How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
We all know how hard keeping a New Year’s resolution can be. In the run up to the new year, you’re motivated, ready to go and willing to do whatever it takes to keep it going. However, after a few months, weeks, or even days, you might not be quite as motivated to keep going! Make this year different with our top tips on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions, no matter how hard it may seem!
A sure-fire way to fall short of your goal is to make it unattainable. Instead of avoiding takeaway completely, why not limit yourself to having it once a month? Depriving yourself of something completely will only make you want it more, which makes it harder to keep it up! Plus – you’re allowed to enjoy yourself, so make sure your resolution doesn’t stop you from living your life.
Leaving your resolution too late will stop you from being able to prepare for it properly. Instead, think about what resolutions you want to start well before the new year, and make sure you have everything you need to give them your best shot. However, don’t panic if you end up starting your new year’s resolution after the start of the new year – all that matters is that you’re doing it!
Talk about it
Make sure you don’t keep your resolution a secret! By telling other people, you’ll be more motivated to see it through as they’ll be able to keep you in check. Plus, you might even be able to find someone who wants to do it with you! That way, you can motivate each other to see it through.
Track Your Progress
Keeping an eye on what you’re doing will help to make the end goal seem less daunting. Short term goals are easier to keep, so instead of all or nothing, break your objective up into bitesize chunks. Keep a journal to keep you on track, and even write down the days that aren’t the easiest or the best – that way, you can see how you tackled them if another one shows up!
Everyone’s motivation ebbs and flows, so it’s only natural that sometimes you won’t want to keep going with your resolutions. However, don’t beat yourself up. Taking a day, a week or even a month off won’t stop you from being able to say you managed to stick to your resolutions – it just shows that you need a break! If you’re finding it really hard to stick with it, then just think of it in 24-hour chunks. You can do anything for 24 hours! What matters is how hard you try to keep going.