5 New Year’s resolutions to crush in 2023

As 2022 comes to an end, many of us look back on the year that has passed, evaluating what’s different and what has stayed the same in the past 12 months. Following such retrospection, we often start thinking about the changes we want in our lives. We make bold plans and set grand goals, vowing to become better versions of ourselves in the coming year. But while New Year’s resolutions are born from our best intentions, they often end in disappointment as we struggle to follow through on them.

That’s why this year we have picked 5 goals you can easily achieve in 2023 and make your life better with some help from Inoreader!

1. Take a break from social media

Many studies suggest that excessive use of social media can be damaging to your mental health. Apart from FOMO (the fear of missing out you can experience while trying to keep up with everything going on), subconsciously comparing yourself to others and a reduced number of real-life interactions may lead to lower self-esteem, anxiety, and even depression. In addition to all this, if you get most of your news from social media, chances are you’re missing out on quality reporting in favor of attention-grabbing content. With Inoreader, you can limit your screen time and get valuable information at the same time.

Social media algorithms often prioritize content that is engaging and may elicit strong emotions such as outrage or fear. This means that news stories that are sensational or polarizing are more likely to be shared and go viral, even if they’re not necessarily accurate or well-sourced. Combined with the fact that anyone can post almost anything online, it is clear why such platforms can become a breeding ground for misinformation and fake news. Last but not least, given the fast-paced nature of social media, many stories reported there don’t provide the necessary details or context, leading to a superficial understanding of events or overall avoidance of the news if people struggle to understand them.

With Inoreader, you get the news that matter to you without the additional noise. You pick the sources, group them in a way that is convenient to you and decide when to make time to catch up with the latest events. When you do, everything is there, waiting for you – no algorithmic picks or editorial choices limiting what you see. If you only want to follow certain topics or authors, you can do that too. And if you’re committed to ditching social media in 2023 but don’t want to stop following certain profiles or pages, you could do that in Inoreader instead.

Here’s to a year with more time spent on what truly matters!

2. Clean up your inbox

That’s right, the annual inbox cleanup is an essential part of every resolutions list. On a more serious note, a cluttered inbox can be difficult to navigate and make important messages hard to find. In addition to improved organization, cleaning up your inbox can bring a sense of reduced stress and increased productivity by limiting the number of distractions and non-essential emails you must go through to find what matters in your busy day. Oh, did we mention that a well-organized inbox can also help protect your security by making sure you reduce the risk of falling victim to spam and phishing emails that are after your sensitive information?

Subscribing to newsletters and marketing emails is a common reason for cluttered inboxes. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a discount or free digital product offer and quickly click the ‘Subscribe’ button without thinking it through. Before you know it, your inbox is overflowing with emails from various companies, making you feel overwhelmed in your attempt to stay on top of everything. That’s why you should be selective about the newsletters and marketing emails you subscribe to and regularly clean up your inbox by unsubscribing from those that are no longer relevant to you. There, however, will be ones left that you still want to follow, just not in your main inbox. That’s where Inoreader comes in!

Not only can you subscribe to email newsletters like you would to regular RSS feeds, but you can also create unique email addresses for each one and read them as articles (more on how to do that here). Newsletter feeds in Inoreader function the same way as all other feeds, meaning you can use filters, create rules, apply tags and even export them as RSS feeds. This way, you can redirect all marketing messages and company updates you want to keep receiving to your Inoreader account and make your inbox a more peaceful place.

3. Pick up new skills and hobbies

Trying out new things and expanding our knowledge is an essential part of personal growth and development. Not only does it help us better understand the world and ourselves, but it can also boost our sense of accomplishment and have an overall positive impact on our well-being. So the question is: how can Inoreader help you achieve this in 2023?

You can use our curated Collections of feeds to expand your knowledge on different topics. If you’re into tech, we suggest you explore the featured tutorials and how-tos, or maybe dive into the world of data science and machine learning. If you want to start working on your own side project, we’ve also collected the best sources on mobile and web development, game design, and product management. For the more business-oriented, we have collections on entrepreneurship, marketing, growth, sales, management, and productivity.

For those on the creative spectrum looking to embrace a new hobby in 2023, we suggest checking out our collections on photography, writing, and music production. Lifestyle choices like cooking, reading, and DIY crafts are also among the best hobbies to take up next year.

Not finding a collection on what you’re looking for? We’ve got you covered! Try searching for topics using a hashtag (e.g. #drawing, #running, or #knitting) and discover the content you need to get started!

4. Get fit & eat healthier

Probably one of the hardest goals to accomplish, getting fit is on everyone’s list right after the holidays. But let’s face it, eating salads and going to the gym every day doesn’t sound like the most thrilling way to start the new year. Instead, here’s a tip: in 2023, try finding ways to make healthy choices that are also enjoyable. Looking for inspiration? Try our Cooking, Health & Body collections!

As your goal should be to turn this into a habit (and not just a short-lived resolution), you can try out a new type of cuisine that emphasizes vegetables and clean eating. This can help you discover new delicious ways to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet. To get started, you may check some popular food blogs like Smitten Kitchen, 101 Cookbooks, and Food52 for inspiration and ideas. These sites are great resources for tasty recipes that can make healthy eating a sustainable part of your regimen in the long run.

Another way to approach this goal would be to find a workout routine that’s actually fun to do. If you pick an activity you’ll look forward to, you’ll be more likely to stick with it long-term. No matter what type of exercise you enjoy, it’s important to make sure that it works for you and fits into your lifestyle. Some feeds that could help you explore options are Nerd Fitness, Mark’s Daily Apple, and the Runtastic Blog.

No matter which way you decide to tackle healthy living, don’t be too harsh on yourself if you need some time to adjust and you happen to slip up. Practice makes perfect, so don’t despair, and remember to have fun while you’re at it!

5. Start investing

If you’re thinking about taking the plunge and diving into the world of investing, maybe 2023 is the right time to do so. But why choose to invest instead of keeping your savings in the bank? To begin with, investing can be a powerful way to prepare financially for long-term goals like retirement, a child’s education, or buying a home by letting your wealth grow over time.

Another key benefit of investing is the ability to diversify your asset portfolio and reduce the overall risk of losing your savings. An increasingly relevant aspect of investing is the potential to retain your money’s value over inflation, otherwise suffering an erosion of its purchasing power in times like these.

Sounds great, but if investing is so easy, why isn’t everyone doing it? The truth is it carries a certain level of risk and thorough research is important to prepare for your first steps in the pursuit of your financial goals. You can start the process by exploring our Investing catalog and being patient, for the road to financial self-education is long, but rewarding.

And there it is – with the new year around the corner, it’s time to set some goals for 2023. Feel free to use our list to get started and let Inoreader help with the full potential of our features!

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