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How to Make Your New Year Goals Stick All Year Long
Making New Year goals is incredibly easy; it's getting them to stick that's the real problem! When we sit down at the beginning of each new year to plan our goals and resolutions, we're filled with a motivation to achieve and accomplish. But within a few weeks or months, life tends to get in the way and make things difficult. If you want to make your goals stick all year long, it's time to change up your approach to the New Year.
Start One Month at a Time
Instead of shooting to achieve something for 365, break it down to 30 days. Anyone can stick with a diet, exercise program, journaling habit, or some other new goal for a month. It will still be tough, but it's much more manageable than trying to do something for an entire year. Set yourself a 30-day goal, then re-assess once the month is up. Ultimately, twelve 30-days goals are much easier to achieve than one 365 day goal.
Don't Plan According to Fads
If you're trying to lose weight, get in shape, or make some other difficult life change, you can't do it according to a fad or trend. You need to start thinking long-term, goals that you can actually stick with for months or years at a time. Don't go on the popular diet; make small changes to your eating habits that will keep you making healthy choices from now on. Don't take up that fad workout; start looking for ways to exercise that you enjoy and are effective. Fads come and go, but healthy life choices last a lifetime. Approach your New Year goals with that specific thought process.
Make them SMART Goals
The acronym "SMART" means specific, measured, actionable, realistic, and timely. That means detailed goals that can be quantified, are possible to actually do, and start now and end at a specific date. These are the sorts of New Year goals people actually follow through on. Vague goals like "get in shape" are much harder than "do 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per day for five days every week for the month of January". The SMARTer your goal, the easier it will be for you to follow through.
Understand Your Decisions
If your goal is to cut fats from your diet, you need to know the reason why you're doing that. Are fats bad? Are all fats bad or just certain fats? Is there scientific basis behind your decision or are you just basing it off an article or blog post you read? How much do you really know about that decision you're making? Many people treat their goals like an experiment, but the success rate is much lower than you'd expect. It's vital that you understand the reasons why that life change is recommended or required.
Structure Your Day
For some people, this sounds like the worst thing in the world. The freedom to change and flex is one of the most valuable thing for those who like to act on the spur of the moment. Sadly, those people rarely accomplish as much as they could during the day. To actually get something done, you need a plan. That means breaking your day down into chunks of work, eating, exercise, and all those other habits you want to start including as part of your New Year goals. The only way to actually make them a reality is by getting organized and making sure you have time for all those things you want to achieve. A schedule will help you stay on track!