Once the clock strikes 12 on January 1st, everything resets. A new year is a fresh start, a way to make amends, and start over. Gym memberships boom with new customers whose New Year’s resolution is to get in shape. An increased number of job applications get filled out. Savings accounts are created with the intention of being used. But how do you really do it for the entire year? Here are three easy steps:
Step 1: Be realistic!
Most people who make New Year’s resolutions can’t keep them. This is not because they aren’t capable, but because they don’t consider variables such as time and money that may affect whether or not one achieves their New Year’s resolution. Make sure that you pick a resolution that doesn’t drain your pocket or your leisure time. A resolution with more cons than pros has the possibility of causing you more stress than relief. You want to be able to be happier because of your New Year’s resolution, not strained.
Step 2: Set a goal with a timeline.
Every goal requires baby steps. In other words, it’s hard to see the end of the road without checkpoints. Make a timeline for yourself that splits your goal into mini objectives which you can successfully achieve throughout the year, and before you know it, it will be December 31st of 2018 and you will have reached the “new you” you have wanted all year!
For example, if you want to get that toned body you’ve always wanted, have an idea of what you want your physical improvement to look like every 3 months, and create a workout plan to get there. Or, if you want to go full vegan by a certain point of the year, start cutting out certain meats and dairy products weekly or biweekly until you don’t consume any animal products.
Step 3: Use reminders.
There are lots of ways to help you stay on track with your baby steps in order to reach your end goal. I am a big fan of Post-it notes, especially the annoyingly colorful ones that grab my attention. A good way to use them is to put them anywhere and everywhere you can see them. Another good tool to use is your phone. Most phones have a program that regularly sends you notifications to remind you when to do something (aka the reminders app on all Apple products). We learn through repetition, so if you constantly remind yourself of your daily or weekly goal, eventually you won’t have to remind yourself anymore. It becomes second nature.
If you follow these three simple tips and tricks, you should be able to actually say, “New year, new me,” and if not, just fake it until you make it. Good luck and Happy New Year!
BY: SOPHIA CRUM
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