This post is all about how to stay on track with your new year’s resolutions. Read on if you’re struggling to stick to your new goals.
Buy A Planner
There are lots of options for planners, but I prefer to use a date-less planner. If you’re reading this a few months into the year, it’s a perfect purchase to help you stay on track with your goals. I use the Clever Fox Planner, which comes with stickers and a dateless calendar so you can start planning during any month of the year. It also has prompts such as goals for the year, a mind map, a gratitude practice, and more. You can track your habits in the planner too, which is built into each week.
Focus on Small Goals
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to lose 20 pounds, you’re going to feel overwhelmed when you think about your goal: it’s a hefty goal to achieve, especially if you’re not on track the first few months of the year. Try focusing on smaller, more achievable goals. Such as, this week, I am going to go for a run on Sunday morning. Today, I will eat one less meal. Tomorrow, I will replace one meal with vegetables.
Word Your Goals Carefully
Be careful when choosing the words you use to describe your new year’s resolutions. If your goal is to save money and spend less, try wording your goal as “I will make coffee at home three mornings this week.” This goal makes sense if you’re the type to buy Starbucks every morning – it’s small enough to tackle in one week, and it’s posed in a positive light. For a weight loss goal, try saying “I weigh X amount of weight” instead of saying the actual goal of “lose 20 pounds.”
Carve time out of your day to spend visualizing your goals happening. This may feel strange the first few times you do it, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll feel natural. Envision yourself 20 pounds lighter and how you will feel in that state. Imagine yourself making coffee in the morning at home and skipping the stop to Starbucks on the way to work. These things will pull you closer to that realty and that timeline, because you’re spending your time thinking in that state of being. I’ve read a pretty interesting book on this subject that I describe in the post linked here.
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