Every year we use January 1st as a giant reset button on our lives, only to fall off our overloaded wagon of resolutions before February even gets here. Instead of overwhelming yourself by setting dozens of resolutions for January 1st, try prioritizing and breaking them up throughout the course of the year. One new resolution per month makes it easier to establish a new habit before moving on to the next one.
1. Set ‘Em
What are your big goals for the year? Fitness? Eating healthier? Kicking some bad habits? Maybe you have some smaller ones too, like reorganizing your closet or saving money. Write them all out and pick out the ones that are practical. (Be honest with yourself!)
2. Prioritize ‘Em
Which of these goals require lots of steps? Can any of them wait til later in the year? Are there any goals that are WAY more important than the other ones? Rank them either in order of importance, or by a timeline that you can follow throughout the year.
3. Break ‘Em Down
If you have 12 resolutions, then congratulations! You can do one per month, easy. If you have a handful, it’s ok to split them up into smaller parts. For instance, if you want to eat healthier, use January to conquer your eating habits at breakfast, February for lunch, and March for dinner. Same for fitness; start off at 3 days per week and work your way up every month. If you have a financial goal, figure out how much you need to set aside from every paycheck to reach your goal amount by the end of the year.
4. Conquer ‘Em!
You know what you want to do, how you’ll do it, and when you’ll do it…..now go do it! By the end of the year you’ll be proud of your accomplishments, and you’ll be thankful for all the planning you did!