A Different Look at New Years Resolutions

A Different Look at New Years Resolutions
A Different Way to Look at New Years Resolutions

Our “Love” of New Years Resolutions

I think we all feel the same about New Years Resolutions: We both love and hate them.

They are good because they encourage us to shoot for a goal in the upcoming year. Whether it is fitness, reading a certain number of books in a year, mastering a new skill, etc.

But it is also bad because probably 90% of time, we give up on those resolutions before the end of January. I am definitely guilty of that as well – usually the fitness type resolutions.

I think the main reasons we fail at our resolutions are because:

  1. The goal is too big for us to handle and we get overwhelmed.
  2. The length (a year…) seems like forever to commit something. Commitment issues also cause other problems…
  3. We are lazy. Honestly we are – me included.

But thankfully, I have found a solution that works for me…and will hopefully work for you as well.

Break It Down into Chunks

As I have explained in previous posts as well as my “3 Simple Tips to Help De-Stress Party Planning” tipsheet, I easily lose focus. And because I lose focus, I like to use lists and break my to do’s and goals into chunks.

I have discovered this “chunk” method also works with New Years Resolutions.

How? You may ask.

This is what a standard New Years Resolution sounds like: “My New Years Resolution for this year is to lose 25 pounds” or “my New Years Resolution is to read 50 books”. That sounds fine, and you can say that. BUT, in your head think of it differently.

I love reading, but 50 books sounds like a lot. So instead of saying “I will read 50 books this year”, break it up by month. “I will read 5 books a month”, for example. And yes, I know that will equal 60 by the end of the year. But by breaking it up into month chunks, that goal won’t seem so overwhelming.

You can even break that down into weeks: “I will read 1-2 books per week”. That doesn’t sound nearly as difficult.

The same type of breakdown works with weight loss. I will lose 25 pounds this year. Break that down into months and that’s a little over 2 pounds you need to lose per month. Doesn’t that sound way easier?

So as long as you hit your weekly/monthly goals, you will be able to easily hit your resolution goal or even surpass it.

If you need more examples, I can definitely provide them, but I think you get the point. It is all a mental game. At least for me, my brain seems to process things better using the “chunk method”.

Tools to Help

I am always a big proponent of using digital tools and apps to make your life easier. I plan on doing more review posts in the future on apps, tools, software, products, and services to help with productivity and efficiency.

For this particular situation, I would recommend using Google Calendar and a to do list app like Todoist, Any.do, or Google Keep. You can set your goals for the week/month and add the date to Google Calendar so you can see it in list and calendar form. It makes it a lot easier to keep track of your progress and goals when you use tools like this.

In addition to those apps, you can use other apps based on what your goals are. For example, if you are reading books I suggest using Goodreads to keep track of the books you are reading, have read, and want to read. That way you won’t forget and it is easy to access. If you are trying to lose weight or keep track of your gym going, use an app like MyFitnessPal, WW, or Fitbit.

Resolution

I hope my slightly different way of thinking about New Years Resolutions can help you stick with it and complete them. I will be doing the same method for myself, mainly with fitness – I will keep you posted.

Good luck to you and Happy New Year!

Let me know how it goes! Comment on this post or on Facebook, or email me at jeff@palmtoface.com

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