Five ways to make New Year's Resolutions that You'll Actually Keep
1. Make sure you want to make the change.
It's easy to make resolutions according to other people's expectations. We all get caught up in thinking we need to lose weight, earn more, drive a better car, land a better job... but would any of these things actually make you happy? Before you set a resolution, make sure it's aligned with your personal values and ambitions. Otherwise, you'll have a hard time finding the motivation to keep going with it.
2. Write it Out
It's the oldest trick in the book for good reason. Writing down your goal in ink will help make it real. Take it one step further by posting that goal somewhere that you'll see it every. single. day. (The top of your laptop, by your door, by your bathroom mirror - wherever works.)
3. Make Yourself Accountable
Enlist a supportive friend who will help you stay on track with your resolution, and offer to do the same in return. Knowing that someone will be checking in on your progress - or lack thereof - will help you stay on track. Speaking of which...
4. Track Your Progress
When setting big, ambitious goals, it's so easy to lose motivation and feel like you're getting nowhere fast. Find a way to track your progress - whether it's marking all the days you managed to work out on a calendar, or watching the word rate climb up on your first novel - and pat yourself on the back along the way.
5. Treat Yo' Self (Or at least Plan To)
Inevitably, you're going to want to give up at some point. That's OK. Overcome apathy by visualizing the reward waiting for you at the end of the rainbow - whether that means the respect of your peers, a payrise, or a brand new wardrobe to fit your newly toned body. Whenever the going gets tough, think of how good the final payoff will feel. And remember that nothing worthwhile comes easy!