T-minus two weeks until 2021 is nothing but history. Yup, let that one sink in for a moment.
The new year will be here before you know it, and along with it, your new year’s resolution staring you down. The far-off, elusive 2022 is just around the corner – surprise!
Lucky for you, you’re having this realization now, and not at 11:59 PM on December 31. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your resolution. In fact, prepping for it now will likely help you crush those goals come January 1.
Here are a few tips for a creating a successful new year right now:
Create a Measurable Goal
Vague goals like “I want to eat healthier” don’t have specific enough direction to be attainable. Create a resolution with which you can track progress. If you want to eat healthier, try something like eating a vegetable every day at lunch or doing meatless Mondays. And pick one maybe two goals. Too many goals will leave you overwhelmed and unmotivated.
Make a Plan Ahead of Time
Don’t let the new year sneak up on you! It’ll be here before you know it, and you don’t want to lose precious time. Use some of your holiday downtime to make a plan for implementing your resolution as soon as the year starts.
Research & Utilize the Right Tools
There’s no shortage of resources out there to help you, no matter what your resolution is – fitness, mindfulness, a new hobby, healthy eating, etc. If you feel clueless on where to start, do some research! Watch videos, listen to podcasts, and download helpful apps.
Take Baby Steps
Going 0 to 100 is difficult, and habits don’t change overnight. Take steps toward your resolution now that will make putting it in practice all the easier. For example, if your resolution is to start working out five times a week, try working out once a week now and slowly build from there.
Talk it Up
We get it, resolutions are personal and can seem embarrassing to talk about. But sharing your resolution with even one person can keep you accountable and help you succeed. Discuss your goals with family and friends before you set out to tackle them. You’ll be glad in the end to have their support throughout your journey.