Tips for Keeping Your Resolutions This Year

Tips for Keeping Your Resolutions This Year

It’s that time of the year again – champagne, confetti, and a list of resolutions for the new year cannot be missed.

Have you ever planned something for the next year with a lot of enthusiasm, and in the end, the motivation dropped? These resolutions become unfulfilled most of the time because they are not set correctly. They are either too vague, too big (monumental goals), unrealistic, or based on what someone else told you to change in your life.

Now we have elucidated the mistakes we make when we propose resolutions, let’s see some practical solutions for these to be met.

1. Set clear, well-defined goals

A goal without a plan is just a wish. When you want to do something perfectly, you give yourself so much time that it turns into eternity. It’s easier to succeed when you have clearly defined resolutions based on reality. To help, you can use a framework called SMART goals. The SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

  • Specific: For a goal to be effective, it needs to be planned. Be as clear and straightforward as possible with what you want to achieve. You should ask yourself the following questions: What needs to be accomplished? What steps should I follow to achieve my goal? Negative example: “My goal is to prosper in my field” – isn’t everyone from your field thinking the same? Be specific!
  • Measurable: It is much easier to track and analyze progress if your goals include quantifiable, measurable benchmarks.
  • Achievable: This is the time to consider whether what you want to accomplish is feasible with your resources. A too high goal can cause stress and decrease the chance to reach it.
  • Relevant: You should ask yourself the following questions: Why are you setting the goal? Is it appropriate for your ambitions, field, or company?
  • Time-bound: You should ask yourself the following questions: Why are you setting the goal? Is it appropriate for your ambitions, field, or company?

Now go back to your list of resolutions and set them according to the scheme above.

2. Start small, make it easy

“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger.”– James Clear, Atomic Habits

Changes are always hard, maybe I set out to work on the goal 4 hours a day, but I can’t focus.

Let’s think in tomatoes rather than hours. I know; it sounds a little weird. I’m talking about the Pomodoro technique (Pomodoro = tomato in Italian). It’s one of the most effective ways of managing time. 

Take one of the to-dos. → Remove all distractions & interruptions. → Set a timer to 25 minutes and work on the task. → When your session ends, mark off one Pomodoro and record what you completed. → Then enjoy a five-minute break.

After four 🍅 you can take a longer, 15-20 minute break. If your task requires more than four 🍅, it needs to be broken-down into smaller steps, and if required, less than one 🍅 should be combined with other simple tasks.

To make it easier for you, you can use the online tool:

3. Stick to what you set out to do

From Chapter 16 of Atomic Habits: “The first mistake is never the one that ruins you. It is the spiral of repeated mistakes that follows. Missing once is an accident. Missing twice is the start of a new habit.”

Yesterday you successfully finished a Pomodoro session, but today something else intervened. Tomorrow you find another excuse. Little by little, you drop everything you set out to do. It is essential that if you miss one day, try not to miss the next one.

A useful tool to stick to our routine is keeping a journal where we describe the main activities that we do during the day. It is very practical because we can monitor if we lose precious time on low-priority activities and which tasks we succeed in during the day.

4. Make the environment work with you

Many times, even the place where we work can get in our way. Organizing the workspace to work with us saves a lot of time.

For example, you know that you have written down some information that you need now, you no longer know where you put the candy paper you wrote down, so you waste almost an hour looking for it. Wouldn’t it be much easier for your notes to be written on a sticky note and stored in the same notebook, depending on the topic?

Learn your shortcuts and what works for you! Eventually, try to automate repetitive tasks.

5. Get help from people

Last but certainly not least, get help from your friends or people passionate about the subject. Spending time around people with shared goals can boost your performance and self-confidence. Talking about it can give you other ideas, perspectives.

Another plus when you make your goals public is that you often stick to them just so you don’t get embarrassed and keep your word.

Embrace your resolutions, goals fully! Every time I write an article, I am a writer (even though I have no experience with it). Surround yourself with everything that involves your goal, and you will see that the whole road will be a very easy and pleasant one!

May your resolutions be SMART, accomplished, and all your wishes fulfilled!

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