How to Stick With Your New Year's Resolution
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How to Stick With Your New Year’s Resolution

Posted on Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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 Instead of the annual resolution making and breaking, why not actually stick to your resolution this year?! Here are our best tips on how to do so: Last year approximately 40% of Americans planned on making a resolution for 2013, but the real question is how many of them actually kept them. No matter whether you plan on getting in shape, organizing your life, or trying to save more money, we all have trouble sticking with resolutions. Instead the annual resolution making and breaking, why not actually stick to your resolution this year?! Here are our best tips on how to do so.

How to Keep Your Resolutions

1. Tell Your Friends and Family About Your Resolution

One key to maintaining your commitment to a resolution is to tell others about it. Having the support and encouragement of your loved ones is a great motivator to keep up your resolution efforts! Plus, if you share your goals with your closest circle, they’ll be less likely to tempt you to break your resolution. For example, you’ve made a goal to make healthier choices. If  your friends and family know this they’ll keep it in mind when making plans with you.

Furthermore, letting your favorite people in on your resolution means you’re more likely to own up to it. Your friends and family will keep you in check and check up on your progress.

2. Choose a Manageable Resolution and Remind Yourself of Your Commitment

Choosing a manageable resolution is key to your success. When selecting a goal it’s important to specific in regards to what you’d like to accomplish. Having explicit goals such as “go jogging 3 times a week” is better and more easily accomplished than “exercise more”. In addition to having a clear goal, it’s paramount that you remind yourself to accomplish these goals throughout the year. Create reminders of your resolution and place them in areas of your home or work that you frequent regularly. For example, having a post-it note that says “Have you jogged today?” is an easy way to remind yourself of your commitment.

 3. Track Your Progress and Reward Yourself

It’s true, you don’t lose 50 lbs overnight or slash your grocery budget in half in less than a week. When sticking to your resolution you’ll want to track your progress over time. Seeing your progress from the start of the year will not only deepen your commitment to change, but it will also remind you of how far you have to go. When you do see a change, say you’ve lost 10 lbs., don’t be afraid to reward your achievement. Positive reinforcement will ensure that you don’t tire of your efforts to achieve your resolution and it’ll keep you enthused.

 

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.