How to Make New Years Resolutions (That You Can Actually Keep!)

‘Tis the season for making New Years resolutions! The sad part is that many people forget about their resolutions a few weeks into the year. This doesn’t mean they’re lazy or that the resolution was unattainable, it just means that it wasn’t completely thought out. So how do you make a fantastic resolution for the new year? Read to find out!

How to Make New Years Resolutions (That You Can Actually Keep)

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Make it Precise

All too many people make resolutions that are extremely broad. While they’re on the right path, they haven’t nailed it on the head yet. Resolutions such as “Go to the gym more” aren’t the best if you’re looking to lose weight or get fit. Use numbers and time frames to create more precise resolutions.

Instead of “Go to the gym more”, try “Go to the gym on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays”

Instead of “Save more money”, try “Deposit $10 every week into my savings account”

Instead of “Be nicer”, try “Give at least one person a compliment every day”

Make it Attainable

So you’ve set a precise resolution, now think about whether or not it’s attainable. It’s fantastic to reach for the stars and have a lot of self-confidence, but sometimes certain resolutions simply aren’t realistic. I could make a resolution to “Get a 4.0 this semester at school,” but that’s not realistic because I’m an extremely busy person and I don’t have the required amount of time to fully devote myself to every single class I’m taking. Reflect on your resolution; if you don’t have the time or the resources to achieve it, think about how you could adjust it.

Instead of “Get a 4.0 this semester at school”, try “Earn an A- or better in major-related classes”

Instead of “Get 50,000+ page views on my blog”, try “Increase my blog page views by 15%”

Instead of “Stop snacking between meals”, try “Only snack on healthy food between meals”

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Make it Enjoyable

No one wants to follow through with a resolution they hate. So what if you’re going to the gym for an hour every other day if you have to force yourself to do it? This problem can easily be avoided by making resolutions with smaller increments or creating a reward system for yourself. Just make sure the rewards don’t interfere with the resolution itself!

Instead of “Cut out chocolate from my diet”, try “Only eat chocolate when I get over a B on an exam”

Instead of “Run a mile every day”, try “Complete a couch-to-5K program”

Instead of “Wake up an hour earlier”, try “Wake up an hour earlier to cook a good breakfast”

My New Years Resolutions

So, after those tips, you might all be wondering what my New Years resolutions are!

  1. Get an A- or better in all my major-related classes and a B or better in my non-major classes
  2. Monetize my blog and earn at least $500 by the end of the year.
  3. Create a fitness plan that fits in my schedule (I haven’t added the finishing touches to this one yet!)

What are your New Years resolutions? Leave a comment below!

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2 Replies to “How to Make New Years Resolutions (That You Can Actually Keep!)”

  1. Great advice! I totally agree that a resolution should be all of these things. It’s silly to create a long list of broad, unrealistic resolutions, but with these tips, we can all create resolutions that we can actually stick to!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xo,
    Tatum
    thepace.co

    1. Thanks for your feedback Tatum! Have a great New Year 🙂

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