How to Make and Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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With a brand new year, comes brand goals and 2020 …time to put those New Year resolutions into practice. Yes, we know every year we make them and don’t keep them. That’s why the gym crowds surge in January and are empty by February and why we never do lose the weight we promised we would. Sometimes, it almost feels like resolutions are made to be broken but here at BlockSite, we think differently.

We believe that resolutions are good, productive ways to set goals and intentions for the new year and make positive changes. However, we also understand that sometimes the problem lies in the unrealistic resolutions we make. We need to start doing a better job of making resolutions that are attainable. Otherwise, it’s almost like setting yourself up for failure.

Therefore, if you want to set yourself up for the best chance of success, start by using the tips below to make better resolutions you can actually stick to.

How do you create a New Year’s Resolution?

If you’re looking to make a change in your life, you need to be realistic and think if it’s actually doable before throwing yourself into it. For example, if you want to run a marathon but you’re currently not working out and get out of breath while walking upstairs – running a marathon may be out of the question for this year or bound to fail. However, you can resolve to walk every day in this instance and once you have that down, you can graduate to running in short bursts, then constant running and then running the marathon the following year.

Additionally, when making a resolution, make sure it’s something concrete so you know exactly what change you’re planning on making. If you’re successful with the first change, you can make another change after a month or so. By making small changes one after the other, you still have the chance to be a whole new you by the end of the year.

Setting New Year’s Resolutions

With this in mind, here are some tips on the best ways to set New Year’s Resolutions.

Be Specific

Maybe you want to become more mindful in 2020? It’s a great goal, but how are you going to do it? With what? Without some parameters your best intentions can get lost in the process. The more detailed you can be the better. For example, ‘I’m going to start practising mindfulness using a new app for 15 minutes a day.’ The easier it is to stay focused on what you have to do to succeed.

Maybe you want to quit your social media addiction? It’s not realistic to think going cold turkey will last, you need to set your limits and slowly come away from the sites that you waste time on. One option would be to use BlockSite’s schedule feature to help block websites that you need a temporary break from in order to get yourself back on track. You can start blocking for a few minutes a day and work your way up to improve.

Setting small, specific goals also keeps you encouraged along the way as each time you achieve one, you have reason to celebrate your progress. 

Go Public

We’re much more likely to achieve our resolutions when we make them public. Sharing our goals with family and friends holds us accountable, so it’s harder to back out. Tell your best friend about your New Year’s resolution and check in with her regularly to chat about it and make sure you’re on track.

Celebrate Your Wins

If your focus is predominantly on the endgame, it’s easy to feel discouraged when your progress slows. This is why it is really important to recognize and reward the smaller successes along the way. Rather than waiting until you’ve completely changed and become mindful, more example – celebrate the fact that you feel calmer from within. Or rather than waiting until you’ve dropped all the 10lbs you wanted to shed, celebrate each pound lost along the way. By celebrating the small wins and not only the big ones, you’ll motivate yourself and stay focused along the way. 

Believe in Yourself

Lastly, but probably most importantly, you need to believe in yourself. Just as Henry Ford said, `Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.’ People say they want to make a resolution, but they don’t actually believe they can accomplish it. You need to believe wholeheartedly that you can achieve anything and everything you want, and then – you will. 

How to stick to your New Year’s Resolution

Once you’ve placed these tips into action, it’s time to make them stick. Making your resolution stick needs some planning and thought. For example, being more productive, means making better use of your time and staying focused on your goals. Use your sense of accomplishment for starting your New Year’s resolution to further fuel your healthy habits so that you can keep feeling good and proud of how you’ve bettered yourself.

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