While only a quarter of New Year’s Resolutions make it to February, and according to a study at Sanford University, less than 8% of them make it all the way through the year, we all still come back to the age-old New Year tradition every year. Why? There’s something irresistible about fresh starts. There are a few tricks to making a good resolution: approach it like you would goal setting and make it specific, make it measurable, and try breaking bigger resolutions down into smaller, quarterly goals. We spoke to some of the Compare Retreats Team, from wellness experts to editors, to see how they’re approaching their New Year’s Resolutions and what goals they’re setting in 2020.
Compare Retreats Expert: Yoga Instructor & Wellness Director
My New Year’s resolution is to eliminate wasted energy spent over-thinking decisions or second-guessing. I’m moving into 2020 with an intention of clarity, decisiveness and trust. I’ve found that the key to this is sticking to a morning routine that includes mindfulness practices, movement and meditation. I look forward to channelling that extra energy into new passions, such as my new-found love of diving and learning about the ocean, as well as giving back.
Dervla Louli Musgrave
Compare Retreats Founder
I’m trying to work on a more consistent sleep and movement routine. Sleep is one of my most overlooked wellness rituals, but the most important for overall health and wellbeing. I also tend to be a bit of an extremist, so instead of doing marathons, intensive three-hour yoga classes, or lengthy courses, I want to focus on doing 20-minutes each of cardio, weight-training and stretching daily for a perfect 60-minute routine that can slot into every day.
Compare Retreats Digital Consultant
I’ve been trying quarterly goals to hold myself accountable with more regular check-in points along the way vs. new year resolutions. I typically set goals across personal development, career, health and relationships. A big goal for me in 2020 is completing my first full IronMan in Barcelona in October. To keep me on track I have a coach, Ant Haynes, build a morning routine and have a great set of mates to train with which keeps training fun.
Compare Retreats Chief Content Officer
Meditation has been a habit I’ve been saying for well over a year that I’m going to do daily, but I’m always ‘too busy’—probably because I’m the kind of person who actually has about 15 New Year’s resolutions. This year, I really want to commit to it so I’ve simplified everything down and taken everything else off the list. To make sure I really stick to it, I’m setting alarms on my phone for ‘meditation time’, looking at meditation studios I can visit weekly to keep me on track, and I already have Headspace downloaded on my phone and moved to the home screen to make sure it’s at the forefront of my mind.
Compare Retreats Wellness Expert: Yoga Instructor
My New Year’s resolution for 2020 is to be more mindful of the time I spend on my phone. The goal is to become more efficient at posting and maintaining my social media presence, while prioritising time spent on transformative travel, fun activities and quality self-care.