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How To Create Doable New Year’s Resolutions

How To Create Doable New Year’s Resolutions
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How To Create Doable New Year’s Resolutions

By Justine R.

The start of the year is always an opportunity to start anew. We all want to be better versions of ourselves, so we write down a list of goals that we want to achieve for the New Year.

Lose weight. Save money. Be kinder. Donate to charity. Travel to other countries. Go to graduate school. Learn a new spot. These are just a few of the most common things that people want to accomplish, but most of these resolutions go down the drain even before the middle of the year.

There’s nothing really wrong with writing resolutions. The problem usually is how they are written. They don’t stick because they are not doable in the first place. The good news is that there are ways to make these resolutions stick, and one way is to write them down. Here are four tips to ensure that you achieve your goals by time 2014 ends.

1.     Be Realistic. Some people tend to abandon their goals after trying for a bit. What they don’t realize is that their goal or resolution may have been too lofty. Admit it: couch potatoes can’t just get up and hit the gym five times a week. Impulsive spenders can’t save 50% of their salaries in one go. 

When writing realistic goals, consider your lifestyle and preferences, what you can do and not do, your time, schedule, budget, health and the like and start from there. Always ask yourself, “can I do this?” and of course, give an honest answer.

2.     Start Small. If you want to be a better version of yourself and lose all negative perceptions and habits, you have to start slow and small. It is easy to write about how great it is to lose your nail-biting habits one day into the year, but it’s not going to work in the long run. You have to think of ways on how to avoid the things that trigger you into your bad habits before you even attempt to tackle the bigger problem. 

If you have big goals (like traveling around the world alone or finishing a Master’s degree), break them down into smaller goals. Before traveling abroad, you might want to accomplish your passport or travel to a nearby province by yourself. Instead of just writing down “Get a Master’s degree” you might want to focus on finishing one semester at a time. Starting small allows you to see your accomplishments sooner

 3.     Be Specific. Think about what your goals are – chances are these goals are broad. So zoom in and think about the specifics that you’d like to achieve. It is easier to plan and achieve these goals when you have specifics on hand. If you plan to travel to places for the incoming year, you need to look ahead and see the kind of places that you’d like to go to, and narrow the search down. If you want to lose weight – how many pounds do you want to lose, and in how many months? How many inches off the waist are you talking about? This will make it easier for you to achieve that resolution.

 4.     Set a timeline. You will definitely not achieve all these goals in a heartbeat, and there are people who try to do it all on January and end up forgetting all of it by the time February rolls around. In order for you to avoid getting burned out and losing the will to achieve your resolutions, write down a timeline and distribute the things that you’d like to get done over the twelve months of the year. Nobody said you have to do it instantly – what matters is, you get it done.

What about you, what are your resolutions for the New Year, and how do you plan to keep them?