The new year brings new resolutions, whether it be eating healthier, working out more, or getting a promotion at work. While we all have good intentions going into them, chances are you’ll probably give up a few weeks or months into the new year and forget all about them. So instead of setting yourself up for failure this year, make resolutions that you can actually keep.
1) Don’t make too many
There’s probably more than a couple things you’d like to work on and improve in your life. But making them all your new year’s resolution can be too much. Having too many goals can be overwhelming and you might end up just slacking on all of them. Instead of trying to over do it and achieve too much, prioritize what’s most important to you. Pick 2 or 3 resolutions. Plus, there is always next year to work on the others.
2) Break them up into small goals
New Year’s resolutions can tend to be very broad and vague, such as being healthier or spending less. Try breaking up your resolution into smaller, more attainable goals. This way, you’ll be able to create checkpoints for you as you complete your resolution. For instance, if you want to be healthier this year, you’ll probably want to workout 2 to 3 times a week or make more homemade meals.
3) Make a plan
Resolutions often fail because you set it and forget about it. Once you figure out what your resolutions are, figure out a plan. Do you want to complete it in one month? 6 months? A year? The timeframe is up to you but when you set up your check points, set dates for them as well so that you have a game plan.
4) Find a buddy
Resolutions can be hard to keep because you’re doing them all alone. A great way to stay motivated is to find a friend to do them with you. If you know someone who has the same goals as you, then it makes perfect sense to pair up. You’ll keep each other on track. If one of you wants the quit, the other one will make sure that doesn’t happen. Your chances for success are much greater.
5) Be realistic
The most important thing to remember when setting your new year’s resolutions is to be realistic. Yes, you should push yourself but your resolutions should be attainable, with a bit of hard work and determination of course.