Making & Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to start over, which is why so many people set New Year’s resolutions. The beginning of a new year can feel like a fresh start, a chance to break bad habits and establish new routines. But, trust me, it’s easier to make resolutions than to keep them. So how do you make & keep new year’s resolutions?
I’m here to show you the other side of creating resolutions. So, you have resolved in your heart to become a better Stay At Home Mum; how do you stick to the plan? It’s not easy at all. Everyone knows how to write down resolutions, but few people are dogged enough to keep it. Then, before the end of the third month, they find out they’ve lost track; you don’t want to be that person.
So, how do you make & keep new year’s resolutions?
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How to make & keep new year resolutions
On the first day of January, motivation is strong, but it fades with time, and many, if not the majority, of New Year’s resolutions, are abandoned. Instead, people make resolutions to set the success they want to achieve. So how are we going to stick to our solutions and stay on track?
Set specific goals
Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions to “reduce weight,” “be more productive,” get in shape,” “become a better spouse,” etc. Rather than choosing an ambiguous objective, focus on something more tangible that you can realistically achieve. To put it another way, pick a very narrow, attainable aim.
You may set a goal to lose 10 pounds, make daily to-do lists, or run a mini-marathon, for example. First, make sure your aim is achievable rather than unrealistic. Choosing a specific, attainable objective allows you to plan out exactly how you’ll achieve (and stick to) your goal throughout the year.
In other words, set SMART goals. SMART goals are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
Take it one at a time.
It’s challenging to take on too much at once. It can be especially tough because changing one’s behavioral patterns takes time and effort. It’s easier to keep a resolution if you concentrate on one single aim.
Make it a concrete goal; so you know what you’re going to change. Then, if the initial adjustment is successful, you can make a second chance after a month or so. You still have an opportunity to be a new you at the end of the year if you make modest adjustments one at a time, and it’s a far more practical method of doing it.
Set structures in place
Setting structures in place requires adequate planning. If you have resolved to become a better housewife in 2022, what systems have you put in place? Have you made plans? (Input link for planning for the new year as a SAHM)
Making a clear written strategy can assist you in achieving your goal. Why is this period so crucial for achieving success? For one thing, it permits you to determine what methods you’ll employ when confronted with difficulties. What techniques will you use if things get tough along the way to making your resolution a reality?
If you begin working toward a goal without a strategy in place, you may rapidly give up when you encounter any type of impediment, setback, or opposition. For example, if your objective is to run three times per week, what will you do if you miss four days in a row, and how will you handle time off due to illness or injury?
You can begin by writing out your goal, making a list of possible actions to reach that goal, and noting any potential roadblocks. You’ll be better prepared to adhere to your resolution and conquer any obstacles that arise if you know what you want to achieve and the challenges you’ll face.
Avoid repeating past failures.
If you decide to pursue the same ambitions you’ve attempted in the past, take some time to assess your previous results. Which techniques proved to be the most successful? Which ones were the least successful? What has kept you from sticking to your resolution in the last years?
Consider making a minor adjustment to your resolution to make it more feasible. You’ll be more likely to achieve tangible results this year if you change your approach.
Don’t be hard on yourself.
How can you expect to change those harmful or undesirable habits you are trying to break in days, weeks, or months? First, allow yourself to be patient. Recognize that achieving your resolution is a journey. Even if you make a few mistakes, you may always restart and continue on your way to your objective.
It may take longer than you expect to attain your objectives, but keep in mind that this is not a sprint to the finish line. It’s possible that once you’ve committed to changing a behavior, you’ll be working on it for the rest of your life.
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Get an accountability partner.
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It’s more than just making resolutions. You have to consider how to stay on track. Do you have more tips on how to make & keep new year’s resolutions? If yes, I’d love to see them in the comments.
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