5 Easy Habits to Adopt Now for a Successful New Year

Well hello to you, 2021! I, along with countless others, thought you’d never show up.

There’s no denying that I’m thrilled to have last year behind us, but I’m pretty skeptical heading into the new year. I was so happy to say goodbye to 2019, and look how 2020 turned out! The same sense of celebration and feelings anew just aren’t there right now. 2021 needs to prove itself and make me a believer. Maybe others of you can relate to similar feelings.

So instead of focusing on new year goals or intentions, I’m sharing 5 easy habits to adopt now for a successful new year. Because let’s face it – we’re still in the thick of a global pandemic, and if you’re like me then it’s difficult to think big picture with still a lot of uncertainty. Without knowing when it’ll be okay to safely leave our homes on a more regular basis, putting our energy into small everyday tasks and habits seems more doable.

5 Easy Habits to Adopt Now for a Successful New Year

5 habits successful new year

Make the bed every morning.

A simple, mundane task that is ridiculously effective. It’s the easiest way to feel a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning.

Get moving for 30 minutes.

It’s easy to fall into the work-from-home trap these days of being chained to your desk all day. So, it’s important to plan a break to get your body moving! Whether that’s a quick walk with the dog, a full-on workout or a dance party around the house. A half hour is all you need – your mental health will thank you just as much as your physical health.

Put yourself together.

This looks different for everyone! For me, it’s jeans everyday (even if I just pair ’em with a sweatshirt and slippers), styling my hair, and minimal makeup (mainly concealer and brows). Sure, it’s fun being in lounge wear everyday, but it can be difficult to be in a work/productive mindset when you’re dressed and ready for the couch. Maybe it’s time to save the sweats and topknots for after 5 p.m. – it’s something to look forward to!

Pick up a book.

I have a ton of recommendations! Or a magazine. Or ANY sort of reading material. The 24-hour news cycle has dominated our attention and mental space for a full year now – it’s okay to tune out and take a break.

Implement a “social media curfew.”

It’s probably safe to say that we’re all spending significantly more time on our phones. My personal usage and time scrolling social media is at an all-time high, and it honestly disgusts me. Especially because I can feel the comparison game sucking me in, and nobody has time for that. Instead of setting time limits throughout the day, I better like the idea of implementing a curfew of sorts to logout of all apps and put the phone down. My plan moving forward is to have a cutoff time between 6 and 7 p.m.

What other habits do you want to adopt for the year ahead?

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  1. 1.13.21
    Anne said:

    YES to making the bed. My other trick is that I plug in my phone after dinner (~6:45) in the kitchen. It really helps me NOT pick it up after that!

  2. 1.6.21
    Lovely said:

    Yes to all these! Making my bed in the morning might be a small accomplishment, but it sets the tone for the entire day.

  3. 1.6.21
    Debbie said:

    These are all excellent and very do-able suggestions for the New Year! I plan on implementing some for myself!

    • 1.7.21
      Karly said:

      I’m all about do-able things right now!

  4. 1.6.21
    SMD said:

    Today I wrote about my main goal for the year: staying afloat. That’s it. That’s all. It manifests in different ways.

    None of these are on my list but I wake up and make the bed, shower, and dress every morning. The dress is casual, but it’s still dressed in a way I can appear on camera.

    • 1.7.21
      Karly said:

      I think that’s the best goal any of us can have for the year.

  5. 1.6.21
    Rachel said:

    Reading more books is definitely on my list, too. I’m just waiting for libraries to re-open here (ugh Covid!)

    • 1.7.21
      Karly said:

      Our library has been closed, too – it’s the worst!

  6. 1.6.21
    Biana said:

    I love your social media curfew, I’m planning on doing at least one day a week off social media or at least try! I love making the bed every day and I try to move for at least 20 minutes a day!! Great tips girl! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

    • 1.7.21
      Karly said:

      I’m sure the social media curfew won’t be a seamless transition, but it’s something I’m dedicated to doing for my mental health!