It’s time to bid farewell to 2018 and start a new journey into 2019. And what goes hand in hand with the new year – resolutions. We pen them down and hope these rules and goals we set inspire us to become an even better version of ourselves. But most of the time these resolutions don’t really stick and drift to the back of our heads as the year goes by. Here are some ways to keep at it and have resolutions become a reality.
Make them specific
Of course we want to save more money or eat more healthily, but how? For a goal or resolution to become a reality, generic statements won’t make the cut – get more specific. If you’re looking to lose weight, think of the process of how you plan on losing the weight as compared to the big goal. How many kgs do you wish to lose to get to your ideal body type? Or do you want to focus on body percentage or cutting out certain foods to keep health and body levels in check? Knowing exactly what you want to achieve will draw away from the uncertainty of how to incorporate your resolution to your daily life, then keeping motivation up to continue your pursuit of your resolution.
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Make daily, smaller goals
Resolutions are all about challenging and changing yourselves for the better, but the task can be rather daunting. To make your resolutions less scary and more attainable, break them down to smaller, daily goals. Taking it one day at a time reduces the feeling of being overwhelmed in trying to achieve your resolutions and gives you an added feeling of achievement and success when you’ve completed the smaller goal for the day that’ll build up to your main goal of the year. When i wanted to learn Korean last year, i was strongly motivated but in a spiral of options as how to achieve this. Fortunately, a friend of mine introduced me to Duolingo (an interactive language app) which allowed me to clarify my resolution by setting a daily 10 minute session on the app everyday. Those daily 10 minutes worked great as i didn’t have to commit so much of my time, practical because it was on my phone and enjoyable. Those 10 minutes added up to hours and i can now converse and happily watch Korean shows without subtitles.
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Always have your resolutions visible
Seeing your written (or typed) resolutions daily can reaffirm and remind you why exactly it was your resolution in the first place. Last year, a resolution i set was to drink more water because i was a dehydrated mess. The first thing i did was change my lock screen on my phone to read ‘drink more water’, i wrote it on a sticky note on both my laptop and on the desktop in the office – places i know i will see often and on the daily. Voila, i was always reminded of my goal, and throughout the year my water intake increased and i now drink around 3 to 4 litres of water a day without fail.
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Although one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2019 is to cut down my screen time, utilising technology like our phones and computers are major ways we can keep track of our resolutions. With my phone less than a metre away from me most of the day, incorporating things like apps have really helped keep me focused on my resolutions over the past few years. A great example is the app, Spendee. If you’re looking to keep better track of your expenses in 2019, Spendee will make it that much easier. The app allows you to connect your credit and debit card and import previous transactions (so you don’t have to do it yourself). Cap budgets on various categories to avoid overspending and add members to your ‘wallet’ if you share an account – all in the device you carry on the daily.
Whether it be a girlfriend, colleague, or family, the people around you may be trying to achieve the same or somewhat similar goal to you. Join forces and conquer your resolutions together, it makes it more fun, enjoyable and you always have someone to hold you accountable if you are starting to go awry. Also, for those who thrive on a little bit of friendly competition, working on a resolution with others can be the drive you need to keep at it. Or just letting others know about your pursuits for 2019 may be enough – we’re less likely to give up and quit if somebody else knows what we’ve said we’ll do. Whichever works best for your, there’s actually a ton of research that correlates to the fact that involving others when trying to change behaviour is more effective than keeping it to yourself.