Tips for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions
Making New Year’s resolutions is easy; whether you want to get in shape or learn a new skill, it’s exciting to brainstorm new ways to improve yourself.
Keeping your New Year’s resolutions, on the other hand, isn’t always as simple. Lofty goals, unrealistic expectations and hectic schedules have a habit of getting in the way of New Year’s goals. But this doesn’t have to be the case! Use the following tips to make sticking to your New Year’s resolutions a stress-free success:
- Be Realistic - Set realistic, attainable goals that you know you can achieve. Make sure you’re resolving to work toward something you really want to achieve, rather than doing something only because other people are doing it—really caring about something will give you much more motivation to accomplish your goals. And remember, it takes 21 days for an activity to become a habit and 6 months for it to become part of your personality, so don’t expect results overnight!
- Share Your Resolutions - Tell your friends, family members and coworkers about your goals so that you have people who will hold you accountable. Plus, having a group of people who support you and your goals will give you extra motivation to work toward them and make it easier to ultimately achieve them.
- Create a Plan - Come up with a plan that will allow you to stick to your goals. If you’re trying to eat healthy, for instance, start by tossing all your junk food into a trash bag and stocking your kitchen with nutritious ingredients. Then, come up with a meal plan that you can follow. Having a set plan rather than trying to make decisions on the spot will be extremely helpful in keeping your resolutions.
- Track Your Progress - Set checkpoints for yourself throughout your plan so you can make sure you’re staying on track. Setting daily, weekly or monthly goals and writing down daily accomplishments are good ways to stay on top of your progress.
- Reward Yourself - When it comes to motivating yourself, a few small rewards can go a long way! Each time you accomplish part of your plan or stick to your resolutions, treat yourself to something small. A cup of frozen yogurt, shopping trip or even a phone date with a friend can all be great motivation to stick to your goals.
There’s still plenty of time to make and keep your New Year’s resolutions this year. If you Plan ahead, be realistic and continue to motivate yourself, you’ll have no problem keeping your resolutions and achieving your goals.