Let’s face it: when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st we all start the New Year with such high hopes and a list of resolutions, but as January wears on they can become harder to keep. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set New Year’s resolutions, you just need to follow a few tips to ensure you stick to them.
- Be realistic
One of the easiest ways of setting yourself up for a failure is to set completely unrealistic goals. Let’s be honest, you may not be able to give up your favourite foods entirely. Or, if your goal is to have a completely minimalist home with only a few items, while your current home is very cluttered, that may not be achievable.
However, by resolving to make an effort to eat more healthily more often or to start by decluttering one room then you are more likely to stick to your resolution. And if you smash your target – well, who says resolutions are just for January?
- Is it a priority?
You may think that you need to exercise more or lose weight but if what will really make a difference to your life is seeing more of your family, then you’ll resent any time you spend on your resolution. Instead, work out what is truly a priority to you and make that your resolution. And if that means changing your resolutions now, then it’s never too late
- Remember the bigger picture
Focus on why you want to make a resolution. Is it to get fitter so you can play with the kids, or is it to lose weight so you can feel healthier and more confident, or maybe you just want to see the world? Whatever the reason, if it’s truly a priority then this will give you the push you need to keep going.
- Get outside help
If you are starting out on a new exercise regime it can often be helpful to see a personal trainer who can work out a plan that fits round your lifestyle and can act as a cheerleader to keep you motivated. And this approach can work for other resolutions as well. For example, if you want a clutter free home but find decluttering too hard, hiring someone to help you declutter and throw out old stuff can help get the ball rolling and prove that the process isn’t so hard after all. Or, if your resolution is to travel more you could get someone to help you research your options.
- Make time for your resolution
This can sometimes be hard when you have a busy life, but if you’re going to stick to your resolution it will take some planning and time. Eating more healthily means you might have to spend more time planning meals and cooking, while exercising means regular trips to the gym. If you’re determined to take up a new skill this year you’ll need to devote some time to it but that might mean juggling some other priorities in your life.
Therefore, you might want to free up some time by promising to do something like watch less television or spending less time on the internet. Or why not get someone in to do some of the chores that need doing but simply zap your time, such as admin tasks, filing and shredding? That way you can spend more time doing what you really want to do.
- Reward yourself
By celebrating the small achievements you are more likely to stick to your resolutions. So, if you manage to go to the gym for a month why not treat yourself that item of clothing you’ve had your eye on, or even ensuring you make time for a coffee and some time to yourself? By recognising what you have done and giving yourself goals, you’ll be focused on the next step and therefore stick to the bigger goal.
- Don’t beat yourself up
You’re going to slip up at times but that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Instead, put the slip behind you and move on without beating yourself up. Everyone falters once in a while.
- Keep going
Experts claim that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit and six months before it becomes part of your personality, so don’t expect overnight results but give your resolution time and it will be second nature.
- Tell people
By making your resolution public you can not only be held accountable if you don’t try to stick to it, you also have people who can be your cheerleaders when it’s going well.
- Keep going
You don’t only have to make resolutions at New Year’s; you can make them throughout the year. Recommit to your resolution every 24 hours, as you can do anything for 24 hours and before you know it, it will be New Year’s Eve again.
Whatever your goals for 2016, Hour Hands can help free up your time for the things that matter to you, making sticking to those resolutions that little bit easier.