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How to Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions

How do escape the tendency to make new year’s resolutions and then fail to keep them? 


There are some simple ways to set large goals and complete them by taking smaller steps every day. Instead of worrying about how you do something huge, think about what small ways you can move toward your goal today. 


Write It Down

The first step to achieving your new year’s resolutions is writing your goals down. Make your goals specific and measurable. 

Some examples of good goals are:

  • Walking 10,000 steps a day, measured by a smartwatch
  • Attending dance or yoga class once a week
  • Have a date night with your spouse once a week
  • Volunteer for four hours a week
  • Learn a new language
  • Learn to play chess

Once you write it down, post your goals somewhere where you will see them every day, such as on a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or on the edge of your computer. 


Take Very Small Steps

One of the ways you can implement large goals is by setting a very small goal for each day. 

If your goal is to walk 10,000 steps per day, you can take your dog for a 15-minute walk each morning and evening to help achieve your goal. If your goal is to learn a new language, your small daily goal might be to use a language learning app 10 minutes per day. 

Another tactic you can try is what I call “just one thing”. When I used to write novels, it was very easy to procrastinate. So I would tell myself, “Just write one sentence.” Or I would write a sentence every time I sat down at the computer, even if I was just checking the weather. Usually, I would end up writing more than one sentence. This tactic works great for essays and term papers that are due weeks ahead. 

Create A Daily Routine

Another way to incorporate your goal into your day is to build a daily routine around it. It can help to set your routine first thing in the morning or just before or after a meal. 

Set out your workout clothes the night before so they are ready to go when you wake up. Take your dog for a walk right before breakfast. Spend 15 minutes cleaning one room, then walk through the house and pick up one or two things in each room and put them away. 

Set Reminders

One of the best ways to keep up with your goals is to set reminders for your smaller tasks. 

Set reminders on your phone or in your planner. Don’t let yourself remove them until they are complete. If you have a device like an Echo Dot, have Alexa give voice reminders at the time you would like to accomplish a task each day.


Take Everything ONE Day at a Time

You will have days where emergencies occur or things just don’t go the way you planned. That’s okay. Sometimes you have to prioritize what is really important. Try to get back to taking small steps as soon as you can. 

Interested in fitness, art, or taking a new hobby like mah jongg or chess? Check out our schedule of classes to find the perfect class to help you complete your new year’s resolutions.


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