10 Tips To Stick With Your New Year’s Resolutions

Many people make New Year resolutions each year, but by the time January has ended, many of us have also forgotten our New Year resolutions.

You can do particular things to ensure that you can stick with your New Year’s resolutions. Everything from ensuring they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. Included with that, you should ensure that New Year’s resolutions have a system where you can keep track of your resolutions and break them down into specific tasks you need to do.

Understand that you will have setbacks along the way, but as long as you continue to move forward, you can obtain your goals.

Here are ten steps to help you to stick to your New Year resolutions:

Make Your New Year Resolutions Specific

One of the first things you need to do when making New Year resolutions is to ensure that your resolutions are specific. That is why we love making New Year resolutions in particular categories such as physical, spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual, financial, and career or professional categories.

If you make your New Year’s resolution specific, it will help to ensure that you can stick with those New Year’s resolutions better.

Make Your New Year Resolutions Measurable

The next thing you need to do is make sure that your New Year’s resolutions are measurable; by being measurable, you need to ensure that it’s something you can measure or calculate.

For example, not just say read a book but instead, say read a book once a month. Then you will know that you need to read a book once a month to be able to complete your goal.

A New Year resolution must be something that you can be able to measure over time.

Make Sure Your New Year Resolution Is Attainable

Your New Year’s resolution also has to be attainable. If you say that you want to run a marathon within six months, but right now you can hardly run or walk, that might be a goal that may be hard for you to obtain. Instead, you might be better off setting a goal that you will be able to walk 1 to 3 miles within three months.

Your goal has to be something that you know that you can obtain. And most goals are things that need to be done step-by-step through consistent effort.

Have Realistic New Year Resolutions

It would help if you had realistic New Year’s resolutions. If, for example, you want to lose 20 pounds per week, that is probably not attainable for most people. Instead, you can say you want to lose an average of 2 pounds per week which would be more realistic.

So your New Year’s resolutions must be a realistic amount of time or be practical.

Set Time Related New Year Resolutions

Your goals need to be time-related. It needs to be a goal that will push you and stretch you but at the same time is something you can achieve. Most people do well if they have a plan that is set within a specific type of time.

A time goal would be something like I will exercise five days a week. In the next three months, I will save $4000. Those are all goals set for a specific amount of time.

Set Shorter Term With Longer Term Goals

We recommend that you break your goals down. In other words, have a yearly plan and then six-month goals. You could then break the New Year resolutions down into three months, one month, one week, and then what you need to do every day.

If you break your goals down and say this is what I need to do today to accomplish my goal, it helps you know what you must do each day to achieve your New Year resolutions.

Divide Goals Into Categories To Improve Your Life

We believe that you should look at different categories for all your goals. Categories such as spiritual, emotional, social, physical, financial, career, or professional can help you have well-rounded New Year resolutions You can change the basic categories to fit your own life.

You can read our blog about New Year Resolutions You Can Stick With Throughout The Year by clicking here to learn more about the specific categories.

Have An Easy Way To Record And Review Goals

We believe that you need to have an easy way to be able to see your goals and to be able to record your goals. We use the app Trello, and we have set up a board just for our goals.

On the Trello boards, we list our yearly, six-month, three-month, and one-month goals and what we need to do this week. This helps us to be able to see our plans all in one place and to know exactly what we need to do to obtain them for the week and then each day.

Understand There Will Be Set Backs

Understand that there are setbacks, so give yourself some slack and understand that if there is a setback, the most important thing you can do is to get back on track. If you get back on track, then you have a better chance of achieving your goals than if you did not get back on track.

Most people do not achieve their goals because they give up before they are accomplished. And even those people who achieve their goals have setbacks. So when you have a setback, learn to get back on track and to your goal.

Have A System In Place Of Frequently Evaluation Progress

Have a system in place where you can evaluate your progress. That is one of the reasons why we like the Trello app. The Trello app allows us to set up boards and move cards from category to category; we can visually see where we are with our goals.

What type of system you use is not as important as the fact that you do have a plan in place. The system helps you look at ways to achieve your goal and that you were systematically looking at those goals for the first week of the new year and throughout the entire new year.

Making sure you stick to your New Year’s resolution takes time, effort, and planning. But anyone can stick with their New Year’s resolutions if they do these things; understand that there will be setbacks along the way but continue to get back on track with your goals.

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