New Year’s brings hopes of change and happiness. With this sense of hope, it makes perfect sense that New Year’s is the time for resolutions and goals. However, one does not achieve these goals without putting in the effort and planning.
As we move into 2021, here are some do’s and don’ts for how to face your New Year’s resolutions.
Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve
Start planning for your New Year’s goals ahead of time instead of on December 31st. For example, if you want to eat meals that are more nutritious, begin slowly incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
However, if you do wait until the last minute, you are absolutely allowed to delay the start of your work towards your resolution. In fact, it may be even more helpful to start on a date with significant meaning, like your birthday or an anniversary.
Do make a plan
Be sure to create a plan before you start working towards your goal. When you create your plan, you should consider any temptations that may cross your path and come up with an alternate behavior to avoid temptation.
By diving into your resolution without creating a plan, you are more likely to stray from your resolution. With a plan, you can know what to expect and be prepared with how to handle it. Consider creating a goals journal to outline your plan.
In your planning, consider any materials or supplements you may need to achieve your goal. If you want to start working out more, you may need a gym membership or the best walking shoes. If you want to cook more, collect some easy and healthy recipes to test out.
Don’t be afraid to talk about it
Talking about your goals with those who care about you can help you to hold yourself accountable. You may even find someone who shares the same goal, and you can work together towards your resolutions. For instance, if you and a co-worker are looking to get more exercise, become walking buddies during your lunch break.
Do create specific goals
Vague goals can be hard to achieve with no real focus at hand. Instead of creating a goal like “get healthy,” reword your goal with specifics in mind, like “bike to work every day.” These goals are easier to achieve since you have a specific focus in mind. The more specific the goal, the more likely it will be achieved.
Don’t stress about your resolution
Added stress can distract you from the focus of your goal. With the lifestyle changes that accompany your New Year’s resolution, it’s likely that you will experience stress. So, as you start working towards your goal, you should also consider healthy ways to manage your stress. Don’t let the stress overshadow your progress.
Do reward yourself
Achieving stepping stones towards your goals is a major deal! You should celebrate your success. However, be careful not to celebrate with something that contradicts your resolution. Choose an activity or treat that is enjoyable without breaking your resolution.
Don’t beat yourself up
Making mistakes is part of the process. It is common to make mistakes while you work towards your goal. Don’t give up because of these mistakes. Keep moving forward with your goals.
Do track your progress
Visual trackers can help monitor your efforts. On days where your efforts feel in vain, a visual tracker can help remind you of how far you have already come. Consider using a goal tracker app so you can even keep track of your progress on the go.
As we move away from New Year’s and into the rest of the year, it’s important to focus on maintaining your efforts towards achieving your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t be the person who gives up on their goal before the end of January. However, keep in mind that resolutions don’t only have to start at New Year’s—you can start working towards a goal anytime you feel ready. Just create a plan and stick to it.