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Creative & interesting New Year’s resolutions

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It’s that time of year again when we sit down and choose some goals we want to aspire to in the New Year! With a new year and decade ahead, it’s the perfect opportunity to look back and learn from the last few years and better ourselves for the future and reach those goals! Unfortunately, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions, with the remainder giving up before January 12 (that’s before you’re even reading this!).

If you commonly set goals each year but just can’t seem to stay on track with them, or you find yourself setting the same goals year after year, it may be time for a new approach. This month is not only the first month of 2020 but it’s also International Creativity Month. We’ve taken on the creative spin and come up with some new resolutions to get you started.

The best goals are the easiest ones. Pick something you WANT to do, something you will make time to do, and a fun way to do it. How do these sound?

Get out and explore nature

Is one of your resolutions to join the gym or start exercising? Make it exciting and take the pledge to get out into nature more often, whether it’s exploring, camping or just walking. Getting out for a walk and some fresh air can improve your sleep, help you to release stress and lower anxiety levels, increase your happiness, and improve your fitness levels. You don’t have to just march one foot in front of the other, grab a friend and go on a hike, explore a new area or try Geocaching! If you haven’t heard of Geocaching before, here’s everything you need to know.

Wake up earlier for some ‘you’ time

You’d be amazed how differently starting the day can be when you’re not rushing out the door. Set your alarm fifteen minutes earlier each day and wake up so you have time for you. Before your daily routine begins, grab your book and read a few pages with a cup of coffee, sit with your pets, stretch or just dawdle around in your PJs and enjoy your ‘morning me time’.

Invent and host an event

Here’s where you can let your imagination run wild. Create a day, a theme and a purpose for the day and invite your nearest and dearest over to celebrate. Before you know it, it will be an annual tradition.

Mix it up in the kitchen

Do you find yourself always eating your go-to meals? Expand your cooking skills and try a new recipe once a month. This will increase your love of food and expand your skills in the kitchen. Try new ingredients, new cuisines, and new methods to create some new favourite meals.

Commit to 100 days of creativity

100 days is an easier milestone than 365. In April you can join people around the world in The 100 Day Project as they explore their creativity and complete a project one piece at a time each day over a 100 day period. It’s a short term goal with an end goal – the perfect resolution.

Complete regular acts of kindness

A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a stranger’s day. Take it upon yourself to do a selfless act that benefits someone else on a regular basis. It can be a donation, a meal for the homeless, stopping to hold the door open for others, or simply smiling at someone and asking how their day is. If you’re looking for some inspo, check out these Aussie acts of kindness here.

Learn something new

Do you have a list of things you wished you could try or learn how to do? Now’s the time! Whether it’s sewing, photography, changing a tyre, or learning how to make kombucha – make 2020 the year of learning.

Talk to strangers

When we have a routine it’s easy to jump on the train or bus and throw ourselves into a book or block out the world around us with our headphones. Challenge yourself to talk to strangers on your commute, in a line, on your daily walk to grab a coffee. As Kio Stark says – these conversations are “beautiful interruptions” that can lead to genuine connection.

Throw a dart on a map and travel to the location

If you want to make one of your resolutions to travel or book a holiday and you have the means to do so, this one is for you! Don’t limit yourself to the popular tourist destinations. Add a dash of adventure to your next holiday and let world decide where you’re headed.

Do you have a creative 2020 New Year’s resolution? Share it with us in the comments.

21 comments

  1. June says:

    Great ideas. I have a few goals for this year and I have completed three already. Excited for the rest of the year

  2. Ton Anthonie says:

    All those goals mentioned are for the young at heart or the really young ones, but as for me , I’ve done most of them , seen most of them, tried a lot of them , regretted a whole heap of them, but at 88 years old , I don’t regret any of them ☺. I am somewhat disabled, walking is an effort, so , my PC, my Yamaha keyboard , my paints are my constant companions ( apart from my dear wife of 65 yrs) so I hope to do all of this a little while longer!!

  3. Pam Linnett says:

    Pam
    Regular acts of kindness can and should become second nature. They benefit everyone, including yourself. Try to forget yourself, think of others. Even a simple smile can work wonders.

  4. Lucy says:

    your heart will feel amazing in doing random acts of kindness! Not only will it make the other person happy but you as well!

  5. Margaret Gosden says:

    I always smile at who ever I see as a smile costs nothing and can make some ones day.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Kindness brings happiness

  7. Helen Hunter says:

    Interesting blog from an Internet Company, not very creative but willing to try.
    A random act of kindness for yourselves would be to reduce fees for your long term customers.
    It has already been a trying year for many, I dont disagree with the contact I guess we all need to give it a go.

    Helenh

  8. John Bowen says:

    I am 91 in March. My resolution is to be 92 in 2021.

  9. Jack the Lad says:

    I went to “Tech Talk” and then “Freshen up and clean out your computer (Posted on March 25, 2019)”.
    I used the link to look at Clearing Cookies from the topic “Surfing the Ties”.
    BUT Before my doing that, I had already Cleared all the Cookies – I had none saved.
    Despite my having set Preferences to allow only Cookies that I “currently visited”, was disappointed to find that After all I had new eight new Cookies –
    doubleclick net
    facebool com
    facebook net
    google-analytics com
    googleadservices com
    googletagmanager com
    iinet net au
    and
    on net
    I deleted them, to start afresh ..

  10. Francis Wood says:

    I would appreciate getting the NBN speeds I was promised.
    No

    • Tal Waterhouse says:

      Always keen to lend a hand with any matters of service and support, Francis. What type of connection is it you’re using and what’s been tried so far to help deliver on your plan speeds? If you’ve got a related reference number handy, feel free to reply with it here or send us an email via iiOnline@iinet.net.au with more detail and we’ll be happy to assist. – Tal

  11. John.. says:

    All very good ideas

  12. HELEN MARGARET LOBWEIN says:

    I decided to go back to bridge this year, but after nearly ten years away from the game I needed to go back to beginners classes. However the friendships one makes and the workout your brain gets help to keep you fit and young at heart.

  13. John says:

    At 96, I need different optons, but
    you don’t cater for the aged.

  14. John Mosig says:

    My New Year Resolution is not to be gouged by greedy telcos – like being charged $400 for a 9-hour pocket dialling call to a number in the same city that by chance took my phone over my plan limit without a chance to pay an extension fee. It was on the last day before the reset too.

    That’s why I’m looking at my options after 16 years of loyalty to iiNet.

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi John!

      Thanks for bringing this to us!

      We take this very seriously, so as per our Complaint Handling Policy (https://iihelp.iinet.net.au/Complaint_Handling_Policy) we have located your account and have asked for our Customer Relations team to step in and assist. They’ll be in touch within the next 2 working days and will work one on one to help reach the best possible outcome.

      – Leo

  15. John Mosig says:

    Thanks Leo. Let’s see how it turns out.

  16. John Mosig says:

    It’s nearly three working days now Leo; how’d you go with your enquiries in my behalf?

    Speak soon,

    jdm

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