If you want to actually stick to and achieve your new year’s resolutions, think practical.
When you start writing out your new year’s resolutions, instead of saying things like you want to lose 75 pounds within the next 6 months or that you will join a gym and work out for one hour on a daily basis, set goals that are reasonable and manageable and also give yourself a flexible timeline to achieve those goals.
Here are some practical ways to help you achieve your new year’s resolutions:
Goal: Lose Weight/Exercise
If your goal is to lose weight or get fit, start small. Instead of going out for fast food at lunch time, pack a healthy lunch to take with you to work. Give up sugary drinks in exchange for water. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. When working out, start off with 15 minutes and slowly increase by 5 minutes each day until you reach your desired time limit. Always be sure to reward yourself when you hit a milestone. For more tips on living a healthy lifestyle, read my post here.
Goal: Read More
If your goal is to read more often, try reading one book per month. Dust off your library card and pay a visit to your local library. You can also read books on your favorite devices. If you are an avid reader like myself, you can read two or more books per month. Whatever you are comfortable with.
Goal: Save Money
If your goal is to save money, start by putting your extra change in a jar. My husband and I have done this for several years. Any change we have left in our pockets/purse at the end of each day, we put into a large jar. Once it is filled we deposit the money into our savings account.
You can also save money by sticking to a budget or spending plan. Get rid of credit card debt by not using those credit cards. This may be hard for some, but you can also downgrade your cable and/or cell phone packages and putting that money towards your savings. Remember that small changes add up over time.
Goal: Travel More
If your goal is to travel more this year, start by visiting places that are close to home. If Paris is on your bucket list, but you haven’t saved enough money for international travel yet, try visiting places that are a little bit closer to home. You can satisfy your desire for travel, all while continuing to save for your dream destination.
Goal: Protect Your Mental Health
If your goal is to protect your mental health this year, start by valuing yourself. Realize that self care is not selfish. Make yourself a priority and spend time doing things that you actually enjoy. Distance yourself from negative people and negative or stressful situations. If it becomes necessary, do not be ashamed to seek help. If you are experiencing a crisis and don’t have anyone to turn to call 1-800-273-8255 or visit https://www.mentalhealth.gov
Goal: Get More Sleep
If your goal is to get more quality sleep, try shutting down those electronic devices. With so much technology available at our fingertips, it is easy to find yourself working late hours in bed or scrolling through social media at all hours of the night. This is one of my struggles, and I have decided that I will make sleep a priority this year. I will be shutting my devices down and starting my nightly routine by 7 pm, so that I am in bed by 10 pm. Instead of watching tv or using your computer and phone, trying reading a book to help you wind down before bed.
Well, there you have it – my list of practical tips to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. By setting reasonable goals, you are much more likely to achieve them, all while making some life long changes. Here’s to a blessed and prosperous New Year!