It's that time of year where we start to think about our New Year's resolutions. Don't wait until New Years Eve to think about your resolution. Take some time out of your day today to think about what you want to achieve. It doesn't have to be the norm or what everyone else is doing and be careful not to pick too many. Stick to one or two that are achievable and follow this advice on how to stick to your New Years resolutions;
1. Clearly Define Your Goals
Instead of a sweeping statement such as 'Be more conscious of the environment', which is one of my resolutions this year, define this with exactly what you are going to do to achieve this i.e.;
-Stop buying bottled water
-Cut back on meat and dairy
This way you are 100% clear on what your goal actually is by the end of this year.
2. Break The Goal Down
Break this into smaller goals so for instance the above goals then are broken down to;
-Carry a water bottle around with you
-Every Monday you eat meat and dairy free for all meals.
Psychological studies have shown that a resolution, broken down into smaller goals is more likely to be adhered to.
3. Measure Your Progress
Another one of my resolutions is to pay off one of my credit cards. I will be tracking this monthly with a set budget I have given myself. I have set a direct debit off for this and will track this monthly by checking statements to ensure this is paid.
4. Schedule Reminders
Schedule yourself reminders on your phone or diary, whichever works best for you, with prompts to remember to stick to your goal. Even having a small reward scheduled in once you reach that goal. For instance once I pay off £500 I will treat myself to a new book. This is then a nice incentive for me to achieve this goal.
5. Have Patience and Be Kind To Yourself
Sometimes things don't happen straight away. Don't take you reverting back to old habits as a failure but just as a temporary set back. Forgive yourself and get back on track.