How to actually keep your New Years’ resolutions

Here’s how to realistically stay on top of your goals for 2019


1. Find a friend and keep each other accountable.
Maybe your goal for 2019 is to develop better study habits and your roommate’s is going to the gym more often. No matter how similar or different your goals are for the year, you’re both trying to better yourselves, and it’s always nice to have someone who can help motivate you and keep you on track no matter what you’re trying to achieve.

2. Write them down
You’re less likely to actually keep your resolutions if you don’t know what exactly they are. They’re not going to do you any good floating around in your head! Write them down on paper and put them somewhere you’ll see them every day. Hang them on your wall or bulletin board, set them as your phone background, write the most important one on your wrist or the back of your hand if you have to. Whatever you do, don’t lose sight of your goals!

3. Keep track of your progress
It’s hard to stay motivated to reach massive goals when you can’t see how far you’ve come. Write down the steps you’ve taken towards the end you have in mind. If your goal has multiple steps, check them off as you go. If your resolution this year is to go to the gym more, write down every day you go to the gym and what you do – you’ll find out what works for you and what doesn’t.

4. Think realistically
For example, someone who doesn’t run consistently is not going to be ready for a marathon overnight. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and good habits aren’t built so wuickly either. Instead, start somewhat small and think of realistic goals you can set for yourself – you can increase the intensity over time as you get better.

5. Don’t try to do everything at once
Trying to keep all of your resolutions at one time is not a wonderful idea – it just stresses you out more and makes you less productive in the long run. Trying to lose ten pounds the same week you’re trying to get all your weekend homework done before Friday may have your priorities all over the place. Focus on one thing at a time and work on what you can.

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