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How to Plan New Year’s Resolutions that You Can Actually Achieve

How to plan new years resolutions you can actually achieve

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:ย 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 habitsย 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.

What is one of your 2018 resolutions?

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  • Chloe

    I love this!! Thank you for helping to distinguish between resolutions and goals, it’s something I’ve been struggling with but unable to precisely articulate. I love your resolutions and might adopt a couple myself! your tips are really realistic and helpful, wishing you all the best for 2018 and sticking to your resolutions! X

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m so glad you like this, girl! Thank you so much, good luck achieving all your 2018 resolutions! xo

  • A smoothie everyday? That’s a unique one! Try green smoothies so you can pack more veggies into your day, I heard they are pretty good too!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yes! I find smoothies are a great way to boost my daily fruit/veggie intake! Yes definitely, I love putting baby spinach, also trying kale but I find the flavour a little too strong for my liking!

  • Dani๐Ÿฆ

    I also want to learn how to knit! Great resolutions, best of luck with them! (And happy late new year)

    • Stephanie Foo

      Knitting has been on my to-learn list for aaaages!! I’ve tried but miserably failed but this year, I WILL learn to knit (no matter what!) Thank you so much! Best of luck with your resolutions xo

  • You have some great advice and resolutions! A smoothie one was quite unusual! Good luck and Happy New Year!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I know right, a smoothie is quite random but it’s a good way for me to get my daily dose of fruit and greens! Thank you! Good luck on your resolutions and have a Happy New Year! xo

  • Julia

    Great advice! I really struggle to set realistic goals. Iโ€™m still thinking about my resolutions now

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m glad you like this post! Good luck on your 2018 resolutions!

  • Kelly ์ผˆ๋ฆฌ

    Great resolutions you have here! My fave is learning to knit! I learned just for Blogmas and now I canโ€™t stop making hats!!!


    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you, Kelly! Yes! I’ve seen some of your hats on twitter, they look so lovely!! Hopefully by the end of the year, I can knit as good as you!

  • Jenni Maria

    I’m glad you want to learn to knit, it’s super fun! If you need any advices I can always try to help :). Happy new year!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yay! I’ll definitely give you a buzz if I need help knitting ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!

  • RIkki Parker

    Drink a smoothie a day…. I actually love the idea of that. Starting off small to get the goals you want is probably one of my key factors that Iโ€™ve missed! So glad I came across this post!

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m so glad this post helped you! Good luck working on your New Year’s resolutions!

  • Libby ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Iโ€™m rubbish with resolutions so these tips are great ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m glad these tips help you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nichole Larson

    Small goals are such a great idea. It’s always disheartening to create big, lofty goals and fall off the bandwagon after the first week of them.

    • Stephanie Foo

      I agree! Starting off with big goals can become very overwhelming!

  • Charli Dawns

    Enjoyed reading this! I always seem to set my sights too high so this year I really made it a point to set goals that I could actually attain, that way I won’t feel so bad about myself when I failed them! I need to adopt the whole water thing, I’m terrible at drinking it! Happy New Year & I hope 2018 treats you amazing!

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! Yes! That was a mistake I’ve done in my past resolutions! Oh yes! I’m keeping a water tracker in my planner so I know how much water I’m drinking daily! Happy New Year and I hope you achieve everything you want in 2018!

  • I think that writing in a gratitude planner or diary everyday is a wonderful way of keeping us grounded and to remind us to be thankful for all the opportunities that we have. I also want to get into having more smoothies as well! Especially as they are so good for the immune system as well! x x

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yes definitely! Sometimes we just take the simple things for granted but we realise them when we start reflecting. Ooh yes! There are so many combinations you can try so having a smoothie everyday doesn’t get boring for the tastebuds! xo

  • Adriana Dian

    Hai! Happy new year! Love your blog <3 Greetings from Indonesia

    Love your blog. Would you walking back to my blog too adrianadian(dot)com? So many thanks <3

    • Stephanie Foo

      Hello! Happy New Year! Thank you for taking the time to visit ๐Ÿ™‚ Greetings from Australia!

      Checking out your blog, girl!

  • Great post Stephanie! Thanks for the reminder to set specific and achievable goals. Our first goal is to get our newsletter launched in January!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed this post ๐Ÿ™‚ That is an amazing goal!! Sounds very exciting!