New year. New start. New you.
Both at work and at home, there is no better way to kick-start the year than grabbing a notebook or journal and getting stuck into a good old planning session. With this comes New Year’s resolutions; those promises we make to ourselves that we then spend the next 12 months trying to keep! Come on, hands up if you’ve broken a resolution only a few hours into the 1st January, it can’t only be us who have reached for the last tin of Christmas chocolates and promise ourselves that we will start that health kick tomorrow?
Let’s see if we can help you be more successful this year and keep the promises you’re making to yourself for 2017. Because there aren’t any specific rules for News year’s resolutions they can be quite easy to state on a whim, but if you’re serious about making changes in 2017 you need to set goals that you’ll take seriously. However, setting long-term goals can be very difficult and by the end of February our desire can go out of the window and those bad habits you promised to break can creep back in.
So if you’re one of those who really struggle to keep your resolutions for more than a month (or day) here are our top tips for helping create a better you in 2017:
Make resolutions personal to you. News Year’s resolutions based on eating, drinking or exercise habits are certainly popular but it doesn’t have to be that way. The more personal they are to you, the more determined you are likely to be to achieve them.
Tackle one resolution at a time. Giving yourself a mass of new tasks to complete in one go just isn’t realistic and you may find it difficult, increasing your chances of giving up altogether.
Tell your friends, family and colleagues your goals. By sharing your goals with the people around you you’ll increase your chances of success. If you swerve off track, they can be there to give you the boost you need to get back on the right track.
Less is more. Although there aren’t any rules, we think three resolutions is more than enough to keep focused on in addition to everything else you’ve got going on in life. There’s always 2018 for the others!
Be realistic. Don’t set a goal that you know you are unable to achieve over the next 12 months. Your resolutions shouldn’t be easy, but make sure they aren’t so difficult that you quickly become frustrated and unmotivated while trying to achieve them.
Benefit a charity. If your resolution is for a challenge or event of some kind, why not take the opportunity to raise some money for your favourite charity? It’s a great way to make it more personal and the commitment to raise money will help you keep motivated. Plus the charity will benefit too!
Keep track of your goals. Use your notebook or journal to write down each goal in the order in which you would like you to achieve them. You might find it helpful to write in detail why you are setting each goal and the benefits it will bring to yourself or others to help keep you motivated through the year.
Review your progress monthly. Keep your notebook handy and use a monthly review to keep yourself feeling refreshed and focused on the task you have set yourself, reading over your notes to remind you of the reasons for trying to achieve them. Habit tracking is another technique we've written about that will work really well here.
These are just a few of our tips to reaching your resolutions, but you may have more. We’d love to hear any techniques that work for you, plus your own plans and goals for 2017. Leave us a comment below.
We wish you the best of luck with your New Year’s resolutions and smashing your goals over the next 12 months.
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