How to keep your New Year’s resolutions?
Every year, it’s the same thing. When the new year starts, we’re full of good will and a desire to make some new resolutions. This year, you’ve made the decision, you’re going to be much more organised! 🤩 But once the year is over, when you look back over the past 12 months, you realise that you haven’t managed to honour half of your commitments.
Why? 🤨 Simply because we set the bar too high.
So, this year, why not make achievable resolutions? We reveal our tips for keeping your resolutions over time 👇
Set specific, measurable, and achievable goals 🎯
For example, ‘getting back into sport’ is a great resolution but what does it really mean? Not much… Why not be specific? “Do 1 hour of swimming 3 times a week” is much more concrete. And as well as knowing exactly what your goal is, the notions of frequency and duration will allow you to integrate a routine into your daily life!
Another piece of advice is be careful not to set yourself too ambitious a goal. For example, if you don’t currently do any sporting activities, wanting to do one session a day may be too much and may make you give up on your resolution more quickly because you perceive it as too restrictive. Stick to a goal that is fairly easy to achieve for the first year, while you establish this new habit in your life.
Create a routine without upsetting your current habits too much 💫
The biggest challenge in keeping your resolutions is not the goal itself but developing the right habits that will allow you to achieve the goal you’ve set.
For example, for your resolution to “swim 1 hour 3 times a week”, the hardest part will be getting to the pool. Once there, you’ll have no problem sticking to your commitment.
So how do you get into this new routine?
Above all, don’t destabilise your current routine. The easier it is to incorporate the new habit into your daily routine, the more likely you are to stick to your goals.
For example, if you are in the habit of walking past the pool on your way home from work, stop there directly, without going back home. This will seem easier than having to change your usual schedule to get there.
Keep track of your commitments 📈
Writing down your resolutions is already part of the way to achieving them. That’s right, because writing them down makes the commitments you have made to yourself official. The commitment becomes much more important than if your resolutions had remained at the thought stage.
The paper proof of your goals will only make it more difficult to abandon them.
Beyond the commitments made, what can be very motivating is to follow your progress until you reach your goals! And for this, the notebook will be your best ally.
Create a ‘tracker’ page for your different goals by drawing a habit tracking chart. Depending on your goals, each day, week, or month, indicate your degree of progress. This system will motivate you to keep your resolutions.
In addition, thanks to SCRIBZEE, the application that manages your handwritten notes, you will be able to scan your trackers and add reminders to them so as to :
– Remind you of your goals to achieve. For example, you can set a reminder 30 minutes before your swimming session.
– Remind you to complete your tracking page. For example, set an alert every Sunday to remind you whether you have achieved your goals for the week.
If you have not met your commitments, try to understand what’s stopping you and try to identify the obstacles. On the contrary, if you manage to honour your commitments, congratulate yourself by buying a treat 🎁
As you will have understood, keeping your resolutions depends on one thing: succeeding in introducing a new routine into your life. Put the odds in your favour by following these 3 tips. You can do it! 💪