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Good New Year’s resolutions are ones that make you feel good or accomplished and are easy for you to keep. They are specific and listed as a task on a checklist rather than a vague goal. Often they are things you’ve been meaning to get to or to do, but just haven’t gotten to it. Not sure what you want to accomplish in the coming year? Here are some good New Year’s resolution ideas that anyone can add to their list.

Get an Emergency Preparedness Kit Ready

You may not know when the next disaster will happen, but you can predict that an earthquake, hurricane, snowstorm, or flood will happen somewhere in the coming year. If iEmergency kits for earthquakesCredit: The Ready Storet happens in your region, then you will need a survival kit to keep you fed and warm for at least three days. You can put together your own stash or make this one of your New Year’s resolution ideas that’s easy to check off by purchasing emergency preparedness kits for you and your family.

Buy a Fireproof Safe

A fireproof safe will keep your important papers and small valuables safe in the event of a fire or break in. It also helps you stay organized because you will know where those important papers are located. Buy a heavy safe that’s difficult to carry out of the house, making it difficult to steal.

Write Your Will

You may not think you have a lot of assets to pass on, but you still need a will to make things just a little bit easier on yoWrite your will yourselfCredit: Amazonur family should the unfortunate occur. This is especially true if you have kids. You can find a lawyer to write out your will or save some money and use legal software such as Quicken’s WillMaker to write your will.

Set Up Automatic Savings

You can save money by skipping one or two lattes a week. But if you don’t put that saved money somewhere right away, then you’re likely to spend it on something else and never build up a savings. Open an account that’s inconvenient to access (at a different bank and don’t get an ATM card) and set up automatic payments to it from your paycheck or checking account.

Have a Garage Sale

Declutter your house and garage and earn some cash with a garage sale. Lack of savings and a cluttered house raises stress. A garage sale can reduce that stress. 

Be Healthier

Losing weight is at the top of many people’s New Year’s resolutions ideas checklist. But “losing weight” or even putting a specific amount of weight to loose on your list is difficult to accomplish and can add stress to your year. Instead, make at least one specific activity as your goal that will overall make you healthier and don’t worry about how much weight to lose. If you are healthier, the weight loss will come on its own. Here are some specific ideas to make as a resolution to be healthier:

  • Don’t go through any drive-thru windows for food (if you have to get out of the car, you are less likely to make that fast food stop)
  • Eat three different fruits and vegetables a day
  • Eat breakfast every day
  • Exercise three hours a week (walking can count)
  • Pack a lunch three times a week

Take a Risk

Everyone has something they’ve always wanted to try but were afraid to try. Write that something down and take the risk. It may be skydiving, starting a small business, meeting new people, or going back to school.

Decorate a Room

You may have grand ideas of how you want to decorate your house. But updating and decorating the entire house is a big project and expensive. Choose one room in the house to update and make your own by the end of the year.

Do Something GreenGreen businesses help the environment

You don’t have to change your entire lifestyle to be more green and environmentally friendly. You can just change one small habit to make a green difference. Buy some totes and don’t use grocery store bags, donate to a green charity, buy more organic food, grow a garden, stop using pesticides and herbicides, plant native plants around your house, or put up a birdhouse or bat house.


Volunteering doesn’t just help others, it helps you feel good, gain new skills, and meet other like-minded people. And you can find any number of volunteer opportunities that fit your personal causes and schedule. You can’t use “I don’t have time” as an excuse. Some volunteering can be done in a weekend like cleaning up a beach or creek. Volunteer for an environmental or animal group and you can check off doing something green and volunteering with one activity.

If you are still looking for good New Year’s resolutions to add to your list, think off all the things you put off for another time and commit to making some of them happen in the coming year.