The Top 5: Tips for Making 2021 New Year's Resolutions
Make Your Resolutions Actually Stick
Most of our plans for 2020 had to be thrown out the window at the advent of the pandemic. So how can we make resolutions for 2021 knowing the sheer scale of the uncertainties we face? Try these tips to make meaningful but achievable goals:
- Be realistic. The quickest way to fail is to make your goals unattainable. Say you want to get in shape. The first thing you need to do is accept the reality of your situation – if you can’t count on your gym being open, don’t make a goal that depends on going. Your second task is to accept what you can and cannot do right now – don’t jump straight into working out every day, instead set a goal for two-three days a week.
- Prioritize things you love. Most report having reduced time and energy during the pandemic between the extra safety logistics, school being partially or entirely remote, closed spaces and the increased isolation. Focus your goals on things you think might bring in some variety and help you recharge – whether that’s getting out for walks, refreshing old arts and craft skills, getting to bed earlier, reading more books, etc.
- Create visual reminders. We’ve all got a lot on our minds these days so help you help yourself. Write your goals down and leave them in a place where you’ll see them every day. You can also leave yourself visual reminders for individual goals. For example, if your goal is to read more, leave your book sitting out on a table or nightstand where you’re sure to see it. Out of sight is out of mind.
- Make one change at a time. Even in the best of circumstances, it is impossible to lose weight and exercise more and learn a foreign language and quit smoking and take up snorkeling all at the same time. Pick your most important one or two goals and focus on completing them first.
- Be persistent. Experts say it takes 21 days for a new activity to become a habit, so make the most of that first month. If you can make it through January, you’ll be in good shape for the rest of the year. And, honestly, why wait for January? When you’re ready to start, go for it!