Have you ever wondered what the top 10 New Year’s resolutions are? According to Pittsburgh Travel, the list includes:
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Workout more often and/or losing weight
- Quit smoking and drinking
- Pay off debt
- Learn something new
- Do more good deeds
However, most of us know that the adrenaline rush of the New Year wears off when the holidays end, and life becomes routine again. Between your kids’ practices and games, to grocery shopping during your lunch break, it can be tough to keep up with your resolutions – whatever they may be. To help you stick to your new lifestyle, here is Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing’s guide to keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions:
Be realistic. A lot of resolutions fail because people expect immediate results. You won’t have a beach bod by the end of February, and you won’t be free of debt in 3 weeks. It’s just not possible, so think in terms of smaller, more realistic goals. If you want to get organized, start with a bookshelf or your closet. If you want to workout more often, begin by stretching in the morning or doing some squats while you watch TV. Baby steps help reach long-term goals.
Pick one resolution. All of the resolutions mentioned above sound great. I’m sure everyone would like to be a debt-free, organized, sober gym-goer who hangs out with their family and friends constantly and also has time to be a charitable human being. However, that’s a lot to handle when you have life going on. Pick one resolution and stick to it.
Stay motivated. Baby steps, remember? Many people lose the initial rush of motivation by mid-January to early February because they face discomfort or temptation, but let’s face it: No setback is worth the awesome goal you want to reach. Do what you can to stay motivated like keeping a calendar of yoga sessions, setting an automatic bill payer or asking friends to ditch the bar for a movie night with you.
Reward yourself, but don’t contradict your resolution. If your goal is to get to the gym 4 times a week, do not order a milkshake and fries to reward yourself. Instead, buy new fitness clothes or shoes. If you mastered a new skill, reward yourself with a 30-minute power nap, or if you’ve quit smoking, spoil yourself with a massage. You deserve it.
Track your progress. Experts say it takes 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. You won’t become a charitable do-gooder or a Pilates pro overnight, so be persistent and stay positive! Monitor each time you reach a small goal as this (and the tiny rewards along the way) will help you stay motivated.
Many people think that it’s hard to follow through with New Year resolutions, but it’s not impossible. Fitting in small goals to your daily routine and rewarding yourself each time is a good way to motivate yourself throughout the entire year. Before you know it, each goal will become a habit and you’ll be fully committed to your lifestyle change. Whether your motivation lies within the most popular resolutions or you have your heart set on something different, these tips are sure to keep you on the right track all year long.