7 Great Tips to Keep Your New Year Resolutions
It’s the time of year when many of us create New Year Resolutions. As far as work related resolutions go, according to a recent study – over a third of people are looking to change jobs during the coming year. Another third want to work on their professional development and the rest want to improve their work/life balance.
Most of us will have given up by mid February and many give up before the end of the month or haven’t made it past week one.
Changing your habits takes time and energy. Somewhere between 30-60 days (or repetitions) for a new behaviour to become a habit. So if at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up but get yourself back on track and keep going.
Wen you were learning to drive or to ride a bicycle it was hard work at first, took a lot of practice and attempts to get it right. Now you don’t need to think about what you’re doing, you do it automatically.
- What would you like to do differently?
- How will you feel when you’ve achieved it?
- What will it look like?
Here are 7 tips to keep you on track and help you to achieve your resolutions.
Write it down:
Any resolution or goal becomes more real when you write it down. You’ve got it out of your head where it’s just a thought or idea and put it on paper.
There’s more commitment when you put something in writing and it will also help you to clarify what you want and give you perspective.
Write down your successes and challenges as they occur – it will help you to stay motivated and get back on track. Make a note of how you feel. Your positive moments will help you through the times when you feel less motivated.
Create a routine
If you have a routine it makes it easier to stick to a new habit. You can associate your new habit with an existing pattern of behaviour or something you enjoy doing.
– Do your daily planning with your morning cup of coffee.
– Put your gym kit out the night before, so there’s less excuse not to do it.
– Make it enjoyable. Listen to a favourite piece of music while you do a boring or mundane task.
– Replace the routine of watching TV or surfing the net with reading, study or exercise.
Put a structure in place
If you’re going to achieve your goals you need to make a plan.
What steps do you need to take to achieve your goals and objectives? What do you need to support you and just as importantly, what’s likely to stop you
Even if it’s just a simple one-page plan or checklist – it gives you a structure to work with and checklists are great for keeping you on track.
If you only keep your new habits to yourself, it’s easier to let yourself off the hook when you start to slip or don’t achieve them.
However, when you’ve told someone else, you make more of a commitment to yourself and them. You’ll feel more motivated and more likely to stick with it.
Share your resolutions with a friend, colleague, coach or mentor and they’ll help motivate you and keep going when your resolve starts to waiver or temptation presents itself.
Take small steps
You’re more likely to succeed if you make small changes and take things slowly and gradually, rather than trying to change too much all at once.
Start with one small thing. Once you’ve got into a routine with one new habit you can add something else.
Review your progress
Don’t expect success on your first attempt. You will need to review your progress regularly (part of the structure and routine) and make adjustments as you go along. Decide what’s working and what’s not and update your routines as needed.
It may be a matter of trial and error to find what works best in helping you achieve your goals or to create a new habit.
Learn from your challenges and use them as opportunities to motivate you further.
Reward your success
Celebrate your success along the way. When you’ve put energy and effort into achieving your goal make sure you reward yourself when you complete it. Especially if you prefer the carrot rather than the stick.
Make the reward appropriate to your final goal. Create smaller rewards to keep you motivated as you achieve each step.
- When you get a new job.
- Reaching the next professional level.
- Hitting your target weight
- Crossing the finishing line
Good luck with your resolutions and if you need any help get in touch.