These Alternative New Year's Resolutions Will Make You Reconsider Your 2022 Goals

While the idea of setting goals for the year seems great in theory, it's not always as easy to maintain lifestyle changes, especially as January comes and goes. We often have a difficult time seeing those big, pivotal resolutions — like eating healthy 24/7 or training for a marathon — come to fruition by the end of the year.

Plus, plugging away day after day at a goal that feels insurmountable (ahem, running a 5K before work) can be exhausting. Instead, choose better-for-you options that you'll actually enjoy, like Harmless Harvest Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative. This plant-based yogurt is so creamy and delicious, eating it hardly feels like you're following through on a New Year's resolution — it's what we would call a "non-resolution." Now that your healthy-eating resolutions are pretty much covered, there's room to add a few alternative ideas to your New Year's resolutions list — resolutions that will make your life just a little bit better every day, but won't take so much effort. Whether it's getting that password list under control or unfollowing burned-out flames on social media, keep scrolling to get some fresh inspiration when setting goals for the year ahead.

Teach Yourself What an NFT Is
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Teach Yourself What an NFT Is

There's no telling what people will spend their money on in the name of fine art. We've seen a banana duct-taped to a wall, a fully functioning solid gold toilet, and now, clip art? Collecting fine art has finally made its way into the digital sphere in the form of non-fungible tokens (aka NFTs). At first glance, it doesn't seem like the most logical bridge — after all, anyone can download a video file — but regardless, we're determined to learn about this new art form. You don't need to take an intro-to-NFTs course at your local college — rather, start reading up. And maybe by the end of the year, you'll have a few NFTs to your name.

Unfollow Flings From Years Past
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Unfollow Flings From Years Past

Everyone has those two-to-three month flings that feel like a whirlwind romance. First there's love (or lust), then there's following each other on Instagram, then there's the all-too-frequent ghosting. After the relationship (or situationship) comes to an end, all that remains is a circular avatar that occasionally pops in to view your Instagram stories. Free yourself from the grip of flings from years past and hit that unfollow button. Better yet, remove them from your "following" list. Ultimately, seeing them less on social media means you won't expend energy thinking about now-irrelevant exes — and you'll make room in your Instagram and your life for new love interests.

Set a Boundary With the "Forgot Password?" Button
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Set a Boundary With the "Forgot Password?" Button

Clicking that "Forgot Password?" button is a convenient way to gain access to one of the hundreds of accounts attached to your email. With so many different password combinations, you wind up clicking that button over and over. It's an endless, vicious cycle of creating new passcodes you'll never remember. Resist the urge to click "Forgot Password?" and keep a list of logins on your notes app. Or, go the analog route and write them on a piece of paper (as long as you find a safe place to store it!). You can even subscribe to a password generator that will create and change your passwords on a monthly basis to maximize security.

Stop Buying Every Trending TikTok Gadget
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Stop Buying Every Trending TikTok Gadget

The upholstery cleaner, skin-care refrigerator, dog water bottle — some products we've found on TikTok are actually revolutionary, while most (read: silicone dish-washing gloves) are more of a hassle than an actual hack. If you're scrolling through the feed and come across a cool gadget some influencer is saying you just have to have, hit pause. Give yourself a moment to really consider the purchase or see if you already have items that solve the "problem" at hand. In fact, a standard chef's knife can work in lieu of most trending kitchen devices. Sure, it's fun being one of the girlies who get it, but not wasting your money feels much better.

Finally Clear Out Your Voicemails
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Finally Clear Out Your Voicemails

In the era of audio messages and video calls, it feels like the only people leaving a voicemail are our grandparents and potential scammers. On a slow Sunday afternoon, take some time to sit down and sift through your voice mailbox. Delete the companies claiming they've been trying to reach you about your extended warranty, but save the sweet birthday wishes from your grandma and ridiculous messages from your bestie. In the end, you'll have a clear voice mailbox, a clear state of mind, and feel just a little bit more like a grown-up.

Looking for more outside-the-box resolutions to try this year? Harmless Harvest created an Instagram filter you can play to discover even more fun goals. Tap on the filter tab on the @harmlessharvest Instagram account to try it for yourself!