So, one week in to 2018, how are those New Year’s resolutions ideas going? The bad news is that more than half of them fail, but they don’t have to be yours! If you wanted to exercise more, eat healthily, learn something new or cut down on bad habits, our top tips will help you to stay on track (at least to the end of January…).
1. Focus on just a small number of things, ideally just the one. Trying to change too much at once is a recipe for failure. Don’t even think of it as one big resolution – more of a New Year’s plan, then you can start small and work your way up. If you plan to exercise more, just focus on certain days a week; if you’re planning on giving something up, cut down by X% then more gradually; if you want to travel more, why not start closer to home? Small steps make big changes.
2. Write it down. It’s important to clearly define your goal and list the reasons why you’re doing it, and break down bigger goals into smaller targets. Writing these thoughts down as a New Year’s resolution list gives you something to refer back to. Equally, why not start a journal and to write about your progress, your setbacks and achievements, no matter how big or small. Treat yourself to some inspiring new stationery like custom post it notes or notepads and calendars to keep your scribbles all in one place.
3. Make it public. You don’t have to tell the world, but telling people what you’re trying to achieve can be helpful. Not only can they offer support in times of need, but they can give you that extra bit of drive and motivation. Those raised eyebrows when you try to sneak in an extra Malteser can make you think twice… Just never lose focus that you’re doing whatever you’re doing primarily for you.
4. Reward yourself, especially during those hard first few days, but then you can make it weekly, monthly and finally reward yourself for your year milestone. Treat yourself with a trip to the cinema, some new clothes or a meal at your favourite restaurant.
5. Inspire yourself with New Year’s resolutions quotes. Inspiration can be hard to come, so it’s important to surround yourself with things that will keep you positive, hopeful and driven. Zazzle has a selection of inspirational posters, mugs and clothing that can give you the edge you need on the days you just don’t feel up to it.
6. Don’t be too hard on yourself. There will be setbacks, you won’t make your weekly target, you’ll lapse, you’ll give in and you’ll give up. Understanding this before starting will help you react positively when there is a setback. There’s always time to bounce back on track, even you go off the rails for weeks.
7. Knowing when to call it quits. Sometimes we’re doing things for the wrong reasons. If you so much as get a hint of this go back to the list you made at the start. Maybe your reasons for doing the resolution have changed, or maybe you’ve even completed them. Sometimes calling it quits is the best thing to do.
New Year goals are tough work and not many people can complete them, but by following the steps above and staying positive no matter what will go a long way in realising your resolution!