How to stick to your New Year resolutions!

It’s January 2016 – a brand new fresh start where we promise ourselves we’ll be healthier, happier and more productive. After a few too many mince pies and Yorkshire puds we say that we’re going to hit the gym and “this year it will be different, here’s to the new me!” only to hit the mid-January slump that echoes the end of Christmas and an end to the novelty that this year we’re genuinely going to stick to our New Year resolutions.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! More often than not, the reason we don’t keep up with our New Year resolutions is because they become less of a priority; i.e. we forget about it. At least until someone asks you about it or we eventually reach the next Christmas only to be reminded that somehow we’ve got the same resolution as the year before…

Here are a few steps to make sure you do reach those goals; whatever your resolution, with a little bit of effort, 2016 can most definitely be the year for you!

Stick it out – literally!

If your resolution is a physical one – like most of us, losing weight and eating cleaner – then you’ve got to find ways of reminding yourself of why you wanted to make that change in the first place. What do most of us do when we’re getting ready? Look in the mirror, of course! Stick some sticky notes on or around your mirror (or anywhere else it’s likely to catch your eye!) with some motivational phrases and reminders so those determined feelings that had you ready for change on January 1st will stay with you.

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Put it in the diary

If you have a diary, use it, if you don’t, get one. With busy lives it’s hard to make time for even the things we know we must do to help ourselves. However, it’s how you prioritise that makes the difference; if you want it, you’ve got to make time for it. Whatever the resolution, whether it’s the gym or starting/maintaining a new hobby, allocate some time each week in your diary for it in advance so you know you’ve got no excuse.

2016 diary

Do it together

You’re more likely to stick something out if you’ve got a friend/family member involved so ask around and see if you can find a New Year resolution buddy. You’ll help each other so when one of you is slacking or feeling like giving up, the other will motivate you to get back on track.

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Make it fun

If your resolution isn’t fun, chances are you’re not going to continue with it, so either make it fun or reward yourself for every month you’ve stuck with it.

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Get more rest

The more rest you have, the happier and more motivated you’ll feel the next day, increasing your productivity, drive and enthusiasm. If you’re feeling lethargic and groggy, you won’t achieve your goals. Be good to yourself; have those early nights, get your 7-8 hours of sleep and wake up early, ready to face the day. Trouble sleeping? Try one of our recommended blackout blinds – the easyblackout Velcro® kit – it’ll have you drifting off in no time!

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Got any tips of your own? What are your New Year resolutions? Share them with us on Twitter or our Facebook page!

Good luck! Here’s to a fantastic 2016!

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