are you going to try? What are your resolutions for 2015? What did I forget to include? Tell me in the comments.