Never try, never fail.
They’re not exactly words to live by, but after 2021 upended most Australians’ plans, we’re taking a more chilled-out approach to New Year’s resolutions, new research has found.
A Finder survey released on Monday found an additional 2.1 million Australians were not making any New Year’s resolutions for 2022, compared to the same time last year.
That takes the total percentage of Australians without a resolution to 28 per cent.
However, of the remaining 72 per cent who do have goals for the year, most (30 per cent) have plans to eat healthier and improve fitness, while 28 per cent want to lose weight.
Additionally, 13 per cent want to sleep more and 11 per cent plan to be more sustainable. Another 8 per cent are seeking to improve their work-life balance in the new year and the same number want to travel overseas.
And 7 per cent plan to find love - the same percentage as those planning to renovate their homes and take more risks - which could well happen to those planning to renovate and find love at the same time.
What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2022?
Be more sustainable
Work less/have a better work-life balance
Renovate my home
Take more risks
Change my job
Other (please specify)
I don't do New Year's resolutions
Source: Finder survey of 1,013 respondents, December 2021Respondents could select up to 3 responses
According to Finder personal finance expert Kate Browne, however, there’s one resolution that Australians should keep in mind.
“Whether it’s losing weight or finding love, no one resolution is better than the other, however all of us could benefit from sorting out our finances or making a budget,” Browne said.
“Sorting out your finances is one of the easiest New Year’s resolutions to make and it doesn’t require the willpower of hitting the gym regularly or eating better.”
Around 78 per cent of Australians have set money goals for 2022, with more than half planning to save more and 32 per cent looking to spend less.
Another 24 per cent want to invest more, while 8 per cent tip 2022 as the year they invest in cryptocurrency.
Around 8 per cent of Australians want to lay off the Afterpay while 11 per cent want a raise and 12 per cent want to buy a home.