6 tips to help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions on track this year

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Hey, hey, hey! It’s time for the New Year’s resolutions! The one time of the year when we all try to change something that we don’t like about ourselves and try to be better people through the next year. Unfortunately, these resolutions usually only last for a few weeks, and at the most, a few months.

God, we are pathetic.

Anyway, here are a few tips to help us actually follow through this year:

  1. If you make a resolution, make it public, and tell your friends and family about it. If you keep it to yourself there’s more of a chance that you’ll not follow through. When people know, they’ll be most likely to check up on you and nobody likes failing in front of others, so this will keep you motivated. Oh, and if you have people who tell you that you can’t do it, keep those ‘friends’ away from you. Never mind that you probably wouldn’t have followed through with your resolution anyway.
  2. It’s been said that it’s easier to make resolutions to change negative things about yourself rather than trying to acquire new positive traits. So for example, rather than promising yourself (in vain) that you’ll manage your time better, tell yourself that you’ll stop wasting time so much.
  3. If you’re going to try to change a bad habit, you need to first understand what triggers that habit. If you can’t find out what triggers the habit, changing it altogether will be much easier.
  4. Make sure the change you want isn’t too vague. Rather than just saying that you’ll lose weight, give yourself a specific plan.
  5. Small changes are part of the bigger change. So, back to the weight loss example again. It doesn’t always have to be major changes to your diet, it can be something as small as eliminating too much sugars from your diet. Doing so will go a long way in the long run.
  6. Be realistic. Make sure it’s something that you actually want to do.

So, these were some quick tips. Do some further reading, think carefully, and then share your own resolutions in the comments section (in adherence to Tip #1).

My resolution? I would say I’ll try to be fitter and exercise more in 2014, but then again, that would contradict my Tip #6. So, I’ll just stick to trying to engage myself in extra-curricular activities (hence my blogging), and breaking up with unhealthy and utterly irresistible foods. (I write this as I look at my recently devoured cup of cookies and cream ice-cream. Seriously. Junk is the best kind of food. Why?!)

Please don’t check on me about my resolutions. I’m quite suddenly regretting these wonderful tips that should work on everyone. Especially me. 😛

Nafisa Anvar

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