On January 1, everyone seems to have an idea about what their new year will look like, from healthier habits to learning new skills. But we have all made resolutions that we have broken. Once that "new year" feeling is gone, and you slip back into your old routine, it is harder to stay committed to your goals. Welcoming the new year may feel a bit different this year, given the challenges of 2020. Nonetheless, here is a list of ways to actually achieve your new year's resolutions.
KEEP THEM REALISTIC
It is crucial to understand how much and which goals you can actually achieve. Coming up with practical resolutions is the first step towards accomplishing them. Refer to your previous habits and draft a list that you can easily follow on a daily basis. Resolutions are supposed to be fun, so don't overwhelm yourself.
WRITE THEM DOWN
Before you start, write down your resolutions somewhere easily accessible, preferably a diary. Use bright colours when you write them down. You can categorise them into your long-term and short-term goals. Plan things ahead of time and execute it over the next twelve months.
KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PROGRESS
For this, you can break down a resolution into monthly attainable goals. At the end of the first three months, check how far you've arrived. This would also act as a source of motivation. Instead of hurrying up, go slow and steady, ticking off things as you continue. Monthly planners are a good way to maintain records and there are several apps and websites that can help you keep track.
GIVE YOURSELF REMINDERS
Most of us tend to forget our plans and aspirations by the middle of the year. Reminders are an effective way of pushing yourself towards your goals. When you keep track of your progress, set up flexible deadlines and try to accomplish them. Apps like Microsoft To Do and nTask are helpful in this regard. This would ensure that you do not neglect your resolutions.
Once you start accomplishing your goals, make it a point to reward yourself. For example, if you have accomplished your reading goals, treat yourself to a good book adaptation or binge watch a show. Rewards will keep you motivated throughout the year.
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