How to make your New Year’s resolutions stick

At the start of each year, people all over the world optimistically create a list of the things that they would like to change about themselves. The common themes usually involve living a healthier life (not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually as well), managing finances better, becoming more productive, or even taking steps towards a whole new direction. There is just something about the start of a new year which makes us more hopeful for change; it’s like being given a wiped slate for do-overs and do-betters.

Sadly, as ambitious as these resolutions may be, most people find themselves going back to their old ways more often than not whether it’s about a new diet, a new budget plan, or a new attitude. While this is hardly surprising, there are ways to increase your chances of getting over that hurdle. Below are some valuable tips to helping you making your New Year resolutions stick:

1. Make your resolutions reasonable and realistic. No matter how well-intentioned you may be, you are setting yourself up for failure when you include goals that you are virtually impossible to achieve. Sure, you need to challenge yourself and aim high but make sure that your goals are compatible with your available and potential resources.

2. Make one major change at a time. It can be inspiring to work on several aspects of your life at once but it is more pragmatic to just choose one area and then divide it into different sub-goals in order to increase the chances of success. You only have a finite amount of time, money and energy—don’t spread yourself too thin. For example, if you decide to spend more quality time with your kids/family, some relevant sub-goals would be a) planning more staycations or trips together; b) managing your time more efficiently so that you would be less preoccupied with work and responsibilities; c) saving on unnecessary costs like frappes so that money can be funneled towards other stuff like bowling games, etc.

3. Give yourself a break every now and then. Instead of saying that you will NEVER eat sweets again or that you will NEVER bring home work ever, allow some wiggle room. Qualify when it is ok to indulge or slide back into old habits. For example: it is fine to bring home work when it’s time to prepare for your quarterly presentation; it’s ok to have some cake when the person celebrating his birthday is within the immediate family.

The key to making these changes permanent is to keep at it, one day at a time. Human beings are really creatures of habit, and it takes between 30-60 times of repetition before the psyche accepts something as habitual. Also, studies show that we are more vulnerable to indulgent and irresponsible behavior when we are stressed or sleep-deprived, which is why getting adequate rest is very important. No matter what your goals are, consistently getting about seven hours of quality sleep in your cheap memory foam mattress UK will make you more likely to exercise willpower.

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