It’s that time of year again! If you dread the New Year and all of its resolutions, you’re far from alone. About 30 percent of those with resolutions give up by the two-week mark, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Scranton. But just because resolutions might be hard to accomplish doesn’t mean they’re impossible. The positive aspect of making New Year’s resolutions is this: taking stalk of your life and making goals about where you want to be a year from now.
So where do you want to be next year, or even right now? Are you happy with your environment, job, or health? What changes might be needed to get to a place of better satisfaction? Here are some things to consider as 2020 rolls around:
Assess where you are
The first step of setting goals is figuring out what needs to change in the first place. Part of this process is looking at what you’ve already accomplished, and acknowledging where you might need to improve. This will help get you into a positive headspace, making you more likely to set reachable goals. Consider the goals you’ve made in the past, and why you might not have succeeded. What could you do this time to help yourself achieve?
Make a plan
Every productive step results from making a plan in the first place. Now that you’ve considered your past goals and your current standing, set out to make some goals or resolutions that are reasonable. SMART goals, or goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound will be much more likely to come to fruition. Remember, your goals don’t need to be large or something that takes a year to complete; just establish goals that create patterns of achievement and success.
Recalibrate as needed
Just like a financial budget, any good plan or goal takes consistent reassessment and perhaps some recalibration. If something isn’t working out the way you originally planned, make some adjustments. The key is finding ways to help yourself succeed, so set yourself up for success. If you’re exhausted by the end of the month and tend to eat out more, make some freezer meals during a calmer period for rainy day use. If a certain goal is taking more time to achieve than you originally thought, don’t give up on it, but readjust your timeframe and perhaps the quantity of what you are trying to achieve. Achieving small goals is still achieving!
Report to someone
The best way to hold yourself accountable to goals or resolutions is by not being the only one that knows about your goals, according to Medium. Whether it’s a buddy or a self-improvement group, share with someone what you hope to accomplish, and check in with each other regularly. This simple task of sharing will hold you accountable to what you’ve said you want to do, and consistent checking in will remind and motivate you to keep going towards your goal. Two heads are better than one, so involve others in your resolutions for additional support and ideas.
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Ms. Harris is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys reading, triathlons, and baking.