The phrase “new year, new me” is one often heard in the first week of January, a time when people are optimistic about their New Year’s resolutions. However, after a strong start, life starts catching up: work, family, school, Netflix. Suddenly, you’re back to old habits, and the newest phrase around the block becomes, “there’s always next year.” While keeping your New Year’s promises may be difficult, once you get into the routine of it, it’s nothing if not rewarding. Here are a few tips to get you started and keep things going!
1. Have a strong support group
Surrounding yourself with people who motivate you or have similar goals will make it easier and more fun to get started and keep up with your goals during the year.
Making smaller goals is the key to making bigger changes. Instead of saying that you’re going to hit the gym every day for an hour, try going three times a week for 30 minutes instead, and work your way up from there. You’re more likely to continue if you make gradual changes instead of sudden ones.
Know exactly what your New Year’s resolution means, and why you’re starting it. Writing it out and putting it on display as a constant reminder can help push you, keeping your ultimate goal always in mind.
4. Remember: failure is bound to happen
Nobody’s perfect, and you’re bound to slip at least once or twice. The important thing is to shake it off, keep moving forward, and to learn from your mistakes before getting back up on your feet.
Making impulse resolutions just because that’s what everybody else is doing is not a wise move. If your heart’s not in it, and it’s something you know you don’t necessarily care about, then it will become easier to give in to giving up.
Starting something new is a unique way to keep up your interest. For example, if you want to start eating healthier, why not start cooking? This way, you know exactly what will be going into your food, and you can make more conscientious choices.
If one of your resolutions is to spend less time scrolling through your timeline, and more time scrolling through that essay, consider downloading productivity apps. A useful one is SelfControl, which blocks your specified websites for set amounts of time.