Hit the reset button. Unfortunately we’re not talking about your morning alarm. It’s a new year, which means it’s your opportunity for a fresh start. It’s time to tackle outstanding goals and make new resolutions. It’s easier said than done. In order to continue progress with your 2016 resolutions, here are the top 10 tips for sticking to your resolutions, once and for all.
1. Be realistic
You might want to lose 3 stone by spring, but is it actually going to happen? Set realistic goals, like exercising more or taking a walk in the evenings after dinner. By focusing on what you can accomplish in the now, you’ll be surprised at the future payoff.
2. Set reminders
We’re not above a phone reminder. Set your phone alarm to alert you as to when you need to be either accomplishing or planning for your resolutions. The little reminder might just be what you need to stay focused.
3. Make it fun
Resolutions don’t have to be boring! Make it something fun, that you’ll look forward to participating in. Whether that’s a spin class, or catching up with friends every other week over a bottle of wine.
4. Download an app
You know there’s an app for that. From health and exercise to personal finance, you’re bound to find the perfect app to keep track of your progress or to provide additional tips and tricks along the way.
5. Use the buddy system
Trying to lose weight? Sign up for a class at the gym or for workouts with a trainer. Accountability is important. Not showing up for yourself is disappointing but you definitely don’t want to let down your pal when they are counting on you.
6. Talk about it
Speaking of the buddy system, talk about yourself. Seriously. Let others know what you’re planning to achieve. Maybe you’re giving up alcohol for the month? Or sweets? It’s great to have support in place to help you when you’re down and cheer you on along the way.
7. It’s OK to fall off the wagon
You’ve hit unexpected turbulence and have fallen off the resolution wagon. It’s OK. Sometimes we slip on our goals, but the achievement is all about how we recover. Pick yourself up the next day and get back on track. One day isn’t a failure.
8. Limit your goals
You don’t need 20 goals to be successful. Be sure to set yourself a select few that you’re looking forward to accomplishing.
9. Reward yourself
Smashing your goals? Be sure to celebrate your victories, no matter how small. Maybe it’s splurging on a holiday or treating yourself to an indulgent dinner.
10. Don’t give up
Remember that it takes nearly three weeks for something to become a pattern. So if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.