Happy New Year! This is a time when many of us form resolutions, but often struggle to keep them.
I personally limit myself to just one resolution so I don’t feel overwhelmed by the things I wish to accomplish. I also think it’s great to focus on making positive, task-oriented resolutions. For example, if you want a raise, instead of making a resolution to get that raise, resolve to work harder and learn more, and the raise will hopefully follow.
When making a resolution, try to find a middle ground between being too specific and being too vague. If your goal is to become more physically fit, then “I’ll start going to the gym” is likely too vague because there is no accountability. However, “I’ll run three miles at the gym five days a week” is too specific because you may feel discouraged if you don’t achieve that goal every week. Instead, opt for something in the middle: “I’ll go to the gym at least twice a week,” so that you’re aiming for a more reasonable goal.
And don’t forget to plan away! Use a notebook to plan out your days and keep track of your progress. You can also create a checklist of smaller achievements that lead up to your ultimate goal—you’ll feel accomplished and encouraged every time you get to check something off.
Good luck with your resolutions!