Happy New Year’s Eve All!
I was very fortunate this past year not only academically, but I was also able to travel outside the United States, land a scribe position, and step outside my comfort zone to start a blog!
With 2019 approaching quickly, I can’t help but think what I want to achieve in 2019. At the same time, I don’t want to say I am going to do something and not do it either! In the past, I have failed to commit and achieve to my prior New Year’s Resolutions–can you relate? However, I decided this year is going to be different! In fact, I wanted to share some of my strategies I am going to use to hold myself accountable.
Plan/Write It Out
I am a stickler for organizing and planning my days. In fact, one of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was my brand new 2019 planner! Because I have experienced success by making checklists and setting weekly goals, I decided to use this strategy to help me achieve my resolutions. Last week, I actually sat down with a notebook and wrote a list describing my “ideal” 2019 in terms of graduating, applying to postgraduate programs, traveling, and fitness. At first, it was hard to think about what I want my life to look like in a year from now, but it really helped me physically see what I want my 2019 to look like!
I know what you are thinking– how can you write deadlines months in advance if you don’t know where you are going to be or what you are going to do. Hear me out: while I did not give an exact date for each of my goals, I did give myself a time window. For example, for graduation, I am planning of leaning out. Therefore, starting January 1st to the second week of May (about 20 weeks), I want to hit a specific weight. New Year’s Resolutions are usually long term, or they require you to form new lifestyle habits! Both of these ideas are hard to stick to! Dieting is discouraging when you can’t see the end in sight or you hit a plateau. Similarly, it’s hard to say you are giving up soda or certain processed foods cold turkey. Therefore, by giving yourself a timeline to achieve a goal, you won’t feel so discouraged if you “break” that resolution in the first few weeks!
Don’t be too Ambitious
Because New Year’s Resolutions tend to include difficult lifestyle changes, it is easy to get ahead of yourself. Unfortunately, you probably are not going to lose 50 pounds by February. So, when you are giving yourself deadlines for your overall goals, remember that you are human, you have to have balance, and healthy is a lifestyle! It takes time and continuous effort to maintain, lose, or gain weight!
Break It Down
Finally, to help keep motivation up and prevent yourself from setting unrealistic goals, break your goals down into smaller ones. For example, if you have 20 weeks to lose 20 pounds, set a goal to lose 1 pound per week, and track your progress in the same notebook you wrote down all your New Year’s Resolutions. This will prevent you from feeling as if your goal is unattainable!
And, that is it! After writing down my goals, I am super excited to see what 2019 entails!
What are your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions?