New Year’s resolutions are easy to make but notoriously difficult to keep. Being healthier is always more appealing before you’re living off salad, and it’s hard to stay productive when your favourite show returns to Netflix for its second season. However, if you put your mind to it, there are ways you can make your New Year’s resolutions stick. Read on to find out how.
1. Choose Carefully.
If you’re putting effort into keeping resolutions, you want to make sure that they’re worth your time and energy. Choose resolutions that are important to you, otherwise you probably won’t feel motivated to keep going after a month’s time. You want to make sure your resolutions add value to your life before you make a year-long commitment.
2. Be Realistic.
It’s much easier to keep three New Year’s resolutions than twelve. Try not to get carried away when setting goals and think realistically about what you’re able to commit to for a whole year. If you’ve never been to the gym in your life, don’t make it your New Year resolution to suddenly work out seven days a week. Instead, start small and work your way up to your bigger ambitions.
3. Track Monthly Progress.
Don’t let yourself forget your goals after January (or if you’re like me, after the first week of January). Stay on top of things by periodically recording your progress. A good way to do this is by writing your achievements down at the end of each month. There are even apps to help you out, like HabitBull, where you can set up regular reminders to achieve your goals. Rewarding yourself for your accomplishments is also a very effective way to stay motivated!
4. Don’t Beat Yourself Up.
Nobody ever achieved their goals without facing obstacles along the way. When this happens, know that it’s a normal part of the process and don’t be overly hard on yourself. When you find yourself binge-watching TV instead of working, this isn’t a sign to throw the towel in. Pick yourself up and keep going!
5. Tell People Your Goals.
Telling other people what you’re trying to achieve is a great way to hold yourself accountable. If you want to go one step further, you could join a group of people who are trying to achieve the same thing as you — for example, gym meetups or people trying to quit smoking. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people can make you more motivated to stick to your own goals.