New Year’s Resolutions
Every year I find it more difficult to come up with an attainable New Year’s Resolution, so much so that over the past few years I have deliberately not set any. A New Year’s Resolution is supposed to make your year better than the previous one, but deciding on an achievable goal can be quite tough. The most common resolutions usually surround health, like losing weight or quitting smoking or some of the more quirky can involve learning new party tricks, breaking records or trying new foods.
Whatever your resolution may be, I know it’s going to be a hard slog sticking to them, so I’ve collected a few of the best ideas from around the web to help you be more disciplined.
First, tell others about your goals for the year and encourage others to join you on your New Year’s resolution quest! Setting a joint target with a friend can be effective because you’ll support one another throughout the year. Also, try printing out your resolutions and pin them to your noticeboard either at home or at work. This helps your resolution always be at the forefront of your mind.
Then create a schedule. For example, if the goal is losing weight, be sure that you have researched a healthy amount of time to lose a certain amount of weight, and write down your exercise schedule and the changes you will make in your diet for each day. Planning ahead will make you feel very organised.
Start your resolution as soon as possible, ideally on the 1st January. Don't wait for inspiration to strike. The best thing to do is start on the first day of the New Year and start tracking any progress. Phrases such as ‘I’ll start tomorrow’ or ‘Next week would be better’ are not very helpful at all here and you’d have broken your resolution before you can say Happy New Year…
Another useful tip is to always focus on progress rather than the end goal. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you shouldn’t yourself to achieve your goals quickly. The only way you'll get to where you want to go is to complete every small step along the way, checking it off with pride as you accomplish each step.
Have you got a New Year’s Resolution?
December 30th 2015