As 2018 comes to a close, people like to reflect on the current year and create resolutions for the year to come. The unfortunate reality is that under 10 percent of those that want to get rid of their bad habits can successfully do so. By February, most of the resolutions made in December have already been as gone as the ham on Christmas Eve.
Here are some tips on how to accomplish your New Year’s resolution throughout the entire year
1. Set your goals!
Goal-setting is an important part of your New Year’s resolution because it enables you to be more concrete on what you really want to accomplish. You need to have solid goals so that you can hold yourself accountable for your own plans. Here are ways to do proper goal-setting with the SMART method:
Goals need to be specific so that you can establish relevant action plans in accomplishing them. For example, you want to go on a diet as part of your New Year’s resolution; you should be precise on what kind of diet you want to do or what exact food you should avoid.
Your resolution should be measurable so that you can check your progress. One of the most common reasons why people break their resolution is because it can’t be measured. People often have the resolution of saving money without giving specifications on how much.
The attainability of the goal entirely depends on you. Just make sure that you put this factor into consideration when you’re making your 2019 goals and resolutions. Don’t make resolutions that are hard to attain or else you will just make yourself frustrated or upset when things don’t happen the way you want them to.
- Realistic or Relevant
You have to consider your current situation and see if it’s a good fit for you. Sometimes, even if a goal is realistic it is not relevant to your overall resolution. Don’t make unrealistic or irrelevant goals and try to make your goals as closely-linked to each other as possible so that they’re not all hard to accomplish at once.
Time is a good way to measure your progress. You can specify your goals per quarter and stick to a schedule. The earlier you accomplish your goals, the better.
Instead of having a New Year’s resolution of losing weight or eating less, you can say “I will do the Kpop diet of having apple, sweet potato and milk as my daily meals for six days a week. Along with 45 minutes of HIIT and gym activities three times a week, I aim to lose at least 2 kilos a week and lose a total of 10 kilos in 2 month’s time.”
In the given example, maintaining a gym schedule to complement the diet plan can make the objective realistic. With proper planning and the right kind of determination, anything is possible this year!
2. Write it down!
The best way to keep your resolution is to write it down somewhere you will see it daily. Writing down your goals, objectives and resolutions for 2019 will allow you to constantly be reminded of the direction you want to take this year. Here are some tips on how to help you remember your resolutions:
- Write your resolutions on a whiteboard that’s in an area that’s always visible.
- Print out your resolutions and frame them over your living room so you can always see it.
- Write your resolutions on sticky notes and put them in your planner.
- Make your resolutions as a wallpaper for your phone.
3. Have a resolution buddy!
Friends can motivate you to finish your goals so it’s important to have a buddy who has the same resolution as you. Let’s say you’re planning to cut down on carbs and go to the gym more often, then it’s easier to accomplish everything if you have someone who has your back. Your resolution buddy can be anyone:
- Gym buddy
- Old colleague
- Family member
4. Set milestones and act upon it!
If you want to start a business, you would want to map out the kinds of activities you need to do within the year and set a schedule. It’s helpful to separate your big goal into smaller ones so that you can focus on one thing at a time. Focusing on small goals can help you accomplish them quicker.
For example, you want to work on your compliance and registration
Take it Slow
There’s a saying that starting is already getting there. Make sure that you practice absolute honesty with yourself and know your own limitations. Don’t be upset if you can’t accomplish all of your resolutions within the year. The best thing to do is start with the small things one at a time, and these achievements will accumulate into something bigger in the long run.