Struggling to keep on top of those New Year’s resolutions? Aren’t we all. These tips should help keep you on track if you set the bar too high.
11. Set a deadline
Another part of your SMART goal is the “T,” which represents a time-bound or time-sensitive aspect.
Having a specific date or event in mind can light a fire under you.
Sign yourself up for a 5km run, for instance.
“Using a particular event works like setting a deadline, which can keep you more motivated,” Brigitte Zeitlin, RD, owner of BZ Nutrition, tells Women’s Health.
Meeting that deadline can then give you the momentum to schedule another, more challenging goal.
12. Make sure your resolution is doable long-term
Although resolution-keeping includes meeting short-term or time-sensitive goals, this ideally leads to new habits for the long-term.
“Quick fixes won’t make you healthier long-term, so you shouldn’t focus on a change you only plan to make for a few weeks or months,” says Palinski-Wade.
“Ask yourself if you can foresee yourself sticking to this goal next year and in five years – your resolution should be focused on a lifestyle change you can maintain for life.”
13. Try trial and error to find what works
Resolution-keeping is not an exact science.
You can try different approaches for achieving your goal to see what works for you.
“If you have not been able to do the desired plan, it means it’s not the right plan – it doesn’t mean you’re a failure,” writes Linda Walter, LCSW, for Psychology Today.
“Change the plan until you find one you’re able to accomplish.”