We’re already more than a week in to 2018! Did you set all of your New Year’s resolutions? Are you ready to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, drink less, invest in your relationships, tackle that next big project?
I love this time of year. Everyone is set on making this next year their best yet. One of my favorite parts about this is starting with a blank slate. Did you know that statistically you are more likely to fail with these new goals? The scary part is that many of you will give up by early February!
I get it. We all have good intentions but sometimes, it is just easier to sleep in or stop at that fast food place on the way home from a late night at the office. Today, I’m sharing two key points that will help you stick to your resolutions/goals for longer than 6 weeks!
Make a Plan
As we are standing here looking in to the next year, it is easy to say our goals. It is easy to romantically think about how much better our lives could be if some part of it was different. It is much harder to work day after day until that goal is achieved (and maintained). Unfortunately, you can’t just wish to be skinnier, fitter, or more productive.
Have you taken time to reflect on your resolutions and make a plan?
First, is your goal specific? If your goal isn’t specific, how will you know if you have achieved it?
Second, have you thought about the habits and tasks that you will need to perform to make your resolution a reality? Having a plan with daily actions will increase the likelihood that you will achieve your goal.
Third, have you thought about why this goal is important to you? Write down 3-5 reasons why this goal is important and what it will mean to you when you achieve it.
Finally, have you thought about how this will fit in to your currently daily schedule?
Let’s look at an example. Maybe your resolution is to become healthier. This resolution is too vague. Does healthier mean losing weight, eating better, drinking more water, and/or working out more often?
For today’s post, we will pick working out more often. The next step is to think about the new habits and/or tasks that we need to complete to be able to perform this task. You will need to decide if you have the right equipment for working out (shoes, gym clothes, etc). Then you will need to decide where you want to work out. Do you want to follow at home videos/programs, join a gym, or purchase class passes. How often do you plan on working out? When will this fit in to your schedule? Is your goal realistic and achievable? Do you have support from a friend or family member to help keep you accountable?
Now, you have a much better method for achieving and measuring your goal. New resolution: I’m going to work out three times a week after work at a new gym. Two of my sessions will be spinning and one session will be yoga.
Then, run through the check list. I already have clothes, shoes, and a water bottle. This is going to start on January 2. Working out three times a week is realistic goal. This goal is going to be supported by my friend and the new community of gym members that you will meet through the classes. The more often that you attend the classes, the steady class members will come to expect seeing you there. Eventually, after this becomes a new habit for you it will become hard to miss a class.
Once you have settled on your goal, make sure that you set this as an appointment with yourself. Schedule time in to your day for that workout class, meal prep, personal development, or meeting up with friends and family to catch up more often.
Don’t give up
Sounds easy enough, right? At some point something unplanned is going to happen to disrupt your routine or this routine is going to feel difficult and uncomfortable. Whenever you fall off the wagon, you just have to accept that it is ok and then reset yourself.
Let’s go back to the work out example. You may go on vacation or get sick and break your routine. Then you have a choice to make. Do you start back to your routine when you are able to or do you give up? It’s ok to miss a day or two. If you only miss a few days, it won’t be very difficult to get back in to the routine.
In the beginning with this resolution, it is going to feel hard and uncomfortable. It is going to be easier to sit on the couch or skip workouts to go out to dinner after work. Go back to your written plan and read your motivation reasons again. Anytime that you feel like skipping this new task, ask yourself how important it is to achieve your goal.
Need more help with your resolutions, message me! Also, stay posted for my productivity class. It’s still a work in progress but I am very excited about creating a resource to help you stick with your goals and become more industrious.