How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions this 2018

Now that 2017 is drawing to a close and New Year is just around the corner, you’ve most likely decided to make the New Year a new you.

Though keeping track of progress in certain aspects in your life can be hard, your year will be a much better one if your promises stick all year. Here are a few tips to get you started on your resolutions:

1. Keep your resolutions reasonable
All progress starts with one small step with the determination to make it go a long way, and the surest way for your resolution to fail is to have one that’s really hard to keep in the first place.

Start with a more reasonable resolution that’s easy to keep. For instance, if your resolution is to get healthy by avoiding your favorite food, you can keep it by switching to a new favorite food that’s much healthier instead of having to resist the urge to eat it every time.

2. Make your resolutions a habit
Habits can be difficult to change, especially if they happen to be bad habits, and they don’t often change overnight.

The trick to making your resolutions stick is by treating your resolutions as if they are habits that you intend to make. Over time, make it a point to overshadow these old habits with the new ones. For example, instead of eating out, you can make your favorite dishes at home.

3. Keep a “pros” and “cons” list
Another way to keep track of your new year’s resolutions is by writing them down. You can start with a few items on paper that you can regularly consult to stay motivated in your resolution.

From these few items, you can expand your list into a time-frame, which will be a great physical reminder. A detailed outline of your resolutions could even become a scrapbook, complete with motivational pictures that you can be sure will spur you into action.

4. Keep a schedule
As early as now, start making a timeline of the changes you want in your lifestyle. Deadlines should be set in regular intervals that you can easily keep, and take the steps to meet the deadlines for those changes.

Rewarding your progress is an important part of keeping your resolutions, and each small accomplishment should be a stepping stone for bigger achievements in your planner. Treating yourself for every milestone will help you stay motivated and stay on track.

If you veer off schedule, don’t beat yourself up over it. Perfection is unattainable – at least, on the first try. Minor missteps will inevitably happen, but the important thing is that you’re able to pick yourself up again.


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