Anyone can make New Year's Resolutions... here are 5 Tips to KEEP your New Year's Resolutions!
Making New Year's Resolutions always feels so good. It's an easy way to start off the new year with a jolt of inspiration. It feels hopeful and empowering. I've made a list of personal and professional goals this year that I am ready to tackle.
The sad truth is making making resolutions is easy, but keeping them is an entirely different story. Nearly 80% of resolutions never make it past January. That's so sad! But with a little work ahead of time, we can beat the odds and actually keep those resolutions. Here are my 5 best tips to not be one of the 80% and actually KEEP your New Year’s Resolutions.
5 Tips to Keep New Year's Resolutions
1- Schedule for Success
Whether you are trying to eat better or exercise more, you will need to make time to accomplish your goals. The first step to success is to schedule time for your resolution. Buy a great planner and actually carve out time for what you need to do. If you are a digital person, do it online but make sure you will actually check it. I'm a paper planner fan all the way.
If you are trying to eat healthy or cook at home more, schedule time on Sunday to plan your meals and shop. When you get home exhausted during the week all you will have to do is cook and not play the "What are we going to eat game" and dinner will be ready on time. Start your meal planning with my recipe page!
If you want to start exercising, decide what type you want to try and schedule it like a business appointment. Be realistic about your time though and don't try to do too much all at once. Build up to your goals, but commit 100% to what you schedule.
2- Tools for Success
Make sure you have the right tools for success. If you want to start running, buy a few running outfits and get fitted for running shoes. If you want to eat healthier buy the proper cooking tools like steamers and non-stick pans. Tomorrow I'm sharing 10 healthy cooking essentials you can add to your kitchen.
Whatever your goal is, make sure you have the tools for success.
3- Set Intermediate Goals
Big goals like losing 30 pounds can be overwhelming, but smaller goals like losing 5 pounds are manageable. Set several smaller goals over time that will eventually get you where you want to be. Don't be afraid to dream big, but still set yourself up for success.
4- Get an App
As much as I love my paper planner, I know how powerful technology can be. Find an app on your phone to keep you engaged and motivated. If your resolution is to run or exercise, find a app to track your workouts. If you want to cook more use an app to help you grocery shop.
5- Reward Yourself
A little bribery works just as well on adults as kids. Tell yourself you can pick out a new purse, outfit or gadget when you finally reach your goal. That just may be the extra motivation you need to keep your New Year’s Resolution. No shame in that!
I'm off to start working on a plan to make this happen for myself. I hope you all have a fabulous day!
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