As the start of a new year draws ever closer, it's easy for the days to blur amid the flurry of holiday parties, deadlines, and New Year's Eve celebrations. But if you're intent on racing through the season without pausing, women at the top of their field reveal you're making a big mistake.
Like strategizing before an important meeting or penning a to-do list at the start of each day, taking the time to reflect on the past 12 months and choosing a resolution that will characterize 2017 is crucial to achieving your goals. Without a game plan, how will you know where to channel your effort or whether you need to adjust your focus?
If you're struggling to pinpoint your perfect resolution, take note: We turned to nine incredibly successful women and asked them to share their number one goal for 2017. They run million-dollar businesses, are Hollywood stars, manage thriving teams, and have reached the peak of their career, yet these fierce women prove you're never too successful to pause, reflect, and re-strategize.
Take a moment before the year comes to a close to think about the one goal you'd like to achieve in 2017. After all, the New Year remains unwritten—what will you make of it?
Actress and Singer
"One of my main resolutions is to start meditating—just taking time to quiet all the noise and connect with me. In order to tackle it, I'll try to wake up an hour or so earlier each morning to carve out some time."
Taking time to silence the world around her and look inward is a priority for Lea Michele, who recently completed season two of Scream Queens and is preparing for her sophomore album in 2017. "One of my main resolutions for the New Year is to start meditating," she tells MyDomaine. "I realized that I go through so much of my day surrounded by people. Even when I'm alone at home, I'm on the phone or watching TV—there's always some form of distraction or sensor on at all times."
Inspired by a "float lab" she recently visited in Los Angeles, Michele says she's learned the value of sensory deprivation. "I felt so relaxed not just during [the session] but for days after. So I want to incorporate that into my everyday. Just taking time to quiet all the noise and connect with me."
Michele plans to change her morning routine to accommodate her new resolution. "In order to tackle it, I'll try to wake up an hour or so earlier each morning to carve out some time. [It] isn't always the easiest when all you want to do is sleep in, but this is definitely something I want to try to accomplish this year."
CEO of Absolut Art
Courtesy of Naema Mehta
"My New Year's resolution is to adopt one business practice I admire from each city I travel to for work. [I will] challenge myself to come up with a practical way to implement a habit during my plane ride home and incorporate it within 48 hours of landing."
As the CEO of art e-commerce venture Absolut Art, Nahema Mehta spends most of her year traveling the world in search of up-and-coming artists. It's this jet-setter lifestyle that inspired her top goal for 2017. "My New Year's resolution is to adopt one business practice I admire from each city I travel to for work," she says. "When I'm in various parts of the world, I'm always amazed at how much I benefit from their unique styles—Stockholm's standing desks keeps energy levels up, Tokyo's tradition of greeting guests in unison makes everyone feel welcomed, Havana's lack of WiFi fosters uninterrupted brainstorming—but when I'm back in New York, it's easy to fall back into old habits."
To make sure she sees achieves her goal, Mehta aims to make it time-sensitive. "[I will] challenge myself to come up with a practical way to implement a habit during my plane ride home and incorporate it within 48-hours of landing," she says. "I'm hoping the sense of urgency will hold me accountable and help things stick!"
Designer, Author, and Personality
"My New Year's resolution is to make an effort to plan more fun activities. When my schedule fills up, I have less time to spend with my friends and family. So next year I'm going to try to make it a priority to have fun with loved ones."
It's hard to give Lauren Conrad just one title. The former reality star is the founder of The Little Market, author of Celebrate, and editor in chief of her eponymous lifestyle website. Given the number of roles she juggles, it's easy to understand her top goal for 2017. "My New Year's resolution is to make an effort to plan more fun activities," she tells MyDomaine. "When my schedule fills up, I have less time to spend with my friends and family. So next year I'm going to try to make it a priority to have fun with loved ones."
Chief Branding Officer
Everything but the House
"This year, I'm swearing off swear words. … I have asked all my colleagues, family, and friends to call me out on it, and every time I swear, I will Venmo $20 to charities I love."
Mandana Dayani is a formidable force. The branding expert first stepped into the limelight on The Rachel Zoe Project—she was the vice president of Zoe's company—and now, she's drawing attention as the chief branding officer of Everything but the House, an online marketplace for estate sales. This year, Dayani says she wants to kick a niggling habit. "I'm swearing off swear words. It's a terrible habit I'm hoping to kick for a positive cause."
To make herself accountable, she's added a financial incentive. "I have asked all my colleagues, family, and friends to call me out on it, and every time I swear, I will Venmo $20 to charities I love," she says. It's a win-win.
Whitney Tingle & Danielle DuBoise
Founders of Sakara Life
"Instead of checking more emails or social media before bed, I'm going to dedicate 20 minutes to reading."
They might look like regular best friends, but don't let their friendly nature mislead you. Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise are changing the food delivery industry, one healthy, seriously Instagrammable meal at a time. The duo founded Sakara Life, a fuss-free nationwide service that's become a favorite among busy women and celebrities alike.
When asked about their number one goal for 2017, DuBoise, a former Wall Streeter, is quick to answer: "Random acts of kindness every day! I always set my intention for the day when I wake up, so adding a part about spreading love in the world through each being I come in contact with will help turn my thoughts into action."
Tingle says she wants to read more in the New Year to expand her knowledge. "There is so much you can learn on your own just from reading," she says. To make sure she sticks to her goal, Tingle wants to alter her evening routine. "Instead of checking more emails or social media before bed, I'm going to dedicate 20 minutes to reading. If I read more than that, great, but want to set an amount of time that is doable."
Fashion Designer and Personality
"My New Year's resolution is to stay in the moment. There is so much of life we miss because we are anticipating our next step. I want to make sure I am enjoying my life to the fullest and not letting it pass me by."
Having spent most of her adult life in the spotlight since her breakout role in The Hills, fashion designer Whitney Port often needs, understandably, to remind herself to slow down and savor the present. "My New Year's resolution is to stay in the moment. There is so much of life we miss because we are anticipating our next step," she tells MyDomaine.
To turn her resolution into a reality, Port says she's already taken the first step. "I have signed up for a mindfulness class that will give me the tools to stay in the moment. I want to make sure I am enjoying my life to the fullest and not letting it pass me by."
Celebrity Culinary Expert
"My 2017 resolution is to eat more meals together as a family. Life gets so busy, and it's easy to forget that sharing meals together … is a vital time to … connect."
Food is a central part of life for Top Chef judge, Pure Leaf brand ambassador, and cookbook author Gail Simmons, but she admits there's one mealtime habit she wants to change. "My 2017 resolution is to eat more meals together as a family," she tells MyDomaine. "Life gets so busy, and it's easy to forget that sharing meals together around the table isn't just a moment to eat; it is also vital time to share our day, catch up, and connect with each other and slow down a bit."
To ensure this goal becomes part of her family's everyday routine, Simmons uses a simple but effective tactic. "I plan to tackle this by adding it to my family schedule the way I do important calls and meetings for work," she says. "Breakfast and dinner need to become priorities for the whole family."
Farfetch Chief Marketing Officer
Courtesy of Farfetch
"I want to exercise more and eat healthier overall. It's a priority as it will help me reduce stress and have a lot more energy."
It's highly likely you can relate to Farfetch Chief Marketing Officer Stephanie Horton's number one goal. "My New Year's resolution is a bit of a cliché!" she admits. "It's to get in shape [and] exercise more and eat healthier overall." Improving health was the top resolution last year, with 37% of Americans saying they wanted to prioritize their well-being in 2016.
Fitness resolutions can proffer a serious challenge, but Horton says she's already taken the first step to achieving her goal. "I have entered into a Bluetooth-scale weight-loss competition with three of my colleagues," she tells MyDomaine of the six-week challenge. "All of our key metrics are recorded daily and displayed for each of us. This works for me because I'm competitive and like to win, so it will jump-start my effort."
Founder of The Maryn
"[I want] to spend even more time focusing on personal development and truly challenging myself."
Michelle Adams says a recent career pivot will afford her the time to pursue her 2017 resolution. The co-founder of Lonny and former editor in chief of Domino launched The Maryn, an online lifestyle shop, this month. Her resolution is "to spend even more time focusing on personal development and truly challenging myself. Now that I've launched my latest business, I'll have more free time in the coming year to dive deeper into topics that fascinate me," she says.
Adams says the desire to challenge herself and indulge her inquisitive nature took hold after moving cities. "Since moving home to the Midwest a few years ago, I've made a strong effort to achieve more balance in my life and do some soul searching. I've attended conferences, seminars, and group meetings, but I feel like I've only scratched the surface—which is exciting!" Her next step? "Sign up for the next Summit Series events and become a member of the Ann Arbor Zen Center."
What's your New Year's resolution for 2016?