This year, you’re going to stick to your New Year’s resolutions... here’s how!
New year, new me. This is the time when people embark on a self-fulfilling journey to be their better selves. It could be giving up cigarettes, booze or meat, or picking up a healthy habit or hobby.
It all sounds good on paper but when it comes to putting the daily grunt work, things can get challenging… and it doesn’t help that January seems to last forever! Well, with baby steps and our tips, perhaps you can finally achieve your goals this year; and come 2021, you’ll be saying new year, better me.
Just pick one
Focus your drive and energy on one resolution because you probably need time to adjust to it. It’s a behavioural change after all, and it doesn’t help when you bombard yourself with multiple goals. You’ll feel defeated and nobody needs that kind of bad energy, especially at the beginning of the year.
Make it realistic
Don’t reach for the stars; sometimes settling for the clouds can be better. If you’ve never done a push-up in your life, chances are, you may be wasting your money on a year-long gym membership. Setting a realistic resolution not only makes it achievable, but it’s also a morale boost. May we suggest starting with hiking once a week?
Change takes time
The caterpillar didn’t turn into a butterfly overnight so don’t expect to see results immediately. Habits are ingrained in us – quitting something would probably take as long as it took you to form that habit. Repeat after us: Put in the work now and reap the benefits later.
Motivation, where are you?
Our motivation meter will be at its peak in the beginning but as the weeks pass, it will slowly start to wane and it’s almost like fighting with your own brain. Don’t be hard on yourself though – just remember why you started in the first place. If you slip up, that doesn’t mean all your efforts have been in vain. Journal your journey as it’s a learning opportunity and you’ll be more prepared the next time when you’re feeling blase.
Self-care apps to the rescue
These days, we’ve got apps for everything – no matter if you want to boost your fitness level, quit a nasty habit or pick up a new hobby. If you’re looking to stay on track and be motivated, check out Headspace and Productive. Planning to save? Money-tracking apps like Monny and Wally will come in handy. Attempting a digital detox? Do it the old-fashioned way by flipping through pages of self-help books.