Happy New Year to you all and welcome to 2017! Let’s make this the best year yet, a chance to create the best version of you and develop healthy habits to better yourself in the long run.
To help you stick to your new years resolutions, we have created a list of fail proof hacks to ensure you achieve the desired outcomes.
Goals should be achievable and measurable in order to succeed. Any goals that are too outlandish or impossible to achieve will only set you up for failure. E.g instead of wanting to lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time, it's far more realistic to have weekly weight targets - which is simpler to measure and achieve. The same applies for lifestyle and career, as some goals are not just dependant on you. For instance wanting to acquire a promotion or raise at work relies on other parties. Focus on what you can do in order to get you closer to these steps, which may include putting in extra hours to finish tasks or going out of your way to assist others.
Everyone knows that preparation is the key to success! This is with good reason. Make a plan on how you are going to achieve these resolutions; this may include weekly or monthly tasks to integrate into your life. For instance if your resolution is to eat healthier this may include meal preparation every Sunday to ensure you’re set for the week ahead. Or, if it is to spend more time with family and friends you may need to allocate 1 day every fortnight or month to ensure this happens.
Do it with a friend
Setting goals with a friend or family member is a great way to stay accountable. It is a chance to motivate and encourage each other to ensure you stay on track. If one of your resolutions is to get fit you can join a gym together or schedule in walk or runs, which may even tie into a resolution of spending more time with family and friends! Plus, it may even bring out a competitive edge in you, making you more driven to achieve your resolutions.
Once you set your resolutions, its important to set deadlines with them. Without deadlines they are more likely to slip away, especially as it feels like you have the whole year to achieve them. Your resolutions may differ to one another and may not necessarily take a full year to achieve them. Research has shown it takes 30 days to form a habit so if one of your new years resolutions is to reduce your intake of sugar or consumption of junk food you could give yourself a 1 month deadline. For long term resolutions, you may need to make short term steps which will help you achieve these goals. E.g if you want to achieve your dream body, a long term deadline will be much more achievable and healthier in the long run but it will be the short term deadlines which will get you there.