It’s the 2nd half of January, which is usually when those well-intended resolutions you were so excited about at the end of December turn into revulsions, as you think about having to actually KEEP them.
Fear Not! It’s all about perspective! If you view your resolutions as dreaded to-do items, your well-intended resolutions will fall into the resolution abyss, not to be seen again…until this time next year. But, if you look at them as challenges and strategize ways to accomplish them, while staying on the resolution-making high of December, you will be a success! So how is this done? Because you asked so nicely I will let you in on the secrets of resolution-keeping.
• Make your resolutions attainable and specific
o Not attainable (unless surgery is involved): Losing 10lbs in 10 days.
o Not specific: Be more productive.
o Attainable and specific: Keep your inbox at or below 100 emails at any given time.
• Establish routines
o If you want to lose weight…
– Routine: Set specific days and times to work out and stick to them.
– Not a Routine: Planning workouts around the weather or your TV guide.
• Figure out the goals of your goals
o Success is not the same as perfection
– A successful person: Sets SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.
– A perfect person: Does nothing, because nothing can be done perfectly.
• Review your resolutions
o Set aside time throughout the year to review your resolutions and see if they’re still important to you or if you’ve outgrown them.
– Important resolution: Work to organize one area of my home each month.
– Not important resolution: Watch an episode of Downton Abbey each month (unless, of course you stand to benefit in a monetary way from this).
• Reward your efforts
o Earning a reward goes much further than just being handed one or taking one you don’t deserve. Reward yourself for your accomplishments in reasonable, non self-sabotaging ways.
– Good reward: An evening out with friends (or alone, for us introverts) after getting to your goal weight, or inbox number, or project deadline, or whatever your goal is.
– Bad reward: All-you-can-eat anything