Ringing in the New Year was a lot different than what we used to do. You probably traded in a New Year’s Eve party for more time on the couch in front of a festive New Year’s movie. This year, your New Year’s resolutions may look different, too. It’s still tradition to decide on a few New Year’s resolutions, and this year, we’re guessing a renewed but familiar focus will be on health, organization, and losing weight. Or, you may be tired thinking about meals or your waistline, in which case you’ll turn your sights on your mental health, or your sleep routine, or the mess in your living room, or the mess in your cupboards or closets.
This year, fill your resolution list with easy, good-for-you goals. Try one simple lifestyle tweak each day, and you’ll not only jumpstart a healthier body and mind, but you’ll feel fantastic and motivated to make 2021 a much better year.
For a better “new year, and new you,” stay inspired, stay focused and encourage others as a great example. You can do it by simply following these easy tips.
Keep a resolutions chart. This method is old school, but the visual is powerful. The idea is to hold yourself accountable each day through the habit of checking boxes in a chart. We agree, it is low tech – but effective.
Use the 10-minute rule. Resolutions have this funny way of overwhelming us before we even begin. Instead of trying to find large chunks of time to devote to your goal, take a few moments now and list as many resolution-related tasks as you can think of that can be accomplished in 10 minutes or less. For example, making a phone call, checking a website, sending an email, and doing a few sets of crunches would all fit into that time frame.
Love it. Why do we always make resolutions that we dread? Instead of the usual “eat healthier” and “exercise more,” why not add something you really want to do but never make time for? For example, a resolution to cut and arrange flowers from your garden, read one novel each month, or just breathe and be present with your spouse and children.
Set up reminders. An alarm on your computer, phone, or even Alexa will make your workout routines a little harder to forget.
Break it into chunks. If your resolution is a large project like organizing your home from top to bottom, it would be wise to break it down into baby steps. Try mapping out a rough schedule for the year in advance, covering one part of your goal each month – bedrooms in January, living room in February, and so on.
Create visual reminders. Taping up notes and placing necessary tools where you won’t miss them can help, especially when you are first trying to adopt a new habit. For instance, if you want to start a no-shoes policy at home, try keeping a pair of slippers near the door and a shoe bench for leaving outdoor shoes behind.
Join an online group. The social atmosphere and firm time commitment make joining a group a winning strategy for nearly any resolution.
Make it automatic. Technology can be your friend when it comes to remembering daily habits. Trying to slash energy bills this year? Install a thermostat you can control through the gadget itself or via your smart phone. Want to save money for that designer chair you have your eye on? Have cash automatically deposited into an earmarked savings account.
Make it pleasant. Working out is more appealing when you can lace up cute new sneakers and a new outfit. Even if it’s only walking around your neighborhood, go ahead and treat yourself!
Gather support. Having emotional support from the important people in your life can make or break your resolve, from giving you gentle nudges and reminders to celebrating with you when you’ve reached a goal. Sharing your goals with supportive family members and friends can only help. However, don’t bother enlisting support from those you know tend to be pessimistic or judgmental.
Limit yourself to one goal. Even if you have many goals you would like to tackle this year, if you can narrow it down to only one to focus on first, your chances of success will be much higher. Trying to keep up with too many resolutions is bound to result in failure. Instead, choose to focus on one thing and be sure to reward yourself amply when you succeed! W