Hi friends, now that we’ve entered a new year, many people are rightfully thinking about how to achieve your New Years resolutions and goals. Unfortunately, many people give up on their resolutions, because let’s face it: it’s HARD to stick to a resolution. However, there is a simple way to help you achieve your goals: to make them a part of your routine! In this post, I’ll teach you to do this to help you achieve your New Years resolutions.
How to Set Your Goals to Achieve Your New Years Resolutions
The way to start forming a habit is determining exactly what you want to do. Take a minute to figure out which habits you want to form and what steps you need to take to form it. Write them down and put them in a place you’ll see them. A sticky note on your bathroom mirror or on your desk at work would be a great place to keep your goals!Here are some tips to help you keep your New Years' Resolutions! Click To Tweet
But before you can write down your goals, you have to have some goals in mind. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself in order to set solid, doable goals.
What exactly do you want to achieve?
Be specific. When you are specific in stating your goals, you will be more inclined to achieve them. Don’t only say something like, “lose weight.” That’s too generic and won’t motivate you at all. Something more like, “I want to lose 10 pounds by the end of February,” will be much more helpful and doable. Be sure you know what exactly you want to accomplish before you embark on your goal-achieving journey!
How will you do this?
Of course, you can’t achieve your goals without having a plan. Break down your big goal into smaller, easier, less intimidating steps. These are the things you can do every day to help you get closer to your big goal. Be sure to use action verbs to describe these steps, as these are things you will be doing. Continuing with the weight loss example, you can have a plan to work out a certain number of times every week. You see how that’s an actionable, doable step toward your bigger goal of losing weight. When you have a plan, your goal is much more attainable.
How will you measure you progress?
Measuring your progress will help you see how close you are to completing your goal. When you see your progress, you will be motivated to keep working toward your goal. Depending on what your goal is, you can use various tools to help you track your progress. You can use an app, a journal, or even your camera to keep a record of how far you’ve come and how close you are to achieving your goal. Personally, I am using an app to help me keep track of my goals.
When is your deadline?
Having a deadline for your goals is extremely important because it provides an incentive for you to do it now, not tomorrow. If there is no deadline, your goal will fall through the cracks as you focus on things that do have deadline. (For example, if you have a deadline for a school project, and you have a project for your blog without a deadline, which are you most likely to dedicate your time and attention to? The project with the deadline, of course!) So be sure to set a deadline for your goal.
Is your goal attainable?
Of course, you should make sure your goal is realistic and attainable. If you set an unrealistic goal, you will not be able to achieve it, and you will be discouraged. If you are not a runner, don’t set a goal to be ready to run a marathon in only one week. Before you write your goals down, make sure that they are physically attainable.
You can look at other goal setting methods, such as the SMART goal setting method to help you set your goals, too.
Incorporate Your Goals Into Your Routine
Now that you’ve set your goals and written them down, let’s achieve them! The best way to achieve your New Years resolutions is by incorporating your goal into your daily or weekly routine. Even if you’re not a “routine” person, we humans are wired to like routines, some people just like them more than others. If something is part of your routine, you are more likely to do it, that’s why incorporating something into your routine will create a habit. So try creating a routine based on your desired habit. After a while of doing the routine, it’ll become an automatic habit and you won’t forget to do it. Use this to your advantage when you are completing your goals! Consider your daily routine and your goals, and figure out a way to incorporate your goals into your routine.
For example, I mentioned in my Spring 2018 Semester Goals post that I want to start a nightly skincare routine. To do that, I am incorporating skincare into my nighttime routine. I know that after I take off my makeup, but before I brush my teeth, I need to put on lotion. After doing this for a few weeks, I won’t forget to do it!
Here are ways to incorporate your habits into your routine, and to help you achieve your New Years resolutions.
Continuing with the previous point about incorporating your goals into your routine, an important part of the routine is a “cue”. A cue is like the first domino that falls, causing you to follow the rest of the routine. It makes it easier for you to accomplish the goal. When you see the “cue”, you are more likely to follow through with the rest of the routine. Figure out which “cues” you need to add to make sure you do the task. For example, if you leave your work out clothes out and your gym bag packed, that’ll give you a cue that it’s time to work out, and you will be more likely to put on your workout clothes and work out.
If you still have trouble remembering to do your habit, you can set a reminder on your phone. You can use the alarm app that comes with your phone or an app specifically made for habit tracking, like “Productive”. The app “Productive” will help you keep track of your habits and will remind you to do them. For example, if you want to exercise 3 times a week, the app will remind you to exercise. You might find that you no longer need the reminder in a few weeks because it is already part of your routine.
Clearly, forming a habit is the best way to achieve your new years resolutions. If you write down your goals, create a routine, follow cues, and set reminders, you’ll form a habit and can go through with your goals.
How will you achieve your new years resolutions?