January has come to an end. Let’s take time to look at your New Years Resolutions, the ones that failed, or hanging in there. We have few tips for you to get back on track.
Make your goals realistic
We’ve all heard of S.M.A.R.T goals! Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time Based. Following this template will help you to set realistic goals, that can you can achieve by matching with your current life style. For example, if your new year resolution is to “save money”, ask yourself a few questions:
Goal: Save money
- Specific – (What are you saving for?) I want to save $1,000 for a trip
- Measurable – (How can I achieve this?) By putting away 10% of my paycheck every week I will be able to reach this.
- Achievable – (Based on spending habits, income, etc.) I will need to limit eating out to once or twice a week, and work about 30 hours per week.
- Relevant – (What does this goal mean to me?) To feel confident with my money.
- Time Based- 12 months
Set a reminder
Set a reminder on your phone labelled with your intention for the day. With our busy lifestyles, we tend to forget what we are trying to achieve. Small intentions such as “Pack lunch” so you do not spend, “Go on a 15-20 min walk” if you’re trying to get more fit, setting small intentions equals positive steps in achieving your new year resolution!
Reevaluate & Readjust
Maybe things are still not working out, and you need to reevaluate a little. Firstly, ask yourself “Is this something I really want? “What will this goal REALLY to do for me?” If you’re not doing it for the right reasons, the goal is not meant to be kept. If you’d like to continue with the resolution go back to your SMART goal and readjust! Perhaps you measured a little too high, or too little. reevaluate and readjust, try again!
Let us know how your New Years Resolutions are coming along in the comments below!
Contributing Writer, Arts and Hamilton