It’s estimated that 80% of people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions. You might say they’re not as resolute as they thought, but we don’t think it’s the person’s fault. The resolutions are to blame—most of them are completely unrealistic. Hit the gym every day, when it’s been a few years since you set foot in one. Eliminate all carbs from your diet, when pasta is your kryptonite. Commit to a three-step facial cleansing routine, when you have a knack for falling asleep watching TV. See the pattern here?
The only way to pass this annual test is to make resolutions—or better yet, a resolution—you can realistically keep. Diving in head first will inevitably end in failure. But dipping your toe in and testing the water is easy. Anyone—especially you—can do it. You’ll quickly get comfy with the temperature and, before you know it, you’ll be conquering the resolution like a champ.
We recently polled 50 people and asked them about their 2020 resolutions. Not surprisingly, a lot of the resolutions were super aggressive and impractical. But there were a handful that made total sense. Here are our 5 faves—realistic resolutions straight from people just like you. They’re easy to make, easy to keep and will help you successfully kickstart and crush the new decade.