New Year’s Resolutions for Students

This free printable New Year’s Resolutions for Students works well for students of all ages and for adult non-students, too. It comes in five different color combinations and provides brainstorming space for resolutions in eight different categories.

It’s a great exercise for families to do together, as a homeschooling activity and as a school classroom activity.

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Allow students to select their preferred color of worksheet to make students excited about creating their resolution(s).

How Do You Write a New Year’s Resolution?

  • Take time to really think about the resolution and its meaning to you and your life.
  • Think about goals you have in all aspects of your life.
    • Health
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Spiritual
    • School or work
    • Personal Challenge
    • Learn a new skill
    • Fun
  • Make your resolution specific.
  • Make the resolution measurable. If it’s not measurable, you can’t judge how much farther you have to go to achieve your goal.
  • Make sure the resolution is something you want for your life and future. Don’t just select a resolution that everyone else chooses but you don’t care about.
  • Ensure your resolution is achievable for you. It may require hard work on your part, but it needs to be possible for you to achieve it.
  • Consider breaking your an unachievable resolution into small, achievable goals.
  • Use a New Year’s Resolution worksheet, like the one below, to help you determine your resolution(s).

New Year’s Resolution for Students

This worksheet provides 8 different categories for the student to use to create their resolution(s). The categories should be used as an aid to brainstorming possible resolutions. Each category has space for two resolutions.

The combination of categories and space for multiple resolutions allow students to brainstorm many ideas so that they can then evaluate and choose the best resolution option(s) for them.

The categories on the New Year’s Resolution for Students worksheet are:

  • Health
  • Spiritual
  • Family
  • School
  • Friends
  • Self-Improvement
  • Fun
  • Other

Often when making New Year’s resolutions, students most often focus on school, work and health. But there are many more aspects to a healthy and fulfilling life, including planning for fun. Evaluate each of the different categories and brainstorm resolution ideas for you in each category. Later in the process you will choose the one or two resolutions for this year. Ideas for each resolution category:


  • Diet and nutrition
  • Water consumption
  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Screen time


  • Spend time with your family as a group
  • Spend time with individual family members
  • Establish a routine to stay in touch with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins


  • Develop study habits
  • Develop mentoring relationships with teachers and advisors
  • Participate in sports and activities
  • Talk with advisor about course selection and future plans


  • Develop strong friendships
  • Reconnect with friends from the past
  • Reach out to make new friends
  • Join social clubs and activities


  • Read more
  • Learn a new language
  • Learn a new skill
  • Work on self-discipline and organization

How to Print the New Year’s Resolution Worksheet

  • Click on the link to open the New Year’s Resolution for Students worksheet.
  • When the pdf opens, right click on the document.
  • You can print the worksheet from the open document.
  • Or you can save the pdf to your computer and print it later.
  • You may print this worksheet as many times as you’d like for your personal or classroom use.
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How to Use the New Year’s Resolution worksheet for Students

  • The worksheet is designed for you to brainstorm a wide-range of resolutions. This space allows you to be creative and broad in your creating your list of resolutions. Later you will narrow the list down and select one or two to work on.
  • There is space for two resolutions in each category.
  • Take time to write at least one resolution in each category. Use the last open category to create your own unique resolution category if you need it.
  • Once you have brainstormed at least one resolution for each category, then you should take time to evaluate each of your ideas.
  • Because most resolutions fail by the second week, I highly recommend that you choose just one to work on. Choose a resolution that you can focus your energy on and will make the impact you want on your life.
  • This doesn’t mean that the other ideas that you brainstormed aren’t important. You can work on a second resolution after six months or so if you find that you’ve accomplished with your first resolution.
  • You can also save your other resolution ideas for next year’s resolution.
  • The most important thing is to take the time to carefully evaluate all your ideas and select the one that is most important to help you reach your personal goals.

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Be sure to pin for later so you can find this free printable New Year’s resolution for students resource each new year.

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