Posted: Jan 04 2018
Statistics show that only 8% keep their New Year's resolutions by the end of the year.
According to a ComRes poll, the most common New Year's resolutions in the UK include:
- Exercise more (38%)
- Lose weight (33%)
- Eat more healthily (32%)
- Take a more active approach to health (15%)
- Learn new skill or hobby (15%)
- Spend more time on personal wellbeing (12%)
- Spend more time with family and friends (12%)
- Drink less alcohol (12%)
- Stop smoking (9%)
- Other (1%)
Don't want to be a part of the 92% of those who give up? Here are our tips on how to keep your New Year's resolutions and it all has to do with the SMART method:
At the start of the New Year, it's easy for us to come up with big goals. A lot of us say "this year, I'm going to get my dream body" without thinking about how to get there. Think SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) so you can really understand what you are tying to achieve. This time around, be honest with yourself and think of goals you can actually achieve.
This ties into the first tip, but write down more specific and detailed goals. What does it mean to you by getting your dream body? Is it losing weight? Is it fitter arms? A flat stomach? Think about that large goal and break it down so that it's easier to achieve the smaller goals. Eventually, these smaller goals will equal the large goal.
Now that you have your specific goals, make sure it's measurable so that you can achieve these goals by the end of the year. Mark your goals down so that you don't forget and so you can be accountable for them. So instead of writing down "get a dream body," write down "work out twice a week."
Each week or month, go back and reevaluate your goals. Since your goal is measurable, it will be a lot easier for you to change it. Reflect on where you started and where you are now. If working out twice a week is not realistic for you right now, work out once a week instead.
Don't give up and be too hard on yourself! Talk to your friends and family or have a support system. Life gets in the way, which is why it's important to set SMART goals so that you're not doing the unachievable. Making lasting changes takes time.