11 Manageable New Year's Resolutions You Can Actually Achieve In 2017

No excuses. These are all so doable.

How many times have you set a New Year's resolution without even attempting to actually complete it? If you are a human being, then probably more than once. But this year, instead of setting yourself up to fail with some lofty, unobtainable goal, try giving yourself a break by making a much smaller, manageable resolution.  

By setting one-step goals you can complete easily, you'll feel more accomplished, and inspired to keep building upon that single resolution. Eventually, your small accomplishment might even grow into something much larger. 

Check out these typical New Year's resolutions, broken down into manageable steps you can actually accomplish in 2017. 

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1. The typical resolution: Lose weight. The manageable resolution: Do two push-ups a day.

Instead of having a weight loss goal, resolve to do just two push-ups a day. You can start with two and build up from there. The key is not to place the expectation on yourself that you HAVE to keep upping it, just stick to the small things, and see how you feel after that. 

2. The typical resolution: Give up junk food. The manageable resolution: Add one vegetable into a meal per day.

When you have a resolution that says you cannot have something, you will likely give in to the vice at some point, and feel guilty for breaking the resolution. Instead of thinking about cutting back, focus on ways you can improve your diet by adding things. Start off small by trying to add one veggie to one meal per day.

3. The typical resolution: Be more present and mindful. The manageable resolution: Meditate for five minutes in the morning.

General goals about doing something aren't usually effective without a clear plan to accomplish them. If your goal is to be more mindful, try starting a meditation practice and keeping it up for just five minutes in the morning. The more you get into it, the more time you'll likely add to your meditation. Over time you might notice the daily practice improving your ability to be present. 

4. The typical resolution: Go to the gym every single day. The manageable resolution: Get at least 15 minutes of exercise each day.

How many people have the goal of going to the gym every single day, but abandon it before January is over? With everything else in our busy lives, it can be difficult to make it to the gym. Therefore, a better goal is to focus on getting at least 15 minutes of exercise each day, in the gym or outside the gym. Anything can count as exercise, from walking your dog to doing yoga.

5. The typical resolution: Quit smoking. The manageable resolution: Have one less cigarette each day.

It's extremely difficult to go from regularly smoking to having no cigarettes. Instead of going cold turkey, begin by trying to cut down the number of cigarettes you have on a daily basis. You can also speak to your doctor and groups about other effective ways to help you quit.

6. The typical resolution: Get a new job. The manageable resolution: Reach out to one new industry contact a week.

Getting a new job is a major life change and requires planning. It's great to focus on the end result, but it's better to focus on the initial stages. So, make one of your goals to reach out to a different person in your field to get insight on your search. And don't forget to have a resolution to update your résumé.

7. The typical resolution: Go traveling. The manageable resolution: Explore a new place or area of your city.

Almost everyone has that fantasy goal about traveling the world, but it isn't realistic unless you have the time and money. To satisfy your wanderlust, you can have a goal to explore the area right in your own backyard. You can try going on a day trip, or you can even explore a new part of town you've never been to.

8. The typical resolution: Learn a new language. The manageable resolution: Learn one new word a day.

Learning a new language is a challenge, especially when you're doing it by yourself. Instead of focusing on verb tenses and how to construct proper sentences, try to learn just one word a day. Once you get the basics, you can increase your goal to two words, then three, then four. You get the picture. 

9. The typical resolution: Save more money. The manageable resolution: Set up a transfer from your checking account to your savings.

Everybody wants to save money after the holidays, but actually doing it can be challenge. To make it easier, set up an automatic transfer that takes money from your checking account to your savings. It doesn't have to be a large amount. Even something as small as $5 can build up over time.

10. The typical resolution: Have a better relationship. The manageable resolution: Do something small to show your S.O. you care on a weekly basis.

Take action by resolving to show your love to your S.O. by doing something small for him/her each week. It doesn't need to be a grand gesture. Something as simple as a hug or saying how you feel will work.

11. The typical resolution: Stop procrastinating. The manageable resolution: Cross one item off your to-do list each day.

Overcoming procrastination isn't easy. It's a habit that can keep coming back, especially if you try to do too many things at once. To stop yourself from becoming overwhelmed, focus on trying to cross one thing off your to-do list. Just remember to not get upset if you don't get it accomplished in one day. As long as you're making progress, you're getting somewhere.

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