Out with the old, in with the new! Another year came to a close and many of us are summoning all of our willpower for a brand new set of New Year’s resolutions; however, as many of us have learned from past experiences, a large number – if not the majority of us – break our resolutions within a matter of weeks, days, or even hours. So, how do we make this year more successful? It’s not quite as hard as you may think! Here are 5 things to consider when working towards accomplishing your New Year’s Resolutions:
- Be realistic: Many times, people find themselves aiming for an overhaul of their entire lifestyle, and this is a simple recipe for disappointment and guilt. When self-improvement is on the brain, we must understand that drastic lifestyle changes are not realistic goals to work towards. Consider your previous experience with resolutions: What led them to be ignored? It may be that you resolved to sleep for 12 hours a night, or save an unrealistic amount of money. Remember, there will always be more opportunities to make goals, and strive for self-improvement, so don’t rush into unfathomable expectations. Try not to hold back, but make sure that you set clear short-term goals on your way to a big achievement.
- Short-term Goals for Long-term Problems: Break down your goals into manageable chunks. This is the most essential ingredient for success, as the more planning you do now, the more likely you are to accomplish the grander targets. For instance, if your goal is to stop procrastinating, you need to think about what steps you need to take in order to get there. Maybe you procrastinate when it comes to studying for tests, so in order to tackle this objective, choose a single assessment, and study for it 15 minutes an evening a week prior to taking the test. It is this method you can use to make short-term goals!
- Plan and Make Time Frames: Setting time frames and planning is vital for motivation. It is your barometer for success, the way in which you assess your short-term progress towards the ultimate long-term goal. Buy a calendar or use your phone or chrome-book so you can plan your actions for the coming weeks or months, and decide when and how often to evaluate your progress. Having made the time-frame, you will have a reminder of what you’re aiming for. If you want to, go further and write down the details of your resolutions in a notebook, and add your progress consecutively. This portion of goal-setting is entirely individually based, so some things that work for you, may not work for others, and vice versa. Try out what planning methods work for you, and alter them accordingly.
- Talk About It: Share your experiences with family and friends; consider joining a support group or club to reach your goals, share tips, and find familial networks. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey much easier and far less intimidating!
Be Forgiving: We all make mistakes, and that is nothing to treat ourselves poorly over. Perfection is unattainable, so remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal. Don’t give up completely because you didn’t get a perfect grade on a test or stayed up too late one night! Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.
By Maggie Di Sanza