Tips for achieving your New Year's resolutions

It's that time of the year again when everyone comes up with big plans for the new year, which they end up forgetting about after a few weeks. So how can you make sure you will actually stick to your resolutions this time? Here's a few tips.

1. Pick realistic resolutions
"Go to the gym six days a week" is not a realistic resolution. Make sure that your resolutions fit in with your current lifestyle so they're actually achievable. Be realistic about what you actually can achieve, and even if that means it's a smaller goal, it's still better than realising you can't achieve your big goal and not trying after two weeks. Going to the gym once a week for the entire year is definitely better than going to the gym six times a week for two weeks and then giving up.

2. Set clear goals
Make sure that your resolutions are specific and not just things like "be healthy". Something like "don't eat McDonalds" or "drink 2 litres of water" a day are much more achieveable because they're specific so you can't get sidetracked and forget about them as easily.

3. Map out short term goals
My main resolution this year is to get organised and tidy, which is quite a big goal, but I've broken it down and written down exactly how I want to achieve it. So for example I have smaller goals like 'write everything down', 'make daily to do lists' and 'tidy before you go to bed', which make the big goal that much more achieveable.

4. Start as you mean to go on
If your goal is to work out more, work out on New Year's Day. If you don't start working towards your goal immediately you're likely to get sidetracked and bored. With my goal of being organised I actually started before New Year's Eve by getting new notebooks and cleaning my room so I have a fresh start and I can maintain rather than start from scratch.

I hope these tips were useful for you, make sure you check back tomorrow for my New Year's resolutions (including detailed plans of how to achieve them of course)!

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