New Year, New Beginnings

1 Jan 2016 by Johanna Teo

Having trouble sticking to your New Year’s resolution year after year? You might’ve been setting yourself up for failure all this time. Here’s how you could set your resolutions and tick them off your list by the end of 2016!

Change Your Mindset


Viewing your New Year’s resolutions as mere acts of self-improvement might be more procrastination than motivation for you. Instead, think of it in a new perspective and envision them more as goals, whereby your resolutions are simply tasks on a to-do list with a 12-month deadline. For 2016, set a reasonable due date for each goal to avoid habitually putting it off. This creates a sense of urgency as well. For instance, ‘Learn how to swim by March’. It will make it easier for you to visualise it as a ‘must-do’ instead of a ‘can do later’. 

Commit To It


Here’s our theory: we’re not going to be extra committed to doing things we don’t enjoy. So make sure your resolution is something you’d actually feel passionate (or at the very least, willing) about. Of course, resolutions are often at times not something you’d want to be doing it in the first place, but inject some positivity into it. Instead of thinking how bothersome it is, focus on the positive effects it’ll bring once you actually start sticking to it – you’ll end up reaping the most rewards. Bear this in mind when you’re making your 2016 resolutions, and carefully weed out the ones you’re not 100% on-board with.

Be Realistic


“If I aim high and fail, it’s okay because chances are that I’ll land amongst the stars, right?” WRONG! In this case, you’ll just end up having failed at sticking to your resolution because there is no middle ground. It sounds like a no-brainer, but don’t aim too high when you’re setting resolutions – make sure it’s something you can actually reach. Instead of putting the humanly impossible resolution of ‘saving $10,000’ when you’re a student on a shoestring budget, aim to ‘save 30% of my allowance pay’ instead, and contribute more when you can afford to.

Make Specific and Measurable Goals


Any self-respecting to-do list enthusiast will know this: setting vague goals only provide a general direction, but the key to striking them off would be to make everything simple and specific. For example: ‘Read more this year’ should be ‘Read 20 books by June’. This way, you can visualise the steps to take, which makes your life so much easier, and in turn, increase the chances you’ll actually work towards it. 

Give Yourself A Day Off


Don’t beat yourself up if you have a mini-lapse every once in awhile. If your resolution is to eat healthier, it’s okay to cut yourself some slack and allow for a cheat day every now and then. We found that this method is especially useful when it comes to lifestyle altering resolutions, such as those that call for saving money or cutting weight. Remember, you can’t expect to make immediate changes to any long-term habits, so take it one day at a time. Going cold turkey all the way might just end up with you giving up your resolution altogether.

Track Your Progress


Another way to keep yourself motivated throughout the year is by keeping tabs on your progress and rewarding yourself with each major milestone. Speaking from personal experience, it honestly brings a huge sense of achievement to see how far we’ve come since starting with our goals. Also, you could make things interesting by kicking things up a notch and roping in your BFF – perhaps suggest a friendly competition of sorts, to see who fulfils the most resolutions off their list? Winner gets bragging rights!

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So what are your resolutions for 2016? Share it with us by commenting below!

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