We all begin the new year the same way. Fresh out of a holiday food coma, we swear this year will be different. We will reorganize, reprioritize and regain that energy we lost 20 lbs. ago. But if you’re like me, it’s much easier to plan than to act. That’s why I’ve proclaimed 2016 the year to make a change.
Whether you want to accomplish something big or shed something small, these tips can help you succeed.
Day by day, that’s how you should proceed. Forget the end result and focus on accomplishing your goal—today.
Ready to put everything in its place? Scrap all-consuming task lists that take weeks to complete. If you’re organizing, start with a room at a time. Or better yet, a drawer or cupboard at a time. You’ll do a better job and the results will inspire you to continue.
It could be a co-worker, friend or neighbor. Heck, if the mail carrier will walk with you, take her. It is easy to skip the gym when you’re tired or you have errands to do. But chances are you won’t bail out if someone is waiting for you at the treadmill.
The support you’ll receive from a buddy will keep you going when you’re ready to give up.
Mix it Up
There is never just one way to do things. This is especially true when working toward a goal.
I enjoy exercising but sometimes my routine gets old. Rather than lose momentum, this year I’m committed to mixing things up. Yoga, pilates and kickboxing classes will help me get into better shape and keep me excited about exercise.
Come up with a game plan. If your goal is to save money, figure out how you’re going to do just that. Write it down, look at it often and stick to it. If your plan isn’t working, revise it. If that plan doesn't work, revise it again. Remember, you have all year.
Reform the Habit
Smoking, biting your nails, a glass too many. Whatever your vice, choose another that is actually good for you. Before you know it, you’ll look and feel better, and accomplish your goal. Check!