7 Habits to Build in 2023 (Easy New Year Resolution Ideas!)

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These New Year resolution ideas will help you easily create new habits in 2023. 

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Little ideas, big changes. 🎉

Your New Year resolution ideas don’t have to feel cumbersome. Instead, try our atomic habits that are simple and will naturally spark higher goals for 2023.

After reading the book Atomic Habits and learning how many of my peers have also read it and were equally impressed, the concept of this book couldn’t feel more fitting for creating resolutions for the new year. ❤️

What are atomic habits? 

The idea behind Atomic Habits is learning how to develop and start making tiny changes in your life so that they compound into greater habits that inevitably become life-changing. So to help you, we developed some simple habits to start in the new year that are simple and effective. Rather than bombarding yourself with lofty goals that may not ever be met, decide who you want to be in 2023 and start with our small changes first. Before you know it, your tiny habits will become big ones.

On a side note, I highly recommend reading the book, too. 😉

Here are 7 small, but achievable New Year resolution ideas to build bigger habits in 2023:

1. Instead of starting an entirely new skincare routine, start by washing your face every night and when you wake up. 

woman wiping her face with a cloth

There are so many beauty products on the market that starting from scratch can be intimidating. If you’re feeling defeated with knowing where to start with a new skincare routine, consider scaling down your new year’s resolution and start with a fresh face first.

Starting and ending your day with a clean face is often something many of us don’t do, but can make all the difference in the world. It can be as simple as using a makeup remover and some water.

2. Instead of becoming completely eco-friendly, start by using reusable paper towels first.

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Paper towels are expensive and often the most wasted household product in many homes. In fact, a 12-pack of Bounty paper towels will run you over $20. If you have a family of four, statistics show that you’ll power through them in three weeks or less!

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Hip Tip: Check out our other easy household swaps if you’re looking to make more immediate eco-friendly changes in the new year.

3. Instead of committing to all the new books you want to read, start by reading for 10 minutes every night.

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We’ve all been there…life gets busy and that book you’ve been saying you’ll read collects dust as days, weeks, and months pass. Instead of saying you’ll read more books, a more achievable new year’s resolution idea would be to read for just a few minutes each day.

To help yourself stay committed to daily reading set your book on your pillow so every night it’ll be even easier to pick up and harder to avoid. Plus, reading for a few minutes each night will likely help you sleep better.

Hip Tip: Check out our team’s monthly book recommendations if you need a great new read.

4. Instead of saying you’re going to take more time for self-care in 2023, start with 5 minutes of journaling each day. 

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If you have endless minutes to scroll on your phone, you have five minutes to journal. According to usa.edu, journaling is proven to improve mental health, encourage self-confidence, boost emotional intelligence, help achieve goals, inspire creativity, boost memory, enhance critical thinking skills, heighten academic performance, improve physical health, and strengthen communication skills. Journaling also allows people to slow down their thoughts and prioritize their emotions, concerns, and fears.

Nonetheless, this is a daily practice everyone can benefit from so it’s a great habit to start if you’re looking to be more mindful of your self-care in 2023. I highly recommend The Five Minute Journal if you’re not sure where to start. It’s created with leading psychology research and filled with prompts to help guide you.

5. Instead of losing “X” amount of pounds and committing to a whole new healthy lifestyle, start walking for 5-10 minutes each morning.

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Getting fit or losing weight is one of the biggest new year resolution ideas many people have. Some set huge goals and reach them, but for others, the work you know you need to put in can feel too monumental, leaving you unsure where to start or never starting at all. Try redirecting your mindset to smaller goals rather than the weight you want to lose. Commit to walking for just 5 to 10 minutes each day either on a treadmill or outside.

Over time, you’ll likely start to feel really good about yourself, your confidence will improve, and you’ll want to walk longer which will inevitably make you want to eat healthier and realize you’re ready to set bigger goals. Remember that in 1, 3, 6, or 12 months from now, you will be so glad you started – this is your year, friend! 🤗

Is one of your new year resolution ideas to switch to a low-carb lifestyle for 2023? Check out our sister site, Hip2Keto, where we have a plethora of delicious recipes and tips to help you succeed.

Hip Tip: These FREE workout apps and FREE steaming workout videos can help you on your new journey and there are even apps that pay you to work out in case you want some extra cash in 2023 too.

6. Instead of sorting out all of your finances, make a list of your monthly subscriptions and reassess them.


Getting all of your finances in check is definitely not something I will ever discourage you from doing completely, but for many, it’s another cumbersome task. A great place to start is to make a list of your monthly subscriptions and reassess the ones you need vs. the ones that can totally go. Bundle your insurance. Call about the ones you’re keeping and ask for the best rate possible. Maybe suggest you’re considering canceling your service. This goes for insurance, cable, phone, etc., and remember…anything is negotiable.

Remember that if you’re going to make financial changes one of your top new year resolution ideas, then compromises and sacrifices are inevitable.

7. Instead of cutting back on spending, do a no-eating-out-challenge for a month.

woman cooking sam's club taco kit

Every new year, our team has a no eating out challenge. It’s a fun way for our virtual “office” to engage with each other and choose to stop unnecessary spending in the new year. What many of us find is that we begin to develop new, money-saving habits like better meal planning, making the most of the food we have, and even eating healthier. Plus, we spend more time together as a family. This is just one simple way to cut back on spending especially with food prices higher than ever.

Use our FREE 30-Day Dining Out Challenge printable to give it a try!

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These are the 3 biggest mistakes consumers make in spending to be sure to avoid these in the New Year as well:

  1. Stop trying to keep up. People trying to keep up with the Joneses by buying expensive cars and clothes that they can’t afford will ultimately live on borrowed money.
  2. Unnecessary overspending (like eating out!). Also, not keeping an eye on monthly payments for gym memberships, internet, cable, etc.
  3. Not having an emergency fund. Things happen – medical bills, damage, repairs for your home, etc. Try a money challenge to help yourself be better prepared for when an emergency comes up.

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Take note of our top 3 money-saving tips for consumers:

  1. Know where your money is going and start budgeting. You can take baby steps and start small with a cash budget system. Just using envelopes for your weekly expenses can make a huge impact on your spending habits.
  2. Don’t compare or compete with others. You have no idea if the person driving a fancy car is swimming in credit card debt. Be practical about what YOU can afford.
  3. Pay yourself first. That’s where the emergency fund comes into play. Prioritize your long-term financial well-being and save money before spending on ANYTHING else. Make no exceptions.

Hip Tip: Get the most out of your money in 2023 with these FREE budgeting apps or if you’re getting really serious commit to our FREE 10-Week Financial Boot Camp.

Check out these 13 easy ways our team will save thousands of dollars this year.

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 16

  1. Patti

    Loved the book atomic habits! This was a really great post, many good ideas and tips. Thank you!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for the sweet comment, Patti! I love hearing that you loved the book too. Totally life-changing!

  2. stephmichel

    As always you guys have our backs ! Thanks for the helpful and informative post! Sometimes baby steps are best!!! You don’t go up a whole sets of steps with one step …… one step at a time (ok maybe two at a time if your tall 😜)

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Haha! That’s right, stephmichel! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! Happy New Year!

  3. M

    Do you have a recommendation for a debt consolidation company to lower interest rates? Thank you

    • Melissa

      Have you considered reading The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey? Look up Dave Ramsey on YouTube, listen to his show (also via podcast) and you will be taught how to get out of debt on your own (debt consolidation is very costly to you in the end). There is even a class called Financial Peace, which I highly recommend (often it’s hosted at a church in your area, but you can do it solo online too – tho group accountability is fabulous). You can do this with the correct tools.

    • Jackie

      You can do this on your own. You should first do a list of all of your credit card debts with interest rates. You should try to pay off higher interest cards first and then continue through list with the ones with lower interest rates. You should make minimum payment in all of your cards always as this impacts your credit rating. Once you pay one off, add that amount of $ to the next card to pay off on your list. Definitely make a list of all of your expenses & see where you have unnecessary spending $ that can get towards paying your debt off. Apply the need versus wants mentality. Do you really need the item/experience versus wanting it? Also, you should call your credit card companies. Many would negotiate so they would get their $ as opposed not getting any payment from you. This is what these consolidating companies do & negotiate. I’ve never read book someone recommend it but always want to. I might this year. I haven’t had a big amount of debt but when I used to see my debt past a certain amount, I’m comfortable with, which wasn’t high at all, I apply this. I pay my credit cards in full now monthly. Once you realize amount of $, you’re paying for an item by using a credit card & not paying it in full, you may realize item might not be needed. You may also want to look on your community/state resources for non-profit organizations that can provide credit counseling free of charge and help you with this. It may seem so overwhelming at first but it’s doable. You can do it. Best of luck!!

  4. bhartim

    Beautiful post.. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, bhartim! I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed it. Happy New Year!

  5. Tonya S

    Thank you! Making goals and checking them off is so satisfying and gives you confidence that you Can Do It!! I make goals in several different categories Social. Date w husband or friends. trip to … Intellectual. Read/listen to 20 books (Libby App is free) Financial. Save $ by … Spiritual. 10 minutes of Bible study. Physical. Walk 15 min. Do 10 min of yoga Then think about how you want to be better, improved next year. ❤️❤️

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      I love that so much, Tonya! Thank you for sharing! ❤️


    Sara, thank you! I like the book and this post. Actually, I always enjoy your posts ! Happy New Year!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you so much for the super sweet comment, Erichie! You made my day. 🥰 We love having you as a valued reader! Thanks for being here and Happy New Year to you and yours! ❤️


    Hi Sara. Thank you for this post. I find it helpful. I will try this and look forward to the long term results. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, zitroe! You can do anything you put your mind to and those little changes will compound with long-term consistency – you’ve got this! 🤗 Happy New Year!

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