The first few days of working on a New Year鈥檚 resolution are usually pretty great. You jump out of bed with a go-get-鈥檈m attitude, filled with the best intentions to achieve whatever goal you鈥檝e set for yourself. You mentally chart your progress, silently (or perhaps loudly) congratulating yourself on the聽strides you鈥檝e made just a few days into the year. You close your eyes and wistfully聽imagine yourself three, six, and 12 months down the road, fully聽accomplished and beaming with pride at how successful you are at making 鈥 and keeping 鈥 New Year鈥檚 resolutions. It鈥檚 a nice picture, right?

Then, January 7 hits, and all bets are off. Even with your best intentions, you struggle to greet the day with the same rosy attitude you enjoyed in that first week of the year. It becomes harder to see the聽progress聽you鈥檙e making from one day to the next, and you鈥檙e suddenly less motivated to keep at it. We鈥檝e all been there, and it鈥檚 this all-too-familiar set of circumstances that keeps so many of us from setting resolutions in the first place.

There鈥檚 one surefire way to combat these New Year鈥檚 frustrations, though, and that鈥檚 to team up. Why not loop your partner in on your journey to self-improvement? Committing to work on a resolution with your significant other will keep you accountable, and it will also give you an easy-to-find understanding ear聽if (when!) your resolve has you feeling drained. Check out these 11 resolutions聽to work on with your S.O. in 2018.

1. Up your聽wellness game.聽No one wants to be the only person jumping out of bed at 6am for an early morning workout, or the only one eating a kale salad when there鈥檚 pasta on the menu. Partnering up with your S.O. in pursuit of your health and fitness goals this year is bound to make it easier for both you to be successful.

2. Read more.聽A mini-book club between you and your partner might be just the thing to encourage a reading habit in the new year. Take turns choosing a book to read, then set aside time after work and on the weekends to turn off the TV and read together. Once a month, set aside a date night to enjoy good food and a conversation about the book.

3. Spend more time with family.聽Look at the collective calendar and mark off days to spend with your family (and your partner鈥檚) on a regular basis. When this becomes an automatic part of your shared scheduling process, you鈥檒l find that family time will naturally work its way into your year.

4. Stay more informed about current events.聽Split聽the cost of a newspaper subscription, or choose a news show or podcast that you can both look forward to watching on a weekly basis. You don鈥檛 have to become聽totally current-event obsessed, but developing a聽mutual understanding of聽what鈥檚 happening in the world will make you feel more confident in newsy conversations and will prompt interesting one-on-one convos between you and bae.

5. Save money.聽If you and your聽S.O. share finances, this should be a no-brainer, but you can work on this together even if you have yet to take this big step, simply by serving as accountability partners. Share your individual savings goals with each other, then drop gentle (or not-so-gentle) reminders when it鈥檚 time to move the cash.

6. Learn something new.聽Sign up for an online course together or check out a couples鈥 cooking class. You鈥檒l be less likely to bail if you鈥檙e not in it alone.

7. Be more spontaneous.聽It鈥檚 a little weird and contradictory to聽plan to be more spontaneous, but you and your sweetie can work on being a little less plan-driven by pushing each other out of your respective comfort zones and encouraging the occasional shake-up to聽your joint routine. Surprise your S.O. with a random weeknight date, or suggest an impromptu get-together with friends on an otherwise gloomy weekend.

8. Give back.聽Work together to choose a cause that means something to both of you. Love animals? Pool your funds for a donation to the ASPCA. Have a shared heart for children? Find a local organization that offers opportunities for community service at a children鈥檚 hospital or after school program.

9. Travel more.聽If you feel like you and bae don鈥檛 make it a priority to get out of town, get a trip on the calendar now (we mean, like, right now). Travel doesn鈥檛 need to be expensive, either. Research day trips or destinations that you can reach with just a few hours in the car. It鈥檚 the simple act of prioritizing the travel that will make all the difference.

10. Disconnect from screens.聽Set boundaries for phones and tablets within your relationship. Leave your devices at home for date night, or commit to charging them outside the bedroom聽so you鈥檙e not scrolling through your individual Instagram feeds while you鈥檙e falling asleep or first thing in the morning.

11. Get more sleep.聽Once upon a time, you had your parents there to enforce bedtimes. Why not give that job to your significant other in 2018?

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