In the middle of making plans to count down til midnight and watch the ball drop, you might be feeling the urge to make some changes in the new year. But if you’ve ever made a new year’s resolution before, you know it can be really tough to stick to them. Check out these tips from the New York Times to make sure this year is different.
Make a SMART Resolution
To set yourself up for success, try making your resolutions into a SMART goal. SMART is an acronym that stands for:
If your resolutions are all these things, you’ll be able to stay realistic and see real progress.
Make a Plan and Expect Some Speed Bumps
If you’re working to make yourself a better you in 2019, you know it won’t be easy. After all, if a change was easy, you wouldn’t need a resolution to make it!
If your resolution is to break a bad habit, think about what you get out of that bad habit. For example, if you stay up too late watching TV and feel tired the next day, think about what makes you want to watch TV so badly. Do you want a chance to wind down on your own? Find another way to get that feeling in your day. Maybe go for a walk earlier in the evening or do a short stretching routine before bed. Make sure you find a healthy replacement for any bad habits.
If you make a mistake or find yourself thinking your resolution is too hard, don’t panic. You knew this would be hard, remember?
Give yourself a break, make your routine more flexible, and focus on the progress you’ve already made. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
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Whether you find a group working toward your same resolution or not, make sure someone knows what you’re working toward. They’ll be there to push you when the going gets tough. There are even websites where you can bet on yourself to raise the stakes.
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