CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Are you having trouble keeping your New Years’ resolutions? Clinical Psychologist Dr. Tim Hope shared tips on how to refresh those resolutions!
Review your goals.
Take a look at your goal. Is it reasonable? Is it achievable? Is it something that you want and/or need to do? Do you have all the resources and know-how to get to that goal? If not, who does? Think it over and weigh the pros and cons of working toward that goal. This can help to increase your motivation and commitment to working on achieving it.
Some goals, like losing weight and creating a healthy lifestyle takes some time.
It takes three weeks to form a habit. Some goals take time. Track your progress daily, weekly, and monthly. You might not feel like you are getting there, but reviewing your progress could show you how far you have come. If you feel like you have lost sight of your goal, you can make a motivation board. Use a corkboard or picture board, and fill it with motivational quotes, pictures that keep you going, recipes for healthy dishes or anything else that will make you feel inspired. Having a constant reminder of your goals is an easy way to stay committed.
Use structures and systems to help you stay on track.
If you are having problems sticking with a diet, review what works for you. If joining a group of other people working on the same goal helps you, then join one (like Weight Watchers for a healthier diet or a Zumba class for exercise). Joining a plan also helps you stay accountable. Although it can get pricey, if you are paying for it, you are more likely to stick with it.
Use technology if you are a fan.
A cheaper alternative is to use your smart phone or computer. There are thousands of apps for tracking progress on any kind of goal. There are thousands of websites and YouTube videos about working toward many different goals.
Do some smart shopping.
If organization is a goal, then use color-coded paper, folder, notebooks and binders to make it easier for you to keep track of bills, income, forms, and important information. Use a calendar and color code it too to keep track of due dates and appointments, as well.
It is not hard to get off track with New Year’s resolutions, but sticking to them and following through will make you feel more accomplished and successful in the long run.