Every year people try to come up with a New Years Resolution, or often multiple, and usually these resolutions seem to fail. Have you ever wondered why? In this post I will explain how you can create a New Years Resolution that works. I even created a free printable to help you which you can find at the end of this post. Here are 7 ways to create a New Years Resolution that will work.
1. Turn it into a Goal
Resolutions are very easy to break. Every year we decide on something we are going to do better, and a few months later we forget what it was that we wanted to improve on. A goal is something we actually set, and work towards. If you actually want your New Years Resolution to work this time around, I suggest you turn it into a goal that you can actually work towards.
2. Make it Realistic
If you want to achieve something, you have to make sure your goal is realistic. You don’t want to come up with something that may be impossible. If you love your sweets, and love eating junky food – like most of the world – then coming up with a resolution such as ‘stop eating junky food’ is probably not very realistic. Don’t completely stop eating junk food, just cut down on it. ‘Eat less junk food’ would make more sense, and would be a lot easier for you to stick to.
3. Pace It
If you have a really big goal that you might find hard to achieve, you can always create mini goals to help you pace it. Maybe you want to start working out early in the mornings, but you have a hard time getting up early. You can set a mini goal to work on getting up earlier. If you usually wake up around 7am, but in order to workout in the mornings you need to be able to wake up at 6am, slowly set your alarm to wake up a little bit earlier every day. For the first week set your clock for 6:45am, the second week set it for 6:30am, the third week at 6:15am, and finally the fourth week at 6:00am. This way you start to get used to waking up earlier, it will become easier, and eventually become a habit. Then set your second goal to start working out at least 3 days out of the week, and slowly work your way up from there. For some people it is very hard or nearly impossible to just say ‘ok… I’m waking up everyday this week at 6:00am for a morning workout’ and then actually do it.
4. Make It SMART
Have you ever heard of a SMART goal. I actually learned this in my first semester of Social Service Work in college. A smart goal is a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic – which has already been covered – and Timely. To make it specific, you will need to know exactly what it is that you would like to achieve. By measurement, they mean knowing when your goal has been met. Your goal needs to be achievable as well, don’t come up with a goal that is literally impossible to achieve. Lastly, the goal must be timely. You must have a deadline for when you would like this goal to be met. Remember that you can set mini goals that lead up to meeting the end goal.
5. Have an Action Plan
Along with your resolution, you should always have an action plan. How will you make this happen? One of my resolutions is to save more money. One of the ways I will do that is I won’t buy food from the school cafeteria, and bring a lunch as well as snacks instead. Because $7/day for a 5 days a week is $35. If you want to give yourself more perspective, there is 4.345 weeks in a month. So multiply $35 by that and you’ll get $152/month. That is a whole $152/month that can go straight into my savings. Come with a plan that will help you work toward your goals. If you want to cut down on junk food, then part of your action plan could be grabbing an apple for a snack instead of a chocolate bar. Or if you are trying to save money, then instead of going out for dinner with friends, go out for a coffee.
6. Keep Yourself Inspired & Motivated
There many ways to keep yourself inspired to achieve your goals. One of my favourite tools for inspiration is Pinterest; it is a great way to search for things you are interested in. If you goal is to save more money to travel, searching under the travel section on Pinterest is a great way to find inspiration. If your resolution is to get in shape, you can find tons of motivational quotes on Pinterest that will help keep you going.
7. Remind Yourself
Sometimes you need to remind yourself why this is a resolution of yours. One of mine is to have a healthier lifestyle. This one is pretty self explanatory. Sometimes I get a craving for something sweet, or my boyfriend will ask me if I want to order out. I have turned it down multiple times now even though it has been tempting, and have been successful with this for two main reasons. One: I want a healthier lifestyle, which means eating less junk; and two: ordering also costs money which would go against another resolution of mine, and that is to save more for travel. If one of your resolutions is to save more money – like mine- then reminding yourself why you want to save is really helpful. I constantly have to remind myself ‘no you don’t need that’, or ‘you can wait a little bit longer to eat once you get home’, and even ‘that’s $10 that could go towards my travel savings’. If you feel tempted to break your resolution, just give yourself a little reminder of why this resolution/goal is so important to you.
I created a free printable to help you create and stick to your New Years Resolution. You can download it here: My Goals for 2017
What are some of your strategies for sticking to your New Years Resolution?
Hope you have a cute week!
Love, K ♡