How to Set Productive New Year’s Resolutions

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2015 is almost here (or here, depending on when you are reading this!). One timeless tradition when it comes to ringing in the new year is setting resolutions. Whether or not you like to set resolutions, it’s always a good idea to take a step back and think about what your goals are for the year. However, most resolutions fail. While we set them with the best intentions, we often go about them all wrong.

Even if you’ve already decided on what your 2015 resolutions are, let’s re-evaluate them and see if you’re really setting yourself up for success. Here is how to set productive resolutions:

Work On Them All Year Round

The biggest problem with resolutions is that most people never follow through on them. Resolutions are set in the beginning of the year but as the months past, they tend to get pushed back. The key to productive resolutions is working on them all year round, not just the first couple months of the year. Don’t think of it as a New Year’s resolution. Think of it as a goal that you have to keep chipping away at.

Mentally Commit Yourself

Making the decision to set resolutions isn’t enough. You have to mentally commit yourself to it. The part where most people fail at their resolutions is actually doing it. Many resolutions are made and then forgotten about a month, a week, or even days later. If you’re going to make resolutions, take it seriously.

Make It Challenging

You might be tempted to make your resolutions easy so that you can bask in the glory of success once you reach them. But nothing worth doing is easy. While your resolutions should be realistic, you should also challenge yourself. Push yourself harder and test your limitations. You’ll be surprised how much further you can go if you just put your mind to it.

Refocus If Needed

Even though we call them New Year’s resolutions, you should still re-evaluate and re-focus your resolutions constantly. Life and priorities change as the year goes on, so your resolutions should too. Readjust them as necessarily to fit your changing goals. But don’t lose site of the end goal, which is self-improvement.

Now that we’ve talked about how to set the most productive resolutions, let’s hear yours. What your resolutions for 2015?

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