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Monday's List: Making Our Resolutions Reality

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Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash

Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” - Oprah Winfrey

What We’re Trying

Healthy, Attainable Goals

If Your Resolution is to Read More: Try reading for 15 minutes a day. If you take public transit, bring a book or download an e-book before you go. Turn off your notifications so as not to be distracted whilst delving into a good book. Spend a little less time on social media in 2019 and a little more time nose first in a good novel. Try one of these reads from our suggested list.

If Your Resolution is to Sleep More: Early to bed, early to rise – hold up. Nope. That advice may work for some but not for all. Find 8 hours of sleep in your schedule that works for you and stick to it (even on the weekends). Use Sleep Genius (an app that helps you find a consistent sleep and wake time) or Inscape (an app that lets you choose an area of focus and gives you a guided meditation for the best sleep ever).

If Your Resolution is to Save Money: Try an app like Qapital (like our Hello Workwell contributor Alyssa uses), Digit (an app that automatically saves money based on your spending habits), or Acorns (perfect for investing your spare change and watching the money pile up). Savings shouldn’t be so difficult. Make it manageable. There’s an app for that.

How We’re Learning


If Your Resolution is to Learn a New Language: Try apps like Duolingo (a free and easy app that makes learning a language fun) or Drops (an app that feels less work and more play).

If Your Resolution is to Learn a New Skill: Search the online course libraries within apps Udemy or Lynda. Learn anything from web development to 3D animation to vegan cooking. A 2016 PEW Survey showed that 87% of personal learners found that doing so helped them to become both more capable and more well rounded. The possibilities are endless.

If Your Resolution is to Learn a New Instrument: Piano? Download SimplyPiano which gives you feedback as you play and courses for all music levels. Guitar? Bass? Ukulele? Try Yousician. Think SimplyPiano but for those strings. Drums? Let’s hope you live alone. Kidding! Try the Erskine Essentials App Collection.

What We’re Breaking

Bad Habits

If Your Resolution is to Quit Smoking: LIVESTRONG’S MyQuit Coach gives you the ability to track your cravings, look at your progress, and get support from an online community. Do it for you. Do it for a long, healthy life.

If Your Resolution is to Drop Bad Relationships: Thank you, next. Hello 2019 vibes. We’re cutting people off that no longer serve us. Friendships, family, boyfriends, girlfriends – toxicity is out. And on top of that, learn to say no.

If Your Resolution is to Detox from Social Media: Set boundaries. “After 8pm and before my first cup off coffee: no phone.” or “I can only use my laptop between the hours of 9am and 7pm.” Whatever your boundaries are, use them and stick to them. Try cutting cold turkey for a week and tracking how you feel without your tech. Use a reward system: “If I don’t use my phone outside of the boundary times, I’ll treat myself to Starbucks.” or “If I do use my phone outside of the boundary times, I’m not allowed to listen to music for the whole day.”