How to follow through your New Year’s resolutionsChen Wan Lim
By the end of every year, you will find yourself making some sort of New Year’s resolution – either writing them down formally or simply by keeping a mental note of things you want to achieve the following year. As a matter of fact, keeping your new year’s resolution on its own is a resolution. So if you have been making New Year’s resolutions year after year and repetitively breaking them, here’s how to follow through your New Year’s resolution:
Being realistic helps in ensuring that you are on track to achieve your New Year’s resolution. Therefore, ensure that the New Year’s resolutions you are setting are realistic, achievable within a specified time frame and will bring positive change to your life. For example, if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to abstain from eating fatty foods completely, perhaps a more realistic approach is to reduce the consumption gradually over time.
Tracking your progress
Keeping track of your progress on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and semi-annually will also help you follow through your New Year’s resolutions. Keeping a record of your successes and failures will help you plan actionable steps needed to achieve those resolutions. There are many smartphone apps these days which can help you keep track.
Stick and carrot
If you plan to reward yourself with a bar of chocolate for every milestone you achieve in your resolution, then you should also penalise yourself for every milestone you fail to achieve. This stick and carrot method is similar to the one practiced by a typical management team in an organisation. While carrots serve as a motivation to continue to achieve success, sticks serve as a deterrent against failure.
Making it public
It’s quite common these days to see friends post their goals and New Year’s resolutions on social media. Making a public post about your New Year’s resolution is basically making a public declaration that you are committed to fulfilling those resolutions and that you will be held accountable to that public post. Making it public serves as a forced-motivation for you to achieved those goals, or face public humiliation – to put it crudely.
Post-it notes are great tools to remind yourself of your New Year’s resolutions. Post those resolutions on your fridge, on your desk, in your car and perhaps even set reminders on your smartphone. Being constantly reminded of your resolutions will help keep you on track and also help you focus your effort on activities which will bring you closer to achieving those resolutions.