The good news is that you’re 10 times more likely to keep a New Year’s resolution than those who don’t make any at all.
The bad news is that 60 percent of people who make resolutions drop them in just six months.
The even better news is that you can make your resolutions come true with a little preparation and a big reality check.
For starters, plan for success and rewards along the way. You’re going to make it, so stay positive!
Be realistic about what could derail you and proactive in avoiding those roadblocks. If you’re thrown off track, treat it as a temporary thing and stick to your plan. Use the buddy system, and find an accountability partner.
Here are five common resolutions and Fierce strategies for making them stick. Let us know how it’s going. We’re here to help, cheer you on and celebrate your accomplishments!
- Getting fit
- Be realistic. If you’re getting back on track, shoot for three times a week initially, and then gradually build up to six or seven days. Focus on activities that you actually like, and alternate them with walking or jogging.
- Block out time for exercise by scheduling it on your calendar, and setting alerts on your phone.
- Break your goal into chunks — losing five pounds at a time, rather than focusing on 30.
- Saving money or managing debt
- Do an audit of where your money goes, and honestly assess whether the spending is necessary.
- Set up a budget, and put your spending on a diet.
- Set up automatic deposits in a separate bank or credit union account. Even small amounts add up quicker than you’d think.
- Eating healthier
- Keep a food and fitness journal or use an app to keep track of what you eat. It’s like an accountability partner. Plus, you can spot patterns to fix and reward your successes.
- Add more fruit and vegetables to each meal.
- Drink more water. It’s good for you, and it’ll fill you up.
- Adjust your schedule to end activities earlier, such as eating dinner, cleaning up or wrapping up last-minute work.
- Plan nightly rituals to help you unwind, whether it’s a bubble bath or cup of tea.
- Turn off the TV, your smartphone and other electronics earlier. Keep in mind that their lights, chirps and alerts are sleep robbers.
- Taking vacation time
- Don’t waste vacation days. If necessary, use some of them for staycations or mental health days home alone.
- Plan trips early. Decide on length of stays and destinations.
- Make a travel budget, and set aside funds — even if it’s just a little at a time.