Many of us usher in the New Year with resolutions in tow. But how often do we stick to them? Let’s take a look at some of the more common New Year’s resolutions and why they’re tough to stick to.
1. Focus on fitness
We’re well aware of the importance of physical activity, so fitness often tops our list of resolutions. Being fit involves both eating right but also devoting time to physical activity – two challenging tasks to keep up simultaneously. For 2016, let’s make our resolutions bite-sized. We should focus on making physical activity a daily habit, and THEN focus our efforts on eating right.
2. Save more, spend less
A big part of the problem is the temptation to shop. One way to curb it is to question our need for something we want to buy. Once we realise that we don’t really need the item, it makes it easier to keep our money in the wallet.
Another way to prevent unnecessary spending is to park our money aside first. A good place to do this is in a savings plan. By committing a monthly sum to savings, we’ll naturally also think twice about how we spend the remaining money we have at our disposal.
3. Spend more time with family
For some of us, it’s easier said than done considering how much time we spend at work. The trick is to separate office time and family time, by leaving work in the office once we leave and keeping the time with our families exclusively for them. Plan a family outing – it could be as simple as going out for a walk or grocery shopping or doing some outdoor activities – enjoyable little things that make sure we’re with the people we love.
4. Learn something new
The decision to learn something new is only half the battle. Following through is the hard part. We could be derailed for many reasons: the effort to make time for it, getting out of bed for it…
But here’s the good news. Once we make friends at our new activities, we’ll find the motivation to keep at it.
5. Be more organised
Whether it’s keeping the workstation tidy or re-arranging the wardrobe, let’s make it a step-by-step process. When we organise things in stages, we’re less likely to feel overwhelmed and frustrated.
6. Quit smoking
‘Quit’ is a strong word. It suggests that we should stop doing something immediately. But to quit something as addictive as cigarettes takes time. Let’s start by reducing the number of cigarettes we smoke in a day. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
7. Quit drinking
As with smoking, to quit drinking we should start with cutting back on the number of alcoholic beverages we take in per outing.
8. Live life to the fullest
The key to achieving this is to follow our passion. Go on a solo vacation, play our favourite sports, take up a hobby – there are so many things we can pursue to the joys of life.
9. Read more
Start with short stories and books that can be read easily and in less time. Make it a point to read daily, even if all we can manage is one page. Once reading becomes habitual, we’ll naturally read more.
10. Travel more
Lack of time and money and existing commitments are the main reasons we don’t travel as much as we’d like to. The key is to plan ahead. Some air tickets and accommodations are cheaper when we book ahead of time.
With these tips in mind, we can all be more resolute in keeping our promises to ourselves in 2016!