New Year’s Resolution Template: Organize your 2022 Resolutions

New Year’s Resolution Template: Organize your 2022 Resolutions

By: Sarah Dirks

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December 20, 2021

As 2021 quickly comes to a close and 2022 is upon us (this year went by fast, right?) we understand if you’re frantically searching the internet for the best New Year’s resolution template, tips to create attainable goals, and suggestions to make next year “your year.”

But did you know almost 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail? That absurdly high number can be traced to unrealistic goals, no record of progress, and forgetfulness, among other factors.

However, you shouldn’t let that number scare you. We’re here to help you organize your resolutions so you can find success in 2022! Whether you’re looking to get fit, start eating healthier, or even saving money, we have a few tips to help you achieve your goals. We’ll break it down and give you the scoop on why New Year’s resolutions can be so difficult to accomplish, how you can be successful, and even offer a few tips to help you keep some of the most common New Year’s resolutions.

So, check out this blog with an open mind, and stay positive about 2022! Defy the stats, stay resilient and passionate about your goals, and keep your New Year’s resolutions with these helpful tips.

Download and Print the 2022 New Year’s Resolution Template

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To make it even easier for you, we’ve created a printable New Year’s resolution template that you can fill out at home!

New Year’s Resolution Template Printable PDF

Find 4 New Year’s Resolutions Tips Below!

Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Easier to Achieve

  1. Personalize your resolutions
  2. No negative Nellies please!
  3. Can you really summit Everest by the end of the year?
  4. Use the find your friend app

Make your resolutions specific

If your resolution isn’t specific, it can be extremely difficult to achieve. A general goal doesn’t come with any perimeters to measure your progress—so how will you know if you actually succeed? Or how will you find motivation to continue if you’re unsure what you’re working toward?

Don’t mindlessly create a resolution. Instead, sit down and think through what you really want. Then work backward and find certain dates to set different benchmark goals throughout the year. Make a schedule and keep track of your progress regularly.

Stay positive

Your mindset is incredibly important when setting your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t give your resolution a negative connotation—that doesn’t set you up for success! When someone tells you “don’t do something,” you think about it, and you probably do it. (If someone told you not to eat the chocolate cake sitting on the counter, it’d be pretty hard not to think about it, or take a bite.)

Don’t focus on what you can’t do, focus on what you can! Instead of being pessimistic, frame your goal with a positive mindset.

Set realistic resolutions

You can do anything you set your mind to, but if you want to keep your New Year’s resolutions, you have to make them realistic. Unfortunately, if you’ve never climbed before, the odds of summitting Mt. Everest in the next 365 days are not extremely high. (Maybe slow down a little bit.) Setting unrealistic goals can be overwhelming, frustrating and can make you want to throw in the towel (or snow boots) early. You also need to remember change won’t happen overnight. It takes time.

To avoid the trouble and stress, create a reachable and achievable goal. It should be challenging, but not impossible. Remember New Year’s resolutions are goals for the WHOLE year. If you take it day by day, do the work and put in the effort, you can accomplish your resolution!  

Keep yourself accountable

New Year’s resolutions can be hard to keep. Even if you follow all these steps, it can be difficult to find the self-motivation and commitment to start a new hobby or stick to a new routine.

Some people can hold themselves accountable with no outside help, but many of us may need a little nudge in the right direction from time to time. That’s why it’s super important to find an accountability partner. Someone who will encourage you, push you and, well, keep you accountable.

Some Common Resolutions

Even if you have a goal or two in mind, check out these common New Year’s resolutions. You’ll find a few tips and tricks so they’re easier to accomplish. Plus, you may even get some new ideas for your own resolutions. (You can add any of these to our downloadable/printable New Year’s resolution template, available at the bottom of this blog!)

Fitness chat: set realistic goals

One reason people have difficulty keeping their resolutions is that the resolutions they set are unrealistic. Fitness is one of the main areas where people set unrealistic goals, which can lead to frustration and abandonment in short order.

For example, if you’ve never run a mile in your life, resolving to complete a marathon seems like a bit of a stretch.

But how about starting small? Walk for a few minutes every day.

There could be any number of reasons why you haven’t been able to start down this path before, so make sure you figure out what the barriers have been so you can eliminate the excuses.

It’s too cold. Walk indoors during the winter.

It’s too dark. Walk on your lunch break.

It’s boring. Visit a nearby park or walking trail. Pick a podcast to listen to.

I don’t have the right shoes. If it’s truly about the money, many thrift stores and discount chains offer affordable options. Nextdoor or Facebook Marketplace might even connect you with a neighbor who’s cleaning out a closet and has extra shoes to donate.

One key to having success with any resolution is to make yourself accountable.

If you’re walking to lose weight or to get fit, there are multiple smartphone apps that can inspire, give you real-time feedback, and even help keep track of your progress. MyFitnessPal, for instance, syncs with your phone to track steps, offers video suggestions, scans barcodes for food tracking and even helps you establish and keep track of realistic goals.

If you’re using an app to help track your fitness, it’s important to know yourself. Pick one that fits your style. If you get an intrusive app that sends notifications or attempts to shame you into taking action, you’ll think of reasons to turn it off or delete it. But if you respond to that sort of stimuli, by all means, turn on the notifications, alarms, reminders—whatever it takes.

Tip: More and more employers are offering cash incentives for their employees to track their fitness. What better way to get inspired than to see your wallet grow while doing something healthy?

Eating healthier: don’t be negative

Eating healthier is one of the most common resolutions (and it easily fits in our New Year’s resolution template) In 2021, 39% of Americans said they would eat healthier. You would think that if everyone is trying to eat better, it would be easy. But it’s harder than you may think.

The most important thing to remember is to stay positive! Changing and improving your mindset is crucial to making better food choices.

But I love junk food! There are so many healthy snacks you might even love more.

I wish I could have soda. There are plenty of other beverage options you can enjoy.

There are so many foods I can’t eat. There are so many new foods you get to try!

Don’t focus on what you can’t have, focus on what you can!

Keep in mind that healthy (or at least healthier) eating can be a function of moderation, so don’t say goodbye to everything right away. You may be tempted to go overboard and set a goal that will be incredibly difficult to stick with—like starting a diet in January with no grains, sugar, dairy, alcohol or processed additives, but that isn’t the best idea, remember to have realistic expectations.

You can also find help tracking calories and macros on a number of apps. These apps do all the work for you—and they can even act as your accountability partner. Some apps will send you reminders throughout your day.

If you’ve never been much of a chef or you need some recipes to try, there are a million healthy eating cookbooks to check out. Or, sign up for a food delivery service like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron.

Pro tip: check out these great tips to keep your New Year’s ‘eat better’ resolutions.

Saving money: be specific, be accountable

In 2021, about 44% of Americans wanted to start the year by saving money—and we understand why! After spending money during the holidays, the new year may seem like the perfect time to hunker down and start getting your finances in order. But even though it makes sense on paper, it can be a big change.

If you want to successfully start saving money this year, remember to make your resolution specific. A general, loosely thought-out goal like “save more money” is neither helpful nor achievable. Instead, tell yourself to save a certain amount or percentage of your income each month, cut back on frivolous spending, or even increase your 401(k) contributions.

It’s beyond easy to make up excuses to justify a behavior that can distract you from your goal (especially for saving money):

I had a rough day; some retail therapy would really help. I’ll just save more next month.

Those new shoes aren’t in my budget, but if I don’t get them now, I know they’ll sell out.

I know I said I would start eating out less to save money, but I really don’t feel like making dinner.

You may need someone in your corner to push you and keep you on the right track. If you’re not used to saving money or are prone to impromptu shopping or spending—you may need help from a friend or partner to keep you focused on your goals.  

Sometimes you’ll get the shoes or order takeout, but as long as you’re taking more steps forward than steps back, you can achieve your goal.

Pro tip: you can also find some great budgeting tips on phone apps. Here are some of the top budget apps around right now.

FAQs: New Year’s Resolution Template: Organize Your 2022 Resolutions

Q: What are the top 5 New Year’s resolutions?

A: Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to exercise more, lose weight, get organized, learn a new skill or hobby, live life to the fullest, save more money, and quit smoking.

Q: What should I write in my New Year’s resolutions?

A: You should include specific resolutions with timeframes and numbers. Your goals should be realistic and positive, and you should make sure you have an accountability partner!

Q: How often are New Year’s resolutions broken?

A: Studies have shown that about 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. But don’t worry. Check out this list for tips to keep your resolutions and be successful!

Q: Why are New Year’s resolutions bad?

A: New Year’s resolutions aren’t bad, sometimes they’re just hard to keep. That’s why it’s important to follow these tips and create attainable goals so you can stick to your resolutions this year.


Wrapping Up: Organize Your 2022 Resolutions

Keeping your New Year’s resolutions can be tricky, but you can do it! With these tips to organize your resolutions and our New Year’s resolution template, you can cheer your way into 2022 knowing how to accomplish your resolutions!

If you ever need self-storage during the new year, just check out Store Space. We offer convenient and affordable self-storage across the U.S.  Just check out our storage finder to locate the facility nearest you.

Sarah Dirks content writer

Junior Content Writer for Store Space who enjoys hiking, movies and sports.

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