You and your girlfriends spent weeks thinking about the perfect way to ring in the new year. There were glitzy outfits, delicious snacks and lots and lots of sparkles. As the clock moved closer to the magic stroke of midnight, you and your closest friends made personal resolutions that you vowed to follow through the next 12 months. At the time, the energy helped you feel as though you could accomplish anything – and you still can. But now that the party is over and the last of the festive glitter has faded, sticking to those New Year’s resolutions is sounding slightly less exciting.
But don’t give up! With a few tips and tricks, you can reach and even surpass your 2018 resolutions:
Share your resolutions
It can be hard to stay on track when you feel like it’s you against the world. Whether you’ve resolved to read more books this year, try new foods or spend more time with family, knowing you have a support system can make all the difference. Not only does it help create accountability, but it allows people to support both your hurdles and triumphs along the way, explained PopSugar.
Perhaps you’ve already accomplished this step if you and your besties celebrated the start of the new year together. You may have even come up with shared goals you’ll work toward as a team. But if not, there’s no time like the present: Consider sharing your goals with your family to see what they’re working toward or, chat with a trusted teacher about what you hope to accomplish in the new year. Voicing your hopes aloud makes them feel real and can get you excited about getting started.
Prioritize your goals
Each new year brings a fresh slate and the opportunity to start over. For many people, this is an exciting and motivating time. If you fall into this category, you may have a long list of ideas and resolutions for the new year. While the ambition is great, the reality of reaching each by the end of the year might not be as doable. Prioritize your goals in order of importance and then pick the top two or three that you really want to see happen.
Better yet – pick one big goal and focus on that for the year!
As The New York Times wrote, creating unclear goals without a definitive measurement makes them that much harder to achieve. If you make a resolution to “get in shape,” when will you actually feel accomplished? When you’ve managed to run five miles or when you can lift 20 pounds at the gym? Setting specific goals such as, “I want to get an A- in science class,” can help you hit measurable milestones to get to your final goal. You’ll recognize your progress when you noticeably start doing better on your science quizzes. This is much more effective than a broader goal of getting better grades.
Learn to manage your time
Life can be busy. Between homework, after-school activities, babysitting and balancing your social life, it’s normal to feel as though you don’t even have time to relax! If you’re trying to figure out ways to incorporate your resolutions in between the chaos, consider time-management solutions. Life Hacker suggested using a calendar and creating a daily or weekly plan that carves out certain chunks of time for accomplishing each activity.
For things such as homework, practice or cleaning, use a clock or BABY-G watch to set timers so that you don’t spend too much time on any one responsibility. And while you’re taking care of these tasks, be sure to eliminate all and any distractions. When you do so you’ll realize how much more you’re able to get done in the same amount of time.
It can be easy to become defeated if you don’t start seeing results or feel as though you haven’t made much progress after the first few weeks or even months, but don’t be discouraged. As Mental Floss reported, research has shown that new habits often take over two months until they actually stick.
Be patient when tracking your resolutions. Instead of looking at the end goal, visualize your resolutions as tiny baby steps along the way. Big change won’t happen overnight so you have to be patient and congratulate yourself on even the smallest progress you make. Stay focused, remain diligent and allow yourself time to grow.
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