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How to: Keep a New Year’s Resolution

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Ringing in the New Year with sparklers.

Ringing in the New Year with sparklers.

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Ringing in the New Year with sparklers.

Kelly Hazlett, Staff

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The New Year is a time of promises and resolutions that are filled with an optimistic outlook into the future. While these resolutions seem bright and exciting when they are made, the interest is quickly shed. According to the Huffington post, out of the 45% of Americans that pledge New Year’s resolutions, only about 8% follow through with their goal. Why are resolutions unsuccessful, and how can they be improved?

One of the most notable resolution mistakes is when people take on too many resolutions. This abundance of improvements can mean that people spread themselves too thin, resulting in no real change. Try to pick one resolution and focus on it. Quality over quantity every day.

Additionally, once a resolution is selected, it’s important to map out what steps need to be taken to be successful. Subgoals are a great way to ensure success, as they help make the ultimate goal seem more attainable. Subgoals should be a form of motivation and measurement on your journey to achieving your resolution, as they implement change slowly to avoid shock.

Now that you know what makes a good, effective resolution, it’s time to pick one. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Detach from technology and live in the present
  2. Get in shape
  3. Eat healthier
  4. Get more sleep
  5. Be more punctual

For example, if you happen to choose to detach from technology, there are a few simple things that you can do to actually make a difference in your life:

  1. Turn off push notifications
  2. Limit yourself to a certain amount of time per day on social media
  3. Don’t bring your phone to the dinner table
  4. Keep your phone away from your bed and try to power off a few hours before bed
  5. Put your phone in your purse/pocket when you are with friends

All of these changes don’t have to happen right away, that’s why you have subgoals! In order to create subgoals, start by turning off push notifications. Then, after a month without them, start limiting time on social media. Then after another month, maybe lessen the amount of time again and so on.

New Year’s resolutions are all about developing positive habits. Stick with your resolution to create a healthier lifestyle in 2018, and be part of the 8% of Americans who keep New Year’s resolutions!

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