Did you make a resolution or two for the new year? Maybe you want to learn a new language, start an exercise regimen, take a class, or clear out an extra room in your home to create a home office. About 80% of people who make New Year's resolutions toss them aside by February. Check out some tips to help you become one of the 20% of people who follow through with their resolutions this year.
- Use Technology to Your Advantage. Technology can help you organize your time and efforts in order to achieve your New Year's resolution. If you want to lose weight, there are apps available where you can log your calories and record your exercise time each day. You can see all of the progress you've made at a glance! Also, there are apps to help you organize tasks. If you resolved to declutter your garage, you can use an app to make a plan of what you'll do each day to get the job done. Technology can bring focus and organization to practically any resolution.
- Pair Up With a Friend to Achieve Your Goal. If you resolved to exercise five days a week, enlist a friend to do it with you. Walking, jogging, swimming, or bicycling is more fun when chatting with a friend. Plus, when you exercise with a friend, you and your friend are accountable to one another. If your resolution is to take a class at the local public library, ask your friend to take it with you so you can share the experience and get more enjoyment out of it. I have a feeling you're going to know your friend a lot better after pairing up to keep your New Year's resolution!
- Make a Short-Term Goal to Build On. The key to achieving a large goal is to break it down into smaller ones. If you've resolved to lose 50 pounds, break it down into ten short-term goals of five pounds each. Do it this way and you're less likely to get overwhelmed or discouraged. If you resolve to learn a new language, break the goal down into separate units. Your first short-term goal is to learn 20 vocabulary words. After achieving that, double the words to 40. Set yourself up for success!
- Reward the Achievement of Short-Term Goals. Giving yourself a reward after achieving a short-term goal is an excellent way to persist in following through with your resolutions. Say you resolved to exercise three times a week. After doing so for a month, treat yourself to a movie or buy a new novel online. Give yourself a pat on the back!
- Forgive Yourself for Slipping Up. If you skipped one day of exercise after resolving to exercise five days a week, forgive yourself and move on. Don't let a slip-up give you a reason dump your resolutions. Instead, focus on all of the progress you've made!
- Record Your Successes in a Journal. Start a journal to record your successes with your resolution. It can be as intricate and detailed or as simple as you want it to be. The purpose of the journal is to provide you with encouragement when you feel discouraged about your resolutions. You can look at its pages (virtual or paper) and see all that you've accomplished already.
Resolutions or not, enjoy the beginning of this bright new year! Thanks for reading. - Alan