Believe it or not, 2022 is just a matter of weeks away.

Yes, this means we have nearly put a safety wall of two years between us and that year.

Time to prepare for the influx of (slightly obnoxious) social media posts declaring ‘2022 is my year’, ‘I’m turning over a new leaf’, ‘Page 1 of 365’, and, most importantly, ‘New Year, new me’.

But what if we told you that you don’t have to wait until January to kickstart the new you?

There are plenty of resolutions that you can – and should – start today.

What are some New Year’s resolutions you can start today?

Join a gym

Getting fit is one of the most popular resolutions every year, with 43% of Brits resolving to exercise more in 2022, according to Statista.

But instead of putting it off for a few more weeks, we recommended signing up and doing your induction now for a number of reasons.

The first is that you can beat inevitable sign-up queues ahead of other resolution-ers – be it a physical queue, or if your local gym has a limited number of spaces.

Additionally, starting the gym now means that you can sign up for more sessions as there will be fewer people vying for spots.

You can test out more equipment and machines without battling other clueless novices.

By the time the New Year rolls around, you might actually look like you know what you’re doing!

Be more eco-friendly

You might be able to wait until the New Year to rethink your environmental impact, but the planet unfortunately can’t.

The best time to start living more sustainably is yesterday – the second best is today.

Tesco recently revealed in their Christmas report that 36% of Brits aim to be more sustainable this yuletide period, so why not incorporate some eco-friendliness into your festivities?

Easy environmental habits to incorporate this winter include avoiding next-day delivery, using recyclable wrapping paper, gifting experiences rather than presents, and using up all leftovers to avoid food waste.

You can find more easy hacks for a more eco festive period here.

May all your Christmasses be green.

You can then take your new environmentally-friendly self into 2022 by ensuring that you recycle correctly, upcycle old clothes, adopt a more sustainable diet, compost food waste, and avoid these common mistakes.

Cut down on meat

Pigs in blankets, turkey, and salmon bellinis are abundant this time of year – but they can take a toll on both the planet and your health.

Many people resolve to cut down on their meat consumption in the new year, either with meat-free Mondays or participating in Veganuary.

In fact, more than 582,000 people from 209 countries and territories took part in Veganuary 2021, breaking all previous records, according to the official Veganuary site.

However, going cold turkey (pun intended) is not for everyone, and so you might want to slowly start reducing your meat consumption now.

Come 2022, you’ll be a regular Quorn star.

Swap out cocktail sausages for veggie ones (an elite tier snack, we assure you), bacon for fakon, and meaty gravy for a delicious red wine and onion alternative.

Metro.co.uk has also compiled a list of vegetarian recipes worthy of making it onto your Christmas dinner plate.

Volunteer

As Ebenezer Scrooge learns in the Christmas Carol, the festive period is a time for charity and goodwill to all mankind.

The cold weather makes it particularly important to focus on the homeless.

If volunteering is your New Year’s resolution, then it is better to start sooner than later.

Don’t wait for January, you can easily sign up to volunteer today – for example, Crisis advertises local volunteering opportunities across the UK.

They need people from a range of backgrounds to help, from drivers to doctors.

Don’t have the time to spare on the build-up to Christmas? You can also donate clothes and blankets to Wrap Up UK and the Salvation Army clothing bank, as well as money to the likes of Shelter and St Mungo’s.

Find out more about helping the homeless this Christmas here.

If you enjoy volunteering, then don’t give it up after Christmas has come and gone – many charities need generous people like yourself to help out year-round.

Send handwritten letters

Every year, many people pledge to write more letters to friends and family.

However, the resolution typically dies out after one or two letters, as emails and texts take over.

If you’re determined to show off your calligraphy skills and pour your love into a handwritten note, then it might be best to practice with Christmas cards.

Instead of writing cards with pre-written notes, purchase blank cards that give you the space to write exactly what you want to say.

Personalise each card to each recipient, perhaps reflecting on some of the memories you made together over the past year, and things you are looking forward to this year.

Perhaps enlist a friend who shares your resolution, and get them to reply to you.

With any luck, you’ll fall in love with letter writing, and keep it up all through the year.

Live a more minimalist lifestyle

Many people are embracing minimalism as a way of cutting down on clutter, saving some cash, and helping the environment in the process.

Christmas is associated with overwhelming materialism – but it doesn’t have to be.

You can kickstart your minimalist lifestyle by cutting down on physical Christmas presents.

Instead, ask your loved ones to purchase an experience for you, such as dinner or a theatre trip.

The memories you make with your friends and family are bound to stay with you – clutter-free, in your mind.

Upcycling, regifting, or only opting for purely practical presents are also great ways to ride that minimalist wave, while still showing loved ones that you care.

Start budgeting

it’s easy to splash the cash with wild abandon during Christmas – but that can leave you a little bit skint come January.

That’s why 49% of people are resolving to save more money in 2022, according to Discover Happy Habits.

So, for those of you hoping to hone their budgeting skills, why not start today?

Review how much you have spent already this festive period, how much you think you will need to spend over the next month, and then set yourself a budget.

And, most importantly, stick to it.

In the New Year, you can then adjust your budgeting strategy to account for the (hopefully cheaper) non-Christmas period.

Take advantage of any Christmas sales to buy discounted gifts, strip back on non-essentials (does anyone at your table even like Christmas pudding?), and opt for an artificial Christmas tree that you can reuse every year.

You can also make your own presents and decorations for budget-friendly alternatives, upcycle gifts, or buy second hand from charity and thrift shops – if you’re any good, you can save bank on designed items. Totally vintage.

Metro.co.uk has also shared a handy in-depth guide on Christmas budgeting, with genuinely helpful tips from experts.

We’ve also put together a list of the best presents for under £25.

Make coffee at home to save money

Most people are guilty of treating themselves to a coffee (or three) every day – but this easily adds up.

An expert previously told Metro.co.uk that swapping takeaway coffees for a homemade brew could save you up to £2,242.34 a year.

So, it’s no wonder that some are resolving to cut back on the caffeine for 2022.

However, when it comes to saving dosh, there is no time like the present.

Homemade coffees don’t need to be boring – you can recreate your favourite chain coffees at home, including an eggnog latte.

Swapping for instant coffee also means that you’re cutting down on the amount of single-use cups you’re wasting every year, as you can use a reusable mug.

However, these are only better for the environment if they are used frequently.

Shop small

If there is one silver lining from the craziness of the past two years, it’s that the importance of supporting small businesses has really come to light.

The resurgence of the small business has influenced many people to pledge to shop small and local in 2022.

A great way to get into the habit is to buy your Christmas presents from small business, as opposed to ordering from the likes of Amazon and Argos.

Simply pop to your local high street, have a scour on social media, or visit small business-hosting sites like Etsy and Not On the High Street.

If your resolution is to live more sustainably, then shopping small is a habit you might want to adopt for the New Year.

There are plenty of small businesses out there that are dedicated to creating environmentally-friendly goods.

Starting the habit of buying groceries and items from these stores instead of giant chains now will help you to take this new mindset in 2022.

Record one second of your life every day

Your life will flash before your eyes – but in a good way.

A fun resolution to try out next year is recording a one-second clip every day, so that at the end of 2022 you can watch back the year in an epic montage.

In the lead up to the new year, you should start scouring the web and app store to find the best recording app for you.

The most popular is 1 Second Everyday, free to download on the app store, but others are available.

You should also set up a daily reminder to record your second, as it can be easy to forget.

This resolution is great as it will force you to go out and enjoy some new experiences, just so you can catch them on your app.

Read more books

From The Christmas Carol to the Hogfather, there is an abundance of festive books to enjoy at this time of year.

However, it can be hard to put your phone down and actually opt for reading over mindless scrolling.

Well, thankfully, Metro.co.uk has some phone hacks that will actually help you get into reading.

For those who are addicted to TikTok, we recommend checking out the BookTok hashtag on the app.

Millions of young readers share their favoruite books, give reviews, and generally participate in a giant online reading community. This can be a great way to find some exciting new reading recommendations.

Additionally, it might be worth downloading a free book tracker app like Reading List which allows you to set daily reading goals (e.g. 20 minutes, one chapter, etc). You can easily track your progress, make notes and review books, and share your reading history with friends.

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Another hack for those who are always on the go is to tip your toes into audiobooks.

This format is great for those who want to chomp their way through texts while doing chores, commuting, and working – all to the soothing tones of Stephen Fry.

People with dyslexia and other learning difficulties also report finding audiobooks to massively help them participate in reading.

You can get a free audiobook of your choice to listen to on Audible if you sign up today.

You will get 30 days free, followed by monthly payments of £7.99 after.

Drink more water

Eggnog, mulled wine, snowballs – Christmas can be a very boozy time of year.

If your resolution is to drink more water, then it might be a good idea to incorporate this new habit now.

Everyone knows that drinking water can help fight hangovers as it keeps your body nice and hydrated.

So treat yourself to cute new reusable bottle, if you haven’t got one already, and keep it by your side this festive period.

There are plenty of water bottles out there that have hourly drinking goals on them – like this 900ml one on Amazon for £10.99 – which gives you a good idea of how much water you should be sipping up every hour.

A good hack is to set a reminder on your phone to drink.

There are also free apps you can download which will track your water drinkage and remind you to sip up – like Hydro Coach and Daily Water Tracker Reminder.

Start a new hobby

Not only are hobbies fun and a great creative outlet, but they can also be vital to taking care of our mental health during uncertain times.

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner Ada Ooi previously told Metro.co.uk that taking up a hobby will help to stimulate your mind and fill the time – which is incredibly important when socialising less and staying indoors more due to coronavirus.

But, as with all the other resolutions on our list, you don’t have to wait until January to get stuck in.

You can test out various hobbies on the build-up to Christmas.

Want to hone your cooking skills? Dive into the deep end with a roast turkey.

See yourself as the next Paul Hollywood? Then what better time to start baking than on a cozy winter evening.

If you’re feeling something more crafty, then DIY-ing presents, cards, and decorations is a great starting point.

Try out hobbies now to see which ones you’d like to take with you into the new year.

Change careers

The start of a new year is a popular time for people to look for a new job – either at a new company, or a whole new career path.

New year, new me, and all that good stuff.

This has been particularly prominent in 2021, with many dubbing the wave of people scrapping their jobs for new opportunities as ‘The Great Resignation’.

Because of these factors, there will likely be more competition than normal.

That’s why it’s a good idea to get ahead of the game and start looking for a new role now.

Use this time to create accounts on job sites like Indeed and Totaljobs, and maybe sign up for a free trial of LinkedIn Premium.

Dust off that CV and give it an update, and start creating cover letter templates.

Considering a whole career change? Then it is a good idea to research what qualifications you will need to go into the new role. You might find that you need to sign up for some courses to get the certification needed – in that case, you’ll be glad you looked into this sooner than later.

It is also worth keeping in mind that those on full-time permanent contracts will typically have a notice period of one to six months, so if you are really unhappy in your current position, you might want to consider getting a move on with the job search.

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