Let’s face it, New Year’s resolutions are notoriously very difficult to stick with. You have your resolutions in mind, but life gets in the way and by spring … those goals are out the window (along with your bikini ready bod).
So how do you make 2019 truly “your year”? Here we go…
1. Set small, realistic goals
Take baby steps.
This doesn’t mean you should lower your goals, rather set attainable goals with milestones along the way. Do you want to lose 10 pounds in 2019? Set a goal to lose two pounds by March. Another two by May, etc.
Do you want to eat healthier? Designate one day a week as your healthy day. Expand that to two days a week and so forth. If the goals are smaller, they’ll be easier to achieve and motivate you to keep moving forward.
2. Write down what you want to accomplish in 2019
On New Year’s Eve 2019, what accomplishments would you like to be celebrating? Running your first marathon? Losing 10 pounds? Starting a new job? Leaving a bad relationship? Write down what you want your year to look like, along with how you want to feel at the end of the year.
3. Make your list visible
Write down a simple list of goals and display it somewhere you will see it daily – your bathroom mirror, your refrigerator, the dashboard of your car. Anywhere that will remind you each day what you should focus on. Keep the note positive. Instead of saying “lose weight,” write “eat healthy.”
4. Hold yourself accountable by sharing your goals
Telling a close friend or co-worker about your goals can help keep you accountable. Ask the person to remind you of what you hope to accomplish to keep you on track. It’s a good idea to ask them what resolutions they have for the New Year, too. You can start a buddy system with weekly check-ins to help one another.
5. Try something new
Do you set the same resolutions every year? Lose weight. Meet someone new. Get a promotion. Instead of aiming to lose weight, try a new activity. Run a 5K. Take up paddleboarding. Chat up new people at work. Try rock climbing. Your new activity could lead to something – or someone – better. It may even spark a new relationship.
6. Download some new apps
There are apps that can help you be a better you. If you’re looking to get your spending habits under control, download a finance app like Mint. It can help you manage your money and even track your credit score.
Myfitnesspal can help you with your diet and exercise plan. It has a database of more than 6 million foods, making it easy to track your calorie intake. It also has a forum where you can read up on tips and talk to others on a similar journey.
If you plan on finding a new job, download an app like Glassdoor. Not only can you find job listings, but you can also read reviews of companies to find one that could be a better fit for your life.
7. Stay positive
Repeating a positive mantra could help lift you up throughout the year. Find one that suits your goals and remind yourself of it daily. Need some ideas for your mantra of 2019? Here’s a good list of 43 of them.
Here’s to the real new you in 2019!