Want to Keep your New Year’s Resolutions? Here’s How!

Welcome to 2018!

Is this year going to be the one where you finally keep your New Year’s Resolutions? Maybe you want to quit smoking, learn to drive, or go to the gym more? Well, research suggests that it’s not only how you put them into practice, but also how you phrase your resolutions that makes you more likely to succeed!

Making a New Year’s Resolution

  1. Make them specific. Rather than ‘I’m going to go to the gym more’, say ‘I’m going to go to the gym every Tuesday’. This makes your plans concrete and you can put them into practice straight away, rather than just thinking about it!
  2. You don’t just have to make one resolution at the start of the year. How about breaking down your goal into more achievable chunks throughout the year? If you want to run a marathon, start out doing a small run once a week and then add in more goals later on. If your goals are easy to reach over a short period then you’re more likely to do them, rather than thinking about the distant future.

Keeping your Resolutions

  1. Tell your friends and family. Post on social media about it and make sure everyone knows. You’re more likely to keep it up if you know other people are keeping track of your progress too – after all, you don’t want to embarrass yourself! You could also do the resolution with a friend; you could go to the same dance class or go running together. It’s a lot harder to miss a commitment with a friend than it is to let yourself off the hook!
  2. Commit in advance. The only thing worse than letting your friends down is losing out on money – if you can pay for lessons in advance, it will keep you coming back.
  3. Download a reminder app and set it weekly to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind.
  4. Stay focused and don’t waste time! Find out how on my blog post.

My Resolutions

Following my own advice, I’m sharing my resolutions so you can all hold me to them!

  • Get up before 10:30am every day. A lot of my lectures are in the afternoon or evening, so I find it difficult to motivate myself to get up early. This means I miss out on loads of potential working time!
  • Exercise at least once a week. As I’ve had lots of deadlines recently, whenever I’ve had spare time exercise has been the last thing on my mind. Exercise and healthy living are so important for keeping your brain active, so I’m going to focus on it more!
  • Post to my blog at least once a week. That’s to keep you guys updated!
  • Procrastinate less. Again, this wastes so much of my day and it means I get really stressed when I start running out of time. This has always been a goal of mine but it’s still a constant battle.

Happy New Year everyone,

Astrud x

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