New Year's Eve is full of hope and an optimistic albeit somewhat misguided belief that "starting mañana, I'm going to be the best me I can be!" You wake up New Year's Day, perhaps full of motivation and enthusiasm for all the goals you've set out for yourself. Then a week or two passes, and here and there, you've decided a few of those resolutions were a little too ambitious. You quietly slide back into old, comfortable habits — by early February, you don't even feel guilty about it anymore.
Did I just describe you? Don't feel too bad about it. According to a 2014 study by the University of Scranton, a mere 8 percent of those who make resolutions are actually successful at achieving them. If you're wondering how you can put the odds of success in your favor, then we're on the same page — kind of. Instead of giving you tips on how to finally lose weight, get organized, or save money (I'm still figuring that out for myself!), my tip is to simply change your goals.
Creating small goals, especially those you look forward to, is much easier than conquering a monumental task that isn't very fun. Here are 10 new resolutions to consider so you can feel a sense of accomplishment while you work toward bigger or more difficult changes.
1. Call your mami or abuela just to tell her you love her.
2. Buy a book on your "to read" list and read it. Come on, you can catch up on your backlog of DVR-ed shows later. Junot Díaz is so much better.
3. If you don't have a go-to taco place (or pupusa joint, or whatever your vice) that you love, make it your mission to find one.
4. Take time to create art, even if it's just some quiet time doodling.
5. Think of a local friend you really need to catch up with, and schedule a date to hang out.
6. Brush up on your español (or whichever language you want). Duolingo is great for that.
7. For 24 hours, smile at every person you make eye contact with. See what happens.
8. Spend more quality time with the kids and make sure the smartphone is put away. (I'm talking about YOUR smartphone.) Whether it's taking them out for a movie, playing a game of lotería, or just sharing a meal together, give them your undivided attention.
9. Aim to spend time outside for a few minutes every day, no matter the weather.
10. Make a habit of dancing away frustrations. (Warning: This may go over awkwardly at the DMV.)