New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

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Most of us make them, and it seems most of us break them or at least bend them by the time Easter comes around, so will you be setting some strong and clear goals and New Year’s Resolutions that you will actually stick to in 2020?

Our panel is a little on the fence when it comes to setting resolutions with only 23% offering a firm commitment to 2020 resolutions, and 26% maybe trying and a whopping 51% not wanting to change anything next year at all.

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Among those making New Year’s Resolutions

Health & wellness and investing in ourselves come top with 58% wanting to exercise more, 51% wanting to lose weight, 53% eat more healthily and 42% wanting to cut down on their stress levels.

Cutting back and giving up are also popular themes for 2020 with people wanting to consume less sugar (31%), less meat (15%), (up 30% on 2019) cutting down booze (19%), stamping out smoking (12%) and quitting vaping (3%).

24% would like to learn a new hobby, volunteer more (13%), to spend more time with family (26%) and to take more holidays in 2020 (28%), which is one of our favourites.

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Reducing stress is 2020‘s top trending resolution – it's not the most common resolution, but it has had a huge increase since last year from 16% to 42% of New Year’s resolutions. About as many people want to give up smoking in 2020 as they did last year.

How did those resolutions work out for you in 2019?

70% of people did not bother to make any resolutions at all in 2019. Only 21% of us made the commitment to exercise more (37%), to lose weight (42%), eat healthier (32%) or drink less alcohol (15%).

Only 38% of those who pledged to change managed to achieve their resolutions, but 47% of people who tried did give it a good go, with only 2% of people caving in just a week after starting. Many of those who tried did manage 10-12 months (45%), with a further 11% making it to months 7-9 and 31% lasting 3 months or less.

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So why do we quit?

Some fairly weak reasons given for quitting early range from laziness, just not being bothered or it was hard, and I tried. However, a lot of people questioned fell off the resolution wagon due to time, money constraints, stress, health, the difficulty of the challenge, will power, motivation or illness.

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We asked people what they would do if they knew nothing would stop them

The most popular area people would focus on if they knew they would not fail is health at 42%, next is family at 31%, 28% would focus on their leisure time, 20% chose money and finance, 19% work and 13% chose love.

Are New Year’s Resolutions even achievable?

42% of respondents are sat on the fence with no opinion but 39% thought that next year's resolutions were achievable and 45% feel that resolutions at New Year are positive overall.

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