With a new year comes new year’s resolutions, yep it’s that time of the year again when we get the chance to turn over a new leaf, re-invent ourselves or cease any bad habits we may have picked up the year before. It’s a new year and a new you! The truth is making new year’s resolutions is the easy bit, it’s sticking to them that can be a little more testing, but never fear I’ve got your top tips handy on how to stick to your resolutions and make them count!
Pick just one resolution
If you want to change your life or lifestyle, then pick just one area you want to improve in and make that your resolution. If you try to take too much on (especially early on the year) you are bound to fail. Once you have made that change then you can begin to make small changes in other areas of your life. Set yourself a realistic resolution and do a little bit to work towards that goal every day.
Once you pick your resolution, write it down
I’m a big believer in manifestation, by thinking about and writing your resolution down you have a way better chance of sticking to it. Take some time out to make yourself a manifestation board about your resolution, you can pin images, motivational quotes or whatever else you like that will remind you daily to work toward and master your resolution.
Let your family and friends know your resolution
By opening up to your family and friends about your resolution you will become more likely to stick to it as you will now be accountable to your family and peers. If you’re comfortable in doing so let them know it’s OK to pull you up if you begin to forget about your resolution and slip back into your old habits, remember you made the resolution for a reason, usually to better yourself in some way. Lean on your family and friends to help you to achieve your goal, they want the best for you too!
Download a habit app
If using your phone less is your resolution, then this probably isn’t for you but racking your habits is a great way to keep an eye on your progress for a variety of self-improvement goals. Try something like the app Productive, it tracks up to 5 habits for free and it’s easy to add new habits and see your schedule for the day.
Just do it!
Scientists say it takes a minimum of 21 days to break a habit, and though it’s much easier to start doing something new than do to stop doing something habitual the key is to keep positive and keep moving in the direction of what your resolution is. To successfully break a habit, you need to think of your strongest motivation which will help to keep you on track.
So stay strong, keep your wits about you and make your new year’s resolution count this year!