New year, new you? For many of us, December 31 is a time to reflect on ourselves and the changes we want or need to make in our lives. While we set goals and intentions for the coming year, the new year also presents another opportunity for us to revisit progress towards past goals and evaluate if there is more work to be done to get where you want to be.
New year resolutions are easy to make, but they are hard to keep. Only a tiny fraction of us stick to our resolutions. So if you want to succeed you are probably going to need some help.
Here are 5 tips for you to stick to your new year resolutions:
When it comes to setting your personal goals, set goals which you can achieve. This will ease you into goal setting. It’s also important to note that lots of resolutions require you to form new habits, which typically take six weeks to solidify. A simple start can get you off on the right foot. Here are some tips to setting your own realistic goals.
Talk about it
Telling your friends and family about your goals will not only get you support, but also gives you accountability. In other words, you now have someone checking in to ensure that you are on track towards achieving your goal, which will keep you on your toes.
Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal. It could be something small like an ice cream after you’ve managed to abstain from social media for five hours or a new pair of shoes after you’ve attended a class to learn a new skill. This maintains motivation and provides you with a sense of progress. Studies have also shown that rewarding yourself with treats helps in forming good habits and achieving your goals.
Check-ins help to keep you on track. These are days where you will reassess the progress towards your resolution goals. Mark off one day each month to evaluate your goal-setting and ask yourself these questions:
How close are you to achieving your goals?
What have you done during the past month to fulfill your goals?
What will you do next month to work toward your goals?
Doing this helps to remind you of why you set those goals while also putting you back on track on working towards it.
Break it down
Breaking down your goals into smaller achievements can make it seem far less intimidating. More often than not, we bite off more than we could chew. If you keep your goals small and attainable, you are going to accomplish even more of them. According to psychologist Lynn Bufka, “It is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.” Hence, it is more sensible to set small, attainable goals throughout the year, rather than a singular, overwhelming goal.
So go ahead, make a list of your resolutions while keeping in mind the following tips. Achieving goals won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient! Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t been able to attain it. What’s more important is that you keep trying.
As Oprah Winfrey says it, “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right!”
There is nothing that helps you stick to a goal like sharing it with others. To help you kick start your resolution setting, here is what the Accela team is committed to doing in 2018!
Read Two Books a Month
Erin Padilla – CEO of Accela
“For 2018, my resolution will be a simple one that I think I can keep because reading is already a huge part of my routine.”
How will I achieve it: “I’m in a book club and we read one book a month. Basically, I have peer pressure to help me achieve half of my goal. 🙂 For the second book, I’ve started making a list of books that people have mentioned, or strategies for finding books like picking out an author from each country. I’ll supplement book two from these lists.”
Get more sleep!
Kate Williams – Talent Director
“I would like to get more sleep so I am more productive throughout the day.”
How will I achieve it: “Use my phone less in the evening and make sure the night mode on my iPhone is always switched on at a certain time each night.”
Make it count
Eugenia Hartono – VP of Finance
“I want to make my life and relationships more meaningful, so life becomes a collection of more memorable moments. And it’s not restrictive. I can make my yoga class count by really pushing myself, make my coffee catch up with my mum count more by putting my phone away. If I’m committed to a party I’ll make sure I clear my diary next morning so I can stay out later and longer.”
How will I achieve it: “Being present in the moment. Stop and think – is time being spent well?”
Tiffany Chua – Assistant Art Director
“I realised that disappointments stems from having expectations of things and outcomes. The best way to be happy is to have little or reasonable expectations. In managing them, you do not let the little things matter.”
How will I achieve it: “Read and reread self help books.”
Pick up a new skill or hobby
Sarah Hales – Growth and Marketing Manager
“After years of education and early hobbies, it’s easy to stay in old habits and rely on what we already know. But as the world around me changes with technology, taking on new jobs and businesses, living in different countries and meeting new people, it is important to keep up-skilling and try new fun activities as well.”
How will I achieve it: “Maybe try a fun “lifestyle” like wine appreciation classes with friends or something more serious like learning a new language or coding course (or maybe all of them!).”
Learn at least 1-2 new skills related to my job
Alson Low – Senior Designer
“I would like to learn at least 1 – 2 new skills so I would be more up to date and competent in the industry.”
How will I achieve it: “Attend design-related courses.”
Declutter my wardrobe
Melissa Chin – Recruitment Consultant
“I want to avoid spending too long each day looking for what to wear so that I can make space for new things!”
How will I achieve it: “Set a rule – ‘If I haven’t worn it in 6 months, throw it out or sell it.’ Start an account on Carousell to list and sell pre-loved items.”
Switch off digitally on Sundays
Rachel Arnold – Account Manager
“I think as a generation we spend too much time looking at our phones and social media.”
How will I achieve it: “Total digital withdrawal is super difficult so I will begin by turning off my phone (only checking for important messages in the morning and evening) and not logging onto Instagram.”
Better time management
Kerianne Chin – Account Coordinator
“I can spend my time doing things I like more, or spend my time more productively.”
How will I achieve it: “Being more mindful of where my time is going, and start cutting down on things that take up too much time.”