By this time in January, you’ve probably decided to make a couple New Year’s Resolutions. What’s on your list? To be more organized, save more money, exercise more, take up a new hobby? All good resolutions, but how can you keep them? Making a commitment to do something for yourself is rewarding, but keeping a resolution can be challenging.
First, give yourself something specific to work towards. Being organized is great, but what specifically do you want to organize and keep tidy? Do you need a better system to keep clutter out of your bathroom cabinets (I know I do!)? Or maybe you need to sort through old documents and scan them to reduce paper? Make small and attainable goals that are easy to measure.
If you want to get fit in the new year, what are some goals that you are trying to achieve? Be able to lift heavier weights, drop a few pounds, eat a healthier diet? Make specific goals and check in on your progress at least every month. Don’t expect to see 180 degree transformation after a month, but be sure to celebrate all the small victories!
One resolution that I actually stuck with in 2017 is saving more money. Saving money has always been my downfall, but at the start of the year I came up with a reasonable amount that I could save every week. This wasn’t much money to part with on a weekly basis, but it made a huge difference by the end of the year.
Be sure to give yourself time to adjust to your new habits! Not every day or week is going to be perfect, so don’t beat yourself up if you slip up. The popular saying that it takes 21 days to form a new habit is up for debate. Some researchers say that it actually takes 66 days for a new behavior to stick. So keep up the good work and remember WHY you set the resolution in the beginning.
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