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5 Ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions

by Summer McGrogan, Features & Visuals Editor

Photo courtesy of: Brigitte Tohm
  1. Make it simple — there is no way you can lose weight, become a Zen Buddhist, and take a step forward in your career at the same time. Pick a goal and stick to it. The simpler the instructions on your desk-building direction pamphlet, the more likely you are to build it without a problem; therefore, the simpler the New Years resolution, the more likely you are to follow through with it.
  2. WRITE IT DOWN — if you’re not looking at it daily, you won’t remember it, I promise. Remember that movie your friend recommended, but you forgot what it was called so there was no Netflix movie that satisfied your craving? I have found that writing important information down helps to stop our lives from sucking away our goals. Even if that means writing your goals in red lipstick on your mirror, or carving it into your dresser, write it down.
  3. Plan it out — break down your resolution. Your goal may seem impossibly overwhelming to attempt, but cutting it into simple chunks of tasks you have to do daily will make the goals more attainable and in arm’s-reach. The best way I have found to organize my simple goals is to make a calendar. It is more rewarding to check tasks off of an organized calender than mentally struggle to remember what you have and haven’t completed.
  4. BE SPECIFIC — seeing “read more” on a piece of paper doesn’t have any effect, what does that even mean? When are you reading? How long? If you’re not specific with your resolutions there is no encouragement to do anything but say “I’ll do it later”.
  5. Tell someone else — you need help, tell a friend or a sister or a local barista who will encourage you to complete your goal. Telling an everyday face is the most motivational because you don’t want to go to said person and report that you have failed your New Years resolution.

In the end, it’s okay if you fail; you don’t need to push yourself too far. Maybe your goal was too far in the future or too hard to reach, so don’t stress; make a smaller goal that is achievable. The only people who really ever “fail” at New Year’s resolutions are the ones who don’t try at all.