So, you didn’t stick to your New Year’s resolution for 2019? That’s okay.
2019 was rough for all of us, but 2020 is a brand new year to accomplish your goals and ambitions! Making a New Year’s resolution is easy, but sticking to it is always the hardest part. With managing work, school, or other extracurricular activities that you are in, the New Year’s resolution that you set for yourself can sometimes (or a lot of times) be forgotten.
To make your resolution seem easy to accomplish, we have assembled eight different ways that you can achieve your goal so that completing your New Year’s resolution isn’t as hard as it may seem.
Don’t make your resolution too broad
Make it specific to yourself!
First things first, don’t make your resolution too broad. You want to lose weight for example. Well, think about yourself and your own body and what is right for you. How much weight do you want to lose? What is your weight goal by the end of the year?
If you start off thinking about specific goals that pertain to yourself, and goals that are reasonable for you, then you are one step in the right direction. It’s easy to pick a New Year’s resolution that half of the world has picked as well, but you have to think specifically for yourself. Lots of New Year’s resolutions fail because people don’t think about their own capabilities when it comes to the start of the new year. Everybody is busy, and you have to think about the time that you have, your other responsibilities, and many other factors that come into play when thinking about your New Year’s resolution.
Pick a goal that is right and specific to you, and you only.
Buy a planner
Cute planners are a great source of encouragement for planning your life out!
At the start of the year, treat yourself to a a brand new planner. Planners are a great way to organize your everyday life from just writing down due dates, or doctor’s appointments, and they’re even better at scheduling your everyday life by the hour, if you want to get specific.
Planners can come as a source of encouragement, or even just to give you an extra push to stick to what you originally scheduled to do. It’s also easy to forget due dates, or appointments that you have scheduled and planners are a great way to keep yourself organized for the new year.
The extra perk of buying a planner also is that there are so many different ones to choose from! Whether you just want to buy one that’s your favorite color, or if you’re into a certain TV show, animal, or whatever, there are many different planners to choose from to keep you motivated.
Make a resolution that you can keep up with
Living a busy lifestyle is challenging, especially if you pick a resolution that is busy in itself
Everybody is busy in their day to day life and your resolution should be one that you can keep up with too. You don’t want to pick a resolution that will distract you from your primary obligations, like your job, or schoolwork. You should pick one that you can equally balance along with your other responsibilities.
Reserve an hour or two to fully focus and work on your New Year’s resolution, whether it’s going to the gym, organizing your room, or treating yourself to a nice, healthy dinner to reach your weight goal. Taking time out of your day to focus on your individual goals away from your primary goals is key to accomplishing your resolution.
Ask for support
You’re never alone when reaching for your goals!
There are many times when you can get discouraged and wonder if you’re even going to reach your goal. Luckily, there are people around you that support you. Going to friends and family is a great way to boost your spirits when you are feeling discouraged, or need a little pick me up.
There are days where working towards your individual goals can be challenging. Whether it’s a stressful day at work, or your piled high with school work, just know that calling a friend or family member can greatly encourage you and even be a great way to destress. You have a friend that you haven’t heard from in a while? Give them a call. You haven’t talked to your parents about the latest news that’s going on in your life? Give them a call. Having people in your life to vent about your issues, or even just someone to catch up with every once in a while is a great way to get the support you need to boost your spirits.
Download an app that will keep you on track
Having notifications to remind you to complete your resolution will keep you motivated
The great thing about having a smartphone is having unlimited use to millions of apps that have little to no cost, and are free to download. There are many that can help you keep track of reaching your New Year’s resolution as well. If your goal is to lose weight, or just to stay healthy, MyFitnessPal is a calorie counter and diet tracker where you can log the healthy snack you just ate, or record your first run in weeks.
There are other apps such as Skyscanner that helps you find the cheapest flights if your goal is to travel more, or if you’re trying to cut down on your caffeine addiction or are trying to quit smoking, an app called Strides can help you by giving you motivational notifications, along with tracking your progress in order to stick to your goals. Apps are an easy way to keep track of your goals, since it’s right in the palm of your hand.
Take time to destress and relax
You’re a busy human being and deserve some time for yourself
As adults, we are constantly living a busy lifestyle. Between work, school, other responsibilities, and trying to reach your New Year’s resolution, it can seem like you’re drowning in stress. You’ve been working hard at your goals and you deserve a break. Your anxieties about trying to balance all of your obligations should never come before your own mental health and it is important to give yourself a break when you need to.
Take some time to hang out with friends, watch that movie you’ve been wanting to see for months, grab a drink, or just hang out and read a book. We tend to focus more on our responsibilities rather than ourselves at times and you deserve to have a break from the stress that is around you.
Just remember that you are a human being and you can’t do everything. You have to take time to focus on yourself before anything else.
Take your goals one day at a time
Don’t jump into everything all at once!
You want to start running, or working out again? Take it slow. You want to quit smoking? Cut back a little bit everyday one day at a time. As easy as it is to want to dive head first into accomplishing your goals, you can’t go all in all at once.
If you ease yourself into a new habit, hobby, workout routine, or whatever your resolution is, you will be more successful in completing your resolution. Trying to run a full mile when you haven’t been running in years seems painful, strenuous, and may do more harm than good. Taking control of your goals and working towards it one day at a time will help more than trying to go all out the first day of the new year.
Make sure to pace yourself and keep your eye towards your goal, knowing you’ll eventually reach the end.
Don’t beat yourself up
When you haven’t reached your goal yet, don’t give up!
It’s easy to beat yourself up if you’re not seeing the results that you want to see, or you haven’t finished your resolution and the year is almost over. You’re a busy person with an astronomical number of things going on in your life and you shouldn’t sit around discouraging yourself if you haven’t met your goal yet.
Working towards making yourself a better person takes hard work and dedication and you know that you have it in you to continue moving forward. Every little thing you do towards completing your resolution matters. You’re going to reach your goal as long as you don’t give up, you make time to destress, give yourself some attention, and you just keep working hard. If you get off track, just sit down, recoop, and restart again.
By following these few, simple steps, it will make completing your New Year’s resolution seem easier and help you to start the new year off right! Any more suggestions on how to stick to your New Year’s resolution? Let us know in the comments!