It is the third day of 2018 – Happy (late) New Year! Many of us have already thought of our new year’s resolutions but here’s the real question: How many New Year’s resolutions have you stuck to… for more than a couple of weeks?
Everyone has a different perception of what new year’s resolutions are. I like to separate resolutions from goals. In my opinion, resolutions are small and simple lifestyle habits that you want to achieve in the new year rather than huge goals such as a career change, saving for a mortgage etc.
My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions
- Have a smoothie every day
- Drink a cup of water when I wake up and before I go to bed
- Write in gratitude diary and planner daily
- Learn to knit
- Go on a morning walk at least three times a week
- Read, comment, and interact with other bloggers
- Stay active on my social media channels
- Take more photos for memories sake
Don’t have any 2018 resolutions planned? Not to worry, I’ve got you! Here are 3 sure-fire tips on how to plan resolutions that you can actually achieve.
Aim really low
I’ve always been one to aim high but in order to plan new years resolutions that you can actually achieve, you’ve got to aim low. If you set big resolutions, you are setting yourself up to fail because in order to set up a habit, you need to start small. For example, ‘Eat healthy’ is too broad but if you tweak it to ‘Have a smoothie/juice every day’, it makes it more specific and easier to keep up with.
Remember that smaller resolutions are more effective than larger ones as you are more inclined to stick with it.
Setting time-bound resolutions
By setting time-bound resolutions, it gives you the drive and motivation to achieve them before the due date. You will have an idea of when you want to achieve x to allow you to plan how you are going to do that.
With a simple resolution such as ‘Read more books’, add a due date to transform it into a time-bound resolution: ‘Read 4 books by the end of January’. You will be more inclined to achieve your resolution as it is more attainable.
Create your plan
Resolutions don’t happen overnight. You have to hustle to achieve them. Not only do you have to plan about what you have to do, but also for the potential roadblocks that you may encounter.
Let’s go back to ‘Read 4 books by the end of January’ resolution as an example. With your due date already in mind, you have to plan how you are going to read 4 books in a month. This could be by reading a couple of chapters before you go to bed, or reading while you are commuting on public transport. Potential roadblocks could be being too tired to read before bed, or having not enough space in your handbag to lug around your big, heavy book. The solutions to these may be to read in the morning while you are having breakfast, or instead of physical books, opt for E-Books.