How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
Like me, maybe you started 2018 with a clear set of goals and a lot of motivation. But now it’s the middle of January and maybe, like me, you’re finding your New Year’s resolutions harder and harder to keep. We’re not alone – the most pessimistic studies suggest that only 8% of people who make a resolution are successful. That’s no reason to abandon hope: here at Reach Cambridge, our motto is Sic Itur Ad Astra – reach for the stars – so whether you want to learn a new language or spend longer on your homework, here are some top tips to make sure that we all achieve our goals in 2018.
Be specific about your resolution.
More general resolutions (‘I want to learn to cook’) are not only harder to keep, but also harder to measure. Being specific immediately makes your goal more manageable (‘I will make a new dish each week’), giving you a clear picture of what success means and allowing you to celebrate your achievements.
Change ‘I want’ to ‘I will’
As you may have noticed, being specific also encourages you to rephrase your resolution, from ‘I want to save money to ‘I will save £x in 2018’. It’s a much more positive statement that sets you up for success. Plus, the more you hear yourself say it, the more you’ll believe it!
Create a plan
Don’t just write down a list of what you want to achieve, but how you’re going to do it. You can include targets, timelines, a star chart – whatever it takes to make sure that rather than just keeping your goals in mind, you have a clear road map to follow. Have you tried Bullet Journalling? That’s another great way to track your big plans!
Make your resolution achievable
This is where a specific resolution comes in handy! Break down your big goal into smaller, concrete tasks. For instance, if you want to learn a new language, think about how and when you’ll do that. Will you use a language learning app on the way to school? Can you sign up to a weekly extra-curricular club like an art class or new sport? While you’re thinking of specific ways to achieve these life-broadening goals, you might want to check out the range of extracurricular activities here at Reach…
Track your resolution
Whether you’re a fan of pen and paper or prefer the latest app, there are plenty of ways to record your progress. For instance, if you want to read more books this year, join GoodReads and sign up to the 2018 Reading Challenge. Perhaps you might even ask a friend to check in with you and keep you accountable – or better yet, if they share your goal, work together to ensure you both stay motivated.
Treat every day like January 1st
There may be setbacks and unforeseen circumstances that get in the way of your goals, but that doesn’t mean you’ve failed and it definitely doesn’t mean you should give up. Tomorrow is a new day to try again. Even if you don’t end up achieving the full record you hoped, starting again will mean you are still further forward than if you had given up.
I look forward to hearing how you’re doing with your resolutions. Best of luck!
Flossie, Administrative Assistant