Believe it or not, 2015 is quickly coming to an end, which means now is a great time to start planning your new year resolutions list for 2016. Of course, if you’re like many people, you probably have an easy enough time deciding on your resolutions, but struggle to follow through with them. If you’re ready to get serious about improving your life in the coming year, we’ve got some tips that’ll help you stick with your resolution and ultimately reach your goals.
Don’t Overwhelm Yourself
First and foremost, be reasonable when you’re setting your new year’s resolutions to begin with. For example, if you’ve never ran a day in your life, setting a resolution to complete a marathon by April is probably going to result in disappointment and failure. Instead, you’re better off setting smaller, more manageable goals and ramping them up as you reach each one. For instance, if you want to give up soda in 2016, start by gradually reducing your intake by one soda per day (or week) until you’ve weaned yourself off it.
Take Time to Plan it Out
Achieving any goal—no matter how big or small—is going to take some extensive planning on your part, so don’t wait until 11PM on New Year’s Eve to start deciding how you’re going to tackle your new year’s resolution. Take some time in the days or weeks before to develop a reasonable plan of action for achieving your goal. For example, if you want to look better in 2016 without breaking the bank, now would be a good time to start shopping for quality at-home hair color that’ll keep you looking your best without the cost of going to a salon regularly.
Find a Way to Be Accountable
A lot of times, people fail on following through with their new year’s resolutions because they have nothing to hold them accountable. A great way to stay motivated, then, is to find ways to keep yourself accountable for reaching your goals. If you’re looking to lose weight, for example, having a gym buddy or even hiring a personal trainer can be a great way to keep yourself on track. And don’t forget to keep yourself motivated with small rewards along the way; lost 10 pounds? Treat yourself to a new outfit! These seemingly small things can really go a long way towards keeping you on track to meet your goals.
Turn it Into a Habit
Finally, did you know that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit? Whether it be eating healthy, quitting smoking, or exercising more, make a promise to yourself to keep it up for at least the first 21 days of the new year. No matter how hard it gets, there’s a good chance that by that 21-day mark, your body will have become accustomed to it and, as a result, it’ll get a lot easier. From there, you’ll have a much easier time reaching your goals, no matter what they may be.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your new year’s resolutions in 2016. Whether you’re looking to get healthier, look better, or quit a bad habit, these tips are sure to help keep you on track. Hopefully by this time next year, you’ll be able to say, “I did it!”