New Year’s Resolution Ideas 2019: The Ultimate List!

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New Year’s resolution ideas for 2019!

New Year's Resolutions Ideas

It’s exciting and maybe a little bit scary but it’s true, 2019 will be here soon!

Are you:

Thinking about taking on a New Year’s resolution or two?

Here are 50 New Year’s Resolution ideas for 2019 to get you started on self-improvement in the new year – one small step at a time.

After all:

A new year represents 364 new opportunities to make a change for the better! 

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for 2019

1. Drink MORE water.

This may be one of the more cliche New Year’s Resolution ideas…

But, that doesn’t make it a bad one!

We could all use a little more water in our daily lives. You can keep track of your water intake with an app, journal (free printable) or a marked water bottle.

2. Move more, sit less!

Between desk jobs and long commutes, I think we’re all guilty of sitting too much. And it turns out that sitting is the new smoking (it’s terrible for your health!).


Make it a goal to start daily walks, bike rides or running. Just something to get you up and moving a little more often!

3. Explore & travel more.

Take camping trips, visit the next town over, or go to National Parks. There are 5 opportunities in 2019 to visit National Parks for free!

Whatever you do, just shake up your usual routine!

4. Volunteer more.

There a lot of mores on this New Year’s Resolution list, huh?

Well, that’s because the goal of self-improvement is to enrich our lives, so we have to add MORE to it!

And volunteering time to help improve your community is a great way to give back.

After all:

You can never go wrong with charity work! It definitely bodes well with developing your personal character, too.

5. Send more handwritten letters.

Older folks, like grandparents & aunts/uncles, LOVE getting snail mail.

Brighten a relative’s day and get in touch with your offline self by sending a few handwritten letters this upcoming year.


Did you know that there are services (like Handwrytten) that hand write letters/cards for you

Pretty neat to know if you’re ever running short on time or you just don’t love your own handwriting.

6. Call mom/siblings/grandparents more.

Be the one who makes the first move!

A phone call is always more personal than a text or email. And people close to you, such as your mom, really appreciate hearing from you.

It’s only because they love you sooooo much. ❤

7. Pick a time to wake up & stick to it!

It’ll be difficult at first with your warm, comfy bed calling to you, but it’ll actually help you get better sleep.

Which in turn, is great for your health!

8. Live simply, only buy what is needed.

You don’t have to go whole hog with a minimalist lifestyle, but try being a little more conscious with your spending decisions.

You’ll end up saving money and decreasing junk clutter in your life. Win-win!

9. Prioritize breakfast.

Make sure to eat all your meals!

10. Turn on music instead of the TV.

I’m the type of person who likes a little white noise in the background when I’m doing stuff. Music is way less distracting and more motivating to me than a show playing. 


There are always better things to be doing than watching TV!

11. Remember your goals and the big picture.

It’d be a shame if all the New Year’s Resolution planning you did for 2019 went to waste.


Be sure to write down your goals and keep them somewhere where you’ll remember to do them. Like in a planner!

12. Try something new!

This idea is pretty open-ended:

You could try:  yoga, baking, DIY projects, meditation or art classes. The list goes on and on!

What’s something you’ve been wanting to try?

13. Floss your teeth daily.

Your dentist (and teeth) will love for it!

14. Quit one bad habit.

It could be nail-biting, smoking, eating out of boredom, etc.

Just pick one bad habit that’s dragging you down and work on eliminating it from your life. 

You can’t expect perfection overnight, but with consistency, you’re sure to achieve your goal.

15. Go to bed on time.

This circles back to having a set time for waking up every day!


Playing on your phone all night in bed can actually cause negative effects on your health.

16. Take time for self-care.

Out of all of the New Year’s Resolution ideas, this one should be a priority!


Do something nice for yourself once a week. It could be making time to read your favorite book, enjoying a long bath, or treating yourself to a manicure.

Pick something that recharges your batteries BIG time.

New Year’s Resolution Ideas 2019

17. Go skydiving!

…because, why not do it at least once?

Life is short and it’s not as expensive as you may think! Prices start around $120.

18. Clean out your email inbox.

Start the year right with a fresh inbox!

Instead of just deleting emails you don’t read, unsubscribe to them! Now they won’t be clogging your inbox all the time.

19. Take a full day off from social media once a month.

You know it’s good for you, you just have to make yourself do it.

20. Slow down while eating and savor each bite.

Live in the moment, live in the now!

As a bonus:

Slow eaters are 42% less likely to be overweight or obese. Food for thought (bad pun intended)! 

21. Make your coffee at home & save money.

It turns out that:

Crafting cold brew coffee is surprisingly simple! I personally use this cold brew coffee maker, which makes it even easier.


Don’t forget to treat yourself to a special coffee occasionally, too!

22. Clean out your closet.

Seriously! How much clothing do you have hanging up in there that you never wear?

Take some time this year to go through your belongs and declutter your life. 

What you end up not keeping you can donate, or even sell for some cash.

23. Try Meatless Mondays.

Reduce your meat consumption a little and help the planet out.

24. Go to local, live music concerts.

I think that:

New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 should be a mix of self-improvement and fun goals.

So have as much fun as you can this year! Drop in on local shows and see what’s happening.

25. Swap soda or other sugary drinks for tea.

Cutting down your intake of sugar and other mysterious ingredients is sure to have a positive effect on your life.

26. Try a fitness class.

Are you more motivated by group sports than solo ones?

Give water aerobics, spinning, Pilates, hip-hop or belly dancing a try to get your sweat on!

27. Learn a new language.

If you have aspirations to travel the world someday, learning a new language will be super useful!

There are even free apps (like Duolingo) that can teach you!

28. Do a little act of kindness daily.

A little kindness goes a long way. ❤

Some small acts of kindness ideas:

  • Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru,
  • Pay for an expired parking meter
  • Pick up a piece of trash on the ground

29. Keep a notepad next to your bed for ideas that come to you at night.

I always feel like my best ideas come to me at night!

So this year I plan to keep a pen and some paper on my nightstand. I’m not letting those good ideas get away anymore!

30. Start your morning with a stretching routine.

You’re not getting any younger, and you’re gonna want to preserve the mobility you have now for as long as possible.

That’s why:

Adding a stretching routine to your day is in your best interest! I like to do mine in the morning, but really any time of day will work.

31. Find a workout buddy.

Workouts are better with friends!


They can give you the little extra motivation needed to really push yourself at the gym.

32. Keep a jar of things you are grateful for during the year.

I love this New Year’s Resolution idea!

It’ll be nice to pull out your gratitude jar during Thanksgiving and reflect on the year.

33. Check out your local farmers and flea markets.

Yes get out into your community and see what it’s got to offer!


Adding locally grown fruits and veggies to your plate is sure to give you the warm fuzzies inside. For more than one reason!

34. Double the time you spend outside.

Did you know that 42% of Americans are vitamin D deficit?

You can up your own vitamin D just by spending 20-30 minutes a day in direct sunlight.

It’s as simple as walking your dog, or going for walk/hike!

35. Always use sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy!

Since you’ll be spending more time outside it’s important to protect your skin!

Because it turns out that:

Clouds don’t filter out UV rays, and you’re actually more at risk for skin damage on cloudy days. 

36. Keep a bag of essential supplies in your car.

With the California wildfires in mind…

It’s never a bad idea to have a bag of essentials in your car, in case you need to leave NOW.

Think things like:

  • Jumper cables
  • non-perishable snacks
  • a spare phone charger
  • a blanket
  • band-aids
  • sunscreen, etc.

37. Deep clean your keyboard!

Keyboards can be really nasty under the keys.

Be sure to give yours a deep cleaning to get out all of the crumbs (and other things) stuck inside there.

And if it’s been awhile, I’m sure you’ll be amazed (and disgusted) by what you find.

38. Organize your photos.

Organizing your photos is a great New Years Resolutions idea to take on!

It’ll only make locating your favorite memories easier. 


Delete duplicate pictures, and put them into folders! Make them quick to search for.

39. Delete apps on your phone that you don’t use.

Spring clean and organize everything in your life!


Getting rid of unused apps is probably going to help your phone run a little smoother, too.

40. Put your phone away an hour before bed.

We’re circling back again to making better sleeping habits with this New Year’s Resolution!


It’ll give you more time to do other things – like reading a good book!

41. Watch more documentaries.

Documentaries are a great way to learn new information while being entertained. 

Expand your horizons by educating yourself with documentaries.

42. Start a recipe box or journal.

Save all your favorites so you never have to wonder what you should make for dinner.

It’ll also be nice to pass along to your kids in the future!

43. Complete one money saving challenge.

Personal growth is all about challenging yourself and why not take on the challenge of saving money?

Sacrifice a little and watch your savings grow!

44. Send thank-you cards.

The Dollar Store is a great place to get them!

45. Lower your daily sugar intake.

Sugar is in everything these days! 

And the scary part is sugar causes inflammation in your body. Track how much sugar you consume in a typical day and you might be surprised at the number.

Start making the swap to eating whole foods instead of processed ones and watch your daily sugar intake drop.

46. Read at least one book a month.

Start working away on your to-read list that’s been collecting dust for too long!

There are too many good books out there to not be a reader.

47. Get an annual checkup.

When was the last time you went to the doctor? ?

48. Make an emergency kit.

Try this easy-to-make 5-gallon bucket kit!

49. Balance your checkbook (debit account) daily.

Don’t let your spending get out of hand and spoil your budget!

Make keeping track of your finances easy with one of my free budget templates.

50. Keep track of your eating habits or ANY good habits.

by writing it down (use our free printable meal planner) or using an app like MyFitnessPal.

And that’s the final idea on my list of New Year’s Resolutions for 2019!

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I'm Charlie, one of the co-founders of College Life Made Easy: a lifestyle blog that focuses on helping students navigate college life on topics of finance, organization, dorm living and more. 2015 graduate of the Ashland Institute of Massage. Originally from a little bit of everywhere (Air Force brat). Lover of Birkenstocks, rainy weather and miniature things.

  1. It’s April 1, but it’s never too late to follow this list. My favorite is to try something new. I will do it ones a month to build more motivations.

  2. Really very good, and some good habits, good ideas I got after reading this. Very helpful and thank you for all the great ideas.

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