Top 50 New Year’s resolution ideas for 2020 and how to achieve them
By Benedict Adam
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!
HNY <3 GOAT
|Rank||Keyword||Searches: Oct 2019||Change|
|1||how to lose weight||49500||0|
|2||how to be happy||14800||0|
|3||how to save money||12100||-1|
|4||how to write a book||9900||0|
|5||how to sleep better||5400||0|
|6||how to be more confident||2900||1|
|6||how to cook||2900||1|
|6||how to get out of debt||2900||6|
|6||how to reduce stress||2900||7|
|6||how to stop procrastinating||2900||3|
|7||how to eat healthy||2400||2|
|8||how to meet new people||2400||1|
|9||how to get over an ex||1600||-3|
|10||how to be more positive||1300||6|
|11||how to remember things||1000||3|
|11||learn to cook||1000||#N/A|
|12||how to find love||880||2|
|12||how to give up smoking||880||7|
|12||how to learn a language||880||4|
|13||how to be more social||590||5|
|13||how to earn more money||590||8|
|13||how to reinvent yourself||590||6|
|14||how to be less stressed||390||13|
|14||how to be more organised||390||7|
|14||how to control your emotions||390||13|
|14||how to volunteer||390||9|
|15||how to be more creative||320||8|
|16||how to be more romantic||210||13|
|17||how to be tidy||170||16|
|17||how to get things done||170||9|
|17||how to start a new career||170||12|
|18||how to eat better||140||18|
|18||how to read more books||140||18|
|19||how to dress better||110||17|
|19||learn self defense||110||14|
|20||how to be more active||90||11|
|20||how to stop being late||90||11|
|21||how to drink less||70||12|
|21||how to eat more healthy||70||15|
|21||ways to volunteer||70||20|
|22||how to help charities||40||18|
|22||how to not be late||40||#N/A|
|22||how to spend less time on social media||40||21|
|23||how to be more polite||30||23|
|23||how to be more responsible||30||20|
|23||how to face fear||30||18|
|24||how to travel more||30||22|
|25||how to get a better work life balance||20||21|
|25||how to spend more time with family||20||18|
|26||how to watch less tv||10||20|
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