New Year, New Resolutions

2020 has finally ended! See what people are planning for the start of 2021.


Jasmine Washington

As we finally plunge into a new year, many people around the world are in high hopes for what 2021 will bring. Without a doubt, all of us have been through some of the worst in the year of 2020, and it’s time to start again. Like every new year, resolutions are set for people to accomplish before January 1st rolls around again. 

For many, resolutions tend to be in the same sort of situation – lose weight, eat healthier, start working out, become a better person…many of these things are common resolutions set for the new year. But what about students and their resolutions? And teachers, possibly even parents or guardians? 

For Kylee Dominguez, her New Year’s resolution is to be nicer to the people around her and go to church more often. Hailey Wittaker plans on giving herself more free time, taking less naps, and sleeping more at night. Both are great resolutions to make, let’s hope there’s nothing in 2021 that’ll cause a barrier of these goals. 

Taylor Donald explained that she doesn’t exactly have a New Year’s resolution, but if she were to make one it would be to try drinking more water and begin healthier habits. Another common resolution to focus on the health of others, Donald seems like she really just wants to have a good year and make valuable changes. Vi Williams stated that for her New Year’s resolution, she wanted to inspire people and to also be herself. When I asked exactly how she meant to inspire herself, she said, “…let people know they don’t need to change themselves or be different.” It’s good to know that even after a year as rough as 2020, many people are still wanting to not only look out for themselves, but also for others.

And lastly, Oliva Nichols told me that her New Year’s resolution was to not have a resolution. She explained that this is the case because, “I know I won’t keep it.” Not everyone needs to have plans for the future, so it’s good to know that a lot of people have confidence in just going through life. It also takes off any pressure of trying to accomplish those goals the months of this year.


What is the most common resolution?

Like many can probably assume, there’s always a lot of people who will take their resolutions very seriously at the start of January. However, it’s common for individuals to give up on these goals right around the time of early March. Statistically, New Year’s resolutions tend to stay the same regardless of what’s going on in the world.

According to Discover Happy Habits, their statistics show that in 2020, 27% of participants of the survey made New Year’s resolutions. Of those 27%, the most popular resolutions were to exercise more, save money, and begin healthier eating habits. For 2021, 31% of participants plan on making resolutions while 19% were unsure. Resolutions of this year slightly changed to exercising more/improving fitness, losing weight, saving money, and improving their diet. It’s no doubt that 2020 was a hard year for all of us, but Discover Happy Habits reports that 35% of participants from last year kept their resolutions, 49% somewhat forwarded their goals, and only 16% failed at keeping up with these aspirations. 

According to Statista, America’s top New Year’s resolutions went as follows: more exercising, eating healthier, spending more time with family or friends, losing weight, and living more eco-friendly. Though there’s a great chance for many people to fail at keeping up these goals, we can all only hope that 2021 is a great year for everyone.

And finally, Finder reports their statistics of what resolutions people plan on making this year. 45.6% wanted to focus on their health; 37.3% plan on self improvement; 33.7% want to get better with money (or earn some), 24.5% want to focus on their family; 16% plans on finding love, or improving their relationships now; and 15.6% want to do better in/begin their careers. Out of the participants in this survey, around 26% confirmed they didn’t have a New Year’s resolution. 

Now I know what you’re thinking: what if I don’t have a New Year’s resolution? And what if I don’t want to focus on the most common resolutions made in January? Well, there’s a lot of things people can do. Making resolutions like reading two new books, getting an A in a class you’ve struggled with, meeting someone new, or just randomly painting an artwork could be great resolutions to make. It isn’t as much pressure as losing weight, and maybe that’s a good thing.

Regardless of people’s plans for this new year, everyone has the chance to start again. So stay motivated, and don’t stop trying just because things are getting harder, it isn’t working if you aren’t trying. So write up your goals, steadily change your life, and prepare yourself for what 2021 awaits!




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