Monday, 31 Dec 2012
After all that Christmas feasting, gorging on holiday leftovers, and one
cocktail hangover too many, it’s time to buckle down for the new year.
And no, little miss party pants, we’re not talking about tonight’s big shindig.
If you’re in the habit of making resolutions – and breaking them – join the gang!
So we’re doing things differently this year, starting with how to make those resolutions the right way.
1. Be specific.
Let’s face it, almost all of us are going to have some kind of “get fit” variation. Instead of exercise more often/ get a gym membership/ start running again, set specific targets like run for 30 minutes three times a week or go for 10 consecutive yoga lessons. The key is to be honest with yourself – honey, if you haven’t moved a muscle in five years it probably isn’t the best time to write complete a marathon.
2. Set goals. (Or make a checklist.)
But say you like to dream big and want to complete a marathon. Then you need to map out a plan. There are several methods of doing this: some like to make monthly targets; others like to do quarterly goals. Example: go for yoga once a week in Jan; go for yoga twice a week in Feb; go for yoga thrice a week in March. Dream big by taking small steps. Specific dates help.
3. Be accountable.
Round up that support group and get crackin’! Want to run a marathon? Join a running group. Resolved on working less for 2013? Make a weekly girls’ night out date and keep it.
4. Get some techy help.
Lest you forget it’s the age of the iPhone… here are some apps that can help track your resolution progress. Want to spend less and save more? Try BDGT. Aiming to get organized? Download TeuxDeux. Need to figure out what exactly you need to tackle? Juice is your friend.
5. Write it down – & look at it.
Everyone tells you that you need to write those resolutions down, but here’s the kicker – you need to see your resolutions every day. Tack the list to the fridge, display it on your desktop, or leave it on your inspiration board in the home office. Constant reminder will help get you in the mood for change.