How are you doing on your new year’s resolutions? Did you succeed so far, or did you take the easy road and tossed them out of the window at your earliest convenience. We hope you have achieved to establish a routine of course but just in case you failed your promises to yourself, let us inspire you with 8 simple tips to get you back on the right track.
- Simplify Most resolutions end up in fairytale land because they are simply not very realistic in nature. Maybe now is the time to review your list and see if you can simplify it a little into more manageable tasks. Say for instance you are not a very sportive person but you intended to really get healthy and fit by hitting the gym three times a week. That wont’t work unless you have the discipline of an ant in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog in the first place. Instead opt once weekly and slowly extend to more. Much more realistic, and better to stick to.
- Make a list One way to make sure you don’t loose track of your intentions is by writing them down. Putting your resolutions in ink creates a greater connection between your mind and your actions and makes the resolution appear more real.
- Focus A list of ten resolutions is a great start of course, but chances are they will be harder to maintain than when you make a shortlist. Write down all the things you would like to see changed and then start prioritizing. Its is better to focus on one change at a time than trying to accomplish 3 different goals like quit smoking, dieting and learning a new language.
- Each day counts Perfection is unattainable. Minor missteps ar normal and ok. They are by no means any reason to give up completely. Each day can be the start of something newand resolutions are not exclusive to specific dates, that is just a mind trick. So if you broke your habit of not smoking don’t toss it out all together, but move on to a new date. Practice makes perfect and after all: each day is a new day to make a new beginning.
- Gradual change is best Give yourself plenty of time to make the change. You will need at least 21 days of pursuing a new routine in order to break the old habit. Apparently the period it takes to set a new resolution in place is about 8 to 10 weeks. After that period start to feel much easier to achieve your goals.
- Schedule Most resolutions will need some time out of your schedule and as we are all very busy these days you need some planning. If you want to exercise more make sure it is planned at a time slot that you will not easily skip. Get up out of bed an hour earlier and do your yoga before your go to the office. Whatever your resolution devote scheduled time to actively pursue it and make sure it does not get bumped of your daily to do list.
- Partner up Try to set up a goal together with a friend. Chances are the other person will keep you to your schedule and motivate you to not give up. And it works both ways. You can help someone else as well. Victory is even sweeter when you can share it!
- Celebrate Set yourself a given but realistic time to ease into your new routine. Made it to the finish? Reward yourself with a treat. A dinner with a friend, those new expensive boots or whatever makes your heart happy. But most of all stick with it. Because when everyday routines become meaningful rituals we asure you that you will never go back to your old habits.