Every January 1, you make a concrete plan for the year ahead. By January 2, you’ve already gone astray — cheeseburger in hand. Alas, such are resolutions. This year, though, it’s going to be different (yes, really).
You can conquer and come out a winner in 2015. You just need the right tools. Ahead, we mapped out 10 of the most common New Year’s resolutions — from working out more to getting a better job — along with items to help you achieve them. Think of this as your ultimate take-charge list.
Spend Less Money On Coffee
That classic Prada bag you’ve been eyeing forever? It could be yours if you gave up your daily Starbucks run. Just think: That $25 you spend on fancy lattes every week could be put away to save for something you really want. Instead, make your coffee at home and pour it into a reusable to-go mug. KeepCup features a cork detail and is coffee-maker- and espresso-machine-friendly, so you can whip up your brew however you like.
KeepCup Brew Glass Travel Cup, $30, available at Prima Coffee Equipment.
Get More Sleep
With so many distractions — work, TV, apps — it can be easy to put off bedtime. But, it’s no secret that sleep leads to a more productive life. So, get some — and we don’t mean just five hours per night. A fancy pair of cozy pajamas might just get you motivated to curl up and snooze. This set from Sleepy Jones is designed with comfort (super-soft fabrics) and style in mind.
Sure, you want to travel, but due to (insert excuse here) you just haven’t taken that trip you’ve been dreaming about — resulting in an overworked you, plus unused vacation time at the end of the year. To inspire your wanderlust, invest in a quality piece of luggage you love. We’re partial to Proper Assembly’s duffel line — made with Japanese denim to keep the bags lightweight. Leave this luggage at the front of your closet to encourage that much-needed getaway.
Proper Assembly The No. 2 Duffel Bag – Camo, $200, available at Proper Assembly.
Land A Better Job
You have the chops to get to the next level; all you need is a little more confidence. Put on a perfectly tailored power suit that fits you like a glove, and you’re there. Reiss carries beautiful suiting with modern cuts and silhouettes. These are investment pieces, for sure, but they will withstand the test of time.
It’s time to stop worrying and relax already. If you’re in need of an easy, calming fix, sip a stress-relieving tea. The below option is ideal; it features soothing rooibos to warm you up, lavender to help you unwind, and coconut to transport you to the tropics.
DavidsTea Jessie’s Tea, $6.75, available at DavidsTea.
Learn Something New
Maybe you made a pact to learn something new this year. But, do you really have time for that foreign-language class every week? Maybe not. Instead, start small: Learn to cooksomething. All you need is a recipe book — store it next to (or better yet, blocking the view of) your takeout menus. This option features easy-to-follow recipes, courtesy of chefs from 18 of the best restaurants in the world. Who wouldn’t want to eat a top-notch meal from the comfort of home?
Phaidon Eating with the Chefs, $59.95, available at Phaidon.
Spend More Time With Famil
What with all those busy schedules and Netflix vortexes, it seems like quality family time happens less and less. To ensure you and yours get some face-to-face hangouts this year, invest in an old-school board game — one that doesn’t require any sort of phone or tablet. Home stores like Restoration Hardware stock fancy versions, which can act as beautiful coffee-table centerpieces, too.
Restoration Hardware Premier EditionScrabble, $199, available at Restoration Hardware.
If your life and your possessions seem scattered every which way, do something about it: Pick up cool organizational items to streamline. If you (like this editor) have magazines scattered throughout your apartment, storage baskets are a great way to sort those glossies and make them look like a part of your home’s interior scheme — rather than just part of a trash-dump situation. Head over to Anthropologie for a rustic-chic set.
Anthropologie Gatehouse Storage Baskets, $288, available at Anthropologie.
It’s tough to give up drinking, but even those of us who don’t struggle with addiction could benefit from cutting down. Opt for sparkling water with lemon or lime at the bar, and if you’re at home, try a DIY soda-making kit. Food52 carries a selection of other alternatives, too.
Provisions by Food52 DIY Flavored Soda Kit, $44, available at Food52.
Work Out More
Live The Process Cropped Stretch-Jersey Top, $85, available at NET-A-PORTER; Michi Hydra Crop Legging, $175, available at Michi; Nike Internationalist Mid Liberty Women’s Shoe, $120, available at Nike.
Illustrated by Elliot Salazar
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