New Year’s Resolution Tips for 2021
We all like to start off a new year with lists of things we’d like to accomplish, like losing weight or talking to long-lost friends. Statistically, most new year resolutions are abandoned within 2 months, so here are some tips to help you stay on top of your plans and make them realities.
Don’t Set Too Many Goals
It’s fun to dream up lots of things you’d like to accomplish in 2021, but doing so will split your focus and make completing most of them unlikely. Instead, set goals by categories and keep the number between 7-12 overall.
Which areas of your life are your priorities? Family, physical, financial, professional, social, or spiritual? To help you identify these, you can start by listing what roles you have in your life. Are you a parent or sibling? Are you a deacon at your church? Are you a CEO or volunteer? Connect your goals to these roles and you’ll find more clarity in what you want to and believe you can accomplish.
Be Realistic and Optimistic
Just don’t be pessimistic. Set goals that are achievable and challenging at the same time. Goals that are too lofty and push the limits of your comfort zone will fall to the wayside more quickly. Goals that aren’t challenging enough will get boring and cast aside just as easily. A little bit of fear, a little bit of friction, and a little bit of excitement all make for resilient resolutions.
Don’t be that person who finds his resolution list in November and panics because he hasn’t gotten any of them done. Set a deadline for your resolution so you can keep on track.
Another trick is to break the resolutions into doable chunks of time. Say one of your resolutions is to declutter your utility room. Set a deadline of having it done by July and make a list of small tasks you can do each weekend for 30 minutes to an hour to get those done.
Resolutions or Goals/Habits
Resolutions tend to be vague. Things like, I’ll call my friends more often or I’ll lose some weight. Think of your resolutions as goals and new habits you want to form. Be specific and say, “I’ll call one long-lost friend every month,” or “I’m going to lose 20 pounds by June 1st.”
Write down your goal and keep it where you’ll see it frequently to remind you to keep going.
Create a What If Plan
As Steinbeck wrote, paraphrasing Robert Burns, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Imagine you’ve been calling a new name on a list of long-lost friends every weekend for months, but then you have a family emergency that requires all of your energy and time and you miss a few calls. Many might get down about this, but not if you make a contingency plan.
So you can’t make phone calls because by the time you have some free time it’s too late at night. Maybe you jot a note to a friendinstead or send a quick text that says, “I’ve been thinking about you and hope to call you soon”?
Maybe you have been able to walk every day for weeks but a snow storm has closed your city down. Online walking workout videos or even stretchy bands for muscle toning can be good substitutes.
Write down your What If plans to help you stay on track and positive about your new goals and habits.
Two Easy Resolutions You Can Do To Protect Your Home and Personal Property
We’ve outlined two simple resolutions you can add to your goals for 2021. One is as simple as a phone call, and the other is a monthly task you can add to your calendar today. Click on the links below for more detail: