10 Ideas for 2021 New Year’s Resolutions

by Jan 4, 2021

Happy New Year!

We’re so proud of how far you’ve (and we’ve) come during this difficult year. We finally made it to 2021!

Celebrating the New Year may feel different, and we know the hopes are high for a better 2021. People often set lofty resolutions for the next year, but this year it might be good to keep it simple.

Put the crazy diets and extreme exercise plans aside in 2021; here are some ideas for personal resolutions that are fun and attainable — and COVID friendly.

  1. Walk a mile every day. With remote work it’s easy to forget about physical health. Walking around the neighborhood is an easy goal that can fit into your busy lifestyle. And it keeps the blood flowing for the 9 hours of video calls each day.
  2. Cook something new each month. This is a great goal that can help improve your creativity and happiness. Rather than tracking calories this year, try out new recipes to create a more diverse diet.
  3. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Make a habit of getting more steps in your day. Bonus: You’ll avoid small spaces with strangers.
  4. Give one stranger a compliment once a week. We could all use more positivity right now. One kind phrase can go a long way in making someone else’s day – and your day – better.
  5. Spend less time with family. Us workaholics usually say we’ll spend more time with family next year. The struggle of working from home is real, so take some time to decompress and refresh. Getting centered makes for positive family interactions.
  6. Create a monthly budget, and follow it. According this survey62% of the top 2021 resolutions are focused on saving money rather than working out or dropping pounds. We say good call.
  7. Declutter your email inbox by setting rules. There’s no doubt you’ve received a large load of emails during this hectic year. Evaluate your inbox to determine what you really need to receive and not. Then reduce the number of emails sitting in a main inbox by setting up rules. Your heart and mind will thank you for reducing your stress and anxiety.
  8. Refrain from using your phone 30 minutes before bed. You’ve seen it before – using your phone right before bed can inhibit good sleep. If you check work emails then your mind is racing instead of sleeping, for example. Getting a good night’s rest is something we all could use in 2021. So put your phone down.
  9. Take one step closer to building equality. You could read a book or article to help you understand #BLM better, take time to explore America’s history sans the white lens, do some self-reflection or assessments… the options are literally endless.
  10. Attend a Civility Partners webinar! Attending a webinar of ours is a great opportunity for growth. We have one coming up in February on Employer Branding & Employee Experience in 2021. 


We hope this year brings you health, wealth, and happiness!

Warm wishes,

Catherine and the Civility Partners team

About Catherine Mattice Zundel

Catherine Mattice Zundel, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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