Here’s a surprising fact: did you know that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions?
Whether it’s losing weight or ditching bad habits, 92% of people give up on their goals and a bulk of those people don’t even stick to their commitments through January.
Yep, January 17th has been dubbed “Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day”, because it’s popularly thought to be the day when a large number of people abandon their New Year’s resolution ideas.
You can see how it happens: you’ve made it through more than two weeks of 2019, Christmas holidays are just a sort of dim memory and the longs weeks of study and work have started to unfold in front of us.
But we’re here to say, don’t give up!
Your resolutions don't have to be a burden. A few simple adjustments can help you to stick to your commitments and get through 2019 like the mega boss you are.
Reddit community ‘Life Pro Tips’ have shared three straightforward plans to shake up the way you approach your goals and boost your chances of sticking to them.
The short term approach:
Try monthlong resolutions instead of a yearlong resolution. This method means less pressure and an opportunity to revisit your goals more regularly.
The long term approach:
If you resolve to ‘get organised’ don’t start by cleaning or moving things- instead start by trying to remember/train yourself to always put things back where you found them for a few months. This is the reason most organisation plans fail. If you won’t put things back where you found them your new ‘organised’ places for things won’t last.
The other benefit of this approach is that you will start to notice your own patterns and see where you are likely to look for things. Any re-organisation plan should ultimately be based on how you naturally organise things with a few tweaks here and there. If you won’t think to look for something where you put it you aren’t ‘organised’ you are creating a scavenger hunt that your future self will NOT appreciate.
The step-by-step rewards approach:
Start by turning your resolutions into a step by step plan, then use those steps to set up a schedule, along with a point system each one ranging from 1-10. Next, come up with a reward system for small medium and high benchmarks.
Set each reward according to the scheduled routines and follow through on it, do this enough times, and it will become a habit and create a change for what you wanted to accomplish.
If you fail, start again, but the important thing is don't fail twice in a row.
Keep it going and keep track of your results to make 2019 your biggest year yet.