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How to Stick to your New Years Resolutions

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Julia Tattersall | French and Economics Contact Julia
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I take New Years resolutions very seriously as I truly do believe that a new year offers us all the opportunity to channel our hopes and dreams for the future. Consequently, I am a strong advocate for taking the time in December to think about what I aim to improve on in the upcoming year and then writing a list of these resolutions to hold myself accountable. I have been doing this since I can remember, as I am sure many of you have been too. However, over the years, I have been able to perfect my approach to New Years resolutions so that I actually stick to them, and don’t just give up half way through the year. Here are my top tips:

  1. Be specific

When writing a New Years resolution, don’t simply state an arbitrary objective. Instead, really think about what you want this year and how you can get there.

For example…

Instead of:

Do better at university

Do this:

Spend 3 hours a week revising past topics to ensure I achieve a first this year.

  • Think about all areas of your life

When I was younger, I used to solely focus on my academics or the small habits I used to have, like biting my nails and playing with my hair. This is mainly because I didn’t know what else I could challenge myself to do. A lot of people focus on their health and fitness, promising to cut out chocolate or to exercise so many days a week. But, now, I like to separate my resolutions into different aspects of my life and consider why I am choosing these resolutions for myself. What is the end goal? A lot of the time resolutions can go hand-in-hand with others and therefore you can group these together to have a more powerful effect. Others focus on different aspects of your life and therefore you can separate these out to ensure each day you are focusing on every part of your life that you want to improve.

For example…

This year I have made subtitles for my resolutions, including ones for University, Health and Career.

  • Focus on your happiness

A lot of the resolutions we set ourselves focus on smaller goals: getting good grades, becoming wealthier and being fitter. And although these all seem like big goals to achieve in a year, they are essentially all striving for happiness. We think that by getting good grades, we will be happier. And, that more money equals more happiness. However, if this is the case, happiness can be achieved through other channels that can be implemented every day and that are a lot more rewarding in the short term.

For example…

I hope to spend more time practising mindfulness this year, blocking out time in my schedule to start journaling and even to meditate before bed. Promising to read more books for pleasure and perhaps even to spend less time on your phone can be good a start too.

  • Stay accountable

I know that my mum doesn’t like telling anyone her resolutions, as if this will prevent them from happening, like making a wish when blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. But, if anything, I believe in the opposite. By telling others your hopes and dreams for the year, you are keeping yourself accountable and consequently, are more likely to stick to your resolutions. It may even be that you are your friends have similar goals and can therefore work together to keep each other motivated to stay on track.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Julia Tattersall | French and Economics Contact Julia
I am a proactive exec member for two societies on…
Find out more about me Contact Julia

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