It’s that time of year again! To me, it’s a fresh start. An excuse to organize, plan, and be productive! I love making lists, goals, vision boards, and all that fun stuff. The start of a new year is a fun time for someone like me! Here are my top tips that I do myself to make sure those resolutions actually get resolved!
Check in once a week with a phone alarm.
Resolutions easily get lost throughout the year because life can get busy! I set a an alarm on my phone with a special ring tone every Sunday night at 8pm called “Resolution Check In.” It reminds me to get out my resolution list or my planner and see where I stand each week with my goals. What did I do or not do this week towards my goals? What can I do better next week?
Post your list on your bathroom mirror.
This is a little different than your weekly check-in in number one. This is an “in your face” reminder every morning when you’re brushing your teeth, of the goals you set out to accomplish. This is to help stay motivated and focused. The list will literally stare back at you as you look into the mirror. It’s easy to get distracted day after day. Having your list actually taped up on your mirror helps your goals be one of the first thoughts of your day and stay front and center in your mind.
Find a resolution buddy.
Having a close friend, spouse, or your sister join you on a resolution journey helps! You may not have the same resolutions but you can check in with each other and cheer each other on. I find it always helps to have an accountability partner.
Get a planner, habit tracker, or printables separate from your regular daily life planner.
Get organized with your goals! If you’re like me I need to see everything on paper. Have a cute, shiny, exciting planner or spiral or even just printables you keep in a folder that has all your fancy lists, goal sheets, habit trackers, or any other tools or pictures you might have that are specifically for your new year goals. Having a plan for each goal will make it much easier to reach! Here is a link to my Etsy shop for some printables if you are interested!
Make short term milestones for each resolution to boost motivation and confidence.
And finally, make short term milestones for each goal. If you have a goal to lose 25 pounds. Make short term milestone that you will lose two pounds every month or on pound a week. Make it whatever you want, and celebrate each small victory along the way! The thought of only being able to celebrate my accomplishment at the end of a goal or resolutions seems so far away, making my motivation go down. If you have a goal to save $6,000 by the end of the year, make a monthly milestone that you will save $500 a month. Put in your planner on the last day of each month to check in on your financial goal to assess where you are at. Instead of reaching December and feeling like you failed when you didn’t reach a goal, make these short term milestones that will help you guarantee that victory at the end of the year!
Fail to plan is a plan to fail!
Good Luck! You got this 🙂