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New Year's Resolutions and Improving your Wellbeing in 2024

Published by Beatrice Speck

29 November 2023

When it's around that time of year again, when the clock ticks down to the final seconds of the year, and the world collectively holds its breath for the arrival of a new chapter—the annual opportunity arises to pick New Year's Resolutions for 2024, and how they might help improve our wellbeing.


Instead of following the cliché "new year, new me" mantra, consider the impact of small and subtle transformations—resolutions that don't demand radical changes but rather gentle shifts for continuous self-improvement. Remember, you don't have to choose the old gym membership every year; meaningful resolutions can take various forms, each contributing to a more fulfilling and balanced life.


Here's a list of suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions for 2024, aimed at developing personal growth, enhancing work-based achievements, and including resolutions tailored for employees and managers, all contributing to an overall sense of fulfilment in the coming year.

New Year Resolutions for Individuals:

1.      Practice acts of kindness in the workplace, such as mentoring a colleague or initiating a gratitude board to acknowledge achievements.

2.      Learn a new skill relevant to your job role or industry and apply it in your daily tasks.

3.      Organise or participate in workshops aimed at enhancing teamwork, communication, or problem-solving within the team.

4.      Volunteer for cross-departmental projects to broaden your skill set and collaborate with different teams.

5.      Organise and participate in charity events or volunteering activities as a team.

6.      Start a book club focused on professional development or industry-related topics within the workplace.

7.      Collaborate with a colleague from a different department on a project to promote cross-functional teamwork.

8.      Create and share resources that promote mental health and well-being in the workplace.

9.      Practice meditation or mindfulness for at least 10 minutes daily.

10.   Learn a new form of exercise (yoga, pilates, dance, etc.) and commit to it weekly.

11.   Improve sleep habits by setting a consistent bedtime routine.

12.   Join a sports team for a season.

13.   Incorporate healthier eating habits, like cooking one new healthy recipe per week.

14.   Read a book on resilience.

15.   Volunteer at a local charity or community organisation once a month.

16.   Cultivate a daily gratitude practice, writing down three things you're grateful for each day.

17.   Limit screen time and set boundaries for technology use outside of work hours.

18.   Develop a hobby or skill unrelated to work, such as painting, playing a musical instrument, or gardening.

19.   Commit to practicing acts of kindness or random acts of generosity regularly.

20.   Attend a workshop or seminar on mental health or emotional wellbeing.

21.   Establish a daily exercise routine, such as going for a walk or practicing yoga.

22.   Prioritise regular breaks throughout the workday to relax and recharge.

23.   Join a local club or group centred around a shared interest or hobby.

24.   Invite a different colleague for a catch-up coffee once a month.

25.   Explore and practice stress-relief techniques like deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation.

26.   Commit to spending more time outdoors, engaging in activities like hiking, biking, or simply enjoying nature.

27.   Read a self-help or personal development book each month.

28.   Cycle to work every day June-August.


New Year Resolutions for Managers:

1.      Initiate and lead a monthly team-building activity or social event at work.

2.      Schedule a weekly check-in with colleagues to offer support or discuss non-work-related matters.

3.      Set up a peer learning group to exchange knowledge and skills among colleagues.

4.      Create a wellness initiative at work, such as a fitness challenge or mindfulness sessions during breaks.

5.      Initiate a knowledge-sharing session where each team member presents a topic they're passionate about.

6.      Implement a system for regular feedback and recognition among team members to foster a positive work environment.

7.      Develop a comprehensive training program for a specific skill set within your team and deliver it to colleagues.


As the countdown to the new year begins, this list of resolutions offers personal aspirations and work-based achievements, whether it's creating meaningful connections, embracing a healthier routine, or setting professional goals. May our New Year's Resolutions for 2024 guide us towards a year of improved wellbeing and positive change.

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