Nearly half of all Americans will make a resolution this January but only about 10 percent of those people will actually follow through. If you really want to make a change, set attainable goals and then create a plan. Set yourself up for small successes, so that you’ll be motivated to continue, and don’t be afraid to ask for a little help. Here are 10 popular New Year’s resolutions and how Thumbtack can support you so you’re still working towards them come summer.
Get in Shape
Staying fit and healthy (or getting fit and healthy) is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. But the truth is that by February, many new gym memberships go idle. That’s because it can be hard to change old habits or find a workout you really love. If you have an instructor or trainer to hold you accountable, you’re much more likely to show up for your workouts, train harder, and see results. And because Thumbtack has pros who can help you with everything from boxing to circuit training to yoga to strength training to pilates, you’ll be able to find a form of exercise that you actually enjoy, so that working out doesn’t feel quite so much like work.
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Whether you want to lose weight or just start creating healthier habits, taking steps towards improving your nutrition and, ultimately, your overall health is a noble resolution. But habits are hard to break and it’s not always easy to make healthy choices. A nutritionist can tailor a plan for you based on your goals and lifestyle and teach you how to shop and cook so that you’re eating a more nutritious diet and ultimately reaching your goals.
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Learn an Instrument
If you’ve always wanted to play the piano, guitar, drums, flute, ukulele, or bagpipe, stop putting it off and make 2017 the year you finally bring the joy of music into your life. Yes, you won’t be perfect immediately, and it takes a lot of practice, but with the help of a qualified instructor, you’ll be impressing your friends and family with your musical skills in no time at all.
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Whether you have a garage full of junk, closets overflowing with clothes, or just feel like you don’t have a system to get control of the clutter, getting organized is a great New Year’s resolution because with just a little hard work and time, you get results you can see. Plus, being organized is proven to increase productivity and reduce stress. And best of all, once you create new habits, staying organized becomes a lot easier. Still, you may not know where to start or it might just feel overwhelming, which is why you should consider hiring a professional organizer. That person can help you figure out where to start, guide you towards decisions about what to keep, donate, or toss, and set you up with a plan for success so you stay organized going forward.
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Spend Less, Save More
It’s never too soon in life to understand where you’re spending your money and set financial goals for what you want to achieve in the future. At the very least, this requires creating a budget, tracking spending, and saving money… all of which may be easier said than done. If you really want to get control of your personal finances and start managing your money properly, a financial planner or advisor can help you create a roadmap, give you an impartial opinion about your money, and provide you with advice to set you up for financial success.
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Learn a New Language
There are tons of benefits to learning a new language: it’s good for your brain, it builds confidence, it helps you discover new cultures, it opens up job opportunities, and it makes traveling so much more enjoyable… Of course, it’s not an easy process, but with the right instructor and a lot of practice, you’ll be fluent in French, Spanish, Japanese, or sign language before you even know it. Bon chance!
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Learn How to Cook
Eating out and ordering in may be tasty and easy, but if you can cook for yourself, you’ll make better food choices, know what you’re putting into your body, save money, and, eventually, feel confident entertaining friends and family. You may even find you really enjoy it. And while it’s been said anyone who can read can cook, taking lessons is a good way to learn the basics, discover new ingredients, and build confidence in the kitchen.
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The best ways to eliminate stress are to eat healthy, exercise, and get enough sleep. But sometimes even that’s not enough. In that instance, it’s important to take time for yourself to relax during the day. That may mean taking a private yoga lesson, getting a massage, or learning how to meditate… Find what works for you and make it a point to take the time to take care of you.
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Get a Raise/Find a New Job
If you’re not happy at work or want to finally snag that much-deserved promotion, making a resolution about your career is a great way to set yourself up for success in 2017. And while you may know exactly what you need to do, for many people, it’s hard to know if their current job is the one they really want to do long-term or how to take the next step to get to where they want to be. That’s when a career coach can be an invaluable resource. They can help you make a career pivot, give you interview tips, assist you with networking, and so much more. It may seem like a splurge, but considering how much time you spend at your job, it should be something you love to do and you should be making what you’re worth.
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Spend More Time with Family
Everyone wishes they had more time to spend with their loved ones. But it’s hard when there’s so much to be done: the house needs to be cleaned, dinner needs to be cooked, the lawn needs to be mowed, gutters cleaned, boiler repaired, windows washed… It might not be possible to get help with all of it, but no matter what the chore, there’s a Thumbtack pro who can help, which is a great way to give yourself the gift of time that you can then share with your friends and family.
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