- Lose Weight
- Quit Smoking
- Eat Healthier Foods
These along with many others are great goals...but how can you keep your resolution lasting into the new year and beyond. Here are some tips:
1. Start small - New years resolutions are often in the form of drastic changes, which makes them more difficult to adhere to. For example instead of changing your diet 100% when the new year rolls around, gradually change small things throughout the year. Example: If eating healthier is the goal, maybe cut sodas and drink more water in January. Eat one extra serving of fruits and vegetables a day starting in February and so on... You may find that a little at a time goes a long way at the end of the year.
2. Make a reasonable plan to act - Don't make a completely new schedule based on your resolution. This can throw you off balance and cut your resolution short. Instead, fit your resolution within your current schedule. Example: Instead of planning to go to the gym for 3 hours, 4 days a a week, plan a short 30 minute workout everyday at home until you are ready to commit more time to exercise.
3. Pick based on what is most important to you - Everyone you know working on the same resolution? Don't feel pressure to choose the same thing. Simply working on what is most important to you will give you the greatest results in the end.
Want Some Help with your Resolution?
USA.gov has complied a list of the top resolutions in the U.S. with links to different resources to help meet your goals. Click on the link above to see if your resolution is there. If not, you may need to do some exploring of your own! Remember, life changes can happen any day of the year. not just on January 1. Cheers!
Also check out this interesting blog post about resolutions and social media: http://www.adorecolour.com/why-you-should-think-twice-before-posting-your-new-years-resolution-online/