How to Make New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep
Let’s be honest: Year after year, you make the same resolutions on New Year’s Day. Drink less, spend less money, spend more time with family, eat fewer coffee cakes…
And every year, you give up some time around March. Let 2016 be the year you actually follow through. Here, six realistic ways to make it happen.
This piece originally appeared on PureWow.com.
Make a Reward System
Studies show that you’re far more likely to change your behavior when you’re working toward a tangible reward. For example, if your resolution is to lose 15 pounds, promise to buy yourself that nice pair of jeans you’ve been eyeing once you do it.
Set Objectives With Friends
Everything is a whole lot easier with your bestie by your side, so brainstorm some goals for the New Year and work toward them together. For instance, if you’re trying to read more, start a book club. Or, if you want to exercise more often, sign up for Zumba classes together.
Write Down Your Resolutions
Yes, it sounds corny, but you’d be surprised how much writing (or typing) your goals will help you keep them top of mind. Start a journal and list the things you want to achieve, then, at the end of each night, jot down what you did that day to work toward your resolutions.
Set Manageable Goals
Losing 50 pounds isn’t a realistic goal for most people...neither is making a million dollars. Rather than setting overly ambitious or vague objectives, stick to things that are actually attainable. So instead of vowing to “get in shape,” make your goal to run a half marathon. And instead of saying you’d like to travel more, choose one realistic destination and book a trip.
Rely on Technology
These days, there’s an app for just about everything. Use a fitness tracker to help you monitor your jogging progress. (We personally love the fashionable Mira fitness bracelet.) Sign up for Mint and then get to work on sticking to your budget. Download Omvana to help in your quest to meditate for five minutes a day.
Talk About Your Goals
Don’t keep them to yourself! Tell your friends and family about your New Year’s resolutions and how you’re working to achieve them. You just might be surprised to learn who else has vowed to swear off coffee cakes.