New Years Resolutions

First published: 30-12-2014

2015 is here, and with it the daunting prospect of abiding by your New Year's resolution. From saving more money, to exercising more often, some of us may already have decided upon our mammoth goal for the coming year. All too often, however, we find ourselves letting our resolution slowly fall by the wayside, and before we know it, it's been abandoned all together.

Convinced that things will be different this time around? In a bid to help you to stick to your resolution for the entirety of 2015, we've put together the following list of tips and tricks. Good luck!

Join forces



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Reduce the difficulty of sticking to your resolution by teaming up with a friend or family member. They'll be able to give you plenty of encouragement (and vice versa!), particularly on days when you're feeling a little less motivated, meaning that the chances of you slipping up will be far slimmer.

Manageable chunks


Often, many of us make the mistake of setting enormous and unrealistic targets that are nigh on impossible to achieve. Instead, if you want to save X amount of money by the end of the year, for example, why not break this sum down into small, equal amounts and set this aside on a weekly or monthly basis? The same applies if you're wanting to lose weight. Rather than promising yourself that you'll lose say two stone in six months, set yourself attainable weekly targets.

Make time


In the same way as a business meeting or doctor's appointment, make sure that you schedule your resolution in to your busy agenda. If your resolution is to exercise more often, for example, then why not set an alarm on your clock, watch or mobile phone 20 minutes before you're due to start your work out? That way, you're less likely to "forget", and it might just give you that much-needed impetus to get up off the sofa and out of the door!

Reward yourself


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Each time you reach one of your smaller goals, treat yourself to a little reward! By that, we don't mean allowing yourself to eat a Big Mac meal after finishing your work-out, rather treating yourself to say, a new piece of gym clothing, or a long hot soak in the bath! And remember to keep a bigger reward for when you reach your final goal.

Spread the word


Telling your friends, family and colleagues about your resolution and even sharing it on your social media channels is an effective way of gaining much needed encouragement. What's more, you'll also be acting as a role model for others, and may even influence them to set goals of their own, too.

Keep a record


Keeping track of your progress plays an important part in sticking to your New Year's resolution. If you can see that your hard work is paying off and that you're making progress, your level of motivation is sure to increase, and the chances of you persisting with your resolution will be far greater.

Don't be defeated


Tempting as it might be to throw in the towel if you find yourself slipping up once or twice, force yourself to get straight back on the horse! The longer you leave it, the more likely you are to abandon your resolution all together and, in turn, start to experience feelings of guilt and negativity.

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