2018 is here, and you may be knocking your noggin for last minute New Year’s Resolutions.
This year, resolve to be happier, healthier and more rested with one (or a few) of our last minute resolutions.
Picking a New Year’s Resolution, even at the last minute is half the battle. Sticking to it is a whole other can of worms!
So, here are six tips for sticking to your resolution and making the most of 2017.
1. Pick a Resolution; Which Matters to You
If you choose a resolution for the sake of another, you’re unlikely to stick to it for long. Ask yourself what you want to achieve in 2017 and align yourself with it.
Taking inspiration from others is helpful, but make it a priority to choose a resolution meaningful to you. Here are some good ones!
- Decrease caffeine intake.
- Stop hitting the “snooze” button!
- Clean up the clutter in your bedroom.
- Make the most of your vacation and downtime.
- Get active!
- Improve your diet.
- Focus on family.
- Spend more time outdoors.
- Try a new sport or exercise.
- Turn off the TV before bed.
- Commit to a bedtime routine.
- Get up one hour earlier.
- Love yourself.
- Have more productive, structured mornings.
- Make more “you” time.
- Smile more!
- Stop procrastinating and start being proactive!
- Start a sleep journal.
- Switch to herbal tea instead of coffee.
- Drink more water.
- Cut out sugar.
- Spend less time on your phone.
- Give back to your community.
- Read before bed.
- Complain less and appreciate more!
2. Make Your Resolution Realistic and Achievable
By all means, dream big! However, it’s also important to set goals, which are reasonably achievable. For example, if you don’t run, a marathon may be a big first step!
3. Find an Accountability Partner
There is power in numbers! Ask a friend or family member to hold you accountable to your resolution. Better yet, commit to the same resolution and support each other every step of the way.
4. Create an Action Plan
Partition your goal into incremental “mini goals” or checkpoints. If weight loss is your goal, your first checkpoint may be eliminating sugar from your diet; the second may be losing the first 5 pounds, and so on.
5. Forgive Yourself for Slip-Ups
Remember: no one is perfect! You will have slip-ups, failures and setbacks.
Forgive yourself when things don’t go exactly according to plan and then recommit, stronger than ever!
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