*longer than last year
For those of you (myself included) who partake in the annual tradition of making a bunch of promises to yourself and then totally mucking it all up, this post is not for you. This is a post for the determined. For the highly motivated individuals who actually want to stick to their promises. But if you are hoping to last longer than last year at cutting out chocolate then carry on.
1. Reminders everywhere!
Use your alarm, post-its or Google Reminders to constantly annoy you about it. This can go two ways of course, where you just delete them all and totally forget bout everything. If you’re determined to stick to them though, this little nuisance may help to drill a habit into you.
If you’re more organised and don’t want to be hounded by alarms and alerts all day, then make a checklist and have it pinned to your phone’s home screen or stick it to the front of your diary (somewhere you will notice it) and tick them off as you’ve achieved them. Everyone loves a good tick box (or scribbling over it as a massive F U).
3. Use your fellow resolutioners.
Have any of your friends, family or colleagues set themselves some resolutions too? Well team up and offer support at work or home to avoid pitfalls. If you have similar ones, it can be a ‘healthy’ competition where you both try to out-do each other on how great you are (don’t overdo it though, no one needs to end up in A&E).
4. Document your progress!
I find this one especially helpful because you can jot down triggers or temptations to avoid falling back into your old routine. Write down what you did, how you felt about it and what helped to keep you motivated. You can write this down in your everyday diary or buy one specific to documenting your journey. It’s also great to look back and reflect on how far you’ve come. It can spur you on when you reach that slump and want to give up (hint: don’t).
In short, determination and motivation will help you a lot, but support from your family and friends will keep you on track when your motivation runs low. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to stick to my resolutions. HAH! Fat chance.
Good luck with your resolutions and all the best for 2016!