People start December with a heavy weight on their shoulders.
It’s called making New Year’s Resolutions.
I’d say, more important than making new resolutions is checking up on the ones you did last year. If you haven’t thought about them since February, you should get a better planning in place for this year.
Step 1. Check up on last year’s resolutions.
Cross the completed ones off the list. Move the ones that are still active to the next year list. Not interesting anymore? Delete them.
Step 2. What do you REALLY, REALLY want?
First, you gotta start with what you really want. If you have put ‘Quit Smoking” on your list for the past 3 years, it’s probably not a good idea to repeat it. Perhaps “Leading a Healthy Life” might be closer to what you wish for.
If you haven’t put together your “Bucket List” I suggest you start now. New Years are a good time to think about your life, where you got so far and what you plan to do next. Put down a list of things you want to do before you “hit the bucket”. And why not start with two items to complete next year?
Step 3. Reality Check
You need to think about what’s doable. If you (and here I subscribe!) are an absolute fan of chocolate, no need to start on Jan 1st with an unrealistic diet. I’d rather put “Exercise 2 times per week” or “Eat chocolate just once every 2 days” to start with something easier.
Step 4. Be Nice to Yourself
New Year’s Resolutions tend to be a long list of self-imposed discipline that we do to restrict ourselves (notice the 2 examples I gave above?). Why not put as New Year’s Resolution only positive things? Like “I want to go out with my friends at least once per week” or “I’m going to wear only the clothes I like (and here I mean buy that red pair of shoes I’ve been dreaming of!)” or “I am going to go on that trip that I wanted for years!”
Step 5. Commit
You need to put your New Year’s Resolutions on paper. And I mean make them public! That’s one incentive you want to give yourself to make them happen. How many times did you promise yourself something on December 31st and by February, it was long forgotten? If that resolution means something to you, put it somewhere in written!
A good idea is this open blog http://newyearsresolutionsblog.com/ where people write posts about their resolutions, in order to keep track – or just remember them.
Another tip here is to put reminders in your calendar every two months. But if you make the right resolutions (check Step 2!) you should want them so much, you don’t need someone to remind you.
And if you need some inspiration, check here : - the Top 10 Most Often Heard New Year’s Resolutions.
In the end…
The best New Year’s Resolution you can make is To Be Good…all around the year. Be nice to old people. Open the doors to ladies (and why not, to men as well!). Call your parents every day. Tell the loved ones how much they mean to you. And be kind to strangers.
Enjoy, and make the most out of each day.
UPdate: LifeHack posted here a great list of tips on How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Work.