Complaining less, de-cluttering the home and saving more pennies top Brits’ 2015 New Year’s Resolutions
Traditional New Year’s resolutions, such as quitting smoking, have been replaced by modern life changes like being more positive, saving more money and de-cluttering the home, it emerged yesterday.
New technologies and healthier lifestyles have led to an influx of new promises for the year – with seven in ten binning ‘old fashioned’ vows relating to smoking, alcohol and exercise.
Reading more books, re-decorating the house and mixing up the routine by visiting new bars and restaurants were among the top 10 modern resolutions for this coming year.
While the 10th most popular goal for modern Brits is to ‘not complain as much’ in 2015, the study of 2,000 revealed.
The research, which was commissioned by energy provider OVO Energy, found surprising people with little acts of kindness, getting better at taking photos and shopping around more for the best deals also proved popular.
Other personal changes Brits are aspiring to make include standing up for themselves more, learning a new language and trying to be a bit greener by improving their recycling habits.
Yesterday a spokesperson for OVO said: "It seems the traditional New Year’s resolutions are dwindling as the results show that these are perhaps a little more difficult to keep to.
"We’re instead seeing a lot more goals emerging that are linked to making little improvements throughout the year that will benefit both themselves and others; be it having a more positive outlook, getting on top of monthly outgoings or doing more to help friends and family.
"Interestingly, ‘complaining less’ is a top ten resolution. As a company built around what is right for the customer, it is our resolution to do as much as possible to help customers feel they do not need to complain, or when then do, their complaint is resolved quickly. This should always be a top priority in a retail business.”
The study also found aims such as organising a vast collection of digital photos properly, making more effort with family and reviewing deals with financials and suppliers to ensure they are getting the best value possible were common.
Trying a new hairstyle, getting a pet and even learning how to flirt properly also featured on the list of Britain’s 50 modern resolutions for 2015.
Being more punctual, making the effort to send more personal, well thought out gifts and sorting out or changing online passwords was also on the agenda.
Getting a six pack or checking work emails less when at home were regular goals, while some surprisingly aim to take more selfies in 2015 – creeping in at number 50 on the list.
Other aims which narrowly missed out on the top 50 were watching less reality TV, trying to stop texting or contacting an ex and having a go at online dating.
Just six per cent of the 2,000 studied were aiming to quit smoking while under a quarter said they were taking up a resolution that actually related to fitness or health.
Over two thirds said making proper resolutions was a ‘waste of time’ and had never actually completed one they had made in the past, with a large majority setting smaller achievable targets to complete across the year.
The OVO spokesperson added: "A new year is always seen as a fresh start and a chance to make positive improvements. As a customer centric business we constantly reflect on how we can create positive change, and as with the nation’s resolutions we like to continually make year-round improvements to how we operate, what we offer to our customers and how we deliver first class service to our customers.
"Having revealed Brits’ top resolutions and discovering they are focused on being savvy with money, making positive changes and extra effort with others, it bodes well that our own resolutions for 2015 reflect this.
"As part of our new year’s pledge we promise not to rip off our loyal customers by keeping them on unnecessarily high tariffs, all our tariffs will reflect the cost of getting energy to that customer and we also promise to reward customers, paying you interest when your balance is in credit."
For a full list of 2015 New Year’s Resolutions from OVO Energy and Brits’ top 50 resolutions, please see below:
BRITAIN’S TOP 50 MODERN RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015
De-clutter the house
Save more money
Try new places instead of relying on the same old bars/restaurants
Read more books
Re-decorate my house / room
Take up a new hobby
I want to sell old stuff I don't need on eBay
Visit five new places you have never been
Vow to be positive and view the 'glass half full'
Stop complaining as much
Make more effort to see the family
I want to go travelling
Make a career change/update CV
Shop around for the best deals
Learn a new language
Stand up for what you believe in more
Recycle more and think 'greener'
Do something new each week
I will be more honest - with myself and others
Reward others / be generous with praise for others
Take better photos
Organise digital photos on your PC
Less TV time
Remember important dates like birthdays and anniversaries
Re-invent your personal style
Less time on Facebook
Go through my financials and change suppliers to get better deals
Do something for charity
Learn how to cook
Do something nice for others every day
Phone your friend up rather than text / email
Be sincere and punctual with commitments
Support independent retailers over big chains
Spend more time with the kids
Try a new hairstyle
Spend less time waiting for people to text me back/not texting certain people in the first place
Change passwords/ have different ones for each online account
Leave work on time more often
Socialise more in real life rather than Facebook
Get a pet
Start my own business
Cut someone out of my life who isn't good for me
Put all your PC files / history into the 'cloud'
Learn how to flirt
Spend less time in my pyjamas
Get a six pack
Stop checking emails outside of work
Spend less time on my phone
Take more selfies in interesting/new places
Add a personal touch to cards and presents
OVO ENERGY’S NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS 2015
not to rip off our loyal customers.
that our tariffs will reflect our true costs.
not to hold on to your money and to pay you interest on credit balances.
to get your bills right.
to make bills easy to understand.
to treat prepayment customers fairly.
to make it easy to switch suppliers.
to help our customers use less energy.
to give the power back to the people.
to reduce the carbon intensity and increase the renewable content of our energy.