Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

By: Jessica Bruening

It’s almost the end of January which means that anyone who has made a New Year’s resolution has probably given up on it by now. Even though resolutions seem like a good idea at the time, it’s hard to actually keep up with them in the midst of everything else that’s going on your life. Also, the year starts in the middle of winter, so any resolution that involves leaving the house is probably not going to happen. Here are some tips to keep up with your New Year’s resolutions when it’s difficult to stay motivated.

1. Set a goal instead of a resolution. That way you know when you’ve achieved what you’re working towards. Also, if you begin to fall behind, you can always just start again instead of giving up completely because you missed a few days.

2. Be realistic. Don’t try to start a habit that you know you have no time for. Choose something that actually works with your schedule.

3. Make it something that actually matters to you. If you try to start doing something just because you think you’re supposed to, you’ll probably give up because, in the end, you don’t really care if you achieve the goal or not.

4. Adjust your goals if you need to. If your goal turns out to be a lot more difficult than you thought, or you don’t actually have the time that you thought you had, then change it. Or, if you end up achieving what you were working towards a lot faster than you thought, make a new goal.5. Write what you want the outcome to be. That way when you’re feeling unmotivated, you can remember why you started in the first place. Good luck!