Every New Years people set these great goals for coming year: losing weight, eating healthier, getting organized, spending more time with friends/family and less time at work, etc. This of course means that the gym you go to gets abnormally busy in January/early February, you try to plan tons of events with friends/family and you go out and purchase a hundred organizational products that are sure to get you organized for the year. But where are you at now??? January has past and we are starting February already…look back on the things you said in January that you were going to do for this year. Are you still working on those things? Have you let them fall completely to the waste side? It’s not too late to follow through on those resolutions.
Here are some ways to make sure you follow through on your resolutions:
1. Keep them in front of you! Get an Expo white board for your refrigerator and list out your resolution (especially good if your goals were to lose weight or eat healthier) that way, every time you go past the fridge, you’ll see it and be reminded of it. Use that board to also track your progress on these resolutions. Or get a calendar that would be used specifically for that purpose. You can list out your deadlines on the calendar and keep track of accomplishments.
2. Give yourself deadlines and checkpoints. And make sure to follow through on them.
3. Reward yourself. Yes, just like when you train a dog or teach a child, positive reinforcement is proven to work. So, when you reach a goal or checkpoint: Reward yourself with a new pair of shoes, a video game, a night out with friends, etc.
4. Get an accountability partner. (I will admit, when I first heard of this I really thought it was kinda lame… but actually doing it proved that it worked.) Chose someone that you know (either a friend, co-worker, or family member) and let them know what your resolution is and your plan to get there. That way, they can follow up with you and see how you are doing and help to motivate you to keep you on track.
5. Find tools that can help you achieve your goal or track your progress. If your resolution is to be more organized for the year: look at getting help from a professional organizer. If your resolution is to lose weight: sign up at a gym (if you haven’t already), hire a personal trainer, sign up for an online website that helps you set realistic goals and track your progress, or keep a food diary. Having tools accessible to you makes the goals seem less unachievable and more obtainable.
And finally, have fun! Making changes in your life, especially as an adult when you are pretty much set in your ways, can be tough at first. But if you keep reminding yourself that the changes are for a larger greater purpose and have fun while you are implementing these changes, you are more apt to keep them up.
Remember, it’s never too late to make a change for the better!