If you鈥檙e not about that 鈥渘ew year, new me鈥 vibe every time December 31 rolls around, we鈥檙e with you. While there are plenty of creative resolutions that are super easy to keep, most often setting New Year鈥檚 goals feels like an annual exercise in setting yourself up for disappointment; we always seem to struggle about three months into the new year. We鈥檝e put together this totally inspiring list of 10 alternatives to resolutions you can experiment with all year long.

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1. Start New moon manifestations. We鈥檝e already declared new moon manifestations to be the new New Year鈥檚 resolutions. Here鈥檚 how it works: At every new moon, you set your intentions for the coming lunar cycle to be fulfilled by the end of the four weeks. These manifestations should be written as though you鈥檝e already accomplished them and should be manageable and detailed 鈥 鈥淚 go to the gym twice a week,鈥 or 鈥淚 read the newspaper instead of Instagram every morning.鈥 We suggest keeping a dedicated manifestation journal so you can watch your progress throughout the year.

2. Keep a full moon release list. Historically, farmers have used the lunar cycles to work their crops 鈥 plant during the new moon and harvest during the full. So, while new moon manifestations represent the planting of your life decisions, the full moon release list is the harvesting. This means that every full moon, you write out every thought, habit, pattern, and action from all areas of your life that no longer serve you. 鈥淚 release feelings of resentment toward my boss,鈥 or 鈥淚 release the need to eat ice cream every night鈥 鈥 whatever you currently do that you no longer want to, write it down and let it go.

3. Start bullet journaling. A new year means a new day planner, and if you鈥檙e anything like us, then you live for to-do lists, penciled-in dates, and color-coded everything. Bullet journaling is a hybrid planner-journal method that takes traditional to-dos and combines them with creativity in a customizable, fun format. You just buy a blank notebook, number the pages, create an index, and then go nuts with daily task pages, calendar pages, future logs, and lots of other organizational tools. We tried it out here and can vouch for it as an efficient, effective method of goal-setting for the crazy-busy, no-nonsense among us.

4. Set an intentions list. If you tend to be hard on yourself, we suggest setting an intentions list this new year for a gentler way to set goals. Simply write down thoughtful intentions you鈥檇 like to carry with you throughout the year and revisit them regularly to keep your mindset on track. We love intentions like 鈥渂e as kind to myself as I鈥檇 be to my best friend鈥 and 鈥渓ook forward to exercise like it鈥檚 a luxury rather than an annoying obligation鈥 鈥 they鈥檙e specific, attainable, and foster positive growth in your life.

5. Follow a book鈥檚 message. Some self-help books are so cheesy it hurts, but there are tons of other practical, positive books that are meant to bring some seriously awesome change to your life. Shonda Rhimes鈥 Year of Yes ($16) is part memoir, part guidebook on how to radically change your life by simply saying yes to the opportunities that come your way. The 52 Lists Project ($17) by Moorea Seal is a book of list prompts 鈥 one for every week of the year 鈥 that range from 鈥渓ist things you鈥檇 like to be known for鈥 to 鈥渓ist the things you鈥檇 change in your life right now if you could.鈥 No matter which book you choose, you鈥檒l have a built-in partner for your year of positive change.

6. Create a TBR list. A year-long 鈥渢o be read鈥 list is a perfect NYR alternative for anyone who loves to read (or was planning on adding 鈥渞ead more鈥 to their resolutions list). Reading new things really encapsulates so many of the goals we set for ourselves every year 鈥 learn something new, travel more, use less screen time, etc. 鈥 so it鈥檚 time to start flexing that library card. You can set a goal 鈥 say, 15 books 鈥 and even come up with a theme, like reading only books written by women or books set within a culture that鈥檚 different from your own.

7. Choose a word of the year. Find a single word that encapsulates all you hope to accomplish in the new year and make it your motto. Then, every time you need guidance, focus, or clarity in your decision-making or action-taking, check in to see if it aligns with the spirit of your word. 鈥淏alance,鈥 鈥渁ction,鈥 鈥渇un,鈥 鈥渁dventure鈥 鈥渃ontentment,鈥 and 鈥渟ervice,鈥 are all great words to see you through amazing change throughout the year.

8. Write a Highlights and Anticipations list. Start by listing all the most sparkling highlights of the previous year, whether it鈥檚 something major, like a job promotion, or something smaller, like a memorable night of dancing with your besties. Follow up with a list of everything awesome you鈥檙e anticipating for the year ahead 鈥 both on the books and TBD. Maybe you鈥檙e hoping to adopt a dog or have a family vacation planned; either way, writing a huge happy list spanning 24 months is an amazing way to start a new year.

9. Come up with a goals list. This is probably the most similar to a resolutions list, but still keeps the tone super positive. Here, we suggest writing small, actionable goals that you know you can accomplish. So, instead of a New Year鈥檚 resolution that reads 鈥渓ose 10 pounds,鈥 you can write 鈥済o to the gym once a week鈥 or 鈥渆at vegetarian on Mondays.鈥 Whatever you鈥檇 like to change in the new year, give yourself realistic goals rather than overwhelming directives, and we promise you鈥檒l feel much more motivated to move forward.

10. Make a gratitude list. Sometimes, the only thing you need to do to make a new positive change in your life is to focus on what鈥檚 already working. Enter the gratitude list. As the new year rolls around, start writing down all the rad things you鈥檙e currently thankful for, from having a roof over your head to a supportive S.O. that always makes you smile. Take account of it all 鈥 big and small 鈥 and we鈥檙e sure you鈥檒l start the new year with renewed motivation.

What is your favorite way to start the new year off on a positive note? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!

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