The last week of January is finally upon us. I’d like to say that went fast, but I’m pretty sure that would be a lie.
Since we are pretty much one month into 2019, it is officially time to check-in with ourselves and see how we are doing on all those New Years resolutions we made at the beginning of the year. It’s always fun and games at the beginning of the year, when we are motivated and excited for the fresh start of a new year. However, as we quickly get back into the swing of our daily lives and the excitement dies down, it is incredibly easy to forget about our resolutions and fall back into our old ways.
Whether you set resolutions or goals, sticking to them and following through is important. Here are a few ways to make sure you do just that in 2019.
7 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions in Check
1. Set a Day Each Month to Check-In
Pick a day, any day and check in with yourself. Take time to review your New Years resolutions and take stock of how you are doing with them. Set a reminder on your phone, put it on your calendar and mark it in your planner.
Having a set day each month will provide you with a benchmark to measure how things are going and it will save you from completely forgetting about them altogether.
2. Break your Resolutions/Goals Down Into Steps
To make your resolutions/goals attainable, why not break them down into smaller steps? Setting resolutions/goals that take all year to accomplish can seem intimidating and if we aren’t seeing immediate benefits from our hard work we can quickly lose interest and forget about our resolutions/goals altogether.
3. Celebrate the Little Victories
Breaking your resolutions/goals down into smaller steps allows you to see progress throughout the year. Every time you accomplish a monthly goal, celebrate that little win. Celebrating the little victories on the way to the end goal will help keep you motivated throughout the year.
You don’t have to do anything crazy when you accomplish the little steps, just treat yourself to a glass of wine and savor each sip knowing you accomplished something that will help you succeed at your overall resolution.
4. Start an Accountability Group With Friends
Writing down your resolutions and goals is definitely a good thing, but speaking them a loud and making them public helps to keep you accountable. Finding a group of friends or even just one friend to help keep you accountable and motivated through the year will help immensely when it comes to actually accomplishing your resolutions/goals.
You know that date you set to check-in with yourself every month? Include these friends in that monthly check-in. Get together, discuss what your resolutions are, brainstorm on how you can get there and just encourage each other.
5. Build a Routine Around Your Resolution & Make it a Habit
Training our brains to completely change something about ourselves or our daily lives takes a lot of practice. Accomplishing resolutions and goals is a lot easier when you are fitting them, seamlessly, into your daily life.
One of my New Year resolutions this year is to write more. I’ve always struggled with this because I never seem to find the time. This year, I am taking a different approach and making the time. Before bed is my ideal time as I like to take stock of my day, so no matter what time I get to bed, I have made routine that write. I’m no longer putting the pressure on to write a lot, but just enough to check-in and take stock. I’m slowly building a routine that will eventually become a habit.
6. Redefine your Resolutions
We all go into the New Year with this fresh new outlook and the idea that we can accomplish anything. Which is all good, until we get back to our daily routines and that feeling quickly wears off. When you are checking in each month, if you find that your goals no longer align with who you are and what you want out of the year, remember, it’s not too late to redefine your New Years resolutions.
Always keep your goals attainable and aligned with what you want. It’ll make accomplishing them that much easier and that much more rewarding.
7. Go Easy on Yourself
It’s always exciting to start the New Year with a vision in our head of how much better we will be or how much better our lives will be if we succeed and stick to our New Years resolutions. But a year is a long time. Guaranteed you will fail along the way, you don’t have to beat yourself up over it though.
If you notice yourself slipping, take the time to reevaluate, assess and start over. The beginning of the year is not the only time you can set resolutions or goals to accomplish. If nothing else, failing at least means you are trying and that has to stand for something, right?