By Alicia Chen
It seems like a tradition, at this point, to make New Year’s Resolutions in December and then break them in the new year. It’s a process that just keeps on cycling, and like the circle of life, it takes as much as it gives. Some people reach their resolutions, but let’s be honest, most don’t. We all want that fresh start that we supposedly receive at twelve o’clock, and 2020 made us all want a new beginning that much more. Though the first week of 2021 hasn’t been too great, there’s still some hope to keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and these tips will help.
Alana Modi states that, “you can keep a to-do list that incorporates your resolution in some way, use quotes to motivate you, or even find an inspiring person to take ideas from.” Coming from 2020, I think we all need a little more motivation and inspiration to jump start our path to reaching our resolutions. A motivational quote that I found is: “What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” – Vern McLennan. It’s helpful to bring a positive and persistent attitude with you and leave behind pessimism, procrastination, and other bad habits back in 2020 so you can start off the New Year with a clean slate. To-do lists, as Alana said, can be a useful tool when trying to reach your goals. Simply writing down what you want to accomplish that day will make you that much more motivated to go and achieve your goals, and being able to check off the boxes on your to-do list at the end of the day will make it all worth it.
There are some days where we miss something on our to-do list, or don’t accomplish everything we want to. Sometimes our bad habits come back from the previous year and send our newly developed good habits scampering away. There are always some days where you miss a beat, or aren’t feeling the energy or motivation needed to get through your goals. Don’t lie, everyone has had those days, and we need to learn to accept that it’s okay to miss a day. You just gotta get back on your feet the next day.
Morgan Walsh says, “The 2 day rule is, in my opinion, a great way to hold yourself accountable. The premise of it is when you’re trying to build a habit, whether that be working out, eating right, reading more, or whatever, you can slip up but only for 2 days. On the 3rd day you have to do it again, and then the count restarts. It’s kinda just understanding that you have to put in the time and work for this goal but also give yourself rest when you need it. It’s important not to get sucked into an all or nothing mentality.” Another great tip Morgan gave was to hold yourself accountable. She stated, “I feel like a lot of time when you try to reach your new year’s resolution it becomes easy to forget about it or not hold yourself accountable. I know it’s a seemingly simple thing to do but keeping a log in a journal, or just on some simple graph paper is a really easy way you can visualize your work.
For a while I tried to get myself to watch less youtube, so I would keep a log of days without it, and even if I cracked every once in a while and watched a video, I would still start back up on the log the next day, because I was motivated to continue with all the days I had already done.”
Similar to a to-do list, keeping a log of how many days in a row you’ve accomplished something can help to motivate you to keep going with it, even when times get tough.