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We all make notes of our New Year Resolutions either mentally or on paper. One of the best feelings is a fresh start to a new year and a new calendar. This feeling is too often short lived before losing momentum and reverting back to old habits. One of the most complex challenges of resolutions is creating a set of supporting routines and until your journey becomes habitual. If you have already said that you will start your resolutions on Monday (today), keep reading then keep reading if you want to know how to make them stick.
1. Document them
It is essential to write resolutions down and keep a New Year Resolutions list somewhere you will regularly review them. Having them somewhere you frequently access will help you track your progress and gain your recommitment.
2. Create supporting Habits
As mentioned, sometimes you can create some supportive routines which can evolve into habits. This will ensure that not only do you achieve your goal this year, but every year following. Should you want to buy a luxury bag for yourself at Christmas then you may want to look at how much you would need to say each week. Once you have achieved this, you may continue to do this the following year.
3. Vision Board
Creating a vision board can help you develop goals in several areas of your life. These can also work and complement each other, for example, should you need to get a promotion in your work area to achieve your financial goal.
4. Set SMART objectives
You may have heard about this a few times, either in the workplace or online. However, setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound) objectives can make them much more achievable. It also helps avoid the pitfall of initially setting an unrealistic goal.
5. Incremental Goals
If a goal is particularly challenging, you may want to consider building up to the result. For example, should you wish to work out three times a week by the end of the year, then perhaps you may want to start with once a week for a month until you have an understanding of your schedule. This approach is also helpful with financial objectives.
6. Get an accountability partner
Especially useful when it comes to working out. Have an accountability partner who ensures you meet your objective, and if not, they provide an agreed consequence.
7. Rewards schedule
Be sure to celebrate your successes with a treat at a set milestone.