January always brings out the best of intentions when it comes to resolutions, but for many people, it can be hard to stick to them. Here are some tips on maintaining your commitment to your New Year’s resolutions all year long.
Get into a routine
Habits take time to form or break, so whether you’re giving up that afternoon chocolate bar or committing to ten minutes of yoga before work, make sure you work it into your daily routine. Generally speaking, routines are pretty helpful anyway, but they’ll help ensure you new habits become a natural part of your day.
Organization goes hand in hand with routine for making habits stick. From planning and pre-cooking your meals to laying out your workout clothes the night before, organization can help you keep on top of your motivation game. It may help to make a list of your resolutions and keep it handy so you can see what you still need to work on.
Use digital tools
Take advantage of technology and use apps to help you with your resolutions. From calorie and exercise trackers to ‘to do list’ apps, you can probably find something to help you on your journey to keeping your resolutions. Making it as convenient as possible to track your goals, monitor your progress, and motivate yourself mentally means you’ll increase your chances of sticking with your resolution all year long.
Put it in writing
Make a contract with yourself that you don’t want to break. Have a witness sign it so it will help keep you accountable. Go ahead and set yourself a penalty, something you really don’t want to do, so that you’ll be less likely to break your resolution. Accountability can be a huge game-changer when it comes to finding success with resolutions, so hold yourself responsible for your own success!
Celebrate every milestone
Aiming for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is well and good, but it can get frustrating waiting for your final payoff. Instead, keep yourself motivated by celebrating small wins and milestones. A celebration for losing five pounds will help keep you going when losing fifty seems impossible.
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