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Top 50 New Year's resolution ideas for 2020 and how to achieve them

The UK's most popular New Year resolutions for 2020 based on Google search volume and a few tips for success

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By Benedict Adam

Co-founder, GOAT

Avid readers may well remember the 2016 New Year’s resolution research. Well after a four year hiatous we’re back with an update on the search data for 2020.
New Year, fresh start. New Year’s resolutions offer hope for us all for the next 12 months. Choosing a resolution is the easy part, seeing it through for the whole year is the challenge. We’ve analysed historic search data to identify the most common ways the UK population wants to improve, while offering a few pointers to set you off in the right direction.

New Year’s resolutions: ideas & inspiration

If you’re struggling to think of a resolution, why not look to the rest of the UK for inspiration? Using end of the year 2019 search volume data of how people search on Google in the UK, we’ve pulled together the most popular ways in which people are looking to make a change for 2019.

First position: ‘how to lose weight’

In at number one and mainting the top spot from 2016 is [how to lose weight].  Following the festive period of over indulgence this may be as you might expect!  

Past studies have labelled the UK the ‘Fat Man of Europe’, reporting one in four people are obese, so it’s no real surprise there were 49,500 searches, (up 49.5% on 2016) for [how to lose weight].

Try the NHS ‘Lose Weight’ page as a good place to start.

Second and Third position: ‘how to save money’ and ‘how to be happy’

In second place, with 14,800 searches (up 22.3%) is [how to save money] and in third with 12,100 searches, is [how to be happy], focusing on the age old question, can money make you happy? The two are often intrinsically linked, with a past Guardian study finding money the greatest source of anxiety for Britons.

For money saving advice try the Money Advice Service ‘How to Save Money’ page; free independent finance advice from the Government.

If in your pursuit of happiness you’ve already spent some time looking inward, why not try looking outward for advice on how to be happy with this list of top ten books about happiness.

Fourth position: ‘how to write a book’

Remaining in fourth place, and increasing in search popularity by 83% is [how to write a book] with 5,400 searches. Highlighting the common goal for many to complete that elusive first book in the next 12 months.

Why not start the year with everything you need to know in 20 steps from Jerry Jenkins, then get back to writing.

Failing that hire some scientists and computer programmers to create a program to identify the algorithm to writing a best-selling novel!

Fifth position: ‘how to sleep better’

In fifth place it’s [how to sleep better], with 5,400 searches (up 22.7%). The average Briton gets just six hours and 19 minutes sleep a night a recent survey found.

To improve your sleep you may wish to try out Sleepio, a free online tool to build yourself a sleep improvement program based on 35 years of research.

Scroll down to see the rest of the top 50 searches and how they compare in position to the last study of 2016.

Tips for achieving your New Year’s resolution

With 6 out of 10 UK adults breaking their New Year’s Resolution, it’s no simple task to chose one and see it through. Here are some tips to make sure you are part of the successful 40%.

Choose carefully – select an achievable New Year’s resolution and focus on just one thing, don’t try and focus on too many changes, you’ll likely end up doing none of them particularly well.

Avoid previous resolutions – you probably failed for a reason and may well be just asking for more frustration and disappointment

Break it down – divide your resolution into small achievable chunks, it’s easier to lose half a kilo a month vs just losing weight

Reward yourself – as you progress plan small rewards to keep you motivated (as long as it’s not doughnuts when you’re trying to lose weight)

Don’t give up – Treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether

Make your goals public – you’re more likely to succeed with a little help and support from your friends and family

Below is the full list, choose carefully and do your best to succeed!


RankKeywordSearches: Oct 2019Change
1how to lose weight495000
2how to be happy148000
3how to save money12100-1
4how to write a book99000
5how to sleep better54000
6how to be more confident29001
6how to cook29001
6how to get out of debt29006
6how to reduce stress29007
6how to stop procrastinating29003
7how to eat healthy24002
8how to meet new people24001
9how to get over an ex1600-3
10how to be more positive13006
11how to remember things10003
11learn to cook1000#N/A
12how to find love8802
12how to give up smoking8807
12how to learn a language8804
13how to be more social5905
13how to earn more money5908
13how to reinvent yourself5906
14how to be less stressed39013
14how to be more organised3907
14how to control your emotions39013
14how to volunteer3909
15how to be more creative3208
16how to be more romantic21013
17how to be tidy17016
17how to get things done1709
17how to start a new career17012
18how to eat better14018
18how to read more books14018
19how to dress better11017
19learn self defense11014
20how to be more active9011
20how to stop being late9011
21how to drink less7012
21how to eat more healthy7015
21ways to volunteer7020
22how to help charities4018
22how to not be late40#N/A
22how to spend less time on social media4021
23how to be more polite3023
23how to be more responsible3020
23how to face fear3018
24how to travel more3022
25how to get a better work life balance2021
25how to spend more time with family2018
26how to watch less tv1020

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