Whether your New Year’s resolution is to be a better driver, to be nicer to people, or to give up junk food, there are a number of tips and tricks to keep in mind. In fact, there are some methods that are statistically proven to increase the likelihood that you’ll succeed in keeping New Year’s resolutions. Read on to learn more.
According to wikiHow, one of the most important things to do is be specific. In other words, set realistic, precise resolutions. For instance, if you resolved to get in shape, you might change your resolution to lose five pounds or to eat less junk food. This will increase the likelihood that you’ll actually keep the resolution.
Next, write down your resolutions and keep track of progress. If possible, develop a metric for keeping track of progress—this is where being precise will come in handy. Many people hang their resolutions on their refrigerator or bathroom mirror—somewhere they’ll notice it every day—and they often keep charts as well. If your resolution is hard to measure (like being nicer to people, for example), set a daily goal related to your resolution so you can track progress.
Finally, keep at it! Many people are tempted to give up on their resolutions if they fail once. Although cheat days aren’t very effective, you should remind yourself that one slip up doesn’t mean it’s over. Tell friends and family members about your resolutions so they can act as a supportive network should you fail once or twice. The persistent are usually rewarded.