According to a new survey, many Americans won't be making traditional New Year's resolutions for 2021. After 2020, who can blame them?
The survey, which was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Affirm, asked 2,000 nationally-representative Americans about their plans for the new year. In their findings, OnePoll discovered that 71 percent of Americans will focus on learning new life skills, as well as other practical goals.
In years past, some of the most popular New Year's resolutions included going to the gym more and losing weight. This year, however, 62 percent of survey participants said they's rather save money for the future instead. Over half of respondents hope to better budget next year, while another 49 percent want to pay down debt in 2021.
A majority of participants—68 percent—plan to focus on meaningful life experiences, including spending more time with their family and traveling more. With COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon, hopefully these goals will be easier to achieve for everybody in 2021.
Unlike other years, as well, 70 percent of those who do plan to make resolutions will be more lenient with themselves while working towards their goals. Rather than setting strict deadlines, those participants will set a few checkpoints throughout the year to check in on themselves.
Mostly, though, it seems like a large portion of the survey participants hope to maintain a positive outlook on life after a difficult year. According to the survey, 62 percent of participants plan to tackle the new year with a fresh mindset and renewed motivation.
Will you be making New Year's resolutions for 2021?