Ditch Those New Year’s Resolutions For Some New Year’s Habits

2014 is coming to a close and are you ready for a new year? Many people decide to tackle New Year’s resolutions, but do they really work?

No.

Usually, you create a goal, work on it for a few weeks, and then give up. Why does this happen?

  • The goal is too big. I want to lose 50 lbs. in 2 months.
  • The goal is too hard. I want to quit smoking.
  • The goal is doomed to fail before it even begins. I’m going to stop nagging my husband.

New Year's resolutionsWhile we create resolutions to help better our lives and make ourselves healthier, they always backfire and never seem to pan out. Of course, there are those women who can stick to a goal and you can find them still eating healthy in November.

How to Win Over the New Year Goal

For many women, organizing and making lists are second nature. For me, I live off lists and whenever possible, if a list will simplify something, I make one.

So naturally, when a New Year springs up, it’s time to organize and re-structure our lives. So how do we do this without failing?

Here are 5 tips to start making easy to succeed goals.

1. Pick A Small Change

The biggest predictor to change is for something to be easy, consistent, and doable.

So instead of wanting to lose 50 lbs., why not try to just add more walking as a goal? Don’t even think about losing pounds. Just walk and make that a habit. Pick a time and do it every day.

Want to make sure you won’t fail this? Let someone else in on your goal to hold you accountable. You could blog about it, tweet about it or tell your friend next door. In either case, telling someone (that isn’t your husband), will get you off your behind and out walking.

2. Break a Big Goal Into Small Steps

New Year's resolutions

So you want to write that epic book you’ve been meaning to for the last decade? 2015 is the year for your book! That’s a heafy goal for any author!

Instead of declaring a huge goal like writing an entire novel, try breaking it up into multiple steps. Write a chapter every 2 weeks until you finish. Allow yourself to take as much time as you need.

3. Try Making Your Goals in December

A good way to get your habits started is to start before anyone else! December is a great time to work on your goals or to declare that you want more “me” time.

Plus, it has the added benefit of covering up your fail! If you work on something for a few weeks and decided to ditch the goal, no one will know and it can be your little secret!

4. Prioritize Your Goals

Figure out the top three goals or habits you want to improve on. It can be anything, but make sure it’s something concrete and easy to execute. Prioritize these goals into a classification you can keep up with.

For example, here are three goals that many people make for the new year:

  • Drink more water
  • Don’t sleep in on the weekends
  • Cook a home-cooked meal 4 days a week

From the list, I would prioritize the most important to least. So my number one goal would be a home-cooked meal. I would then try to achieve this goal and make it consistent before moving on to my other goals. Next, I would tackle drinking more water. Finally, I would work on waking up earlier on the weekends.

5. Celebrate Your Successes

What’s fun about making goals, is, once you achieve them, you can celebrate! Go out to dinner with a loved one or buy yourself that pair of boots you’ve been eyeing for the last month. Make rewards a part of your action plan! Once you complete a goal or been consistently following your plan, reward yourself.

By giving yourself little rewards for completing your goals, will only motivate you to continue on your path of healthy living!

Have you thought about your New Year goals? Do you have an action plan so you don’t fail? Share them!