Good old 2017 is gone nothing more than confetti on the floor. Happy New Year! What does 2018 convey? Tons of new year resolutions that usually die before Valentine’s Day. Why? Most of us do not adequately recognize the precise concept of goal setting. Normally we establish these unrealistic goals only to fail and try again next year. The real goal is keeping your resolutions simple as well as realistic. That is why only two new year resolutions are on my list.
1. Have more “Me” time. The goal is to put aside at least one hour a day for myself. Do something “I” will enjoy. Sounds simple. Sounds realistic right? Uhmmm… When even the bathroom isn’t sacred… Not so sure. Perhaps a sign “Mom is off duty” could work.
2.Get more sleep. HAHA! Okay laughter aside this requires going to bed early which I fail epically on. How many times have you told yourself I am going to bed early tonight, next thing the rooster is crowing… And you are still blogging. Yep, sounds just like me. Where did the time go?
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A study from Statistic Brain Research Institute suggests that less than 10% of people achieve their New year’s goals. Why so much failure? People seem to set ambitious goals which are often unattainable. Better to keep it simple and realistic.
Don’t just say you’re going to lose some weight or like me “Get more sleep”. That’s is to difficult to follow and impossible to measure (yes, I am a scientific journalist. I like data). Be specific! For example, I plan to go to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until 11:00 PM become my bedtime. At this paste, I shall reach my goal… In June! Hey, there is nothing wrong with Baby Steps. 😉 Note: Starting tomorrow!
Sticking to it
Your new year resolutions do not have to end in failure. It is all about willpower and how much of it you allow yourself to consider. It’s not that we don’t have willpower, it’s that we chose not to use it. At least, not strategically. Deep stuff right! Here nevertheless are some more helpful tips.
Know that if you have a snag it’s okay. Your resolution is not over, you can still get back on track.
Go public. By going public (IE on your blog, Facebook, etc.) you are more than likely to comply with your resolution… Because well the whole internet is tracking you now. You put it out there gotta back it up. Plus the feedback from family, friends and fans (If you are among those lucky ones who have some) can help you to stay motivated.
Save time in your agenda for this new habit. For example, you can do your yoga exercises before leaving to work (if you are an early bird), during your lunch break or in the evening just after your day’s work.
Hold on for 21 days, the minimum time required by experts to make this new habit part of your everyday life.¹
Here’s to You! Happy New Year!