How to Make a New Years Resolution You Can Actually Keep
As we approach the New Year, many of us are thinking about ways we can better ourselves in the year to come. However, most of us fail at following through with these resolutions, often before the end of January. Is it possible to make a New Years resolution that you can actually keep?
Last year, Hannah wrote about whether New Years resolutions are even worth making in the first place. She and I are both big advocates of making several small goals that are realistic and attainable. While the New Year isn’t the only time you can set goals for yourself, it’s certainly the time of year when people think about it most.
So how do you set a New Years resolution that you can actually keep?
Here are some good ways I’ve found to help you make those goals.
Make More/Less Lists
Take out a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle of the page. At the top write, “In the New Year, I want to do…” and then write “More” above one column and “Less” above the other. Fill in each column with things you want to do more or less of in the New Year.
Set Monthly Goals
Another way to plan for a New Years resolution is to sit down and set a goal for each month of the New Year. Think about how the year generally goes for you, and set goals accordingly. If you have a full-time job where you work year-round, maybe you want to set goals based on the seasons or the weather of each month. If you’re in school, think about how the year usually lays out for you, and set goals accordingly. Setting a huge goal for the month of September may not be realistic if you’re still in school and the new school year is starting. Think about the things in your life and the goals you want to make, and try to plan them for months when they’ll be easiest for you to attain.
Live Laugh Rowe has a great set of printables where you can write out goals for the year, month, week, and even day!
Pick a Common New Years Resolution and Personalize It
Most people have similar resolutions. Work out more, eat less sweets, read more books. While many people want to do these things, they can be hard to keep if they’re not specific and unique to you. So if you want to read more, pick a few specific books that you’ll read in the New Year. If you want to get in shape, pick an exercise or activity that you’re going to take up to do that. If you want to eat better, decide specifically how you’re going to change your diet to do that.
Check out this worksheet from Modern Parents Messy Kids. It has some common general resolutions, with lines to fill in your specifics.
These are all great ways to help you make specific, attainable resolutions for the New Year. To hold yourself accountable, hang up whatever sheets you do, or write your goals out on a piece of paper, and hang them up where you’ll see them every day. This will help hold you accountable and remind you of what you wanted to work on throughout the year!