How many times have we all made well intentioned New Year’s resolutions, only to break them weeks later? Lofty goals like “eating healthily”, “exercising more” and “making more time for reading” sound almost doomed to fail.
If you really want to see your New Year’s resolutions out to the end, here are some questions and techniques to keep in mind.
1. Can you stick it out for 28 days?
“A new habit that can be created and practiced for 28 days is more likely to be sustainable,” Karina says.
With that in mind, it’s safe to say that the first month is going to be the hardest. But if you’re confident you can stay motivated throughout January, February is more likely to come naturally. Then March. And so on. Just make sure you keep the passion going for those first 28 days.
2. Plan it
Planning can make a big difference in determining your success - and specificity is key. Keep your resolutions small, manageable and consistent, like including more vegetables on your grocery list each week. Ideally, it's a good idea to have this action plan ready in time for NYE, but it's never too late to start.
The thing is, making abstract resolutions about our health and wellbeing is neither realistic nor likely to succeed. Set yourself a specific goal each week and stick to it. For instance, "I will only eat takeaway food once on the weekend [and nominate a day]" or "I will include vegetables with both lunch and dinner". These achievable goals will make you feel more accomplished and will boost further efforts.