Happy 2019! As the new year kicks off, people are reflecting on the year we’re leaving behind and the 365 days we have in front of us. It’s common for people to set a resolution, or a few resolutions for things they want to improve on (or stop doing) in the New Year, but it’s also common for people to break their resolutions after just a few weeks or months. It can be difficult to set a goal and stick to it for twelve months straight, but if you set your goals in the right way, and you truly have a desire to stick to them, you can do it!
1) Set a few resolutions
I like to choose one that is academic related, one that is fitness related and one that is related to others. For example, last year I wanted to raise my GPA by .2, I wanted to begin working out regularly and I wanted to start spending more time volunteering at the local pregnancy center. Setting more than one goal gives you the opportunity to work towards improving yourself in more than one area.
2) Set feasible goals
Set goals that aren’t going to be out of the realm of possibility for you. One of the biggest reasons so many people break their resolutions is because they set goals that are nearly unattainable, and they get discouraged. If you got a 2.8 GPA this semester, don’t make your New Year’s Resolution to get a 4.0. Instead make your resolution to get a 3.0 in the spring and a 3.2 in the Fall. Or instead of making your resolution to lose 80 pounds, go for something more reasonable, like 30 pounds. Making the resolution smaller and easier to accomplish will help you keep your sights on what you really want.
3) Break your resolution into smaller goals
Set deadlines (like once a week or once a month) where you want to reach a certain checkpoint in your goal. If you are trying to lose 30 pounds, aim to lose 2-3 pounds per month, and a set a date where you check. If you are trying to spend more time studying, take it week by week and every Saturday total up how many hours you spent studying that week. Breaking up your main goal into smaller goals that you check in on every week or month will help you to realize that you’re actually accomplishing something this year.
4) Use a planner
Every New Year, I like to sit down with my planner and list out everything that I am aiming for in the New Year. Then I list out deadlines for each small goal and I list out everything that might stand in my way, (e.g If you’re trying to study more, Netflix might stand in your way. If you’re trying to become healthier, holiday parties might stand in your way.) Then I check my planner weekly to ensure that I am doing things to intentionally move towards my goals.