The New Year is off to a fresh start, but many resolutions are close to their expiration date. “Quitters Day,” which falls on Jan. 14th this year, typically signifies the end of many resolutions made before New Years Eve.
MedStar Health, a nonprofit that operates hospitals on the East Coast, surveyed physicians nationwide, and about three quarters of doctors say New Year’s resolutions can be generally effective. So how can you ensure that your determination to get healthier and reach your goals will go the distance?
Make a plan, not just a resolution
Choosing a New Year resolution can be easy, but creating new habits takes time and energy. Making a plan with organized steps will help you stay committed to your goals.
Pick achievable, bite-sized goals
Think small! Tackling small-scale goals will prepare you to take on larger tasks. Schedule a consistent time devoted to achieving your goals, and you will get there slowly but surely.
Write down resolutions (on paper or digitally)
Your goals may seem realistic in your head, but writing them down will help you achieve them in a stress-free and more efficient way. It’s also a great way to keep track of your progress.
Focus on why you are making the change
Be honest with yourself, and make sure that you are doing what’s best for you. How will your resolutions contribute to your self-improvement?
Define your motivation
If you’ve already lost the motivation to achieve your resolutions, don’t be afraid to start again! Instead of waiting for the new year, you can reset your intentions for 2022 now.