How to Stick to Your New Year Resolutions
By Sadira Sittampalam Ceylon Today Features
New Year resolutions are a pretty strange tradition where one hopes to improve their life in some way at the start of the year. Oftentimes, new year resolutions don’t really help people actually change their lives as they either give themselves unrealistic goals, they forget to keep track of their progress or they simply ended up forgetting about their goals altogether. This article will highlight how to make sure your new year’s resolutions stick and overall ensure that you make 2021 a happier and more successful year.
1. Keep your resolutions realistic
While this seems easier said than done, you should always remember that trying to achieve unrealistic goals will only lead to greater disappointment. You should aim to have goals that have a measurable quantity so instead of saying that you will exercise ‘more’ you should say that you will exercise for half an hour, three times a week; instead of saying that you will eat less junk food, you should say that you will only eat junk food once a week. It is all about measurable ways of ensuring that you stick by these resolutions.
Additionally, you shouldn’t make these measurable goals too drastic of a lifestyle change. If you are someone who has never read in your entire life, to pledge that you will read a book every single day is a bit of a stretch. Instead, you should make your resolution more realistic - something like that you will read one book a month.
This way if you end up increasing that amount over time, you will only be happier that you achieved your new year’s resolution and exceeded it! Another important thing to remember is that you don’t necessarily have to start on the first of January, because if you were up at 12 midnight looking at a fireworks show, you are probably not going to be up at 5:30 a.m. for your first morning run of the year. Just make sure when you start, you keep it going for as long as you can.
2. Keep a diary
You should try and get an entirely separate notebook to keep track of your resolutions and the progress you made on them. This way, you will be able to see how far you have come and be less likely to drop out halfway. You should also use your diary to keep a detailed action plan for any of the bigger goals you may have.
So if one of your goals is to be more organised you should detail exactly how you will be doing so in your diary in small bit size mini-goals such as cleaning up your ‘documents’ folder on your laptop on one day and arranging your bookshelf in alphabetical order on another. You should also remember that forgetting one or two days of your goals isn’t a big deal, as what is harder is to keep it going and to continue being consistent even after you forget.
3. Commit yourself
You should try and ensure that you are entirely committed to achieving these goals. Again, this is easier said than done which is why you should consider doing certain resolutions with your friends. So if you want to start going to the gym and one of your friends does too, it will be harder to give up halfway as you have to think about your friend as well.
If you don’t have a friend who is doing one of the same resolutions as you, you can still lean on them for support by asking them to continuously remind you to do a certain task (you can return the favour too!). An alternative would be to post your resolutions online so that you will feel greater pressure to produce results as you already publicised your goals. If you really want to take this seriously, you can even commit to giving up a certain amount of money to a charity every time you slack off one of your resolutions.