Tips for how to keep your New Year’s Resolutions

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We’ve all been there, we make these promises to ourselves to start the New Year on a positive note with your best foot forward, so to say. Depending on your personality and how many you make, sometimes these New Year’s resolutions are kept, and sometimes (or most of the time) they are forgotten and broken. Even Hollywood has recognized this incongruous habit of failing to break bad habits and portrayed it comically in the film Bridget Jones’s Diary. “Resolution number one: obviously, will lose twenty pounds. Resolution number two: will find nice sensible boyfriend.”While we vehemently commend this absolute positivity and optimism for the New Year, it is also nice to have some realism involved so you don’t let your positive ambition get overclouded by the frustration that you can’t accomplish everything on your list the way you envisioned. This is why we’ve compiled a list of the top ten New Year’s Resolutions that typically forgotten and dropped as the year progresses, however we’ve also included a few tips in which to make these resolutions more reasonable and realistic.

Any combination related to losing weight: going to the gym more often, getting a gym membership, going on a diet, etc.

  • Start small and then work your way up. Start with a yoga mat and yoga DVD and then once you feel ready maybe sign up for a 10K or half marathon. If you have something to work towards then you are more likely to stick with it. Also starting your day with exercise means you won’t push it off until later.

Eat healthier

  • This does not mean you need to eat only fruits and vegetables all day every day. You should enjoy food and just keep in mind your daily intake. Sometimes people keep food journals to track what they eat during the day because it can be hard to remember everything.

Quit smoking

  • Make an appointment to talk to your doctor about what the best strategy is here. It is really frustrating to put effort into a method and have it not work because it wasn’t the best one for your lifestyle. Your doctor will have the best advice here.

Drink less

  • This does not mean you have to stop entirely, but maybe in the same way that a food journal is effective you can keep a drink journal as well. This way you can also remember what you like and what you don’t.

Put more money in your savings/pay off any debt

  • If you set up an automatic withdrawal into a savings account you won’t have to think about consciously setting aside money. Even if it is just a few dollars a month or whatever you can budget for, as long as it is automatic then it will be easier to let that money go into savings.

Spend more time with family

  • Put into the calendar a weekly family night. It does not have to be a huge event, but just dinner or even a quick board game. Warning though, Monopoly is one of those that may feel like it will never end, but make it fun by splitting the game up into different family nights and writing down where you left off. Basically getting the family together is so much easier and realistic when it’s planned out and on the calendar.

Volunteer your time more for a good cause

  • Most companies sponsor a volunteering day. But even if yours does not, figure out a weekend once a month or so that you can spend a few hours giving your time to a cause you care about. The personal rewards are incomparable.

Travel and see new places

  • Even if it is just packing up the car for the day and visiting a close by city that haven’t been before. Also one more incentive to make that automatic withdrawal worthwhile, having some travel money.

Learn something new

  • We know, who has time for this between all of your volunteering, traveling, and family time. But if you think of something you’ve always wanted to do and start scheduling it then you will feel amazing that you are working towards it. This can even be interlaced with your traveling resolution, learn something new about a new city and culture.

Focus on being less stressed

  • Hopefully by focusing on all of these other positive resolutions then your happiness levels will in turn make you feel less stressed. But don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by keeping up with everything. If it helps just focus on one or two resolutions and give yourself enough room for natural human error. As each year feels like it goes by faster and faster, we want to make sure we are enjoying it too.

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