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Here’s Why You Should Make a New Year’s Bucket List Instead of Resolutions

posted: 12/26/17
by: Kristine Boyd

Every new year, people scatter to come up with their New Year's resolutions. However, most of us know that these resolutions don't last long. No matter how hard we try to make these major life changes, somehow most of us end up falling out of the habits we made at the beginning of the year. In a recent episode of Gretchen Rubin's podcast, Happier, she suggested creating a new year's "bucket list" instead of writing up the classic new year's resolutions. She has inspired her listeners to create a list of 18 things they want to accomplish in 2018.

I've never been one for New Year's Resolutions. I feel like it's just asking for guilt and failure. If I feel like making a change, I just start it right then, rather than waiting for the new year or any other date. But this Happier podcast episode stood out to me! They are doing a list of "18 for 2018," 18 things they want to accomplish throughout the year. ? o? So along with the idea that I have the whole year to accomplish my list, I loved their tip of choosing things you can cross off of your list more immediately. For instance, instead of saying "Exercise daily," I'm doing "Try at least one new form of exercise." This method is much more appealing to me! ? o oo? So here are a few of my goals for the year:? o Run a half marathon ? o Become a certified health coach ? o Try 3 new hikes with my family? o Read or listen to 12 books? o Use the Headspace app for at least 10 consistent sessions? ooo? What are your goals for 2018? I still need a few for my list so let me know! ? o? o? o? o? o? @gretchenrubin @lizcraft #happierpodcast #goals #2018goals #healthyhabits #healthy #healthylifestyle #18for2018 #instahealth #healthspo #happyandhealthy #healthymom #healthywomen #selfimprovement #happier

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Most resolutions that people write are very vague and things that definitely can't be crossed off a list. For example, things like, read more, cook more, workout more are not things that can be crossed off a list. They are general things that you want to accomplish throughout the new year. However, most of us get discouraged after a few months and return to our old habits. But if you rewrote those same resolutions but in form of a bucket list, you would be more likely to accomplish them. For example, instead of saying you want to read more, list 5 books that you want to read by the end of the year. This way you have a concrete plan and a list to check off. And who doesn't love checking things off lists?

Another example is instead of saying you want to work out more. Say that you will get a gym membership, or sign up for one yoga class a week. Having a bucket list of everything you want to do is a great way to hold yourself accountable to your goals. The key to making this work is not to put all daunting tasks that you want to accomplish, but also put fun things that you want to do in the year 2018. Maybe you want to try out a new brunch place, have a monthly date night with your husband or save up for that purse you've had your eye on. Whatever it may be, always add in some things that you are truly excited about. This ensures that you won't get burnt out trying to accomplish all of your other fitness, school or work goals that you have set for yourself.

Whatever your goals are, try this out to make 2018 great! Whether you want to learn new language or simply read one book a month, this is an amazing way to keep yourself accountable while also enjoying it. Happy New Years!