Tips to Help You Stick to Those New Year Resolutions
It is difficult to stick to those resolutions you made as the new year approached.
 
So, how do you make sure you continue with the promises you made to yourself, even when it starts getting harder?
 
Try these tips to help keep you motivated:

Break your goal down into smaller, achievable chunks: Instead of an overreaching goal like "I want to lose weight" or "I want to declutter my whole house," break them into smaller chunks. Say "I want to lose 5 pounds by February 1st" or "I want to declutter my bedroom this month."

Focus on your vision:

When you set your resolution, you likely had an image in mind of a thinner you or a cleaner home. When you feel like you aren't making progress and the feeling of failure starts to settle in, focus on that vision.

If necessary, create visuals to help. Post photos of yourself at your target weight or of others who are about that weight where you can see them. Find photos of elegant, uncluttered rooms to remind you of what you're looking to accomplish.

Use the three-day rule:

There are good reasons for not working toward your goal, like being sick or caring for someone who's sick. But sometimes we just get lazy or start to give up. With the three-day rule, if you go three consecutive days without working toward your goal, you need to sit down and take account with yourself.

Write down why you've avoided working on your goal, and a date you intend to resume working toward it. This keeps you engaged and committed while also giving you a chance to evaluate whether the goal might be one you don't really want to pursue.

Reward yourself:

Rewards don't have to be big or expensive, and they don't have to feel like bribes, either.

Giving yourself a treat, such as a decadent meal after a week of healthy eating, or a new purse after getting rid of old clothes you no longer wear, can motivate you to keep going when you want to slack off.

Go one day at a time: It's tempting to picture yourself a year from now, still achieving your goals and feeling great. But this can also be a little intimidating and overwhelming.

Instead, while you want to focus on your vision so you don't give up, it's important to also take it one day at a time. Don't worry about being able to stick to it six months from now. Worry about sticking to it today. Tomorrow, worry about sticking to it tomorrow. Be proud of each day that you stick to it.


The important thing is to give yourself some grace.
 
You, like everyone else, are not perfect.
 
If you slip, if you go backward, pick yourself up, shrug it off and move forward again. You'll feel better each time you do.
It is difficult to stick to those resolutions you made as the new year approached.
 
So, how do you make sure you continue with the promises you made to yourself, even when it starts getting harder?
 
Try these tips to help keep you motivated:

Break your goal down into smaller, achievable chunks: Instead of an overreaching goal like "I want to lose weight" or "I want to declutter my whole house," break them into smaller chunks.


Say "I want to lose 5 pounds by February 1st" or "I want to declutter my bedroom this month."

Focus on your vision:

When you set your resolution, you likely had an image in mind of a thinner you or a cleaner home. When you feel like you aren't making progress and the feeling of failure starts to settle in, focus on that vision.

If necessary, create visuals to help. Post photos of yourself at your target weight or of others who are about that weight where you can see them. Find photos of elegant, uncluttered rooms to remind you of what you're looking to accomplish.

Use the three-day rule:

There are good reasons for not working toward your goal, like being sick or caring for someone who's sick. But sometimes we just get lazy or start to give up. With the three-day rule, if you go three consecutive days without working toward your goal, you need to sit down and take account with yourself.

Write down why you've avoided working on your goal, and a date you intend to resume working toward it. This keeps you engaged and committed while also giving you a chance to evaluate whether the goal might be one you don't really want to pursue.

Reward yourself:

Rewards don't have to be big or expensive, and they don't have to feel like bribes, either.

Giving yourself a treat, such as a decadent meal after a week of healthy eating, or a new purse after getting rid of old clothes you no longer wear, can motivate you to keep going when you want to slack off.

Go one day at a time: It's tempting to picture yourself a year from now, still achieving your goals and feeling great. But this can also be a little intimidating and overwhelming.

Instead, while you want to focus on your vision so you don't give up, it's important to also take it one day at a time. Don't worry about being able to stick to it six months from now. Worry about sticking to it today. Tomorrow, worry about sticking to it tomorrow. Be proud of each day that you stick to it.


The important thing is to give yourself some grace.
 
You, like everyone else, are not perfect.
 
If you slip, if you go backward, pick yourself up, shrug it off and move forward again. You'll feel better each time you do.