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How’s Your New Year’s Resolution So Far? Here Are Ways to Keep Up

Don’t wait for 2019 to start over again

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BY Pauline Mendoza - 11 Jan 2018

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At the start of every year, many promise to have a healthier lifestyle, break bad habits, or learn something new, like playing the guitar. It’s been 11 days since we rang in the New Year. How are you coming along with your resolutions?

Year after year, many are unable to maintain their resolutions (some not even before January ends). Needless to say, this is less than ideal.

Don’t fret, these two tips can help you achieve your goals this 2018:

Be realistic

One of the top reasons why a lot of New Year’s resolutions fail is because people try to achieve too many things at once. When planning your goals for this year, break the larger goal into manageable tasks for each day.

“The more specific they are, the more likely you'll be to stick with them. Vague resolutions, such as ‘I want to get in better shape this year’ or ‘I want to lose weight,’ provide nothing precise to commit to,” writes psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert in an Inc. article. “Far better to spell it out: ‘In April, I'll run a 10K race, and I'm going to prepare by joining a running club’ or ‘I'd like to eat a vegetable every day’ or ‘I'd like to walk 20 minutes a day, three times a week.’”

Don’t feed your distractions

For every New Year’s resolution, there can be an unlimited amount of distractions for people to break away from developing good habits. Are you too consumed by social media? Always tempted to reach for that bag of chips as a midnight snack?

You can do something about it. You can delete the app that distracts you most so you can have more time for things that matter and, thus, achieve higher goals. Or you could refrain from buying junk food so you won’t have anything to snack on at night.

One friend who’s in law school says he doesn’t use Facebook (temporarily at least) because it served as a distraction. He deleted the app because he was too weak to resist the urge to check his newsfeed. Before, he scrolled for hours, looking at memes and fun stories on Facebook. Now, however, he has more time to study and do more important things.

Writes Alpert, “If you're already falling off the wagon, don't wait until 2019 to start over again. Every week, and every day, presents a new opportunity for change. There really isn't anything magical about January 1.”

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