Do you make New Year’s resolutions each year? Are you honestly satisfied with your results? If you aren’t, then would you like to better succeed in achieving them? If so, then read my blog post for tips on setting and tracking your New Year’s resolutions.
‘A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life.’ – as on Wikipedia
I’m a self-improvement blogger and while I’ve written a few articles on setting life goals, I’ll focus on resolutions this time. Please note that there may be some overlap, given the nature of both topics.
These are my top 5 tips:
1. Set meaningful resolutions
Set the right goals and resolutions for yourself. Resolutions should be meaningful to make it to the end and succeed. Whatever you choose to achieve, truly wanting to make it happen is key to remaining motivated. To set meaningful resolutions, know your ‘why’, and start from there to work towards your life goals and of course, setting your New Year’s resolution.
I was always moving from job to job until I decided to work from home, being my own boss, and a solopreneur. It’s been over 7 years already (at the time of writing this blog post) since I work in my home office, and I get better results from my yearly resolutions, compared to before. Knowing my ‘why’ has made a huge difference!
2. Clearly defined
Have clear resolutions. Pinpoint what you want to achieve. Specifically, define what changes you want to bring. For example, it’s better to say “I will read 1 book each week” instead of “I will try to read more often”.
3. Track your progress
Use pen and paper or an app, whichever suits your style. I love using apps more often, but keep certain types of notes on paper as well. I write in a daily journal to keep myself accountable before bedtime, noting what I achieved, what I need to improve on, and any additional reflections. This exercise helps me to realize when I’m neglecting my self-improvement or self-care routines so that I quickly catch up and stay on top of things.
4. Remember your resolutions
Many people tend to forget what they’ve promised to themselves. It’s true and quite normal that life will get in the way. Resolutions that are taken in December often don’t make it till the second quarter of the next year.
To remember and remain focused on my goals and resolutions, I use a vision board (also called a dream board). I look at it every day since I’ve saved it on my mobile phone as a screensaver. Other strategic places could be sticking a drawing on your bedroom wall, your desktop screensaver, or other places where you spend time daily and would naturally see it often enough to remember.
5. Stay focused
Remain focused on a few important resolutions instead of having a long list of things that you want to accomplish in a year. Staying focused will help to realize your top priorities and those that are more urgent. You can always keep others that can wait for the next year or even some years after.
I prefer having a few strong resolutions that I work on every day. When I’ve already achieved them, I make efforts to turn them into natural habits. Then, I move on to new resolutions. It’s important to retain what you’ve already worked on as long-term good habits and then go on a quest for developing new ones.
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
Make the most of every New Year for the better by setting meaningful resolutions and working on them religiously. You can, of course, also set goals at any time of the year and always review your progress.
To sum up, make the most of your New Year’s resolutions by carefully setting meaningful ones and then working on them to get the desired results and succeed. Have you already set yours for this year? Would you like to share your experience by commenting below? If you know someone who needs to read my article, please share it. Thank you!!
Editor’s Note: This blog article has been updated for better accuracy and comprehensiveness.