Each year many of us swear to do something different at the start of the year. But it rarely works. Here we have tips on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions.
It doesn’t mean making drunken promises. Or grand goals when you’re feeling high on celebration. It means making changes that can become long term habits.
List realistic goals
You can list as many goals as you want. But the truth is that over the top goals mean you have a smaller chance of reaching it. Really think about what you want to achieve. Base your list on previous things you’ve done before. Were you able to accomplish it then? Or was it too hard to conquer? Setting smaller achievable ones are better. There’s less chance of you getting overwhelmed by it all. Instead of ‘be more eco-friendly’ maybe say ‘don’t take plastic straws when dining out’.
Be practical about it
People set goals that are too vague like ‘lose weight’ or ‘eat better’. Because of this, the effort becomes too vague as well. Why not make specific realistic and practical things you can actually do. For instance, if you want to lose weight or be healthier, maybe set a goal to make one of your daily meals a super healthy one. There’s a bigger chance you’ll actually do this especially since it’s only one meal in a day.
Keep at it and keep it short
Making a super long list of goals is going to make it worse for you. Keep the list short, like maybe one or two. Put only the ones you really care about. Don’t be flippant about your goals. Really have a think about it. And finally, kept at it too. If you forgot it and paused in April, then just continue when you remember. New Year or not, you can still keep working on your goals. It’s the effort that counts.